Image Expo: Invisible Republic by Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko (and Kinski comes to Image!)

invisible republic

Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko will be teaming up for ‘Invisible Republic’. This’ll be an ongoing series at Image, promised as a gritty sci-fi story. It looks at the reigning power hierarchy in a distant society, and how one man cheated and corrupted (not technically a verb but appropriate) his way to the top. Also: spaceships!

“INVISIBLE REPUBLIC, is first and foremost a sci-fi, action-adventure story. My background as an illustrator and storyboard artist for films like Inception and the X-Men movies means that designing exciting action sequences is what I do,” said Hardman. “That said, the kind of stories Corinna and I tell are always human-scale. They’re point of view driven, not spectacle driven.

Serialized comics, especially creator-owned comics, are the perfect medium for telling stories with real stakes where anything can happen. Any character can die. The audience can’t trust that everything will be happy in the end. Comics are perfect for telling stories that take narrative risks and reward close attention, in short, everything that works so well on cable television dramas now.”

The second piece of news is about Hardman’s Monkeybrain series ‘Kinski’ – about a man who adopts a dog in somewhat dubious circumstances, but then has a real bonding experience with the canine. It’s not his dog – but man and pet forge a proper connection, which drags them into trouble when the owners seek to get him back.


The series has been at Monkeybrain for quite a while – and Image will be the ones bringing it to print.


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