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Image Month: Tim Seeley - "Image had me from the beginning"

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I first heard about Image Comics when I was flipping through an issue of Comic Shop News in 1990. I was 12, on my way to 13, and I'd been reading comics for at least 7 years by the point. I'd begun my decent into comic fandom as a Marvel Zombie, and some dabbling in DC.

My town hadn't had a comic store until 1990, so all my purchases were at the grocery store, or on those occasions when my parents would take a weekend day trip to Green Bay or Madison, where there were comic stores. They'd give us each ten bucks and we'd go hog-wild on the racks. I liked to get the most bang for my buck, so I tended to raid the quarter bins, picking up whatever abandoned and forsaken comics hadn't sold well. That often meant I ended up with forty weird eighties independent comics – odd, esoteric stuff like Stark Future, Ex-Mutants, The Tick, Fugitoid, The Crow, even old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reprints. Most of it was way beyond my comprehension; I was a kid from small town Wisconisn after all, but I loved it. It felt new, and frightening, sexy and inspiring. I still liked my superheroes, but there was something to this stuff.

Now, back to that issue of CSN. It had a short article about how Rob Liefeld was going to be leaving Marvel to create a comic called Youngblood at Malibu Comics. Yeah, this was even before they announced Image! But, I mean, I read that article and saw the art, and I was stoked. It felt like someone had taken the art and style of those Marvel books I liked so much, and dropped all of it right into that wonderful quarter bin stew. I picked up the issue of Wizard that debuted the creation of Image Comics, and I probably read it 50 times. I even still remember Silvestri's quote about how his Cyberforce was going to be a team of 4 girls and only a guy or two, so he could draw as many butts as possible.  I didn't know what any of the books were about, but I would imagine what they would be based on their title alone. (I wasn't too far off on most, though I think I thought WildC.A.T.s would be more anthropomorphic).

Later, that year, I went to my first Chicago Comicon, and made my parents wait in line with me all day so I could get a Spawn t-shirt signed by the 7 original guys. I was SOLD on the rhetoric: great comic creators making what they wanted to. I decided THAT would be my goal. I would make an Image comic some day.  And, crazy as it seems to me now, I did do it. I still do it! It's awesome! Working at Image, making the kinds of comics I want, reading the kind of comics that feel new and weird, and frightening, sexy and inspiring... it's what makes me love comics more than any other medium.

Happy 20th Image! You had me from the beginning, and you've still got me today... whether you like it or not.

           

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Tim Seeley is no doubt best known for creating Hack/Slash, which was first published by Devil’s Due before it found a new home at Image Comics. Seeley is also the new regular series writer for Top Cow’s Witchblade and pens the revamped stories of Bloodstrike.

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