Panels and Events for Image Comics at Comic-Con 2012

Independent publisher spotlights creator-owned titles in seven panels

Image Comics is gearing up for Comic-Con International in San Diego with seven panels lined up on the programming schedule for biggest comics event of the year! Ranging from introductions to new Image creators and craft-oriented conversations about comics writing to room-busters like THE WALKING DEAD panel and the Image Comics 20th Anniversary panel featuring Image’s founders and partners, the Image Comics programming has something for every kind of fan.

Here is the schedule for the panels. Full listings, including descriptions, panelists, and room numbers follow.
Thursday, July 12

2:00-3:00pm — Image Comics Presents
3:45-4:45pm — The Walking Dead

Friday, July 13

4:45-5:45pm — The Writers’ Room with Jonathan Ross

Saturday, July 14

11:30am-12:30pm — Top Cow: We Create… Innovation!
2:00-3:00pm — The Image Comics Experience
3:00-4:00pm — Take to the Sky: Skybound and the Next Generation of Independence

Sunday, July 15

1:00-2:00pm — Image Comics’ 20th Anniversary

Comic-Con International takes place on July 12-15 in the San Diego Convention Center. The Image Comics booth (#2729) will be the destination for Skybound, Shadowline, and Image central titles, while the Top Cow booth (#2629) will have all the latest in the WITCHBLADE- and THE DARKNESS-helmed universe.

Image Comics Presents
Some of Image Comics’ most exciting new creators assemble to talk about their new work and life as independent comics creators. Join these rising star creators for a lively conversation, and discover your favorite new creators and titles! Panelists include: Tim Daniel (Enormous), Jim McCann (Mind the Gap), Sina Grace (Li’l Depressed Boy, Not My Bag), Ales Kot (Wild Children), Michael Moreci (Hoax Hunters), and Kurtis Wiebe (Green Wake, Peter Panzerfaust, Debris).
Moderator: Sarah deLaine
Thursday, 7/12/12, 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.
Room: 23ABC

The Walking Dead
The best-selling, award-winning comic The Walking Dead has been a critical and commercial success– and its TV adaptation on AMC holds its own weight as a record-setting juggernaut.  Join creator/ writer Robert Kirkman and series artist Charlie Adlard for a rare sit-down, where they will discuss the past, present, and future of the decade’s most talked about zombie phenomenon.  A Q&A will follow the conversation between the visionary collaborators.
Moderator: Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard
Thursday, 7/12/12, 3:45p.m. – 4:45p.m.
Room: 6A

The Writers’ Room with Jonathan Ross
Some of comics’ best writers will talk to the UK’s famed radio/television presenter and comic book writer Jonathan Ross (Turf, America’s Got Powers) about the challenges, triumphs, and idiosyncrasies of the comics creative process. Find out how Image Comics titles like Fatale, Chew,  and The Walking Dead are conceived, written, and brought to the printed page from the writers who knew them from “PAGE ONE, PANEL ONE.” Panelists: Ed Brubaker, John Layman, and Robert Kirkman.
Moderator: Jonathan Ross
Friday, 7/13/12, 4:45p.m. – 5:45p.m.
Room: 6A

Top Cow: We Create… Innovation!
Top Cow’s Comic-Con panels are known for being wall-to-wall jam-packed with exciting announcements, but this year’s panel promises to put all other years to shame. Join Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri and Top Cow President Matt Hawkins as they announce the biggest, most ground-breaking initiative in their 20-year history and the return of a fan favorite series. Plus special guest Mark Waid (Daredevil, Irredeemable) joins Top Cow to announce an exciting new project. Get the scoop on a big Top Cow film announcement and if you are an aspiring creator, you won’t want to miss this panel! Be the first to hear the announcements that will drive Top Cow through the rest of 2012 and beyond, alongside surprise guests, and every attendee will get an exclusive ashcan that is sure to be a collectible!
Moderators: Marc Silvestri & Matt Hawkins
Saturday, 11:30p.m. – 12:30p.m.
Room: 8

The Image Comics Experience
Join Publisher Eric Stephenson and a panel of surprise guests for an exclusive look at what’s coming up for Image in 2013! An absolutely don’t miss event for anyone wanting to be among the first to hear some of the biggest comics announcements of the year!
Moderator: Eric Stephenson
Saturday, 7/14/12, 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.
Room: 25ABC

Take to the Sky: Skybound and the Next Generation of Independence
Things continue to look up for Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics. The premiere original Witch Doctor has sold out nationwide, the all-ages hit Super Dinosaur continues to soar, and Kirkman’s first-ever writer’s room-driven crime drama, Thief of Thieves, is a critical success… what’s next? Join Robert Kirkman as he discusses the future of the imprint with his stable of creators, including the creative teams behind Witch Doctor, Thief of Thieves, and more! Expect only AWESOMENESS.
Moderator: Sina Grace
Saturday, 7/14/12, 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.
Room: 25ABC

