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Image Expo Spring Formal to honor the Valkyries

Image Expo after party will celebrate diversity and the comics community

Image Expo Spring Formal dance will be held on Wednesday evening from 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. at The Showbox Market theater and will celebrate diversity and community in the comics industry. The traditional Spring Formal crowning ceremony will focus on a very special thank you to The Valkyries—a group that has made great strides over the past several years building an accepting, inclusive community and repeatedly championing diversity within the comics industry—and will highlight the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s important efforts to protect and promote diverse creators and their work.

New York Times bestselling artist Babs Tarr (The New 52’s Batgirl) will emcee the Valkyrie crowning ceremony and all registered Valkyrie members are encouraged to attend by submitting their credentials here for a complimentary ticket to the Formal by Friday, March 25.

New York Times bestselling creators of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, will offer their DJ-ing skills (and dance moves) while attendees dance, mingle, knock back signature cocktails, snap silly selfies at the step-and-repeat or in the photo booth.

“Obviously, Jamie and I play all kinds of music, varying from early-period Robyn, to mid-period Robyn lightened with a little sprinkling of late-period Robyn,” teased Gillen. “But really, this is the first opportunity we've had to bring the Thought Bubble dancefloor experience over Stateside, which is basically The Church Of The Wicked + the Divine (featuring the sacristy of Phonogram). The aim is to make people dance in ways they really shouldn't, and we - and our handpicked colleagues—will do anything to achieve our goal. Admittedly, this will inevitably involve some Robyn. You know what we're like.”

Presented in the style and spirit of a traditional Spring Formal dance, attendees must be 18+ and are encouraged to don their formal wear for a night on the tiles with their fellow comics fans, creators, press, and retailers. Tickets available here.

The Spring Formal will follow on the heels of Image Expo. IMAGE EXPO 2016 will feature a line-up of some of the hottest names in comics and offers a uniquely experience for fans to have unprecedented access to the writers and artists behind their favorite comic books at exclusive autograph sessions and comic-focused programming. In addition, Premium Admission Ticket holders will enjoy an admission ticket to 18+ Image Comics' Spring Formal dance—a chance to mingle with creators, press, retailers, and fellow fans, an Image T–shirt, an Image tote bag, EXPO exclusive variants, Priority seating, and access to the Premium signing.

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