PORTLAND, Ore. 10/25/2019 — The highly anticipated return of Eisner Award winning, #1 New York Times bestselling romance/humor series Sex Criminals—by Matt Fraction (November, Hawkeye) and Chip Zdarsky (Daredevil)—will kick off again with issue #26 in January 2020 from Image Comics and begin its final story arc.
“Working with Matt again is like riding a bicycle: I can’t do it. It hurts my body and I’m constantly scared," said Zdarsky. Fraction added: “Riding a bike is just like working with Chip Zdarsky: it’s really cool, and I want all my friends to see me doing it, and it once busted out all my front teeth! We make a comic called Sex Criminals! I love Chip! Siri stop dictation stop stop no Siri stop stop.” Praised for its emotionally compelling characters, taut storytelling, and comedic genius, Time Magazine called it “the best comic of the year” upon launch. Since its debut, Sex Criminals has garnered coverage from such mainstream media outlets as Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, NPR, and The Washington Post and won multiple awards. Sex Criminals follows the adventures of Suzie and Jon—a couple who discover they can stop time when they have sex. Sex Criminals #26 (Diamond Code NOV190021) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, January 29. Sex Criminals #26 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. Sex Criminals, Vol. 1-5 trade paperbacks, Big Hard Sex Criminals, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 hardcover editions, and Just the Tips hardcover edition are all available now at your local comic book shop and on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, IndieBound, and Indigo.
Accolades and select praise for Sex Criminals: Eisner Award-winning “Best New Series” Harvey Award-winning “Best New Series” #1 New York Times Bestseller #1 Amazon Bestseller: Literary Graphic Novels Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List” Publishers Weekly Bestseller Rolling Stone’s “The 50 Best Non-Superhero Graphic Novels” List "Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky seem determined to upend every stereotype about carnal entertainment. Sex Criminals bubbles over with joyous energy. Fraction provides a charming concept and brisk storyline." —NPR “A precision-tuned screwball comedy on its surface, and that surface is gorgeous, thanks to Zdarsky’s ace sense of design and inventive color technique.” —TIME Magazine “An honest, heartfelt story about relationships that was more John Hughes than John Holmes.” —USA Today “Zdarsky’s fluid, brightly hued artwork is dense with smutty gags, but this is a deeper, more understated comedy than it initially seems.” —The New York Times “Wildly imaginative, randy and true…Zdarsky’s staging, storytelling, and character designs make this even crazier. Great fun!” —Miami Herald "Matt Fraction seems to have a knack for taking things we may have an overly romanticized view of and absolutely normalizing it while still keeping it in its fantastical setting. Which is to say that he makes characters that are believable and real without making them dark and cynical, something I would love to see from every writer." —The Mary Sue
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