Image Comics’ 20th Anniversary
Twenty years ago, a group of young artists left their work-for-hire jobs to create Image Comics, a publisher dedicated to creators’ individual visions and a champion of creative ownership. Image Comics partners and some of the original founders now come together to talk about what Image Comics has meant for the present and future of comics. Panelists: Marc Silvestri, Rob Liefeld, Jim Valentino, Whilce Portacio, Erik Larsen, and Robert Kirkman.
Moderator: Eric Stephenson
Sunday, 7/15/12, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.
Room: 6A

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
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via Image Comics Press Release

The Walking Dead Creator/Writer Robert Kirkman Transforms Hyundai Elantra Coupe Into Zombie Survival Machine

Hyundai has partnered with Robert Kirkman’s Skybound imprint at Image Comics and Kirkman’s groundbreaking comic and best-selling graphic novels, The Walking Dead, along with Future US, at Comic-Con International in San Diego this year on July 12-15.

The Hyundai Undead program celebrates the release of the 100th issue of The Walking Dead comic at the Future US booth on the Comic-Con floor where Hyundai will unveil a customized Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Machine designed by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and fabricated by Design Craft. Kirkman, Skybound and Hyundai will also give away a Hyundai Elantra GT wrapped in the cover of The Walking Dead 100th issue by artist Charlie Adlard. All of these events will be celebrated at the private The Walking Dead 100th Issue VIP Black Carpet Event.

Hyundai’s partnership with Future US and Robert Kirkman/Skybound seeks to expand Hyundai’s immersion into the Gen Y culture beyond music into other key passion points like entertainment and gaming. By infiltrating Comic-Con alongside Future US and the exploding popularity of The Walking Dead franchise, Hyundai expands the Gen Y conversation to include the new Elantra variants, Coupe and GT.

Hyundai Undead kicked off June 12 with the launch of HyundaiUndead.com and a four-part behind-the-scenes video series. The videos will detail the creation of the Zombie Survival Machine and showcase the car build from start to finish, ending with the unveiling of the vehicle at Comic-Con on preview night, July 11 at the Future US booth.

“The Hyundai Undead program allows us to interact with hundreds of thousands of film, comic, TV and video game fans during this summer’s ultimate pop culture event,” said Steve Shannon, vice president of Marketing, Hyundai Motor America. “We can’t wait to unveil our custom Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Machine, the ultimate car for The Walking Dead fans and anyone who wants to survive a zombie apocalypse.”

Hyundai’s Zombie Survival Machine will showcase modifications including: a front-end custom zombie plow cow catcher with spikes, slatted armored window coverings, a roof hatch to allow passengers to shoot at walkers, an electric rear trunk to house weapons, all‐terrain/rally type tires, weapons storage compartments, a CB radio/PA system and much more.

Kirkman and Skybound will also be giving away a black 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT wrapped in the cover of the 100th issue of the comic featuring artwork by Charlie Adlard, longtime artist for The Walking Dead. The sweepstakes launched June 12 and will run until July 31. Enter the sweepstakes at HyundaiUndead.com, the Skybound booth or the Future booth at San Diego Comic-Con.

“I had a good experience working with Hyundai and Future US last year and I thought it would be totally awesome if a fan of the comic were able to win a great new car made even cooler with Charlie’s artwork,” said Kirkman. “Designing the Zombie Survival Machine was just the icing on the cake. I’m very excited to see the amazing job they are doing in turning my doodles and ideas into a truly awesome car. I hope they will let me do a test drive before Comic-Con!”

Two other Hyundai vehicles will be featured at “The Walking Dead 100th Issue VIP Black Carpet Event” on July 13 at Petco Park in San Diego: the custom wrapped Elantra GT that will be given away on July 31st and a Kiwi Green Tucson. The private VIP party will be a fully immersive recreation of a post-apocalyptic world infested with zombies.

Comic-Con attendees will be able to take pictures with the Zombie Survival Machine at the Future US booth, and get inside the vehicle to check out all of the features, including a limited run illustrated owner’s manual that walks drivers through the machine’s unique features and prepares them for the gruesome realities of the zombie apocalypse. The booth will also feature a Zombie Target practice area and a zombie costume contest.

Visit HyundaiUndead.com to learn more and see all the details at Skybound.com. Enter for a chance to win a 2013 Elantra GT at HyundaiUndead.com, the Skybound booth or the Future booth at San Diego Comic-Con.

