Robert Kirkman Featured In New Clip From The IMAGE REVOLUTION Documentary

Robert Kirkman discusses the lie he told then-Image publisher Jim Valentino to get the Walking Dead greenlit. Image rejected Kirkman's pitch the first go-around but Kirkman was determined to get his comic book made.

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By Mark Julian - 12/23/2013


The Image Revolution Documentary


A DVD and digital release is scheduled for January 2014.

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20 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 story of Image Comics, 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 properties like The Walking Dead. We will tell the company’s story through new interviews with the people who made it happen. And what better time than during Image’s 20th anniversary to make this documentary?

Directed by Patrick Meaney; director of photography, Jordan Rennert; produced by Jordan Rennert and Patrick Meaney; executive producers, Julian Darius and Mike Phillips; in association with Respect! Films.



Source: THR
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loki668 - 12/23/2013, 5:21 AM
@intruder

Yeah. Those were the days. Long before big Mac became a toy maker (after surviving the 30 megaton bomb that was "Spawn"). Back when people still thought Rob Liefeld was a passable artist (until they saw the feet). It was an innocent time. A time before Gusto was forced to join the sex-offender registry.
sameoldthing - 12/23/2013, 6:00 AM
@loki668

Nah..I don't think anyone with half a brain thought Liefeld art was worth a shit.
His crap sold because all new Image books got bought up by collectors hoping they would get long term valuable comics.

Now those Youngblood books are only good for ass wiping.
Dumegg - 12/23/2013, 6:14 AM
I remember when they all left marvel. It was crazy. Spawn
Wasnt always a bomb. When it first came out it was awesome.
The first arc was good. Jim lee put out Death Blow, He was like
Marvels version of the punisher. The biggest problem with image
Back then was it was full of great artists but nobody could write worth a damn.
Dumegg - 12/23/2013, 7:10 AM
Pitt was awesome. I have the first 10 or so. That book
Was always late to come out.
SCURVYDOG619 - 12/23/2013, 7:15 AM
The thing about Image is that they embraced computer coloring from its infant stages..

Look in the back of those early WildCATS issues and look at the list of people who worked for Wildstorm FX:Laura Depuy,Richard Isanove, Jeromy Cox,Alex Sinclair...

Were there missed opportunities? Sure: the plans for Claremont's Huntsman book, LATE books( still waiting on that 1963 Annual...),titles with substandard art and story(re: most of the output from Extreme Studios..),the Gen13 Animated movie,the WildCATS animated series.....

Then again, the animated Savage Dragon series was pretty decent....

ManCalledSting - 12/23/2013, 8:39 AM
I enjoy Image, but there was/is a lot of overrated stuff that has come out of there.
j2cool2 - 12/23/2013, 9:17 AM
It's funny how history is rewritten. Spawn didn't bomb, it got over-saturated from a merchandise perspective and, as is usually the case when that happens, people eventually moved on. The story never stopped being good(hated the last issue,lol.) The only reason a lot of the mainstream Marvel/DC characters are still relevant is because they were originators, and are the basis for most comics. In fact, the last modern comic character with true staying power was Venom and he's pushing 30. Hickman is a good example of what I'm saying. Most people are familiar with him for his work on FF and Avengers, heavyweight mainstream characters, but aren't aware of his incredible Image titles. Even The Walking Dead is being pushed by the TV show, a more accessible medium to the masses. It's just harder for independent characters to reach the level of being indispensable.

Regarding Liefeld, his style actually was cool in the 90's. Big muscles and sh!t were cool as hell back then. His style got lazier after awhile, and eventually it just didn't fit the changing times. People laugh at his art when looking back, but also, secretly, laugh at the fact they used to like that sh!t.
HeadPool420 - 12/23/2013, 9:33 AM
It says "See it in 2013" but the release date is in 2014? Anyways I can't wait to see this!!! The 90's were the best time to be into comics!!! I miss those days!
shangho - 12/23/2013, 9:34 AM
I still have all of my Image issues as well!Valiant DEF had them beat with storytelling,and the lateness problems sucked (i remember getting excited for Wetworks from Wizard then it took a year to come out!),still have my bagged Wizards too,but thats what they are to me,nostalgia.They remind me of getting good grades in school and getting to go to Sarge's (in New London,CT.)and spending $20 on comics.It was the time of Gold foil distributer only cards/comics and a wave of new characters to get psyched about (even though some of them fell flat,Spawn,Dragon and some WildC.A.T.S.characters are still going strong!).They were the good ole days for sure!
shangho - 12/23/2013, 9:36 AM
And i know people straight up HATE liefeld,but his art to me was always about fantastical exaggeration!(And you never hear anyone bash Sam Kieth and his anatomy as well was WAY off,another who comes to mind is Kelly Jones)
Oxbow - 12/23/2013, 10:32 AM
Sam Kieth was great. I didn't like his style on Sandman but the exaggeration worked great for the story when he started doing MAXX. It's funny because both od those comics were very dream-like, but Maxx just had this psychedelic, Australian thing going for it that worked so nicely.

I remember waiting for Darker Image #2 for years and years and it never came out! There were other problems like Wetworks but it was nice to see people own their own characters and stories for once…that (and the graphic content) made it all the more revolutionary to me.

sameoldthing - 12/23/2013, 4:01 PM
Liefeld was,is & always will be a terrible,terrible "artist".
Hard to even call him an artist.

Sam Keith & many others used exaggerated muscles & other wild anatomy but it was obviously evident they did it for comic books & had real talent.

Liefeld has NO TALENT.
He SUCKS!

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