Joe Keatinge's Comics & Stories

“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)

SHUTTER #1 is finally ALMOST here!

This Wednesday, April 9th is the big day. Been amped about this for a while.

And here’s a preview of all four covers (by Leila del Duca, Emma Ríos, Dustin Weaver & Brandon Graham) and the preview that’s going around websites right now. I’ve added the last spread of the title sequence as it seemed weird to cut off there, so consider this a TUMBLR EXCLUSIVE. 

It’s $3.50. Features 21 pages of a lead feature. Two pages of what will eventually be a letters column, but is just Leila and me talking for right now. Four pages of comics by Ryan Alexander-Tanner & Catherine Peach. One page of our regular Tiger Lawyer comic by writer Ryan Ferrier & a rotating series of artists. One ad because I really love Michel Fiffe’s Copra. Then a back cover with ANOTHER Leila del Duca & Owen Gieni image, credits, etc. 

Here’s Leila & me talking about it with Comic Book Resources. Here’s me talking about it with Lindsey Morris of Girls Gone Geek. Here’s Leila talking about it with Multiversity.

If you live in Portland, Oregon you can hang out with me on Wednesday at Cosmic Monkey. If you live in Missoula, Montana, you can hang out with Leila on Wednesday at Muse Comics. If you live in Southern California you can hang out with BOTH of us on Friday at Beach Ball Comics

And finally, here are some thoughts on Shutter from other people who make comic books:

"SHUTTER is bold, smart fun — a stunning book on every front. Keatinge and del Duca have crafted something special — at once intimate and epic."
- Scott Snyder (Batman, The Wake, Wytches)
"Joyous and Heartfelt science-fiction pop with all the capital-R Romance of  the last roll of polaroid film on Earth."
- Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers, The Wicked + The Divine)

Please do spread the word! And have a good week!
Hot damn. Shutter #3 gets a little violent.
(drawn by Leila del Duca assorted foliage​ and colored by Owen Gieni, from Shutter #3, out June 11th)

Hot damn. Shutter #3 gets a little violent.

(drawn by Leila del Duca assorted foliage​ and colored by Owen Gieni, from Shutter #3, out June 11th)

YEAH IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR!
Emerald City Comic Con is rolling up this weekend and Leila del Duca + I are rolling up with it, seated at table B-06. 
I’m way stoked to sign whatever you wanna bring, but if you’re looking to pick some up, I’ll have my usual con exclusive deal of both Glory Vol. 1 & 2 for $20 total or cover price separately. Hell Yeah Vol. 1 & Morbius Vol. 1 for cover as well! 
I have my absolute last stash of Glory #34 CBLDF variants for sale for $5 personalized and $10 non-personalized. I doubt I’ll have any left after this show.
Since it’s a local-ish con I’m going to have some stuff I never have at shows I fly to.
I’ve got some two buck comics — I found a stash of my rarest Marvel work — an Avengers Assemble issue featuring Captain America teaming up with Sleep Walker. The first of (so far) two instances where I work in Cap Wolf.
Also my very first DC Comic, an Arsenal one-shot with wicked awesome artist Ricken. Also my issue of Dia de los Muertos featuring Riley Rossmo and I riffing on 70s Kirby and a Fantastic Comics issue featuring Michael Allred and I doing a Stardust the Super Wizard story. Again, all for $2/pop.
Leila will have Prints to covers of issue 1 & 2, portfolio of original art and sketches with prices we will discover there together. 
While we won’t have SHUTTER for sale (too early and retailers are real good to us!), Image said they’ll bring me an advance which you can buy for $25,000.
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We’re also signing at the IMAGE COMICS booth Friday from 5-6 PM. They will have an EXTREMELY limited edition Shutter print to go along with the signing. My understanding is this is your one and only chance to grab one of those.
We’re ALSO on a panel:

mage Comics Presents Crime, Adventure, & Fantasy!
Gunfights, heists, cowboys, hoodlums, magicians, adventurers, aliens, and more: are you not entertained? Image Comics’ varied publishing line has something for everybody. Settle in and listen to the experts discuss creating entertaining stories.
Program date and time: Saturday, March 29, 5:00 p.m. in TCC 301
Panelists: Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly), Jason Latour (Southern Bastards), Jason Aaron (Southern Bastards), Joe Keatinge (Shutter), Leila Del Duca (Shutter), Frank Barbiere (Five Ghosts), Joshua Williamson (Ghosted)

I’m on another one on Friday with the Skybound crew.

