The Surprise Hit of the Summer Finds Its Perfect Match at Image Comics

Berkeley, CA – 16 August 2011 – You’ve read about it, you’ve heard about it, now it’s here. Up-and-coming writer Sam Humphries (CBGB, Fraggle Rock) and Steven Sanders (FIVE FISTS OF SCIENCE, Uncanny X-Men: The Heroic Age), provocative sci-fi one-shot OUR LOVE IS REAL is coming to Image Comics this November after capturing the attention of the comics industry over the summer.

Set in the not-too-distant future, OUR LOVE IS REAL is a bold story about the many odd forms that love can take. Originally self-published in limited quantities, Humphries and Sanders were eager to share their story with a wider audience following the torrent of critical accolades OUR LOVE IS REAL received from fans, the comics press and creators alike.

Here’s just a taste of what they’re saying:

“A splendidly-perverse and eye-poppingly gorgeous fistful of futuristic fun.”
— Jason Aaron, writer of Scalped, Wolverine, and Ghost Rider

“One of the funniest comics I’ve had the pleasure of reading in quite some time… 4 out of 5 stars.”
— Chad Nevett, Comic Book Resources

“One of the Top Ten Comics of July 2011…this is one of the most surprisingly original sci-fi stories we’ve ever read… a shocking, funny, and emotional read that will stick with you long after you put it down.”
— Alex Zalben, MTV Geek

“I strongly encourage you to check out this bravura creation from Steven Sanders and Sam Humphries.”
— Tom Pinchuk, Comic Vine

“It may shatter your doggone senses.”
— Caleb Goellner, Comics Alliance

“It is a social satire, as all the best science fiction is…it’s funny, it’s poignant, it’s clever, it’s intriguing…phones had been ringing off the hook and retailers have been desperately trying to order new copies…it’s a really fun comic book that could get quite a following.”
— Rich Johnston, Bleeding Cool

“A mix of neo-futuristic sci-fi with a love story that is both sexy and utterly heartfelt.”
— Casey Seijas, Wizard

“Already catching observers off-guard.”
— Albert Ching, Newsarama

— Tim O’Shea, Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources

“It’s equal parts shocking and hilarious and the kind of out there thinking comics can do best.”
— Ryan K. Lindsay, The Weekly Crisis

“One of the more interesting comic book stories of the year…4.5 out of 5 stars.”
— Kyle Garret, Comics Bulletin

“The response to the book, even in limited release, has been nothing short of amazing,” said Humphries. “Image Comics has embraced our twisted little comic inside and out. We know we’ve found a great place to bring OUR LOVE IS REAL to a wider audience.”

“This is a unique book,” added Sanders. “We weren’t sure how it would be received. But we love it, and apparently a lot of other people do too! We can’t wait for everyone to get a chance to see it for themselves.”

In OUR LOVE IS REAL, the plantsexuals are rioting in the streets for equal rights, humans are falling in love with dogs, and crystals are much more than just jewelry! When a chance encounter on the job changes a riot cop’s life forever, he finds himself caught in a bizarre love triangle that blurs romance, crime, and lust beyond recognition.

OUR LOVE IS REAL (SEP110383), a uniquely formatted 8 x 8 24-page black and white sci-fi satire comic for $3.99, will be available for order in the September issue of Previews and goes on sale in stores November 2.

Sam Humphries is a comic book writer living in Los Angeles. His work includes Our Love Is Real, Fraggle Rock for Archaia and CBGB: The Comic Book for BOOM! Studios. In March, he was named one of “Five Writers to Watch in 2011” by Wizard Magazine. In a previous life, he was the architect of MySpace Comic Books. You can visit him online at

When Steven Sanders was born in Kansas City, MO; his birth was foretold by a swallow, and celebrated by a white crane emerging from the heart of a fir tree. He’s penciled SWORD for Marvel Entertainment, and has done a bunch of other work in comics, gaming and advertising. You can visit him online at

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, 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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