PACIFIC RIM MEETS PAPER GIRLS IN NEW ACTION SERIES BIG GIRLS LAUNCHING IN AUGUST FROM IMAGE COMICS
"Big Girls is next-level science fiction energy from one of the great powerhouses of American comics." —Warren Ellis
PORTLAND, Ore. 05/22/2020 — Critically acclaimed artist Jason Howard (Trees) takes full creative control as the writer and artist of the forthcoming action series Big Girls. This new ongoing comic book series will launch from Image Comics in August.
When men become giant monsters hellbent on destroying the world, only girls can stop them—Big Girls. Meet Ember—she writes poetry, loves to read, and she’s a 300-foot-tall full-time monster killer! She and the other big girls are all that stand in the way of our world’s complete annihilation!
In an exclusive scoop on the Big Girls announcement with The Hollywood Reporter, Howard said of the series: “[this is] the perfect comic for both the dynamic sci-fi I like to draw and for my writer side to examine questions of power, inequality and the complexity of growing up."
Featuring the fast-paced action—similar to such films as John Wick and series like Paper Girls—and the bigger than life characters of Godzilla and Pacific Rim, this series is set to be a Summer hit readers won’t want to miss.
Big Girls #1 (Diamond Code JUN200012) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 12.
Big Girls #1 will 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.
AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY MONSTERS #1
(W) Michael Gordon, Glenn Moane, Kostas Paradias (A) Dan Parson, Demi Mandir, Mike Wolfer (CA) Roy Allen Martinez, Mike Wolfer
American Mythology Productions is plunging into the darkness... And we're taking you with us! American Mythology Monsters is our first foray into full-tilt fright, an all-new, black and white anthology title featuring modern takes on some of the horror world's most classic creations. Meet the hideous creature called "Quinn," an assemblage of sickening parts that together form a nightmarish creature who wants nothing more than to rip you to shreds! Beware the curse of "Safiya," rising from the unearthed corpse of an ancient Egyptian mummy and bent on the destruction of a scientific facility and the possession of its human inhabitants! And howl with a university professor whose brief sexual encounter with a mysterious woman has left him with "The Bite," and the horrifying curse of the werewolf! It's serialized horror in the classic tradition, in three tales that will haunt your dreams, but only for mature readers.
In Shops: Jun 24, 2020
KAIJUMAX SEASON 5 #4
(W) Zander Cannon (A/CA) Zander Cannon
On the eve of crime boss Pikadon's trial, his gang's search for the snitch levels its crosshairs on new inmate Sprinkles and his new friends. Matsumoto's 50-year-old coverup is unraveling fast as she scrambles to silence the Enigmirian's motion to free Hermie, her massive crustacean fall guy. Plus: Ugly truths! Sinister paperwork! A cheery visit from an ancient evil! And... a bus gets eaten like a burrito?
In Shops: May 27, 2020
KAIJUMAX SEASON 5 #3
(W) Zander Cannon (A/CA) Zander Cannon
Busted after a raid on his child-fighting ring, the infamous gangster Pikadon is on trial for his life, as an old murder murder charge resurfaces. But not to worry-Honda and Shaw, his team L.E.G.A.L. (and their sidekick Gonkle)-are on the case. In the astral halls of justice, kaiju and human are on equal footing, which could spell trouble for those who have made an enemy or two out in the world. Also: Magical tattoos! Death row conspiracies! And... Inter-dimensional death by hammer?
In Shops: Feb 26, 2020
MONOPOLY GODZILLA BOARD GAME
Put your Godzilla fandom to use in Monopoly: Godzilla! Buy, sell, and trade your favorite locations from the different Godzilla movies and eras. Choose your favorite token to travel around the board and relive your favorite moments from this worldwide pop-culture icon! (Not actual image.)
In Shops: Feb 26, 2020
KAIJUMAX SEASON 5 #2
ONI PRESS INC.
(W) Zander Cannon (A/CA) Zander Cannon
On trial for his life, the vile gangster Pikadon takes on the astral court system with his amoral, flamboyant Team Legal and their creepy animal sidekick. Back at Kaijumax, Sprinkles and the Sharkmon work on expanding their side-hustles of giving makeovers and glowing tattoos, and they begin to form a deeper bond. The alien Enigmirians strengthen their case to release the falsely accused "Hermie," but still haven't realized they're working with the cop who put him away. Also: Prison engineering! Crystalline judges! And... a Kaiju/City Reconciliation Program?
