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Celebrate Banned Books Week at your library with Image Comics' Library Livestreams


Celebrate Banned Books Week at your library with Image Comics' Library Livestreams
Celebrate Banned Books Week at your library with Image Comics' Library Livestreams

PORTLAND, OR, 09/13/2018 — Image Comics is celebrating Banned Books Week with Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association by producing a week of Library Livestreams featuring creators Nick Dragotta (EAST OF WEST), Grace Ellis (MOONSTRUCK, Lumberjanes), Pornsak Pichetshote (INFIDEL), Charles Soule (CURSE WORDS), and Skottie Young (I HATE FAIRYLAND, BULLY WARS, MIDDLEWEST). Libraries around the country are invited to welcome their patrons for these exciting creator conversations during Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, which runs from September 23rd-29th. Each Image Comics Library Livestream will be a freewheeling discussion on creativity, freedom of expression, and the power of storytelling that library patrons around the world will be able to enjoy.

"Freedom of expression is a core value at Image Comics," said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. "Banned Books Week is an important opportunity to reflect on why free speech matters, and why this year's Banned Books Week theme, 'Banning Books Silences Stories' is such a resonant one. Not too long ago, comics of all kinds were silenced, and today we see comics by marginalized voices as the most frequently challenged. We're proud of our creators who are participating in these Library Livestreams and thrilled to be a partner with CBLDF and the ALA Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table to advance the discussion about the power of free expression. In our challenging times, this conversation is one of the most important ones of all."

IMAGE COMICS LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE:
Presented by Image Comics with The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association, the Image Comics Library Livestreams feature:
  • Pornsak Pichetshote - Tuesday, Sept. 25th
  • Nick Dragotta - Wednesday, Sept. 26th
  • Grace Ellis - Thursday, Sept. 27th
  • Charles Soule - Friday, Sept. 28th
  • Skottie Young - Saturday, Sept. 29th 
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Simply visit the Image Comics Twitch page at https://www.twitch.tv/imagecomics. All webinars will run from 7-8pm EST and will include a discussion between moderator and creator for 40-45 minutes, followed by 15-20 minutes of Q&A participation with the live audience. No registration is required to view these livestreams.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling 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 Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, 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.
ABOUT THE GRAPHIC NOVELS AND COMICS ROUND TABLE OF THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association is dedicated to supporting library staff in all aspects of engaging with graphic novels and comics, including collection development, programming, and advocacy. For more information connect with GNCRT on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and GNCRT ALA Connect page.
ABOUT THE COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND (CBLDF)
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization protecting the freedom to read comics! Our work protects readers, creators, librarians, retailers, publishers, and educators who face the threat of censorship. We monitor legislation and challenge laws that would limit the First Amendment. We create resources that promote understanding of comics and the rights our community is guaranteed. Every day we publish news and information about censorship events as they happen. We are partners in the Kids’ Right to Read Project and Banned Books Week. Our expert legal team is available to respond to First Amendment emergencies at a moment’s notice. CBLDF is a lean organization that works hard to protect the rights on which our community depends. For more information, visit www.cbldf.org.

Moonstruck, Vol. 1 Coming This March


Moonstruck, Vol. 1 Coming This March
MAGICAL ROMANCE MOONSTRUCK, VOL. 1 WILL CHARM READERS OF ALL AGES THIS MARCH

PORTLAND, OR, 01/25/2018 — Lumberjanes creator Grace Ellis and debut artist Shae Beagle, with editor Laurenn McCubbin, colorist Caitlin Quirk, letterer Clayton Cowles, and story-within-a-story artist Kate Leth, will release the first paperback volume of MOONSTRUCK, collecting the first five issues of the all-ages fantasy series, this March from Image Comics.

Werewolf barista Julie and her new girlfriend Selena go on a date to a close-up magic show, but all heck breaks loose when the magician casts a terrible spell on their friend Chet. Now it’s up to the team of mythical pals to stop the illicit illusionist—before it’s too late!

MOONSTRUCK, VOL. 1 (Diamond code: OCT170655, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0477-2) hits comic book stores Wednesday, March 21st. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 5th.

MOONSTRUCK, VOL. 1 arrives in bookstores Tuesday, March 27th. It is available for preorder via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, and Indigo.

