Seven successful freelance illustrators working at Marvel two decades ago wanted to control the copyrights of their own creations -- so they formed Image Comics, their own publishing house. They had an instant hit with co-founder Todd MacFarlane’s Spawn. A string of similar successes have led right up to the present, with Image partner Robert Kirkman’s zombie epic The Walking Dead (now on issue #93) adapted into the television series of the same name. Image Comics: A 20th Anniversary Celebration, honors the Oakland-based outfit, which publishes other creator-owned titles such as the superhero saga Invincible. It includes more than 40 pieces of original art from MacFarlane’s and Kirkman’s creations, as well as those of Jim Lee, Erik Larsen, Marc Silvestri, and others. Guests include Kirkman, Fiona Staples (Saga), and Ryan Ottley (Invincible).
Tuesdays-Sundays, 7 p.m.; Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 4. Continues through April 29, 2012