There were a few notable announements at Saturday’s Image 20th anniversary panel on Saturday. Briefly…
Joe Keating, writer of Glory, promised lots of the old “ultraviolence” over then next few issues. The next arc takes place 500 years in the future.
Joe Casey said that the eighth issue of Butcher Baker will come out. Someday. And he begged for more patience, saying that when it does finally hit the stands, it’ll be full of violence and nudity. Godland will finally actually wrap up this year, with the page count on the final couple of issues hitting around fifty each. He also gave credit to “herbal aid” in dealing with all of the many threads he’d managed to weave into the story.
Casey is also putting out The Milkman Murders. “If you like families skinning pets, underage girls having sex, rape, this is the book for you,” he quipped.
Also just announced is Casey’s new project with Charlie Aldard, Rockbottom, about a guy made of stone. And it’s just straight linework with Aldard. No heavy inks, no colors. The few pages that were flashed up on the screen were gorgeous.
Tim Seeley has a new book called Revival, with artist Mike Norton. Seeley described it as “Walking Dead meets Fargo.” He said that the premise revolves around a rural town (a lot like where he grew up) where all of a sudden all of the dead are just… not. Not zombies, not rotting. Just back. But still not quite right. Seeley said a lot of the content, while firstly a crime noir story, will also revolve around how people who’ve lost loved ones and grieved and moved on with their lives, now suddenly have to deal with ressurected friends and family members. And a zebra/horse hybrid (zorse, or hebra depending on who you ask) is murdered.
Tony Harris is hard at work on Chin Music, as well as putting out what he described as a 15-year endeavour, Roundeye, for love. Harris described the work, which he said will be a graphic novel and will be presented in a non-tradtional size format like 300, as the most personal project he’s worked on in 28 years, and “a love letter to my wife.”
Harris said that like most traditional Japanese fairy tales, it’s not gonna have a happy ending. In fact, the story opens on that unhappy final scene, and then the rest is told in a series of flashbacks. The story takes place on Earth, but an entirely Japanese Earth.
Also, Harris said that at one point there’s a giant naked fat white man that stubles out of a bamboo forest, and that is never accounted for.
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