Eric Stephenson came out to address ComicsPRO retailers today, and the Bro Who Ushers In A New Image Renaissance was lobbing bombs. Just giggling as he laced his right-hooks with truth serum. Burying his knuckles deep in the sloppy stomach of comic book excess. His remarks give me somewhat of a boner. But I’m a child.

After discovering his righteousness across the pages of Prophet, I’m pretty much ready to ride and die with Simon Roy. So when word comes that he’s teaming up with Ed Brisson for a mini-series after at Image…I’m both jacked. And pumped.

It isn’t any secret to those that frequent this joint that we’re big fans of Image. Love the creators-centric approach. Dig an unhealthy amount of their titles. So when news hits that they had a pretty radical December in terms of sales, don’t be shocked at my little dancing dinky. I mean — be shocked that I’ve taken it out in the middle of the 7-Eleven. Just don’t be shocked that it’s happy.

[Interview] Eric Stephenson – Image of the Future

If you’re a regular passenger of Spaceship OL, you know that we love us some comic books. As a crew of over-caffeinated pop-culture junkies who’ve read, watched, heard, and played all of the standards, what we also love are new ideas. Needless to say, we get especially jazzed up when we come across comic books that’re filled to the brim with the unconventional, the experimental, or even just the atypical.

Unfortunately, if you know anything about comics it’s that most of `em are just re-tellings of the same stories that’ve been around for years. You think the Big Two are primarily concerned with novelty and innovation? Then why did DC just retcon its continuity for the six-billionth time? Why is the current crux of the Marvel universeanother battle between its heroes?

Something’s rotten in the state of funnybooks.

However, there are those who’re doing their best to push the limits of the paneled medium. These artists and writers dedicate their livelihoods to creating quality comics that take chances with their characters, settings, themes, compositions, and structures. And in the current comics climate, it seems that Image Comics is a nexus of creativity.

I reached out to Image publisher Eric Stephenson in the hopes of getting his thoughts on a few questions concerning the state of the medium. To my surprise, he responded! Huzzah! Behold the power of the Internet!

Hit the hyperspace button to check out what Stephenson had to say about dwindling readership, adaptations, digital comics, Pepsi-Cola, and more!

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