As if the news that a number of former DC and Marvel creators have banded together as the Image Comics imprint Ghost Machine wasn’t enough, Image Comics announced Saturday that a further number of creators — including Uncanny Avengers and Black Panther artist Danuel Acuña, Uncanny X-Force artist Greg Tocchini, and Wonder Woman: Earth One artist Yanick Paquette — have signed exclusive contracts with Image imprint Giant Generator to focus on creator-owned projects for the foreseeable future.
The full line-up of creators who have signed new exclusive deals with Giant Generator is: Daniel Acuña, André Lima Araújo, Paul Azaceta, Bengal, Roland Boschi, Max Fiumara, Mike Hawthorne, J.G. Jones, Francesco Mobili, Brett Parson, Yanick Paquette, and Greg Tocchini. All will be developing brand new projects either individually, or with creators yet-to-be announced, with all rights to the projects owned and controlled entirely by the creators.
Giant Generator founder Rick Remender — who signed an exclusive deal with Image in September himself — released a statement to accompany the news: "I've spent the last quarter century building creator-owned comic books and having Image give me the chance to take that knowledge to help other creators follow their bliss and do the same makes me incredibly happy. Working with this murderer's row on the second wave of Giant Generator books has me reinvigorated, I wake up every morning eager to see what these incredible monsters have been up to. As we've proven over the years, we make outstanding comics because we only work with top creators, each given the time and support to do the best work of their careers, work they own, work that lives on for years and years in premiere formats. We focus on the creation of new, wholly original, evergreen reads that stand out from the whirlwind of monthly comics and have proven to stand the test of time."
The first wave of Giant Generator launches from this new influx of talent was announced at NYCC 2023 this afternoon, with three titles unveiled:
- Grommets by Rick Remender, Brian Posehn, and Brett Parson
- Napalm Lullaby by Rick Remender and Bengal
- Dust to Dust by J.G. Jones and Phil Bram
All three titles will debut in 2024. Further titles will be announced in coming months.
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