“Joe Keatinge has established himself as the latest new writer I want to undermine and destroy. It’s just top class stuff.”
- Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Civil War, Wanted, Ultimates)

"I think Joe is definitely one to watch."
- Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead, Invincible)

e-mail: joe@keatinge.com

COMING THIS DECEMBER!

SHUTTER #7
story: JOE KEATINGE
art / cover A: LEILA DEL DUCA & OWEN GIENI
cover B: FRANK CHO
cover C: RAY FAWKES
cover D: JOHN WORKMAN

DECEMBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50


INDIANA JONES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY RETURNS IN AN ALL-NEW STORY ARC! Kate Kristopher’s finally face-to-face with the sibling she never knew about, who’s dead set on destroying what little Kate has left. Family rivalry was never so cataclysmic in the globe-trotting and mind-melting second arc of the comic book ROBERT KIRKMAN (THE WALKING DEAD) describes as “so completely and utterly new that it reminds you of the potential of this medium!” ALL THIS PLUS: say hello to SHUTTER’s new letterer, the legendary JOHN WORKMAN (Thor, Doom Patrol, Heavy Liquid) with his commemorative variant cover and a comprehensive career retrospective written by SHEA HENNUM!

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BONUS: Image Comics is inducting SHUTTER into its Image Firsts program where they, in their words, “reprint the first issues of some of our most popular series for only $1.” So, you’ll be able to get the entire first issue of Shutter in comic book form for only a buck, on THE SAME DAY #7 is in-stores.

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TECH JACKET #6
story: JOE KEATINGE
art / cover: KHARY RANDOLPH & EMILIO LOPEZ

DECEMBER 3 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99


Where Zack Thompson has failed against the Colossal, can the Tech Jacket Corps succeed? It’s the most amazing action comic you’ll read all year!

The best proof that the comic strip is an industrial product purely for consumption is that, even if a character is invented by an author of genius, after a while the author is replaced by a team; his genius becomes interchangeable, his invention a factory product. The best proof that Krazy Kat, thanks to its raw poetry, managed to overcome the system, is that at the death of Herriman nobody chose to be his heir, and the comic-strip industrialists were unable to force the situation. By Umberto Eco discusses Krazy Kat and Peanuts with the New York Times Book Review circa 1985. Required reading.

OUT THIS WEEK — RIGHT NOW!
Yeah, kharyrandolph, Dave McCaig, Rus Wooten and I are serving up another round of big time, punching-filled sci-fi saturday morning cartoons for the older kids thanks to the fine folks at Image Comics’ Skybound! Reviews of this issue have already been really damn stellar so far, but please do spread the word if that’s a thing you want to do as it tremendously helps out! 

OUT THIS WEEK — RIGHT NOW!

Yeah, kharyrandolph, Dave McCaig, Rus Wooten and I are serving up another round of big time, punching-filled sci-fi saturday morning cartoons for the older kids thanks to the fine folks at Image Comics’ Skybound! 

Reviews of this issue have already been really damn stellar so far, but please do spread the word if that’s a thing you want to do as it tremendously helps out! 

Here’s leiladelduca + Owen Gieni’s masterpiece of a wraparound cover for November’s SHUTTER VOL. 1: WANDERLOST TPB, collecting issues #1-6 for only $9.99, published by imagecomics.
It will contain all the story pages, but none of the backups/exclusives/back cover illustrations/etc. so if you want all the extra stuff, we definitely implore you to check out the single issues as they are awesome.
BONUS: as trades go on the map will run continuously, eventually forming one gigantic map of the entire series. So, yes, Leila and Owen absolutely killed it on this one. 

Here’s leiladelduca + Owen Gieni’s masterpiece of a wraparound cover for November’s SHUTTER VOL. 1: WANDERLOST TPB, collecting issues #1-6 for only $9.99, published by imagecomics.

It will contain all the story pages, but none of the backups/exclusives/back cover illustrations/etc. so if you want all the extra stuff, we definitely implore you to check out the single issues as they are awesome.

BONUS: as trades go on the map will run continuously, eventually forming one gigantic map of the entire series. So, yes, Leila and Owen absolutely killed it on this one. 

THIS ISSUE: Why Kate quit.

Shutter #5 is out tomorrow (or today, if you’re reading this on the 13th of August in the year of our Lord 2014 A.D., or perhaps sometime in the distant past). Here are the only three pages of the issue we could possibly show because the rest of it gets into Big Time Spoiler Country. That being said, eagle-eyed readers of #1-4 will probably catch a lot in these three pages alone.

Image Comics reported this morning that both Shutter #2 + 3 have sold out (at a distribution level, which means you local comic shop may have copies) and are in need of reprinting due to reorder demand, so we’re heading back to press with these B&W covers with the original art rescanned in color whenever possible, to emulate the look of original art.
The second printings will be in-stores on July 16th, just one week after #4’s release on July 9th!
They also had some nice quotes from Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman and Shutter Publisher Eric Stephenson.
“Shutter has been such a wonderful revelation,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “I thought it was a great idea when Joe first pitched the series, but it wasn’t until I saw the amazing work Leila was doing that it had its fullest impact on me. What she’s doing with Joe’s scripts makes each issue such a rewarding read—one of those books you want to go back to again and again to make sure you catch every little thing—and based on what I’ve seen so far, this is a series that’s just going to get better and better as it moves along.”“The best comics bring something NEW to the table,” added Robert Kirkman, Image Comics partner and creator of THE WALKING DEAD. “Shutter by Joe Keatinge and Leila Del Duca is so completely and utterly new that it reminds you of the potential of this medium.”

