Looks Like Fred Van Lente Is One Of Many With Comics Being Announced Tomorrow At Image Expo

From Fred Van Lente

Not at all obvious that one, is it? So that's one down…

Bleeding Cool's David Dissanayake guessed Grant Morrison, Noah Arnofsky, Jonathan Hickman, Warren Ellis and Ales Kot as potential guests. But we can strike Ales out, sadly.


Also Top Cow are not appearing at the show, I'm told. Nor is John Layman – though there may be Chewness on display..

Image Comics do like to exhibit a scalp however, and none of the above would count. If I had money to place a bet, I'd be looking at work from a big DC Comics hitter, Gail Simone, Scott Snyder or Pete Tomasi.

They like to fly folk over from the UK. Mark Millar seems to have done his announcing, but and I'm thinking Jamie McKelvie hasn't had upcoming work at Marvel lined up. And where he goes, Kieron Gillen has to follow, if only to buy the drinks. Could it be Phonogram 3 finally… or is that too obvious? Young Avengers was all about moving forward, not backwards. Also Chris Burnham hasn't been that visibly busy of late… could a Morrison/Burnham book be in the offing?

Image Comics has been prominently male in terms of comics creators, but of late they have been moving away from that. Could we see something new from Becky Cloonan? Emma Vieceli? Katie Cook? Alex De Campi? Carla Speed McNeil? Stellar creators doing excellent work, and something that might add a broader diversity of influence on the publisher's output.

And then there's a comic that had one issue and no more. No, not Chase Variant. But Nonplayer. Could we see news of Nonplayer #2 from Nate Simpson?

But would either of these justify Rob Liefeld's comment?

Could that be distribution? Something new, digitally?

And Skybound are up to something. Doesn't this feel like something more than an Invincible relaunch?

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Looks like I'll be staying up rather late tomorrow night… if you see David Dissanayake, Peter S Svensson or Kevin Schmidt from Bleeding Cool at the show, do say hello!

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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