Robert Kirkman’s Skybound: On the Rise
There’s no limit on what to expect from Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics. The Walking Dead continues to dominate comics and television, Manifest Destiny is one of 2013’s breakout hits, and new series—like OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA—are on the horizon. Join Skybound’s best writers and artists as they discuss what’s in Skybound’s future.
Program date and time: Friday, March 28, 12:40 p.m. in Hall D (Room 602-603)
Panelists: Joshua Williamson (Ghosted), Paul Azaceta (Outcast), Joe Keatinge(Shutter) & special guests

Other than that, we’ll both be around, are sociable and want to hang out with YOU, so don’t be a stranger if you see us around!

YEAH IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR!

Emerald City Comic Con is rolling up this weekend and Leila del Duca + I are rolling up with it, seated at table B-06. 

I’m way stoked to sign whatever you wanna bring, but if you’re looking to pick some up, I’ll have my usual con exclusive deal of both Glory Vol. 1 & 2 for $20 total or cover price separately. Hell Yeah Vol. 1 & Morbius Vol. 1 for cover as well! 

I have my absolute last stash of Glory #34 CBLDF variants for sale for $5 personalized and $10 non-personalized. I doubt I’ll have any left after this show.

Since it’s a local-ish con I’m going to have some stuff I never have at shows I fly to.

I’ve got some two buck comics — I found a stash of my rarest Marvel work — an Avengers Assemble issue featuring Captain America teaming up with Sleep Walker. The first of (so far) two instances where I work in Cap Wolf.

Also my very first DC Comic, an Arsenal one-shot with wicked awesome artist Ricken. Also my issue of Dia de los Muertos featuring Riley Rossmo and I riffing on 70s Kirby and a Fantastic Comics issue featuring Michael Allred and I doing a Stardust the Super Wizard story. Again, all for $2/pop.

Leila will have Prints to covers of issue 1 & 2, portfolio of original art and sketches with prices we will discover there together. 

While we won’t have SHUTTER for sale (too early and retailers are real good to us!), Image said they’ll bring me an advance which you can buy for $25,000.

—-

We’re also signing at the IMAGE COMICS booth Friday from 5-6 PM. They will have an EXTREMELY limited edition Shutter print to go along with the signing. My understanding is this is your one and only chance to grab one of those.

We’re ALSO on a panel:

mage Comics Presents Crime, Adventure, & Fantasy!
Gunfights, heists, cowboys, hoodlums, magicians, adventurers, aliens, and more: are you not entertained? Image Comics’ varied publishing line has something for everybody. Settle in and listen to the experts discuss creating entertaining stories.
Program date and time: Saturday, March 29, 5:00 p.m. in TCC 301
Panelists: Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly), Jason Latour (Southern Bastards), Jason Aaron (Southern Bastards), Joe Keatinge (Shutter), Leila Del Duca (Shutter), Frank Barbiere (Five Ghosts), Joshua Williamson (Ghosted)
I’m on another one on Friday with the Skybound crew.
Robert Kirkman’s Skybound: On the Rise
There’s no limit on what to expect from Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics. The Walking Dead continues to dominate comics and television, Manifest Destiny is one of 2013’s breakout hits, and new series—like OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA—are on the horizon. Join Skybound’s best writers and artists as they discuss what’s in Skybound’s future.
Program date and time: Friday, March 28, 12:40 p.m. in Hall D (Room 602-603)
Panelists: Joshua Williamson (Ghosted), Paul Azaceta (Outcast), Joe Keatinge(Shutter) & special guests
Other than that, we’ll both be around, are sociable and want to hang out with YOU, so don’t be a stranger if you see us around!

LIVE FROM IMAGE COMICS!

SHUTTER #1 is officially a printing, living, breathing comic book. So amped right now. I can’t believe this thing exists on  Earth.

You’ve seen Leila’s, Emma’s, Brandon’s and Dustin’s cover, but that sketch cover over there is one Leila and I will be selling at events we’re at until they’re gone. Very limited amount of them, for folks who come on by. 

They’ll be on sale at your local comic book shop on April 9th. They will not be for sale at Emerald City Comic Con (but Leila and I will both be there at table B-06 — more info in a sec), but Image says they’ll bring a copy for me to check out, which can be purchased for $25,000. 

