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Image Comics Documentary
Published on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 by

Sequart and Respect Films are proud to announce their upcoming documentary about the history of Image Comics! (A Kickstarter campaign has been created to help fund the project.)

Comics in Focus: The Image Revolution will examine one of the most important and daring moves in modern comic book history: Twenty years ago, a group of artists left Marvel Comics to create their own company, a company that continues to influence mainstream comics and culture to this day. Image Comics began as more than just a publisher — it was a response to years of creator mistreatment, and it changed comics forever.

The Image Revolution will tell the amazing story of this from-scratch company, from its founders’ work at Marvel, through Image’s early days, the ups and downs of the ’90s, and the publisher’s new generation of creator-owned properties like The Walking Dead. We will tell this story through new interviews with the people who made it happen. And what better time than during Image’s 20th anniversary to do it?

The film will be produced by the same Sequart / Respect team behind the critically-acclaimed documentaries Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods (now available on DVD) and Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts (out on DVD in mid March).

This will be the second (after Comics in Focus: Chris Claremont’s X-Men) in a new series of documentaries offering in-depth looks at significant works and moments that shaped comics history. These documentaries will be released through direct download and online DVD sales.

We have turned to Kickstarter to help fund this project. This is your chance to support discussion about the merits of comics and to help document stories about the people who have had a part in shaping contemporary pop culture.

Rewards include the documentary as a DVD and / or digital download, a “Thanks” and other credits in the film, and digital access to extra interview footage that won’t be included in the film. Rewards also include books and feature-length films from Sequart’s catalog.

For more information, visit the project’s Kickstarter page or its page on Sequart.

2 Responses
    • Interesting. Hopefully they ask some hard questions… Image Comics has done a lot to advance the cause of artists and writers (along with companies like Dark Horse and Oni Press, they showed that a creator doesn’t have to give away his IP to one of the Big Two to create a stable media franchise) but at the same time, I can’t dissociate the publisher from the worst aspects of the Speculator’s Market Era. There were some laughably bad comics coming out of the “Big i” at a certain point in its evolution. 

    • Image had its ups and downs in production value–and arguably still does. It is notable that Image also helped change the industry and can still be a model to smaller companies. It will be interesting to see what questions are posed and how this is handled. 


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