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Image Comics Gets An Infusion Of "Samurai Blood" With $1 Premiere Issue


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picLos Angeles, CA – Writer Owen Wiseman takes us on a journey of vengeance through Edo Japan as Nam Kim’s lines, Matthew Dalton’s inks, and Jessica Kholinne of Imaginary Friends Studios’ colors, paint a visceral world of majesty, struggle, honor, and deceit.

“In an era when lineage defined you, three teenagers must make their way through the world hiding their identities in order to find their destinies. As their village burns behind them, they are headed for a city they’d heard about only in stories. The three young samurai must now struggle to stay alive and take vengeance on the evil usurper who has destroyed the rest of their clan and the only world they’d ever known. Will they rise on the tides of vengeance, or will they fall on the swords of fate?”

With covers by Jo Chen (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER), SAMURAI’S BLOOD premiers on June 8th, 2011 with 32 full-color pages of story for only $1.00!

SAMURAI’S BLOOD (from Image Comics and Benaroya Publishing) promises to be an exciting ride which offers not only action and adventure but a true and honest exploration of the code of honor that defined the Samurai culture.

Diamond Order No.: APR110406.

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Owen Wiseman writes graphic novels, screenplays, and prose. Raised by hippies in the Pacific Northwest, Owen loves history, philosophy, mythology, technology, and most -ologies, really. Owen has a degree in Philosophy from Pomona College in sunny Claremont, CA, and would like to get a dog but his apartment manager is some sort of animal-hater.


Nam Kim is a Philadelphia-based artist, founder and director of Studio Imaginary Lines, an all-purpose design house which produces original content for comic books, video games and commercial advertising. Nam is a self-taught illustrator who credits artists such as Burne Hogarth, Jim Lee and Masamune Shiro for shaping his artistic style and vision.


Matt Dalton is a sequential artist and concept illustrator who has worked in comics, children’s books, video games and film.  In 2003 he graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelors degree in Sequential Art. Matthew enjoys historical biographies as well as philosophical studies and is an amateur bodybuilder.  His greatest inspirations are Norman Rockwell, Frank Frazetta, and Mike Weiringo. He currently lives in Sewell, NJ with his wife and son.


Jo Chen is best known for her work as the cover artist for BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, RUNAWAYS, STREET FIGHTER series, STAR WARS, THOR, NEW AVENGERS, HELLBOY and more. She has also ventured into working interiors – penning Wildstorm’s RACER X mini-series and Dreamwave’s DARKMINDS MACROPLIS. Jo’s seinen manga, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR, was re-published in English by TokyoPop.


Founded in 2009 by Michael Benaroya, Benaroya Publishing is a company dedicated to the creation and cultivation of intellectual property by focusing on thrilling and compelling storytelling. Based in Los Angeles, California, Benaroya Publishing launches their debut titles this Spring under the Image Comics label. With David Elliott (FALL OUT TOY WORKS and co-founder of RADICAL PUBLISHING) at the helm as in-house Editor-in-Chief, Benaroya Publishing promises to bring fresh new ideas, and uniquely told stories to the comics literary world.


Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of four major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit