"Time is a flat circle"
 Friedrich Nietzsche

Just over 30 years ago, a group of the hottest creators in the comic industry banded together to create a little company that we now know as Image Comics. These creators, a healthy mix of vets & rookies alike, went on to become household names within our community -- Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld... just to name a few. We wouldn't have Spawn without Image. Nor would we have The Walking Dead, Invincible, or Saga.

(Pictured: Image Comics Founders Eric Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Whilce Portacio, Jim Lee, Jim Valentino)

Image was created because of a broken system; the founding creators didn't feel that they were being adequately compensated for either their work, or residuals/royalties from merchandise at the time. As much as things have changed, things have remained the same.

A new group consisting of some of the hottest modern-day creators has been formed: DSTLRY, featuring the immeasurable talents of Scott Snyder, Ram V, Jamie McKelvie, Becky Cloonan, Mirka Andolfo, Jock, James Tynion IV, and more! They are featured in the new publication as "founding creators," with some former executives from Amazon's comiXology ultimately running the show: David Steinberger and Chip Mosher.

(Pictured: THE DEVIL'S CUT #1 "A" cover)

The first title that DSTLRY will be launching, THE DEVIL'S CUT, is due out August 30th in an oversized deluxe format. Not much is known about this title quite yet, but it is intended to include a series of short stories in the sci-fi, mystery, and horror genres. DSTLRY, leaning into its online pedigree, will also be making their comics available digitally. They have suggested that there will be a collectible element to the digital books, insisting that there will be no NFT shenanigans going on; the books will be purchasable online for about a week after release, then available for buying & selling on a secondary marketplace where the creators will see a royalty from these transactions. 

Things like this don't happen very often, so I'm personally very excited about it. Some of my favorite writers and artists are involved with DSTLRY and I am more than optimistic that their initial launch and subsequent ongoing series will perform well.

You won't want to miss out on this! Let us know if you'd like to sign up for a subscription of DSTLRY's books next time you visit the shop!

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