Image Comics reported this morning that both Shutter #2 + 3 have sold out (at a distribution level, which means you local comic shop may have copies) and are in need of reprinting due to reorder demand, so we’re heading back to press with these B&W covers with the original art rescanned in color whenever possible, to emulate the look of original art.

The second printings will be in-stores on July 16th, just one week after #4’s release on July 9th!

They also had some nice quotes from Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman and Shutter Publisher Eric Stephenson.

“Shutter has been such a wonderful revelation,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “I thought it was a great idea when Joe first pitched the series, but it wasn’t until I saw the amazing work Leila was doing that it had its fullest impact on me. What she’s doing with Joe’s scripts makes each issue such a rewarding read—one of those books you want to go back to again and again to make sure you catch every little thing—and based on what I’ve seen so far, this is a series that’s just going to get better and better as it moves along.”

“The best comics bring something NEW to the table,” added Robert Kirkman, Image Comics partner and creator of THE WALKING DEAD. “Shutter by Joe Keatinge and Leila Del Duca is so completely and utterly new that it reminds you of the potential of this medium.”

Thoughts on the Daniel Maghen/Christie’s Comics Art Auction

I think this is by far one of the biggest stories in the comics world to come in months.

The quick gist is the Daniel Maghen Gallery, one of the most prestigious comics art galleries in the world, has teamed up with the world renowned auction house, Christie’s, to present one of the most astonishing collections of original art to go up at once, at such a huge public venue.

While original art auctions are something of regularity, especially through Heritage Auctions, I think one of this caliber going through Christie’s has the potential to really change the global field of comics original art within the mainstream art world. While there have obviously been some major art sales over the last several years, I think the potential here is massive. It’s not just that it’s Maghen. It’s not just that it’s Christie’s. It’s the combination of them, with the work being presented that makes this a huge deal in the arts world, solidifying comics place as not a niche, but placing its sales in a larger context it’s not normally associated with.

Here’s the English language press release. There’s a huge selection of original art scans linked here, featuring — among many others — Jean Giraud (including both Blueberry and some Moebius work), Osamu Tezuka, Albert Uderzo, Jacques Tardi, Will Eisner, Peyo, Mike Mignola, Milo Manara, André Julliard, André Franquin, Jean-Pierre Gibrat (who I’ve been talking a lot lately, after a current obsession fueled by the original of the piece they have available here) and many, many more

Going once, going twice… sold! Christie’s, the world renowed auction house, and Daniel Maghen Gallery, Europe’s premier sequential art gallery, have undertaken a historical partnership to present a original art auction of unprecidented scale. This prestigious event will be solidifying sequential art’s place in the global art market.

Over 200 original pieces from a world-wide selection of major comics and illustration artists will be available, including the cover art from Albert Uderzo’s Asterix and the Soothsayer as well as the one fromFranquin's Spirou and Fantasio - L’héritage. This finely curated selection includes historic artists (Franquin, Peyo, Jacobs, Will), classics (Pratt, Moebius, Tardi, Bilal, Gibrat), new talents (Mallié, Brüno, Vallée, Boiscommun) and illustrators (Lacombe, Graffet, Brizzi).

An initial selection will be on display at theDaniel Maghen Gallery from Wednesday, January 29th to Saturday, March 1st and at Christie’s during Le Salon du Dessin (26th to the 31st of March) and Wednesday, April 2nd to Saturday, April 5th. The catalogue (March 15th) will combine Christie’s and Maghen’s unique know-how in designing such prestigious volumes. Auction date: Saturday, April 5th.

EXPOING IMAGE III: Shutter

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As I mentioned before, during Image Expo I moderated a panel called I is for Irreverent. Amongst the panelists was my pal Brandon, who I’m sure you know well from his fine comics like King City, Multiple Warheads and Prophet.

During the panel Brandon mentioned I was, in his words, “the child Image raised.” 

He later expounded, “I was thinking about how for you Image was the spark that lit how you felt about about comics and what you wanted to pursue in a comics career, and then you working there for so long and learning how the industry worked through your comic heroes.”

And I don’t think he’s wrong.

I do love other comics tremendously. I don’t think I’ve been shy about my love of working in the worlds Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and countless others built at Marvel. I run a Tumblr dedicated entirely to Hugo Pratt. Katsuhiro Otomo, Osamu Tezuka and Naoki Urasawa are just as big as influences as anyone else. Batman and Superman are pretty cool. As others have paraphrased, “Comics Rule Everything Around Me.”

That all said, Image does have a special place in my heart. They lit that spark to make this comics thing my entire life, not just my hobby. They took me from spectator to creator. I am who I am in a lot of ways because of Image Comics.

Yet its been a while since I’ve done something purely creator-owned. HELL YEAH is  wrapping up (slowly but surely, I’ll be showing evidence on Thursday) with #10. Ken Garing and I are continuing to plug away at INTERGALACTIC. I’ve done a lot of fun work-for-hire like GLORY, MARVEL KNIGHTS: HULK and most recently, TECH JACKET DIGITAL.

So at Image Expo we announced I’d be getting back to my roots, so to speak.

Let’s talk about SHUTTER, after the cut.

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