In Shops: Dec 18, 2019
Scaly is the New Black as we timidly venture into KAIJUMAX's sister location and meet its terrifying residents. After murdering her abusive inmate boyfriend and unable to scale back down to human size, former prison physician Dr. Zhang joins a collection of uranium addicts, violent offenders, con artists, Lovecraftian horrors, and metaphors for human encroachment in the heretofore unseen female wing of Kaijumax. New and returning kaiju assimilate into their respective species, join gangs, and establish their various prison hustles while the underfunded and overextended 5-robot prison administration scrambles to keep them under control.
In Shops: Sep 25, 2019
In the spirit of Astroboy, Gigantor and Giant Robo comes retro 1960's manga action for the new age! Kip Fenwick is a secret operative fighting against a nefarious organization bent on world domination. When Kip's essence is transferred into the body of a giant robot, it's a now up to Ultrabot Go Go Go! to take on the fantastic enemies of the world in the most action-packed one-shot you've ever read!
Retro manga action is the name of the game in the pages of Ultrabot Go Go Go!, a new comic book one-shot from Guardian Knights Studios featuring hyper-kinetic, highly stylized action that harks back to the 1960’s golden age of Japanese comics.
Created by Tom Sacchi (Offbeats, Shadowlost) and John Ward (Offbeats, Scratcher) Ultrabot Go Go Go!, is the tale of Kip Fenwick, a secret operative killed while tracking down the leader of a rogue terror grouping called Scimitar. When Kip’s essence is transferred into the body of a giant robot – it’s a now up to Ultrabot Go Go Go!, to take on the fantastic foes of the world!
Co-creator and producer of Ultrabot Go Go Go!, Tom Sacchi says he has long admired the work of Astroboy creator Osuma Tezuka and that led him to discover the seminal artists of the mid-century manga scene. “Manga like Osamu Tezuka’s Astroboy and Tatsuo Yoshida’s Speed Racer are pretty much what North American readers know of this era, but there were other fantastic Japanese comic artists, especially during the 1960’s, that were pouring out page after page of what I think are the most action- packed comics pages I have ever seen. We’re attempting to recreate some of that magic with Ultrabot Go Go Go!, for a new generation that I feel is now looking for a great action comic to call their own.”
Two of the biggest influences in terms of style and pacing of the one-shot are Japanese artists Mitsuteru Yokoyama, creator of Gigantor and Giant Robo, and Shotaro Ishinomori the creator of Cyborg 009. Both artists crafted pages of immense energy and action, and the amazing artist Jason Williams (Escape from Dino Isle) looked to both for inspiration when drawing Ultrabot Go Go Go! “Tom Sacchi contacted me about drawing Ultrabot a few years ago,” said artist Jason Williams. “He told me about the Ultrabot story and the style he wanted to have it done in. I had never drawn a Manga book before, but I really thought the story and premise were great. So after saying yes, Tom gifted me a bookshelf worth of reference material, from Shotaro Ishinomori’s Cyborg 009 to Mitsuteru Yokoyama’s Giant Robo, and Tatsuo Yoshida’s Speed Racer. I started working on some initial sketches to try to nail down the 60’s manga feel and get some feedback about what I was getting right and what I was missing. John Ward’s script came in and we got rolling pretty quick. The kinetic pace of John’s script and the art direction from Tom made this project so much fun. Drawing in a completely different style was such a challenge, but Tom’s enthusiasm and guidance made it a blast. I can’t wait to see the fan reaction to this homage we put together.“
Cyborg 009 was a big influence on the style and tone of this one-shot” added co-creator and writer John Ward. “It’s often hard to give your characters depth when the story moves at breakneck speed. I tried to learn the lessons from Cyborg 009 and put in just enough texture to complement the kinetic action.”
“Readers are in for a real treat,” added co-creator Tom Sacchi. “This is the most action-packed 22 pages of comics story that you will ever read!”
Are there plans to continue this homage to Japanese action comics? The answer is definitely yes! The team is ready to craft a four-issue miniseries, funded through Kickstarter, and published through Guardian Knight Studios in association with Antarctic Press. The first issue will hopefully be released in Autumn 2019 or Winter 2020, so keep your eyes peeled and hop on-board for the continuing adventures of Ultrabot Go Go Go!
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