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Paul Pope’s HEAVY LIQUID Finds New Home at Image Comics this August with 20th-Anniversary Edition

“Both technically assured and wonderfully expressive.”
—Publishers Weekly
PORTLAND, OR 03/11/2019 — Image Comics is pleased to celebrate two decades of Paul Pope’s (Battling Boy, Batman: Year 100) Eisner Award-nominated, science-fiction/cyberpunk classic Heavy Liquid with an exuberant, all-new, 20th anniversary trade paperback. This gorgeous new edition will collect issues #1-5 of the Heavy Liquid series and feature newly remastered colors by Pope to restore them to his original vision, making them more vibrant and powerful.

TIME magazine listed Heavy Liquid among the 100 most important science fiction graphic novels of the decade when it originally debuted in the 2000s, and its relevance and influence continues to grow. This new edition is designed and edited by the artist himself, restores the artwork for the first time to its original “widescreen” format (wider that typical US comics), and features a newly refined two-color palette. The opening and closing 16 pages are in full color, including newly designed artwork for this edition and all of the original “virgin” cover designs, with logos and added type removed.

In a future where New York has evolved into a sci-fi metropolis, Heavy Liquid follows a fugitive called “S”—on the run from a murderous gang—who becomes entwined in a mystery that’s littered with love and drugs. At the heart of this mystery is an addictive substance called Heavy Liquid that’s both a drug and an art form. In his search for the one artist skilled enough to render Heavy Liquid into a perfect sculpture, S finds himself battling deadly psychopathic foes as well as the inner demons of addiction. If he can survive these physical and mental trials, S might just discover the shocking secret behind heavy liquid, and find a love he thought lost forever.

Heavy Liquid 20th anniversary trade paperback edition (ISBN: 978-1-5343-1404-7) will be available in comic shops on Wednesday, June 19 and available in bookstores on Tuesday, June 25. It can be pre-ordered at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBound, and Indigo. 

Heavy Liquid will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play. 
PAUL POPE (b.1970) is an American artist/designer living and working in New York City. He has been working primarily in comics and screenprinting since the early ’90s, but has also done a number of projects with Italian fashion label Diesel Industries and, in the US, with DKNY. HIs recent collaboration with Errolson Hugh/Acronym for Nike’s AF1 debuted Spring 2017. His media clients include LucasArts, NBC, Disney, Cartoon Network, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Conde-Naste, Kodansha (Japan), Sapporo (Japan), Dargaud Editions (France), EMI Canada, The Grateful Dead Estate, and The British Film Institute. His iconic Batman: Year 100, a science fiction take on the classic Batman origin tale, appears frequently on many “Top 10 Batman” story lists. In 2010 Pope was recognized as a Master Artist by the American Council Of The Arts. His short science fiction comic strip Strange Adventures(DC Comics)—an homage to the Flash Gordon serials of the ’30s—won the coveted National Cartoonist Society’s Reuben Award for Best Comic Book of the year. He has won five Eisner Awards to date. His latest book, Battling Boy, debuted at #1 on the New York Times best-seller list, his third book to hit the New York Times‘ Top 10.

He is currently working on Battling Boy 2, the second book in the epic science fiction/fantasy series for First Second/MacMillan, featuring a young superhero, and also finishing Psychenaut, a book of visual essays about Jungian dream analysis, for Dargaud Editions. Visit
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit

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