• A band of survivors struggles to survive after an epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living.

  • Every kid wants superpowers. But not every kid's father is Omni-Man, the greatest superhero the world has ever known. When teenager Mark Grayson finally inherits his dad's abilities, though, he realizes life isn't getting any easier.

  • Thief of Thieves tells the story of Conrad Paulson, the world’s greatest thief, who has set his sights on his own kind. He vows to steal only what’s already been stolen, in an effort to right the great wrongs of his life.

  • Dr. Luke Taylor's perfect life comes to a dramatic halt when an identical, bloodied version of himself arrives at his doorstep with news that he is one of many clones... and they're all after his pregnant wife and their unborn child!

  • Jackson T. Winters is one of the greatest criminal masterminds to ever live...except he's rotting in jail after his last, doomed score. But when a filthy rich collector breaks him out, he's tasked with putting together an elite team of paranormal experts to do the impossible: Steal a ghost from a haunted house of horrors!

  • Manifest Destiny follows Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s historic expedition across America, only things might not be quite like you remember from History class...

  • The bruising story of one man's revenge and the dark road he travels.

  • It's a sick world, and Dr. Vincent Morrow's here to treat it. Headhunted into an exciting new career in the black arts after his excommunication from the medical community, Morrow serves the world with both hands -- one in magic, one in medicine -- as earth's protector. Earth's Witch Doctor.

  • The Guardians of the Globe are BACK in an all-new, all-exciting ongoing series! Your favorite heroes - Brit, Outrun, Invincible, Robot, Yeti, Kaboomerang, and more -face new challenges of epic proportions in stories by the all-star team of Phil Hester & Todd Nauck!

  • The Evil Max Maximus wants to get to Inner-Earth! He wants the dinosaurs that live there! He wants the powerful DynOre mineral that originates there! SUPER DINOSAUR and DEREK DYNAMO are the only ones who can stop him!

  • Fight fire with fire. Fight evil with science! Collecting the never before reprinted Science Dog back-up story from INVINCIBLE #75, as well as the ALL-NEW full-length, never-before-seen conclusion of the story!

  • After the Rapture the sole protector of the sinning masses is BATTLE POPE, and his trusty sidekick, Jesus. They're the last line of defense in a world overrun with demons and depravity.

  • When Gary Hampton, corporate CEO, is mauled and left for dead following an attack by a wolf on a family vacation, his life takes a drastic turn! Gary is cursed -when the moon is full he transforms into a beast of the night - a werewolf!

  • Meet Brit, the government's last line of defense when it comes to the really messy parts of keeping the world safe. When super-powered menaces threaten our home soil, send in this one-man killing machine: He's indestructible, unstoppable, and eligible for a senior citizen's discount.

  • Freedom fighter Bowen has lost everything in the war against The Infinite. His only hope is to travel back in time to prevent their world domination before it starts! Bowen can't do this alone, he must turn to the only ally he knows he can trust: HIMSELF.

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Phil Hester Answers 7 Questions with Sina Grace

Things are getting back to normal here at Skybound after a busy but excellent San Diego Comic-con, and that means 7 Questions with Sina Grace. Check out Guarding the Globe scribe Phil Hester's thoughtful answers to my burning questions.

1. What do your kids think of you working in comics? 

They're totally unimpressed. I mean, I think they see it as cooler than selling insurance, but they're so used to it, they assume everybody's dad has comic books and tv shows.

2. You’ve accomplished a lot in your decade plus in the industry, making a mainstream name for yourself from your “indie” roots.  Is there something you’ve yet to do with your career?

Two things: I'd like a signature run on an iconic character as both artist and writer, like Miller's Daredevil run, and a long creator owned opus, like 60 issues of my own deal. I'm working to make that second one happen right now.

3. Can you elaborate on the process of writing Guarding the Globe… does Robert give you strict outlines, rules, or does he let you run free with his characters?

It's more organic than that. I have general guidelines, but I basically pitch Robert on a four or five paragraph plot per issue. He tweaks that, then I script the issue. Robert reads that and gives me notes. Sometimes it's completely smooth and painless, sometimes I screw it all up, as you know! 

4. What drew you to work in the Kirkman universe?

The characters are very vibrant. Even when a character seems to be an homage or archetype on the surface, there's always some deeper level to explore. Also, there's a general ethos to Robert's super hero books of "don't be boring." Sometimes that calls for innovative action, sometimes revealing character moments. Either way, it's a fun place to be. It's the Chuck E Cheese ball-pit of Image Comics.

5. I would imagine that given your background as an artist, the act of writing could be more nuanced than just sitting in from of a type writer… how do you go about writing comics?

I see every scene in my head before I write it. That is to say, as I'm writing dialogue, the action, panels, even balloon placements are already forming in my imagination. I think people would be surprised to see my first drafts because they might assume they are heavy on stage direction and camera angles, but none of that information is present. My first drafts read like radio plays-- just dialogue. As I said before, the action is in my head.

I then cut the dialogue into page breaks, the panels already roughed out in my skull. I then type up panel descriptions for Todd Nauck. Todd happens to be a remarkable storyteller, especially when it comes to staging multiple characters in a single panel. His mise-en-scene in each panel is so effortlessly effective that I try not to clutter up the stage directions with too much junk. He knows what to do.

On other gigs, like The Darkness, I go from the script stage to a thumbnail stage. I take my radio play and rough out the images that where in my head while scripting on a very small template, like 2"x3" per page, on a grid on a large, single sheet so I can see the whole book at once. I then do 6" x 9" thumbnails with balloon placements and margin notes to accompany a full script. So I guess compared to The Darkness, I'm ripping you guys off.

6. Skybound and Image are all about creators and new talents.  For our up-and-comers nowadays, what was the best advice you got when you were starting out in this industry?

I always tell people to stop waiting for permission to become a cartoonist/writer/artist. If you want to be one, just start. There are no gatekeepers. Do the work and your skill level will rise to the point of gaining an audience, or at least pro gigs. You need no one's permission to create.

As for advice given, I have to go with Archie Goodwin telling me "nothing teaches like work." Don't be too picky at the start of your career. There's such a huge learning curve between page one and page one hundred of your first work that there's something to be said for just diving right in, no matter the gig. That might even mean assigning yourself a gig like an editor. Treat yourself like an employee with a schedule, performance review, etc. Knock out that first 100 pages.

Also, John Buscema told me to buy a lot of hockey magazines to swipe super hero poses because skaters are always moving forward, not statically grounded like other athletes. How's that for some old timey advice?

7. In your opinion, what would be the #1 craziest Image cross-over?

You mean crazier than the ones that have already happened? How about just the regular books, but everyone switches jobs. All the writers draw, all the artists write. Larsen has to do everything with the opposite hand.

 

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About a billion thanks to you, Sina Grace, for taking the time to respond to a request my friend Rod made for me, his friend in Michigan. My son loves it! Its a very nice thing you did, thank you.

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