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Gosh Celebrates Image Comics
17 March, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to anticipated demand, we have decided to issue free tickets for this event. These will be available via this link from 12.00pm onFriday the 10th March. Seating is unreserved, and some returns may be available on the night. Tickets are limited to 2 per person.
Gosh Comics has an incredible line-up of Image creators appearing to talk process, politics and anything else that crops up in what is sure to be a lively discussion! Don’t miss this panel with Jordie Bellaire, Warren Ellis, Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Declan Shalvey and Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson. Read more here.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a signing event. There will not be a signing session before or after the talk. Jordie & Declan will be part of a signing event occurring on Saturday the 18th March. Please find more about that event here.
All these folks will be at Gosh from 7.30-9pm on Friday, March 17th. Gosh will be closing the store briefly at 7pm to set up seating before reopening to let audience members in. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
ALSO NOTE: On Saturday, March 18 Gosh will have an all day signing event with a dozen Image creators.
Image Comics turns 25 this year, and as a creative force within the industry they are hard to beat. With a rich, deep range of titles that tap into the tastes of audiences both within and without the traditional comics market, they’ve transformed over the years from an industry-overturning wild child into a trend-setting emissary for the popular potential of the medium.
ABOUT THE PANEL PARTICIPANTS
Jordie Bellaire is probably the most lauded (and certainly most prolific) colourist working today. You’d be lucky to find a week without one of her books shipping, and even luckier to experience her mastery of palette. Always pushing the boundaries of colour as an integral part of storytelling, her versatility is astounding. Equally impressive has been her outspoken advocacy for inclusiveness in the industry, including initiating the “Comics are for everybody” movement.
Warren Ellis hardly needs an introduction, a man who has repeatedly kicked the stool out from under a complacent industry to bring it standing to attention. He has a masterful hand for reinvention, a keen futurists eye, and an authorial voice that can bring laughter, tears, excitement and horror all with deceptive ease. His current Image titles, Injection and Trees, rank among the best comics work he’s done.
Kieron Gillen is one of the brightest stars in the British comics firmament. Gaining prominence for his work on Phonogram, he has gone from strength to strength through his subsequent work on titles such as Young Avengers (where one could argue he and creative partner Jamie McKelvie set the tone for the increased progressiveness and inclusiveness in the Marvel universe that was to follow), Journey Into Mystery, Uncanny X-Men, Generation Hope, Darth Vader and of course The Wicked + The Divine.
Jamie McKelvie, often in partnership with Kieron, has brought a slick new visual vocabulary to mainstream comics, bringing in influences from the worlds of music and fashion. As well as outstanding artistic stints on Phonogram, Suburban Glamour, Young Avengers and The Wicked + The Divine, Jamie has been a key designer for Marvel, including two of its most iconic modern costume designs: Captain Marvel and Ms Marvel (now, as an icon of the Resist movement, a cultural phenomenon in her own right).
Declan Shalvey brings a weighty, graphic eye to his art, wowing everyone with his striking work on Warren Ellis’ superb Moon Knight run. Starting out in the world of self-publishing, he first caught our eye in the pages of Thunderbolts and has since become a draw in his own right. As well as ongoing work on Ellis’ Injection, he has recently popped up in the pages of All Star Batman, and his covers have been gracing Becky Cloonan’s current Punisher run.
Eric Stephenson has been with Image since its earliest days. Working as Extreme Studios’ editor, he also wrote and co-wrote a number of those early Extreme titles. Continuing to work on in a publishing capacity, he was a key member of the Image team for both Jim Valentino and Erik Larsen’s respective runs as Publisher, before taking the position himself in 2008. Under his directorship, Image has found a new place within the market, positioning itself as the premiere publisher for creator owned work and changing the face of graphic novel sales throughout all channels with titles such as The Walking Dead and Saga. A passionate believer in positive change for the comics business, his annual Image Expo addresses are a must for industry-watchers. He’s also returned to writing, with Nowhere Men and They’re Not Like Us both proving that he’s still more than capable of considerable creative output alongside his publishing duties.
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