SHUTTER #1 has just been officially approved at the printers, setting this thing off to press, so I thought I’d share a sneak peak at the series’ single issue trade dress, designed by super-graphic's Tim Leong (logo + front) and Image's Monica Garcia (back). Every issue will have some variation of the above, with alternating back cover portraits related to the interiors. That big white spot has a barcode inside of it.

I really to put up the back cover with everyone’s names on there — from Leila to Owen to Ed to Tim to Monica to every single person in the Image Comics masthead (and the variant cover artists, of course — Emma Ríos, Brandon Graham and Dustin Weaver [who are credited under the design credit on the back cover of each of their covers, where Leila’s is here]) — this is Team Shutter.  

I love working at Image in large part because of the staff there. To have such a passionate, hard working team backing your creator-owned dream come true — well, it’s a real nice feeling. I’m very grateful for them.

So, yeah, there you go. Look for it inside your comic book shop on April 9th. 

Those cool dudes over at Comics Alliance debuted the final variant for SHUTTER #1, drawn by other cool dude and pal PROPHET’s Brandon Graham

Note today is the ABSOLUTE LAST DAY to put your orders in for SHUTTER #1 as retailer’s Final Order Cutoff is, well, today, so please hand on over this here PDF form to your local comic book shop to ensure you get your copy.

Like with Emma and Dustin’s covers, I’d rather use this post to talk a bit about Brandon.

Doing so is kind of tough. I discovered Emma and Dustin through their work. I discovered Brandon through a pizza place. A mutual buddy of ours got us together since we’re both obsessed with Tintin (at least, I’m assuming that’s why) and we’ve been pals ever since. Pizza and Hergé will do that to people. Mix in several years of hot cheese on hot bread and ligne claire Franco-Belgium comics and it’s hard to not cop to a bias.

But I think I can put my huge bias aside to appreciate his work. The prequel to that pizza place was first grabbing copy of his Alternative Comics-published anthology Escalator at Emerald City Comic Con and I dug it even then. He mixed a lot of stuff I was just rediscovering (in terms of Tintin and Shirow), stuff I was getting a new appreciation for (Moebius and 70s underground comics) and introduced me to a lot of stuff I didn’t really know much about at the time (the graphitti art scene). Getting to see his work evolve first hand  in the years since has been pretty damn sweet from Escalator to King City to Multiple Warheads and most recently, Prophet. It’s interesting to see how that mix of eurocomics, underground comics, manga and not comics has evolved over the years. Like I mentioned with Emma, I think the artistic DNA of Brandon’s work has remained consistent, while still going in new and interesting directions. I’m particularly excited for 8House. 

I think Brandon’s got a rep for being, well, opinionated, but I think the truth is its core of his absolute and unwavering love of comics. I don’t know many other guys who can stay up until the wee hours mutually appreciating Frank Miller’s The Spirit, Ryoichi Ikegami’s Sanctuary, Marvel Comics Superheroes Secret Wars. 

It’s also interesting to see how much influence his styles had in such a relatively short amount of time. I’ve seen a lot of his work in those of comics art students I’ve met over the last year or so. I don’t doubt it’s an influence that will continue to spread.

So what I’m getting at here is that while Brandon’s a pal who did a pal a solid by contributing this sweet cover, I am honored to have Brandon’s art as part of Shutter. As both a dude whose been there since before my beginning as a writer (well, a guy whose living was writing, anyway) and as an artist who’s a major part of the comics zeitgeist, I am very thrilled and thankful.

So, thanks, pal. It’s a thrill to have you on board Team Shutter.

The fine folks over at Comic Book Resources debuted our second variant cover for SHUTTER #1, this time by the incredible artist and co-creator of the Image Comics published supernatural western PRETTY DEADLY, Emma Ríos aka steinerfrommars.

If you’d like to ensure your copy of Emma’s cover on April 9th, you may do so by downloading the linked PDF here and presenting it to your retailer, but please do so soon as the Final Order Cutoff is this coming Monday!

Enough about pre-orders. Like last time, I’d rather take this opportunity to discuss the brilliant artist responsible for this cover.

Emma’s someone whose work I’ve admired for a while now. As I recall, the first time I saw her work was on the BOOM! Studios series Hexed and immediately made a note to keep up with her work. I wasn’t disappointed.

My favorite artists in any medium are the ones who never get stagnate, who continually evolve with every new project, who approach each one in a new and different way. The most famous example of this in comics is the dual life of Jean Giraud/Moebius. One of the more recent examples in comics is Emma.

