SDCC ’15: The Milkfed Panel – And Is This The Best Ever Use Of The Image Logo Ever?

Posted by July 9, 2015 Comment

Milkfed is the company founded by Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick that publishes comics through Image, and now makes TV shoes through Universal. And prides itself on having the coolset people as part of their operation.

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The Milkfed panel was always going to be wild. But it began with a birthday cake from Brian Bendis for Kelly Sue DeConnick….

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All all-star panel of Milkfed Criminal Masterminds took to the stage, Kelly Sue DeConnick in the lead, with hubby Matt Fraction unsuccessfully Skyping in – apparently we all sound like toilet sounds.

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Time for some Milkfed credits.

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And with Chip Kidd, Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon joining Lauren Sankovitch and Kelly Sue DeConnick (and eventually Bill Sienkiewicz) on stage, it as a chance for the team to go through the companies books and planned TV shows.

We get a promise of Bitch Planet returning in December and a sporting look ahead…


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As well as the Acedia Vol 2 of Casanova out in December with issue 5 – and back up stories by Michael Chabon and Gabriel Ba….

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“At the end of Casanova, everyone will read the last issue and die.” – Fabio Moon

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That was the page that broke Kelly’s mind. And there’s even promise from Lauren that it might even start to make sense too. Artist Fabio Moon was also on hand to deliver his own present, a family portrait. Chip Kidd took that opportunity to give his own hastily improvised birthday present, a Garfield container with a half eaten penis-cookie. Which Kelly proceeded to eat.

It’s not her birthday folks.

imageOdy-C, returning in August, got some serious cosplay attention.

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You wear Ody-C cosplay? You get to go on stage.

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And is this the best use of the Image logo to date?

We got a tease of Matt Fraction and Terry Dodson’s newly announced Adventureman.

Bill Sienkiewicz called his new project with Kelly Sue, Parisian White the most exciting for him that he’s done since Elektra Assassin.

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Pretty Deadly, is very far along, and we are told to watch out for the tree in issue 2.

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Kelly’s description to Emma Rios was “I don’t know, maybe a tree?” and we are told to “wait till you see what that became.”

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Satellite Sam‘s Deluxe Hardcover, has a Vellum overlay across the skullshape.

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And issue 15 goes colour with period ads.

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As for the delayed Sex Criminals #11, Chip was awake for 35 hours, as he and Matt drew the sketched bagged promotional covers, “Batman shitting on Comissioner Gordon lots of Robin labelled beautiful boy soldier, a lot of fun”. At which point they got an e-mail from Image saying “what are you doing, you can’t have Batman shitting on Commissioner Gordon in an Image comic.”

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Four lawyers later…. Chip’s suggestion that they cover Batcharacters with top hats was refused… so they had to start over.
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A thousand unsellable covers had to be destroyed… Chip told Kelly “We’re going to burn them at your home, put them in a urn and sell them for charity.” Which got legal approval right there and then.

So they have printed another thousand copies with scurrilous sketches of public domain characters. And Chip portraits.

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And yes, there is telly stuff to come.

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Questions and answers revealed that Chip Kidd’s happiest in-joke was including Obamacore, socialist pornography, in Sex Criminals, before he had to leave the panel, weaving his way through the questioners.

When asked about her attitude to life, described by Kelly Sue as “piss and vinegar” she talked about how smart women at some pint in their lives decide to identity with men, as they realise that is where the power is. But “as you start to see the world marginalises women and people of colour and people who are not on either end of the gender spectrum, you have an identity shift, you start to see what your responsibility is – and that’s as close as it comes to my non-compliant virgin story.”

You see, not just shits and giggles. But the panel finished with a game of “who said this? Tallujah, Kayne or Ulton, in which we all learned Bill Sienkiewicz’ real name… and promptly forgot it.

This is just a tiny fraction of the panel, if you can experience it in person. So do try if you can… or maybe get the Milkfed newsletter for another glimpse!

The penis cookies are on them.

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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(Last Updated July 10, 2015 9:07 am )

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