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PORTLAND, Ore. 04/22/2024 — Multiple Eisner, Shuster, and Harvey award winning writer/artist Chip Zdarsky (Batman, Newburn) will kick off a new story arc to the Eisner Award winning series Public Domain this July. This new chapter in the beloved comic book series will begin with issue #6 and hit shelves from Image Comics.

Public Domain is the most personal work of mine to date, so I’m incredibly happy to be putting more issues of it out into the world again,” said Zdarsky. “I’m writing, drawing, coloring, lettering and desigining every element of the book, so it’s as pure a form of ‘Chip Zdarsky’ as there can be! Is that a good thing? I’ll let history judge.”

Zdarsky will also be teaming with fan-favorite artist Rachael Stott (Fantastic Four, Dr. Who) and stellar colorist Eren Angiolini (Justice League: Last Ride) to bring fans the in-universe comic book at the center of the Public DomainThe Domain—this July as well for double the Public Domain impact.

In Public Domain #6, Dallas Comics is up and running! But can Syd put aside his feelings and make a Domain comic for a new generation before Jerry Jasper and Singular Comics beat him to it? And who is the mysterious British hunk, Carter Dusk? Nobody knows, but it’s his first appearance, so you better buy this issue and get it graded just in case!

Public Domain follows Syd Dallas, the legendary comic book artist responsible for pop culture’s greatest hero: The Domain! But his sons Miles and David have a complicated relationship with both the creation and their creator. Can they come together and create a comic worthy of Syd’s legacy?

This thought provoking series shines a light on the all-too-common battle between creators and corporations in a world where the billion-dollar creations dominate the cultural landscape.

Public Domain #6 (Lunar Code 0524IM245) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 3.

The Domain #1 will be available at comic book shops the following week, on Wednesday, July 10:

  • Cover A by Stott – Lunar Code 0524IM229
  • Cover B by Angiolini – Lunar Code 0524IM230

Both Public Domain and The Domain will also be available across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.

Select praise for the Public Domain series:

“Very good at pace, character, and the tensions between characters. At its heart this is a family story, but that family happens to have ties to comics and by extension comic movies based on them. Those elements come together in a narrative that’s relatable to our current climate of comics and superhero ‘mythology,’ adding up to an enjoyable story.” —AIPT

“Perfect satirizing and condemnation of some of the worst aspects of the comic book industry as told by someone within the machine.” —Multiversity Comics

“This is a familiar history to anyone who knows the history of Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Bill Finger, or dozens of others, and it would be easy to utilize nearly a century of mistreatment and unethical dealings to romanticize or rage. However, in staging this story, creator Chip Zdarsky opts to focus on the whys and wherefores, avoiding easy answers on what promises to be a much more engaging consideration of culture and commerce.” —ComicBook.com

Public Domain deserves to be on your pull-list, as it’ll do what Jack Kirby promised comics to do, which is to break your heart, kid. But in the same breath, it’ll also reinforce everything that makes comics great, and remind you that they, and the people that make them, are worth fighting for.” —Comic Watch

“This one comes highly recommended.” —Major Spoilers

“Tackles the major issue of creators’ rights in a funny yet heartfelt way and continues to cement Chip Zdarsky as one of the most interesting creators in the industry. If you’ve loved Zdarsky’s other creator-owned work or his Daredevil run, I highly suggest picking this book up.” —But Why Tho? Podcast

“Zdarsky has a unique and entertaining visual style that beautifully emphasizes the characters and their emotions in the moment.” —The Super Powered Fancast

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