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.

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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! 

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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.


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!

In honor of the “booze-soaked” Rat Queens Volume 2: The Far-Reaching Tentacles of N’Rygoth, I thought I would take their favorite drinks to the next level by crafting cocktails. I drew inspiration from the battle maidens themselves and the back of Rat Queens #4 where Kurtis J. Wiebe detailed each character’s ideal adult beverage…

Violet: Avidari Merlot, Denval Region
Hannah: Whiskey on the rocks
Betty: Fruit Margaritas
Dee: Kouhrani Winter Ale

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Violet: Beard-Dripping Maiden Sangria

Violet digs merlot—it’s honest and always classy. This merlot-based sangria with ginger ale and grapefruit juice is Violet’s fight in a flight response to battling obligation and tradition. Warning: This recipe is known to dribble into beards. Don’t worry, a friendly bluebird will slurp up the remains. The recipe below serves 6.


  • 1 bottle of merlot
  • 2-3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 grapefruit, juice half and cut other half into wedges
  • ½ of a lime, cut into wedges
  • ½ of a lemon, cut into wedges
  • 9 cloves
  • 7 strawberries
  • 1 can ginger ale (or to taste)

Instructions: Combine merlot with sugar and grapefruit juice and mix with a spoon. Push cloves into the rind of the lemon wedges. Add lemon, lime, and grapefruit wedges as well as strawberries to the merlot mix. Refrigerate for 24 hours. Pour 4 ounces sangria into a wine glass, and add 1 to 2 ounces ginger ale or to taste. Serve to the bearded and the non-bearded alike.

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Hannah: A Mage’s Companion

Hannah hones her rockabilly style with whiskey on the rocks, but these ice-cold rocks have got a magical kick with spice on the side just like her stone cold heart and sassy ‘tude. This recipe calls for coffee ice cubes which need a few hours to freeze before they can knock you off your feet. The recipe below serves 1.


  • 1 ½ oz. Buffalo Trace bourbon whiskey
  • 1 coffee ice cube
  • 1 cup freshly brewed coffee, medium roast
  • 1 tsp cinnamon simple syrup

Cinnamon-infused simple syrup:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 sticks cinnamon

Instructions: To make the coffee ice cubes, brew a cup of coffee however you prefer. For this recipe, I used beans with notes of strawberry, chocolate, and walnut. Pour hot coffee into ice cube trays, freezing for a few hours.

Heat simple syrup ingredients in a sauce pot over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until dissolved. Let cool.

In an old fashioned glass, combine cinnamon-infused simple syrup with one coffee ice cube and stir. Add bourbon whiskey and channel Necrius. Imbibe.

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Betty: To-Kill-Ya with Candy Margarita

Betty always looks like she just woke up—it’s probably the mushrooms—so something like a tequila sunrise margarita with a touch of innocent vibrance is the ticket to a relaxed feel and look. This cocktail is garnished with a candy orange and pop rocks around the rim to honor Betty’s favorite things: booze and candy. The recipe below serves 1 very strong drink.


  • 3 oz. tequila
  • Ice
  • 1 part (0.5 oz) Grand Marnier
  • 6 oz. orange juice
  • 1 part (0.5 oz) grenadine
  • 1 candy orange
  • 1 package strawberry Pop Rocks
  • 1 egg white

Instructions: For the pop rocks rim, two plates are needed. Separate the egg white from the yolk, keeping the yolk in the egg shell and easing the white onto one plate. Toss the yolk and shell. On the other plate, spread the pop rocks over it in a circular design. Dip margarita glass rim into egg white first and then into the pop rocks. That classic crackling sound will commence.

Add ice, tequila, orange juice, and Grand Marnier to glass and stir. Add grenadine and do not stir for the full sunrise effect. Enjoy with a side of candy.

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Dee: Tentacled Elder God Cocktale

Dee’s faith in the Tentacled Elder God is a complicated tale to be read and not told. But the ritual to capture the essence of her favorite winter ale, in or out of season, begins with a complex beer. To start, choose a malty, sweet Belgian beer with notes of toffee and leather. To finish, pair the beer with saintly concoctions inspired by N’Rygoth’s tentacles. The recipe below serves 1.


  • 1  11.2 oz. bottle of St. Bernardus Abt 12*
  • Ice
  • ½ oz. Herbsaint rinse
  • 2 lemon twists

*Feel free to use another Belgian ale if this brand is hard to find. Alternates: Gulden Draak, Mc Chouffe, and Dogfish Head Raison d’Etre which is a Belgian-style brown ale.

Instructions: Fill a highball glass halfway with ice. Pour in herbsaint, swirl, and toss it all down the sink. Rub one lemon twist around the top of the glass. Add lemon twists to glass. Pour beer slowly into glass, tipping it slightly. Do not stir—results in angering N’Rygoth and the old gods.

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Time then to delve into the truly groundbreaking work from SF comic creators that just happen to be female: Starstruck, A Distant Soil, and Finder; and their

An important and very interesting overview of women in SF Comics. So complimentary, I got teary. And some very deserving creative works here. Just amazed to be included.