‘Annual’ to collect rare and new Joe Casey material

“One-man anthology” to feature Casey’s work with Nathan Fox, Jim Rugg and more.

Man of Action and veteran comics writer Joe Casey has a “one-man anthology” coming out this September that will feature new and rarely seen work with collaborators like Jim Rugg, Nathan Fox and Luke Parker.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Annual will include The Winternational, which previously appeared on the digital comics app Stela, as well as Modern Romance, a story drawn by Fox that appeared in Playboy’s 60th anniversary issue.

Here’s the cover by Sonia Harris, which was inspired by a Batman Annual cover by Trevor von Eeden:

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Bellaire, del Rey’s ‘Redlands’ offers deep-fried witchy noir

Image conjures up the new title in August.

Originally announced at the Emerald City Comicon, Image Comics has released more information about Redlands by Jordie Bellaire and artist Vanesa R. del Rey.

Redlands is my sick, weird love letter to Stephen King, Florida and Riot Grrrls everywhere but ultimately, hate mail for everything else,” Bellaire said in a press release. “Inspired by the strange complexities of real world politics and crime, the characters of Redlands play victim and villain, attempting to understand themselves and others, through murder, magic and mayhem.”

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Top Cow announces ‘Genius’ sequel

Bernardin and Freeman team with artist Rosi Kampe for another series starring military genius Destiny Ajaye.

Top Cow has announced a follow-up to Genius, one of their “Pilot Season” winners that was published in full in 2014. Writers Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman will team with Rosi Kampe, who replaces Afua Richardson, for the sequel.

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Comics’ coming-of-age party at TCAF this weekend

My, how we’ve grown! This year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival, which takes place this weekend in the Toronto Reference Library, will include a number of significant anniversaries.

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Image to donate June variant cover proceeds to Human Rights Campaign

The publisher celebrates Pride Month with variant covers on ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘Redneck’ and more.

Image Comics will continue to celebrate their 25th anniversary — as well as Pride Month — in June with a series of variant covers that pay tribute to the LGBTQ community. All proceeds from the sales of these variants will go to the Human Rights Campaign.

“We are so thankful for the opportunity to support the LGBTQ community during Pride Month this year by partnering once again with the Human Rights Campaign,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics, in a press release. “It’s never been a secret that Image Comics is supportive of creative freedom, but it’s important that we also make it clear that we stand for inclusivity, diversity and equality, now more than ever. We hope these variants will serve as a positive display of that ongoing commitment.”

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Street Angel joins a gang in July

New hardcover, ‘The Street Angel Gang,’ arrives from Image Comics July 26.

Following the release of the Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special last month, Image Comics will release another hardcover featuring everyone’s favorite orphan ninja, The Street Angel Gang, this July.

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New miniseries expands the world of ‘Lazarus’

Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s Image series enlists Eric Trautmann, Steve Lieber and more to explore different corners of the ‘Lazarus’ universe.

Greg Rucka and Michael Lark have recruited several writers and artists for a new six-issue miniseries set in the world of their popular Lazarus comic from Image. Lazarus: X+66 will feature six different stories that look into “neglected” corners of the world they’ve been building.

“Part of the joy of writing Lazarus for me is exploring and defining different aspects of the world, and in particular the characters who inhabit it,” Rucka said in a press release. “Following the events of ‘Cull,’ and gearing up for the inevitable trauma that will be ‘Fracture,’ this was the ideal time and place to look into some of the corners of our universe that had been, for one reason or another, neglected, while at the same time buttressing and expanding on the overall ‘main story’ that Michael and I are telling. Every one of these stories is important in the larger narrative, and getting to provide a laser focus on them is simply something that we can’t do in the confines of the pages of the monthly.”

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Cloonan’s minicomics get the ‘director’s cut’ treatment in July

Image will collect Becky Cloonan’s ‘The Mire,” ‘Wolves’ and “Demeter’ into a trade paperback with colors by Lee Loughridge.

Over the years Becky Cloonan has released a series of delightful minicomics, including Wolves, Demeter and The Mire. Following the release of a limited-edition hardcover collection back in 2014, Image Comics will now release a “director’s cut” trade paperback of the three minicomics.

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Aaron, Stewart’s ‘The Other Side’ gets deluxe hardcover treatment

Image Comics will release a new collection of the Eisner-nominated miniseries in July.

Image Comics will publish Jason Aaron and Cameron Stewart’s Eisner-nominated miniseries The Other Side as a deluxe hardcover “brimming with extras” in July.

“I’ve never worked harder on a comic than I did on this,” Aaron said in a statement. “And if I hadn’t, I don’t know where I’d be today. This book gave me a career. And in these pages, Cameron and Dave McCaig gave us all some of the most intense and haunting visuals the war comic genre has ever seen.”

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