Steve Duin: At Emerald City Comicon, image is everything
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Steve Duin: At Emerald City Comicon, image is everything

A striking image from graphic artist Sho Murase SEATTLE – When six of the seven founders took the Emerald City Comicon stage Friday for Image Comics’ 25 th anniversary panel, there was the predictable roasting of Jim Lee, the lone absentee. Amid the R-rated anecdotes, there were echoes of Larry Marder’s prescient quote when he first heard the seven illustrators were abandoning Marvel Comics to strike out on their own: "You guys are going to do so much damage." And there was a potent tribute from panel moderator Robert Kirkman : "I have to speak for the modern creative community: I wouldn’t have had the opportunity I’ve had if it wasn’t for these guys," said Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead. "My kids have the opportunity to grow up and be complete pampered (jerks), and that’s because of you guys." Yet the line that captured the mood at Emerald City , the Northwest’s premier comic convention, arrived courtesy of Rob Liefeld. Asked by Kirkman to explain, once again, why the seven artists – Todd McFarlane, Jim Valentino, Marc Silvestri, Erik Larsen and Whilce Portacio among them – stamped "Image" on the flag flying over their independent studios, Liefeld recalled […]

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