THE CROOKED MAN is a treasury sized hardcover available now to pre-order from Image Comics/Shadowline. It’s a crime revenge story set against the 1906 San Francisco earthquake written by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman. Art by Hardman with colors by Elizabeth Breitweiser.

Ask your comic shop retailer to to pre-order you a copy!


(and, please, re-read #1 before asking questions–everything you need to know is right here):

Shadowline Submission Guidelines

1. Please follow all “guidelines” explicitly (this tells us you can read, follow directions and are probably not too difficult to get along with).

2. Do not propose any project that has been submitted to and turned down by Image Central, nor any previously published project.

3. Please keep the initial story arc to 5 issues.

4. There is no specific genre or style that we’re looking for. Be original, be creative, and be certain that your proposal has market appeal.

5. Send us the first five fully finished pages. Also include a cover letter explaining to us whether or not you see this as a finite or on-going series and a realistic estimate of when the series can launch.

Please refrain from telling us that your series is the best thing since peanut butter and we would be fools to pass it up…cause then we will.
We also want to see a cover, with logo (yours, not ours–we know what ours looks like). Include a SHORT paragraph synopsis of your STORY, not your plot (if you don’t know the difference between the two, then you’re not ready for prime time).

6. Send jpegs ONLY. Please do NOT send us links or zips or fruit baskets. Thank you! (Synopsis and cover letter should be word files.)

7. Send your proposal to:  DO NOT send it to our Facebook or Twitter accounts and, please, use YOUR name–thanks.

We will respond to every submission, but if rejected, please don’t ask for a follow up.

Thank you and good luck–we wish you only success.

In Case You Missed It! - A Round Up Of All The News That Mattered On March 1st, 2012

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From THE CROOKED MAN, a treasury sized original graphic novel published by Shadowline/Image comics.  Written by Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko. Art by Hardman. Colors by Elizabeth Breitwiser. 

An ex-patriot returns to San Francisco to take revenge on a former comrade-in-arms. Their battle of wills plays out against the apocalyptic mayhem of the1906 Earthquake.

An epic tale of revenge from the creators of INVISIBLE REPUBLIC and HEATHENTOWN!

You can still pre-order The Crooked Man through your local comics retailer and we would definitely appreciate it if you did! 

Pre-order info:

Reading Rat Queens #1 kept me wondering “how did this get made?” in the best way possible. Its not every day you get to see published comics that star queer ladies, ladies of color, bad ass unapologetic ladies starting shit and doing shrooms in the woods. Like, seriously, how did this get published?! It felt like reading some of my favorite webcomics, that are smart and foulmouthed and a little pervy and uh, about women. Kudos to Shadowline and Image for doing creator owned comics right. READ IT.


So, tomorrow (Wednesday, October 28) THE MANTLE trade paperback comes out. Brian Level, Jordan Boyd and I have put blood, sweat and goddamned tears into this book. If you have any love for superheroes, you need to pick this sucker up.

To get you in the mood, I thought I’d drop some of easter eggs and behind the scenes stuff on you. Read and impress your friends with all your insider knowledge.

When I was in my 20s, I was in a punk band called The $ellout$. We were a crappy, Dead Kennedy’s rip-off, but it was a lot of fun. I played bass. Poorly. My stage name was Fizz Ed (laugh all you want). My friend Nick, who went by Nick O’Teen, was lead vocals, Neil, who went by Slush, was guitar. We had about 40 drummers in our short life and only ever recorded one EP, which had a circulation of about 10 cassettes (yes, cassettes).

The lyrics in the panel above are actual lyrics from our song “Holocaust in your Backyard”. Yeah…I know. I know.

The bar that Robbie and Jen are walking out of is the Townehouse Tavern in Sudbury, Ontario. Sudbury is a Northern Ontario town that I was stuck in for nearly a year after I decided to travel the country, but ran out of money halfway through. I had some great times there, but…man, it is a DEPRESSING place. The Townehouse Tavern is where my friends and I would go, get drunk and watch bands. The $ellout$, however, never played there. That part is PURE FICTION!

Sudbury is known as The Big Nickel, a nickname derived from their nickel mining industry as well as a 30 foot nickel monument, which is probably their largest tourist attraction.

The literal, Big Nickel. 

This train yard and bridge…well, this is another place in Sudbury that I would go drink with my friends. If it was raining or snowing, it was a good enough place to get out of that and share a bottle of vodka.

Shadow, the dude who can transport between places by travelling the shadows? I created that dude when I was about 12 years old. He looked a little different back then, but everything else is the same. Loved being able to bring out an old character like that to use in an honest-to-god superhero book.

I’m not done with him yet, I don’t think. I have plans for Shadow!

Not so much an easter egg or insider info as it is just a rad image. I mean, c’mon! Look at that! Brian and Jordan really knocked it out of the park.

If you’re on the fence about the book…yes, there is a GIANT CAT that our hero has an honest to god sit down convo with.


Bernie’s makes an appearance in nearly every book I write.

What is Bernie’s you ask? Well, it was a North American/Chinese style restaurant (meaning you could order a burger OR chow mein) in Kelowna, BC, that I worked at for most of my teens. I have a lot of fond memories of that place, so always try to throw them in if there’s ever a diner scene. Bernie’s also appears in SHELTERED, COMEBACK, THE FIELD, MURDER BOOK and others.

Anyhow, that’s all I got for you. Run out to your shops and pick this beaut up. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. 

RAT QUEENS Wins GLAAD Award for Outstanding Comic Book!

Congratulations to the entire creative team for the award.

More information at the following links:



Today’s the day!  MORNING GLORIES DELUXE EDITION, vol. 1 is in stores nationwide.  It collects the first 12 issues, + a slew of extras and clocks in at 400 pages , for only $39.99!  This edition features a foreword by the co-creator of LOST, Damon Lindelof (pictured here by me and colorist extraordinaire, Alex Sollazzo). 

I’m immensely proud of this book.  I’m already stockpiling sketches and commissions to include in the second volume! :) 

So I hope you’ll check this out.  Recommend it to a friend, or better yet, it makes a heckuva Christmas present!