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Image Comics holds seven panels at SDCC 2013

July 12th, 2013 by Marc Comments

The Image Comics programming for Comic-Con International have been announced! Six panels, ranging from an Eisner-nominated creative team’s conversation to star-packed discussions of genre and what’s next for Image Comics, will take place over the four-day convention taking place from July 18 through July 21.

The first Image Comics panel of the convention is A Conversation with Steven T. Seagle and

Teddy Kristiansen on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. in room 23ABC. The acclaimed creative duo partnered on THE RED DIARY/THE RE[A]D DIARY, for which Kristiansen is nominated for an Eisner Award in the Painter/Multimedia Artist category.

A packed pool of talent will talk about science fiction on Friday at Image’s Rocket Ships, Laser Guns, and Dystopias panel at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in room 23ABC. Nick Dragotta (EAST OF WEST), Joe Harris (GREAT PACIFIC), Joe Keatinge (GLORY), Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare (ROCKET GIRL), Ales Kot (CHANGE, ZERO), and Matt Hawkins (THINK TANK, APHRODITE IX) will discuss what inspires their visions of the future.

Twenty-one years of Marc Silvestri’s Image Comics imprint Top Cow will be celebrated on Saturday at 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in room 9 as Top Cow president and special guests join Silvestri to talk about the shared universe of ARTIFACTS, THE DARKNESS, and WITCHBLADE, as well as creator-owned titles like THINK TANK and RAVINE.

On Saturday at the Image Comics and the Genre Fiction Renaissance, taking place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in room 7AB, Eisner nominee Ed Brubaker (FATALE) will be joined by Frank Barbiere (FIVE GHOSTS), Tim Seeley and Mike Norton (REVIVAL), Kurtis J. Wiebe (PETER PANZERFAUST), and Ron Marz (WITCHBLADE, RAVINE) will discuss horror, adventure, and fantasy in the comics medium.

Image will keep the buzz from their groundbreaking Image Expo event with the What’s

Next panel on Saturday from 4:30 to 5:30 in room 6DE. Image Publisher Eric Stephenson will talk to Ed Brubaker, Joe Casey, Nick Dragotta, Amy Reeder, and Rick Remender about their upcoming projects at Image Comics.

Image Comics partner Robert Kirkman is heading up two panels during the convention to talk about his flagship title THE WALKING DEAD as well as developments at his Image imprint Skybound.

The first is The Walking Dead 10th Anniversary on Thursday at 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in room 6A. Kirkman will reveal the exciting plans for celebrating the independent, black-and-white zombie apocalypse comic that has grown into an empire and take questions from the audience.

Then, on Saturday, Joshua Williamson (GHOSTED), Matteo Scalera, and others will join Kirkman on stage at the Skybound Panel from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in room 7AB to announce new project and discuss the future of the Image Comics imprint.

Creators on the Image Comics panels will also be signing at the Image booth (#2729) and Top Cow booth (#2629). A complete signing schedule will be released before the convention is underway.

Here are the complete istings for the Image Comics Comic-Con International panels:

A Conversation with Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen,

Thursday, 7/18/13, 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Room: 23ABC

The fruitful collaboration between Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen began in 1996 with House of Secrets, blossomed with 2004’s it’s a bird, for which Kristiansen won an Eisner Award, and continued to grow with the experimental The Red Diary/The Read Diary, for which Kristiansen is again up for an Eisner. Seagle and Kristiansen will talk about their long relationship as collaborators and what it takes to be a successful creative team — even when an ocean and a language may separate you.

THE WALKING DEAD 10th Anniversary

Thursday, 7/18/13, 4:15p.m.- 5:15p.m., Room: 6A

Robert Kirkman discusses the evolution of The Walking Dead and his plans to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, in a lively Q&A forum.

Rocket Ships, Laser Guns, and Dystopias,

Friday, 7/19/13, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 23ABC

Science fiction runs the gamut from splashy space opera to dusty dystopias, and Image Comics has been on the forefront of releasing the newest and most exciting visions of the future in the market. Join some of Image’s finest futurists to hear about how they develop worlds and technology in comics like East of West, Great Pacific, Rocket Girl, Think Tank and Aphrodite IX. Moderator: David Brothers Panelists: Nick Dragotta, Joe Harris, Joe Keatinge, Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare, Ales Kot, and Matt Hawkins

Twenty-One Years of Top Cow

Saturday, 7/21/13, 11:00am -12:00pm, Room: 9

Celebrate 21 years of Top Cow with founder Marc Silvestri and president Matt Hawkins along with a bevy of Top Cow creators and special guests! Be the first to hear exclusive information about the future of Cyber Force, Aphrodite IX, Witchblade, and the rest of the Top Cow Universe- in both the printed comics and other media. Get the inside scoop on the books that will comprise the next wave of Top Cow’s Minotaur Press imprint to follow in the wake of the smash hit Think Tank. And for those itching to break into comics and make a name for themselves, announcements concerning Top Cow’s Fall Talent Hunt will be unveiled. And if all of that wasn’t enough, as an added bonus, all attendees will receive a special limited-edition mini-lithograph!

Image Comics and the Genre Fiction Renaissance

Saturday, 7/20/13, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: 7AB

In the Golden Age of comics, readers devoured comics of every conceivable genre — Western, romance, war, fantasy, and horror. Some of Image’s top creators discuss the rise and fall — and the new rise — of genre comics and how they’re revitalizing and revolutionizing diversity in the comics canon with titles like Fatale, Five Ghosts, Revival, Peter Panzerfaust, Rat Queens, and Ravine. Moderator: Ron Richards Panelists: Ed Brubaker, Frank Barbiere, Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, Kurtis J. Wiebe, and Ron Marz

Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Panel

Saturday, 7/20/13, 2:00p.m. -3:00p.m., Room: 7AB

Join Robert Kirkman as well as Skybound writers and artists including Joshua Williamson, Matteo Scalera and Justin Jordan as they announce new Skybound titles and discuss what’s coming up in The Walking Dead, Invincible, Thief of Thieves, Ghosted, and more.

What’s Next at Image Comics

Saturday, 7/20/13, 4:30p.m. -5:30p.m., Room: 6DE

Image Comics dropped some huge announcements earlier this month at their Image Expo media event. Now’s your chance to get up close and personal with the creators and titles added to the increasingly legendary Imagecatalogue! Join Image Publisher Eric Stephenson and a panel of talent to find out what the country’s largest independent comics publisher has in store for the end of 2013, 2014 and beyond. Moderator: Eric Stephenson Panelists: Ed Brubaker, Joe Casey, Nick Dragotta, Amy Reeder, Rick Remender


Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….