Note: Also available from Book Depository and Books-A-Million


Select praise for MOONSTRUCK:

“MOONSTRUCK makes me happy just thinking about it. I love everything about it. The first issue is a dreamy delight, a slice of life comic infused with queer romance and intersectional diversity.” —Tor.com

“With cute artwork and a fun plot, this is a great read for fantasy fans.” —YALSA’s The Hub

“In a year that often felt dark and dystopian, this delightful series from writer Grace Ellis (Lumberjanes), newcomer artist Shae Beagle, and editor Laurenn McCubbin was a wonderful escape. This world is populated by fantasy creatures who are also comfortable in their diverse identities, from lovestruck werewolves Julie and Selena to the upbeat non-binary centaur Chet.” —EW.com

“One of 2017’s best romantic comedies in comics, and proof we need more of them.” —Uproxx

“I genuinely loved the world Ellis and Beagle created. Their storytelling presents a creative way to talk about ‘otherness’ and self-acceptance. Most importantly, it’s really fun.” —Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

“MOONSTRUCK #1 is that freshly-served QPOC magic we’ve been craving.” —Black Nerd Problems  

“In a space where every lycanthropic tale we get is male-dominated and aggressive, it’s a real treat to meet MOONSTRUCK’s protagonist, Julie, a barista in a world full of fantastical creatures that live among humans.” —Nylon

“A light-hearted twist on mythical monsters that is rooted in relatable personal dramedy.” —AV Club

“Finding a fantasy world this compelling and immersive is a rare gift.” —Rogues Portal


Moonstruck, Vol. 1 Coming This March

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling 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 Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, 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.

Lumberjanes Creator Grace Ellis Launches MOONSTRUCK with Shae Beagle This July

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Lumberjanes Creator Grace Ellis Launches MOONSTRUCK with Shae Beagle This July

LUMBERJANES CREATOR
GRACE ELLIS LAUNCHES
MOONSTRUCK WITH SHAE BEAGLE
THIS JULY FROM IMAGE COMICS

All-new ongoing series features additional short story with artist
Kate Leth in its first arc

“Don’t myth it.” —Kieron Gillen (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE)

PORTLAND, OR, 05/04/2017 — Superstar writer Grace Ellis (Lumberjanes, Bravest Warriors) and mega-talented newcomer Shae Beagle join forces for a magical ongoing series, MOONSTRUCK, coming this July from Image Comics.

In MOONSTRUCK, fantasy creatures live typical, unremarkable lives alongside humans, and barista Julie strives to be the most unremarkable of all. Normal job, normal almost-girlfriend, normal...werewolf transformations that happen when she gets upset? Yikes!

But all bets are off when she and her centaur best friend Chet find themselves in the middle of a magical conspiracy. Will Julie and Chet be able to save their friends? Is Julie's dogged determination to be normal a lost cause? Who's going to watch the coffee shop while our heroes are out saving the world??

A story of monsters, romance, and magical hijinks, the first arc of MOONSTRUCK also features a story-within-a-story illustrated by artist Kate Leth (Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat, Spell on Wheels)!

“I'm extremely proud of MOONSTRUCK; it's definitely the best thing I've ever written,” said Ellis. “And it's full of things I like: It's fun, it's character-driven, it's got a lot of room for creativity, it's got queer people—not to mention mystical magic AND close-up card-trick magic. And lots of coffee! So if you like those things—a fun, slice-of-life character story with genre trappings—I imagine you'll like MOONSTRUCK a whole lot.”

“MOONSTRUCK is already near and dear to me, and I'm so excited to get it out into the world!” said Beagle. “Even in this world of magic and monsters, all the characters are relatable and lovable in their own ways. MOONSTRUCK is the lighthearted queer romance we've all been wishing for, with lots of magical flavor.”

MOONSTRUCK #1 (Diamond code: MAY170589) hits comic book stores Wednesday, July 19th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, June 26th.


Advance praise for MOONSTRUCK:

“Ludicrously pretty, enormously heart-warming; don't myth it.”
—Kieron Gillen (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE)

“Reading MOONSTRUCK is like watching a magic trick up close. Even as you pore over 
Shae Beagle’s beautiful art and laugh at Grace Ellis’s sharp dialogue, you don’t 
notice that you’ve sunk into a whole new world that’s packed full of weirdness but feels 
cozy and lived in. Complete with fuzzy queer romances, mystery-solving sisters, and 
spooky prophecies, MOONSTRUCK is a comic like no other and if it isn’t a huge hit, I’ll 
be very mad at comics.” —Christopher Sebela (DEMONIC,
High Crimes)


Lumberjanes Creator Grace Ellis Launches MOONSTRUCK with Shae Beagle This July

Celebrate Banned Books Week at your library with Image Comics' Library LivestreamsMoonstruck, Vol. 1 Coming This MarchLumberjanes Creator Grace Ellis Launches MOONSTRUCK with Shae Beagle This July

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