Jeff Lemire is a busy boy, he couldn’t even make it to San Diego Comic-Con as he prepared to start filming his new TV show, the adaptation of Exxex County. But he had a comic ad that he saved until all the SDCC hype was over. No need to compete with the uproar caused by Hall H, the hotel strikers of Bubble Comics. On his newsletter today he writes;
Great news! I’ve been teasing the return of Royal City for a while… and I can finally make it official… ROYAL CITY IS COMING BACK in 2023! I have started work on a brand new Royal City series, currently titled ROYAL CITY VOLUME 2: The Last Days of Richie Pike, and plan to launch the book in the fall of 2023 from Image Comics. And you can actually see a brand new 8-page TEASER from the new series in August’s Image 30th Anniversary Anthology #5! So be sure to ask your local comic book store to order you a copy of this issue, which also features other new comics by an assortment of amazing talent.
royal city, last published six years ago, followed Patrick Pike, a fading literary star who reluctantly returns to the once-thriving industrial town where he grew up. Patrick is quickly drawn back into the dramas of his two adult siblings, his overbearing mother and bullied father, all of whom are still haunted by different versions of his youngest brother, Tommy, who drowned decades ago. It traces the lives, loves and losses of a troubled family and a vanishing town over three decades. And on his Substack Tales From The Farm channel, he previously wrote;
The story never felt complete to me and it constantly reminds me ever since I finished the series. As I wrote in a previous post, I really burned on Royal City as I wrote, drew, and painted the book entirely on a monthly schedule in 2017-2018. Looking back, it was just too much. Of course, I was also writing about 50 Marvel and Image books at the same time, so it’s no wonder the schedule wasn’t sustainable. But when the exhaustion subsided, I just felt a sense of regret, like I never finished the book properly and more importantly, like I still had a story left to tell. Now, several years later, I’m ready to go back. Originally, I wanted Royal City to be a place where I could return and use the characters to explore new stories at different points in my life. I think that’s exactly what it can still be. I finished “Volume 1” and now I come away with a whole lot of new ideas and a new perspective.
And you can get your first glimpse at the very end of August.
IMAGE 30TH ANNV ANTHOLOGY #5 (OF 12) (MR)
(W) Geoff Johns, Joe Casey, Skottie Young, Zoe Thorogood, Brenden Fletcher, Maria Llovet, Tim Seeley, Jimmy Palmiotti, Patrick Kindlon, Dean Haspiel (A) Andrea Mutti, Nathan Fox, Skottie Young, Zoe Thorogood, Erica Henderson, Maria Llovet, Stefano Caselli, Amanda Conner, Maurizio Rosenzweig, Dean Haspiel
Our year-long Image Comics 30th anniversary celebration continues! This issue features the latest episodes of “The Blizzard” by GEOFF JOHNS & ANDREA MUTTI, “Red Stitches” by BRENDEN FLETCHER & ERICA HENDERSON, “Gehenna” by PATRICK KINDLON & MAURIZIO ROSENZWEIG, and the debut of “Hack/Slash vs. Image ” by TIM SEELEY & STEFANO CASELLI. More: The second part of MARIA LLOVET’s three-part series “All the Things We Didn’t Do Last Night”, the return of Extreme Studios fan-favorite Dutch CHAP YAEP in a new series from JOE CASEY & NATHAN FOX, “The Pro” by JIMMY PALMIOTTI & AMANDA CONNER, and the sequel to “Billy Dogma” by DEAN HASPIEL and “Stupid Fresh Mess” by SKOTTIE YOUNG! In store: August 31, 2022 MSRP: $5.99