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The Pitch:
Robert Kirkman
By Brian Jacks


Welcome to Slushfactory.com's weekly feature, "The Pitch," where creators "pitch" you their newest, upcoming project in hopes of persuading you to give it a chance.

Pitching this week is Battle Pope creator Robert Kirkman.

Pitching last week: Michael Avon Oeming

THE PITCH: One creator, Six questions.

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Your name: Robert Kirkman
Title of book: Invincible
Publisher of book: Image Comics
Ongoing or miniseries: Ongoing
Other collaborators on book: Cory Walker (artist)
Bill Crabtree (colorist)
Expected on-sale date: January 22nd (first issue)

(1) Fill in the blanks: My name is Robert Kirkman and I am best known for...my other Image book Tech Jacket, and possibly my old self-published book, Battle Pope.

(2) What is your book about?

Invincible is the tale Mark Grayson, as he inherits super-powers from his father, the most powerful superhero in the world. It's all about growing up and being thrust into the real world, and how one learns to deal with such responsibility. Along with some cool supervillains and titanic slug fests thrown in for good measure.

(3) What is the origin of this project, secret or otherwise? Give us the origin story.

Cory Walker and I were pitching a book to Image called Science Dog, about a super-smart world-saving dog. Around the same time he did a SuperPatriot pin-up for Savage Dragon that the people at Image liked quite a bit. They said that we shouldn't be doing a book about a talking dog because it wouldn't sell, but that we should do a SuperPatriot mini instead because Cory drew him so well. Since we were both huge fan's of Erik Larsen we agreed to do it, also thinking that it would give us some time to come up with our next project. So while we were working on SuperPatriot, we came up with Invincible, and pitched that. Jim Valentino and Eric Stephenson seemed to think it was swell and suggested that we throw it into the upcoming super-hero line.

(4) Aside from the promise of tall dollars, what drew you to this project? Why now?

I like to think there's a void in the market for FUN books. Not younger reader books, or comedy books, but books that can be funny, dramatic, and action packed all at the same time. In my opinion most of the super-hero books from the big two are too serious. With Invincible, we're trying to fill that void.

(5) Why should a reader pick your book over, say, lunch on a given day? Pitch away.

If you're anything like me, you can afford to skip a few lunches. Taking that into account, I think it's worth it just to buy this book for Cory's art. I mean, that's why I'm picking it up. Along with Cory's art is the masterful coloring of young Bill Crabtree. Between these two, this book is turning our great. Hopefully it'll be an entertaining read for all that pick it up... you can't get the same kind of pleasure and excitement from a mere hamburger... unless it's a whopper. Mmmmm whoppers...

(6) Anything else you'd like to add?

Fan's that hate books that ship sporadically or never at all should really give this one a chance. This team is committed to this project and will keep it on time no matter what. We may end up skipping a solicitation month here or there to stay on track but we plan on putting out at least 10 or 11 issues a year. Oh, and if you like this book, you should check out Tech Jacket - Myself, E.J. Su, and Ron Riley work just as hard on that book.

Concluding Note: Where can readers go for more information:

- 5-page preview available at:

- You can pre-order the issues online at:

Related Art:

Issue 3 Cover

Issue 4 Cover

Issue 2, Page 6

Issue 2, page 7


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