ROBERT KIRKMAN
Robert Kirkman’s success and passionate advocacy for creator-owned comics led him to become the first person invited to become a partner at Image Comics since the company’s inception twenty years ago and he formed his own imprint there, Skybound, in 2010.  Kirkman is the creator/writer of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, all-ages Super Dinosaur, The Astounding Wolf-Man, and new title Thief of Thieves, among many others. Kirkman has earned the respect of the comic, writing and television communities and topped the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels in 2011 and in April 2012, he took the top five spots on both the hardcover and paperback lists. He’s the creator/executive producer and writer of the hit television show, AMC’s The Walking Dead, the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the U.S, also an international success in 120 countries and 250 million households. AMC just picked up Thief of Thieves as a series with Kirkman serving as creator/executive producer and writer. Skybound.com is your destination for all news and merchandise for Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles.
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FUTURE

Future PLC is an international media group and leading digital content producer listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol: FUTR).  Founded in 1985 with one magazine, today they have operations in the U.K., U.S. and Australia creating 200 specialist publications, apps, websites and events. Future holds market-leading positions in games, film, music, technology, cycling, crafts and automotive. Their biggest-selling products include TechRadar, T3, Total Film, BikeRadar, MusicRadar, Classic Rock, GamesRadar and Official Xbox Magazine. Future sells 2.9 million magazines each month; they attract more than 35 million monthly unique visitors to their websites; and they deliver over 100 digital editions and bespoke apps on tablet. Future exports or syndicates publications to 89 countries, making us the U.K.’s number one exporter and licensor of magazine content. Future is the Association of Online Publishers’ Consumer Digital Publisher of the Year.
DESIGN CRAFT
Design Craft Fabrication, owned by Gary Castillo, creates many of today’s top race cars, drift cars and display vehicles. As one of the leading car fabrication shops in Southern California, Design Craft Fabrication works closely with OE manufacturers and enthusiasts to design and develop authentic vehicles from bikes, planes, boats, engines, wheels or wings. Castillo was the technical editor of several auto magazines including Import Tuner and DSPORT. Most recently, his shop has built cars for Lexus, Scion, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, and many others. For more information, please visit www.designcraftfab.com.
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HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.
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For more details on Hyundai Assurance, please visit www.HyundaiAssurance.comFor more details on the wrapped car giveaway and all news on Robert Kirkman and The Walking Dead, please visit www.Skybound.com.
via Hyundai Motor America

Skybound & Image Comics to Offer Limited Edition THE WALKING DEAD Governor T-Shirts at Comic-Con 2012!

Skybound and Image Comics will be commemorating the 100th issue of The Walking Dead with a limited edition t-shirt with the image of The Governor saying “KILL THEM ALL!” The shirts will be available at the Skybound Booth for $25 ($27 for XXL) starting on Preview Night at Comic-Con 2012. The illustration is by The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard.

The Walking Dead Compendium Hardcover SDCC 2012 Exclusive!

It looks like this will be an exclusive for Comic-Con 2012. After 100 copies being available for sale for at ECCC this past weekend. The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1 is hard-bound with gold embossing, featuring the first 48-issues (over 1000 pages!). It also features a new cover illustration by Charlie Adlard.

The Compendium sells for $100. This will definitely be cheaper than trying to find all of the original comics! So save up now! I need to get one of these myself and then find Robert Kirkman at SDCC!

via Image Comics

Image Expo Announces Six Exclusive Variant Covers

Attendees of Image Expo, taking place February 24, 25, and 26 in Oakland, California will get something else in addition to excellent programming, array of exhibiting publishers and artists, and face time with their favorite collectors — the chance to get six comics with convention-exclusive covers.

The first 5,000 attendees of Image Expo will receive a free copy of THE WALKING DEAD #94 by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Cliff Rathburn with an exclusive cover picturing Michonne, katana at her side, atop an intertwined mass of zombies.

An exclusive GLORY #23 featuring a new cover by Ross Campbell and the slogan “FIGHT CENSORSHIP” will benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and will be available only at the CBLDF booth.

Other exclusive covers are THE DARKNESS #100, featuring a sketch cover by Marc Silvestri; ARTIFACTS #14 with art by Stjepan Sejic and a blank back cover for attendees’ favorite artists to sketch on, THIEF OF THIEVES #1 with art by Shawn Martinbrough, and CHEW #24 with art by Rob Guillory.

The Image Expo convention-exclusive variant covers will be available in limited quantities. For more information about Image Expo, visit www.imagecomicexpo.com.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit http://www.imagecomics.com.

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ABOUT IMAGE EXPO
Image Expo is a three-day comic book convention commemorating Image Comics’ 20th Anniversary and celebrating creator-owned comics, being held on February 24, 25, and 26, 2012 at the Oakland Convention Center. Image partners Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino, will be the guests of honor, appearing for signings, panels, and special events. Other special guests include Image founders Rob Liefeld, and Whilce Portacio, plus the creators of today’s best creator-owned comics, including Ed Brubaker and Brian K. Vaughan.

via Image Comics Press Release