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East of West to End With Issue #45


East of West to End With Issue #45
JONATHAN HICKMAN & NICK DRAGOTTA’S LONG-RUNNING SCI-FI WESTERN EAST OF WEST TO END WITH THE ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN

Issue #45 will be the final issue in the series and will land on shelves this December 2019 from Image Comics

East of West to End With Issue #45

PORTLAND, Ore. 10/28/2019 — The long-running, science fiction/western crossover series East of West by Jonathan Hickman (House of X, Powers of X) and artist Nick Dragotta (Howtoons, Fantastic Four) will come to a show-stopping end with the final issue of the series, East of West #45, set to land in stores this December from Image Comics.

“In this business, it isn’t often that you get to end a project exactly the way you want to, and I think that’s what makes this one so special,” said Hickman. “We started East of West with a story we wanted to tell and we’ve had the incredible honor of having a bunch of fans make that story a reality. So, enjoy it. God knows we have."

The beloved dystopian series first launched as a monthly series from Image in March 2013 and explores a dystopian America, divided into seven nations, wherein the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are cast as heroes.

Dragotta added: “It all goes down in East of West #45, an extra-length, action-packed issue that has been one of my favorites to draw. Creatively with Jonathan, Frank, and Rus, East of West has been an incredible ride, and none of it would have been possible without you—the readers—and Image Comics. We did it, 45 issues... thank you and enjoy the end times.”

In East of West #45, the epic world-building, political intrigue, and character drama wrap up into a final showdown that will shock fans.

The East of West series will be collected into ten trade paperbacks and three deluxe hardcover editions total. East of West, Vol. 1-9 trade paperbacks are available now and East of West: Year One and East of West: Year Two deluxe hardcovers are available now.

East of West #45 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, December 25.

East of West is also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

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 six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. 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.

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.

Five More #WeBelieve Covers Revealed by Image Comics


Five More #WeBelieve Covers Revealed by Image Comics
FIVE MORE #WEBELIEVE EXCLUSIVE VIRGIN WRAPAROUND COVERS REVEALED

PORTLAND, OR, 02/08/2018 — Image Comics is pleased to reveal five more exclusive virgin wraparound covers in celebration of artists and the importance and impact they have in defining the comics medium. These covers will showcase KILL OR BE KILLED artwork by Sean Phillips, MONSTRESS artwork by Yoshi Yoshitani, RUMBLE artwork by David Rubín, THE BEAUTY artwork by Jeremy Haun, and EAST OF WEST artwork by Nick Dragotta.

We Believe in Artists will be the first of many initiatives throughout Image’s planned #WeBelieve 2018 campaign highlighting the important, lately overlooked contributions to the comics industry.

Without titles, endorsement quotes, names, logos, or jacket copy, these wraparound covers feature solely the jaw-dropping artwork that fans won’t want to miss.

The bestselling series that will feature one of these exclusive, undressed, breathtaking collectors’ covers will be:

Available on Wednesday, March 7th, final order cutoff deadline on Monday, February 12th:
  • EXTREMITY #12 (Diamond Code JAN180743) by Daniel Warren Johnson
  • I HATE FAIRYLAND #17 (Diamond Code JAN180756) by Skottie Young
  • THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #34 (Diamond Code JAN180654) by Jamie McKelvie
  • WITCHBLADE #4 (Diamond Code JAN180875) by Roberta Ingranata
  • EAST OF WEST #36 (Diamond Code DEC178858) by Nick Dragotta

Available on Wednesday, March 14th, final order cutoff deadline on Monday, February 19th:
  • CURSE WORDS #12 (Diamond Code JAN180722) by Ryan Browne
  • DEADLY CLASS #32 (Diamond Code JAN180624) by Wes Craig
  • MAESTROS #6 (Diamond Code JAN180797) by Nicholas Pitarra
  • VS #2 (Diamond Code JAN180842) by Esad Ribić

Available on Wednesday, March 21st, final order cutoff deadline on Monday, February 26th:
  • KILL OR BE KILLED #17 (Diamond Code JAN180793) by Sean Phillips
  • MONSTRESS #15 (Diamond Code JAN180801) by Yoshi Yoshitani
  • RUMBLE #4 (Diamond Code JAN180820) by David Rubín

Available on Wednesday, March 28th, final order cutoff deadline on Monday, March 5th:
  • SPAWN #284 (Diamond Code JAN180831) by Todd McFarlane

Available on Wednesday, April 11th, final order cutoff deadline on Monday, March 19th:
  • BEAUTY #21 (Diamond Code JAN180700) by Jeremy Haun


Five More #WeBelieve Covers Revealed by Image Comics

East of West



Five More #WeBelieve Covers Revealed by Image Comics
Kill or Be Killed



Five More #WeBelieve Covers Revealed by Image Comics
Monstress



Five More #WeBelieve Covers Revealed by Image Comics
Rumble



Five More #WeBelieve Covers Revealed by Image Comics
Beauty

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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.

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