From Hexed to Marvel’s Osborn and Doctor Strange: Season One to the more recent (and my personal favorite) Pretty Deadly, Emma’s continual artistic evolution has been as enthralling as her comics. I find it interesting how her own personal DNA remains constant in all of these works. This cover is contemporary of Pretty Deadly and you can see Emma drew it, yet she went for something completely different. There’s shades of Eurocomics, there’s some manga. Parts of it reminds me of that old Konami game Policenauts while looking nothing like it.

I just love how the cords hang in zero gravity, it makes it seem more like you’re seeing this through a window than a static image. The characters seem like people you know, maybe it’s the tilt of Chris’ head or how enthralled young Kate is with her DS. It’s all really damn impressive.

This isn’t a totally random scene. In fact, it’s related to the opening of SHUTTER #1. You’ll see more soon, as I’m about halfway sure those pages will be used as the preview Image puts out the week of release.

In any case, my big point is to give a huge public thank you to Emma for doing up this brilliant piece for the variant. It’s absolutely beautiful and we’re lucky to have her.

NEXT: Brandon Graham.

Dustin Weaver’s variant for SHUTTER #1 has gone public thanks to those folks at Bleeding Cool and there’s still time to make sure you get a copy. Here’s a link to a hi-res PDF of the pre-order to print out and take to your local comic book shop so they can get it in by the deadline of MARCH 17th (in stores April 9th!). Emma Rios and Brandon Graham’s covers will be out on other websites short. 

Here’s a link to talking more about SHUTTER and the pre-order process, but I’d rather use this post to sing dustinweaver's praises.

Dustin’s an artist whose work I’ve been digging for a long time. He’s a guy whose influences seem to be every thing I am super into — folks like Moebius, Katsuhiro Otomo and Hayao Miyazaki — yet takes all these and has formed something entirely his own. It’s amazing to see what he’s done on AVENGERS and INFINITY. but I highly, highly suggest his web comic, amniacycle. Here’s his Tumblr. Here’s his blog with in-depth career history, exclusive glimpses into what he’s working on. And here’s a link to Amnia Cycle. I suggest you dive deep into all this. 

A major huge public thanks for Dustin contributing this awesome SHUTTER cover. He chose to focus on a flashback from issue #1, which is actually a really damn essential part of the larger SHUTTER lore we won’t even be getting into for a while now, so it’s way cool he did this. 

So, yeah. Dustin Weaver. That guy rules. So does Emma and Brandon. Looking forward to showing off their fine work soon.

Want to pre-order SHUTTER #1? Then just print out this handy PDF and hand it to your local comic book shop no later than March 17th, to ensure you get a copy on April 9th!

Want to know more about SHUTTER #1? I want to tell you more about SHUTTER #1. Let’s talk.

First, here’s Leila and me talking about it with our pal Casey Gilly over at Comic Book Resources, featuring a THEN EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW, fresh out of the I Is For Image Preview Book (which is free right now!). 

SHUTTER, the new Image Comics-published ongoing series drawn by Leila del Duca, colored by Owen Gieni, written by this dude right here (Joe Keatinge) and lettered by Ed Brisson, featuring a trade dress designed by Super Graphic’s Tim Leong is an ongoing series mixing up everything Leila and I love about… well, basically everything — Planet Earth. International travel. Intergalactic travel. Science fiction. Science fact. Giant monsters. Robot cats. Real life explorers. Fake life explorers. The multiverse. Lions in pinstriped suits carrying giant guns. Ninja ghosts. A whole lot more. — all told from the perspective of Kate Kristopher, who used to be the world’s most famous explorer until she quit for reasons no one else understands, until a family secret draws her back in the life she fought hard to leave behind.

Like, well, Every Image Book, SHUTTER only exists because Leila and I created this world together in whole cloth, because it’s something we’re extremely passionate about getting out there, because we have the opportunity to tell the story in the medium we love above all others. That said, it’s just us, Owen, Ed, Tim and the folks at Image.

You hear this a lot, but it’s because it’s so damn true — pre-orders are the life blood of a comic book. We would appreciate your pre-orders if you’re down. If you are down, thank you for being wonderful. 

