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Image Beats Marvel and DC At Own Game, Produces Flying Variant Covers

Written by Jude Terror on Friday, December 13 2013 and posted in News with Benefits

Image Beats Marvel and DC At Own Game, Produces Flying Variant Covers

Sex Criminals and Three will be the first titles to receive the treatment.

Source: Press Release

Image sent out a press release today letting the comics media know that they will soon be producing a new kind of variant cover gimmick that actually allows comics to fly. Of course, Outhouse reporters, like the rest of the internet, only read the headline of articles, but we think in this case it's pretty clear: SEX CRIMINALS AND THREE KEEP FLYING OFF THE SHELVES. So, obviously, flying variants.

We were very interested in just how Image had obtained technology to produce comic book covers that can fly, so we sent Outhouse Ace Reporter ThanosCopter to the Kentucky riverboat barge of Image mogul Robert Kirkman to ask him some questions. ThanosCopter was escorted by armed guards to meet with Kirkman, who was attended by his harem of concubines.


ThanosCopter: Thanks for seeing me. I know you're a busy man.

Kirkman: I'm not using my Walking Dead money to purchase enough land in the mountains of Kentucky to secede from the United States and form my own independent nation.

ThanosCopter (sweating): What? I didn't ask about that.

Kirkman: I know you've been saying that about me in articles. Word gets around.

ThanosCopter: I don't...

Kirkman: I just want it to be clear that I'm not doing that. That's a compete fabrication.

ThanosCopter: Can you tell our readers how Image intends to produce variant covers that actually fly?

Kirkman: What is wrong with you Outhousers?

ThanosCopter: Don't play coy with me. We know Image is planning second, maybe even third printings of these flying comic drones. What are you planning Kirkman? What's your endgame?

Kirkman: Enough! Guards! Seize him! Release the drones!

Guards: Viva Kirktopia!


We lost contact with ThanosCopter at that point, but we're sure he was able to use his onboard weapons systems to escape to safety.

In the meantime, we'll just post the press release. We're sure the body reveals what we inferred from the headline:


Two critically acclaimed series both go back to print 


The first, second, and third issues of the hugely popular SEX CRIMINALS series, created by Matt Fraction (SATELLITE SAM, Hawkeye) and Chip Zdarsky (Prison Funnies), have sold out at the distributor level yet again and are already slated for a reprinting. SEX CRIMINALS #1 only just released on 9/25 this year, but quickly caught the attention of critics and readers alike. Time magazine dubbed SEX CRIMINALS the #1 comic series of the year, Multiversity Comics named it Best New Series of 2013, Comics Alliance recognized Chip Zdarsky among the Best Artists of 2013, and actor Wil Wheaton calls it “one of the best things I’ve ever read, period.” SEX CRIMINALS #2 is heading into its third printing and issue #3 into its second printing.

Kieron Gillen and Ryan Kelly's THREE has been heralded by Comic Book Resources as “a spectacular new series that defies expectation with its astounding depth and rigor” and championed by Multiversity Comics as “a tribute to a long-forgotten people. Three is a rebellion against the swallowing void of history by way of enlightenment.” THREE #1 and #2 are both heading back for reprinting.
SEX CRIMINALS #1, #2, and #3, as well as THREE #1 and #2, have all completely sold out at the distributor level, but may still be available in comic stores. They are currently available digitally on the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com) and the official Image Comics iOS app, as well as on Comixology on the web (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.
Image Comics is pleased to announce that all these issues will be going back to print to meet customer demand. The fourth printing of SEX CRIMINALS #1 (Diamond Code OCT138368) will release on 1/8/14, the third printing of SEX CRIMINALS #2 (Diamond Code OCT138369) will release on 1/8/14, and the second printing of SEX CRIMINALS #3 (Diamond Code OCT138244) will release on 1/8/14.
The third printing of THREE #1 (Diamond Code OCT138370) will release on 1/8/14 and the second printing of #2 (Diamond Code OCT138371) will release on 1/8/14. 


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