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Image Comics this week announced some new titles including an anthology that has quite a few noteworthy contributors including ALAN MOOREKIERON GILLEN, and more. The book titled 24 PANELS ANTHOLOGY will benefit the survivors of the Grenfell fire that killed 72 people in West London in 2017.

The book will be released on November 27th (my birthday, hint hint) and can be pre-ordered now through bookstores including Amazon. 


The next piece of news announced this week is that BITTER ROOT #1 from the creative team of David F. Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene will be released with four covers (the first two you can see below). The issue is set for release on November 14th will feature covers from Sanford Greene, Mike Mignola. The other two covers are from Cowan, and Williams and will be revealed later.


The next piece of news is about Rob Guillory’s new title FARMHAND, specifically the second issue. Due to overwhelming demand, the second issue of Farmhand will get a second print. The synopsis for the issue is as follows “In FARMHAND #2, Ezekiel Jenkins just wants to forget his past. Unfortunately, now that he’s returned to his family’s farm, that’s going to be damn near impossible. And if dealing with his own demons isn’t enough, today he’ll be dealing with a few of his father’s as well.

You can pick up the new printing on September 19th at comic book shops, and can check out the new cover art below.


Full press release for all the news this week is below. All images courtesy of Image Comics. 

24 PANELS Anthology will feature contributions from Alan Moore, Kieron Gillen & more, will benefit survivors of Grenfell fire
PORTLAND, OR, 08/21/2018 — Image Comics is pleased to announce the forthcoming 24 PANELS Anthology, curated by New York Times bestselling creator Kieron Gillen (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, PHONOGRAM) with co-editor Steve Thompson, and featuring work from some of the most celebrated storytellers and artists in the industry. As The Guardian reported yesterday in an exclusive scoop, this charity anthology will benefit the survivors of the Grenfell fire. 

In June 2017, the Grenfell fire killed 72 people in a 24-story tower block in West London. 24 PANELS is an anthology comic to support the PTSD needs of the survivors. The 24 PANELS Anthology will be comprised of 24 stories, each no longer than 24 panels. Half drawn from professional creators who volunteered their time and half drawn from open submissions, 24 PANELS is about community, hope, and (most of all) raising as much money as possible.

“These works are powerful but not saccharine… It’s an anthology in support of a traumatised society, so there is a limit to how dark you would want to go,” said Gillen in an interview about 24 PANELS with The Guardian. “It can’t be triggering. It has a theme of what trauma does, how it’s survived, how community works and generally hope. There’s stories that are intensely moving, but even so, they’re intensely life-affirming. It’s as varied as London itself.”

Al Ewing, Alan Moore, Alex de Campi, Antony Johnston, Caspar Wijngaard, Dan Watters, Dilraj Mann, Doug Braithwaite, Gavin Mitchell, Laurie Penny, Leigh Alexander, Lizz Lunney, Melinda Gebbie, Paul Cornell, Rachael Smith, Ram V, Robin Hoelzemann, Rosy Higgins, Sara Kenney, Sarah Gordon, Ted Brandt, Tom Humberstone, Tula Lotay, and more will contribute to 24 PANELS. 

Thompson added: “I took on this project because I’d seen before the power of asking creators to come together and give their time to help people. I have seen that translate into money that can make a real difference to those experiencing trauma and wanted 24 Panels to do all that while being about community and hope first and foremost. Kieron was the first person we spoke to from a long list of potential people to spearhead the project and he accepted right away which shows, I think, that he recognised that this project was important and could raise spirits as well as much-needed funds.”

24 PANELS (Diamond Code SEP180079, ISBN: 978-1-5343-1126-8) will be available in comic book stores on Wednesday, November 21st. The final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, October 8th. 

It will be available in bookstores on Tuesday, November 27th and can be pre-ordered at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Indiebound, and Indigo.


PORTLAND, OR, 08/22/2018 — Image Comics is pleased to reveal two eye-catching covers for the forthcoming BITTER ROOT #1 by David F. Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene. Cover A features artwork by Greene and Cover B features artwork by Mike Mignola. 

BITTER ROOT takes place in 1920s with the Harlem Renaissance in full swing. The new series will follow the Sangerye Family—New York (and the world’s) only hope for salvation from supernatural forces threatening doom and destruction. Once the greatest family of monster hunters in the world, the Sangeryes must move beyond the tragedies of the past, or be forced to sit back and watch an unimaginable evil ravage the human race.

BITTER ROOT #1 will hit stores on Wednesday, November 14th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, October 22nd. 

BITTER ROOT #1 Cover A Greene – Diamond Code SEP180020
BITTER ROOT #1 Cover B Mignola – Diamond Code SEP180021
BITTER ROOT #1 Cover C Cowan – Diamond Code SEP180022
BITTER ROOT #1 Cover D Williams – Diamond Code SEP180023
PORTLAND, OR, 08/23/2018 — Image Comics is pleased to announce that, in order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand, FARMHAND #2 by Rob Guillory (CHEW) is being fast-tracked for a second printing. 

In FARMHAND #2, Ezekiel Jenkins just wants to forget his past. Unfortunately, now that he’s returned to his family’s farm, that’s going to be damn near impossible. And if dealing with his own demons isn’t enough, today he’ll be dealing with a few of his father’s as well. 

FARMHAND is a new ongoing dark comedy series about science gone sinister and agriculture gone apocalyptic. 

FARMHAND #2 will remain available for purchase across all digital platforms, including the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com), the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.

FARMHAND #2, 2nd printing (Diamond Code JUL188715) will be available on Wednesday, September 19th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, August 27th.

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