Right now Leila’s working on issue 5. I’m working on issue 6. We’ve got a lot in the can, ensuring this thing will come out on time. Further, we’ll be taking on the model SAGA has — where we’ll take a break at the end of an arc, followed by the trade, followed by the next arc — to ensure we keep the pace. I’ve had books with me name on them be late and am not happy about it, so I’m ensuring as best I can that it doesn’t happen again, especially with SHUTTER. We’ve got a lot in the can. I hope you dig it all.
 
As you can see there are four variant covers. Leila’s is out there. Other websites will be featuring the other ones by AVENGERS’ Dustin Weaver, PRETTY DEADLY’s Emma Rios and PROPHET’s Brandon Graham. ALL IN DUE TIME. There’s no weird ratio or secret to getting the ones you want. Just order them in the quantity you desire. Easy peasy. 
And here are some thoughts by folks whose comics you dig!

"SHUTTER is bold, smart fun — a stunning book on every front. Keatinge and del Duca have crafted something special — at once intimate and epic."
- Scott Snyder (Batman, The Wake, Wytches)

"Joyous and Heartfelt science-fiction pop with all the capital-R Romance of  the last roll of polaroid film on Earth."
- Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers, The Wicked + The Divine)

For now — if you have any questions, feel free to hit me up on here, Twitter, or Facebook. Leila has a Tumblr too here and a Twitter there. Here’s Owen’s Twitter. Here’s Ed’s. Here’s Tim’s. Here’s True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto’s. 

And if you are a retailer or member of the press, feel free to hit me up for a review PDF!

GOODBYE FOR NOW!
Want to know more about SHUTTER #1? I want to tell you more about SHUTTER #1. Let’s talk.
SHUTTER, the new Image Comics-published ongoing series drawn by Leila del Duca, colored by Owen Gieni, written by this dude right here (Joe Keatinge) and lettered by Ed Brisson, featuring a trade dress designed by Super Graphic’s Tim Leong is an ongoing series mixing up everything Leila and I love about… well, basically everything — Planet Earth. International travel. Intergalactic travel. Science fiction. Science fact. Giant monsters. Robot cats. Real life explorers. Fake life explorers. The multiverse. Lions in pinstriped suits carrying giant guns. Ninja ghosts. A whole lot more. — all told from the perspective of Kate Kristopher, who used to be the world’s most famous explorer until she quit for reasons no one else understands, until a family secret draws her back in the life she fought hard to leave behind.
Like, well, Every Image Book, SHUTTER only exists because Leila and I created this world together in whole cloth, because it’s something we’re extremely passionate about getting out there, because we have the opportunity to tell the story in the medium we love above all others. That said, it’s just us, Owen, Ed, Tim and the folks at Image.
You hear this a lot, but it’s because it’s so damn true — pre-orders are the life blood of a comic book. We would appreciate your pre-orders if you’re down. If you are down, thank you for being wonderful. 
Right now Leila’s working on issue 5. I’m working on issue 6. We’ve got a lot in the can, ensuring this thing will come out on time. Further, we’ll be taking on the model SAGA has — where we’ll take a break at the end of an arc, followed by the trade, followed by the next arc — to ensure we keep the pace. I’ve had books with me name on them be late and am not happy about it, so I’m ensuring as best I can that it doesn’t happen again, especially with SHUTTER. We’ve got a lot in the can. I hope you dig it all.
 
As you can see there are four variant covers. Leila’s is out there. Other websites will be featuring the other ones by AVENGERS’ Dustin Weaver, PRETTY DEADLY’s Emma Rios and PROPHET’s Brandon Graham. ALL IN DUE TIME. There’s no weird ratio or secret to getting the ones you want. Just order them in the quantity you desire. Easy peasy. 

And here are some thoughts by folks whose comics you dig!
"SHUTTER is bold, smart fun — a stunning book on every front. Keatinge and del Duca have crafted something special — at once intimate and epic."
- Scott Snyder (Batman, The Wake, Wytches)
"Joyous and Heartfelt science-fiction pop with all the capital-R Romance of  the last roll of polaroid film on Earth."
- Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers, The Wicked + The Divine)
For now — if you have any questions, feel free to hit me up on here, Twitter, or Facebook. Leila has a Tumblr too here and a Twitter there. Here’s Owen’s Twitter. Here’s Ed’s. Here’s Tim’s. Here’s True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto’s
And if you are a retailer or member of the press, feel free to hit me up for a review PDF!
GOODBYE FOR NOW!
Everyone on Team Shutter agrees that Kate’s nose in this panel looks super solid.
(Excerpt from Shutter #2, due out in May. #1 in April!)