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The Complete CORTO MALTESE To Be Published In English For The First Time

EuroComics, A New Imprint Edited by Dean Mullaney Will Release the Seminal Series in the Original Oversized Format with New Translations   San Diego, CA (July 25, 2014) – Long before the term “graphic novel” entered the popular lexicon, the Italian cartoonist Hugo Pratt pioneered the long-form “drawn literature” story in 1967 when he introduced Corto Maltese in the epic adventure “The Ballad of the Salty Sea.” Pratt set the standard for all adult adventure comics in Europe, and by the mid-1970s Corto was the continent’s most popular series and Pratt the world’s leading graphic novelist. “He is one of the true masters of comic art,” says Frank Miller. Pratt’s books remain best sellers in Europe and are published in a dozen languages yet until now, Corto Maltese has been poorly represented in English. “We intend to change all that,” says EuroComics editor Dean Mullaney. “Pratt deserves a first-rate American edition and America deserves Corto Maltese. We’re proud to publish Hugo Pratt as the first graphic novelist in our EuroComics imprint; we’re similarly pleased to publish him alongside Milton Caniff and Alex Toth, two important artistic influences on Pratt, from our long-standing Library of American Comics line.” The late Kim Thompson, best known as the Vice President and Co-Publisher of Fantagraphics Books, summed up the Pratt’s historical importance: “Corto Maltese was the first European strip to advance a mature, artistically serious sensibility within the traditional adventure format. The elliptical narrative of the stories, the pervasive sense of destiny and tragedy,

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ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS BRINGS MAYHEM TO COMICS

ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS BRINGS MAYHEM TO COMICS

The Most Unlikely Crossover Crashlands At IDW! San Diego, CA (July 25, 2014) – Spinning out of the show-stopping announcement at this year’s Licensing Expo, Rovio Entertainment and Hasbro, Inc. have teamed up to bring together two of the world’s largest and most popular entertainment brands with ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS! This fall, IDW will bring the mayhem to comics with the brand-new series, ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS, expanding on the unexpected backgrounds of this explosive crossover! “Comics offer an ideal medium for telling the stories of these improbable but totally convincing mash-up characters from two enormously popular creations,” said Rovio’s Editor-in-Chief, Comics Jukka Heiskanen. “Blending action with humor and adventure with mishap, they will excite and delight fans of both brands.” “We are thrilled to be combining the iconic TRANSFORMERS universe with the quirky world of ANGRY BIRDS,” said Michael Kelly, Hasbro’s Director of Global Publishing. “With the upcoming ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS mobile game, TELEPODS product line from Hasbro powered by retoy, licensed consumer goods and now comics from IDW, we’re able to give fans fun, new stories and characters they can interact with in multiple ways.” When a DECEPTIHOG raid on the AUTOBIRD ship goes awry, the sought-after ALLSPARK is hurled into the expanses of space, only to find its way onto the shores of Piggie Island, and as its inhabitants will soon find out, the ALLSPARK is much more powerful than any creature could have imagined! Written by Robots in Disguise scribe and IDW Senior Editor John Barber, ANGRY

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IDW KICKS OPEN THE DOORS TO COMIC-CON WITH ORPHAN BLACK!

The Hit Sci-Fi TV Show Takes On Another Form In New Comic Book Series   San Diego, CA (July 23, 2014) – Orphan Black, the acclaimed sci-fi series by Temple Street Productions, assumes a new identity in the form of a comic-book series from IDW Publishing. IDW’s series will not be a clone of the show but will feature some all-new stories set in the complex and thrilling world of Orphan Black. “Orphan Black, in addition to being a captivating TV series, is a perfect premise for comics,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “And as the second season has expanded the series in exciting new directions, that has only increased the amount of stories we’ll be able to tell in comic-book form.” Orphan Black, which has just been renewed for a third season, centers on Sarah Manning, who after witnessing the suicide of a woman that appears to be her doppelgänger comes into the knowledge that this woman and indeed herself, are two of many biological clones. Sarah takes on the woman’s identity and uses her position as a police detective to uncover the mystery behind what she is and what that means. IDW Publishing is known for its authenticity and attention to detail when approaching licensed properties and Orphan Black is sure to be a comic book series a delight existing fans and make new ones. “We’re so thrilled for Orphan Black to take shape as a comic series and join the ranks of IDW’s impressive roster,” said

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IDW Entertainment And UCP To Develop NIGHT MARY As A Live-Action Series

John Pogue To Write The Pilot   San Diego, CA (July 23, 2014) – IDW Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions announced today they are co-developing IDW Publishing’s horror comic book, Night Mary, created by Rick Remender and Kieron Dwyer, as a live-action television series. Night Mary will join an impressive roster of innovative and original scripted content from Universal Cable Productions. John Pogue, who wrote and directed the recently released film, The Quiet Ones, has been tapped to write and direct the pilot. “We love genre at UCP and thankfully so do audiences. We’ve made it a priority to seek out great properties that will attract equally great creators to adapt them,” said Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development, Universal Cable Productions. “The dark and suspenseful world of ‘Night Mary’ gives us a great landscape to work from and has a lot of promise to deeply immerse fans.” “Remender and Dwyer’s Night Mary is a shockingly inventive and ingenious story with mind-bending potential,” said Pogue. “And I’m thrilled to be collaborating with UCP, IDW and Circle to bring this to television. Night Mary explores the next frontier—the human brain—through the dark adventures of a lucid dreamer, and what happens when conspiratorial elements attempt to turn our reality into a living nightmare.” Based on the acclaimed IDW Publishing graphic novel, Night Mary follows a young woman trained to be a lucid dreamer. Her father owns a sleep disorder clinic where she enters the dreams of his patients. When a patient is

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IDW And Comics Experience Announce Publishing Alliance Featuring Creator-Owned Books From New Talent

San Diego, CA (July 21, 2014) — IDW Publishing announced today a new publishing alliance with Comics Experience, LLC—an online comics education resource and creative community. Under the alliance IDW and Comics Experience will focus on publishing creator-owned titles from new comics talent. The mini-series announced today, the first of which launches in January 2015, include: Drones by Chris Lewis and Bruno Oliveira, the story of two Predator drone operators on a bizarre journey that will take them to a terrorism-themed hotel in Las Vegas, in a war where terror and entertainment have begun to blur. Creature Cops: Special Varmint Unit by Rob Anderson and Fernando Melek, about animal control officers in a near-future city who must deal with patchwork, hybrid animals, from gator-snakes to panda dogs. Gutter Magic by Rich Douek and Brett Barkley, set in a world where World War II was fought with magic, and the heir to a powerful magical dynasty can’t cast a spell to save his life. Tet by Paul Allor and Paul Tucker, is a story of hard-boiled crime and star-crossed romance, set at the height of the Vietnam War and the decades that followed. IDW Editor-In-Chief and CCO Chris Ryall said, “IDW has been a strong supporter of creator-owned comics, from our very first title, 30 Days of Night, through to Locke & Key and beyond. We’re now excited to be partnering with Comics Experience to introduce the next wave of new talent to fans and the industry.” Comics Experience President and CEO

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SUPERHEROES ARE SAVING LIVES – FOR REAL

New York, NY (July 18, 2014) – This year, Comic-Con shows its caring side with a panel about superheroes who save lives – not in comic books or on the silver screen but in real life. Cartoonist Craig Yoe will be joined by Stacie June of Unilever’s health soap brand Lifebuoy, to talk about how the ‘School of 5’ superheroes primarily through their comic books (along with School of 5 animation, radio shows, music, games, and walk-around characters) are saving the lives of children across the world by changing handwashing behaviors. Every 15 seconds, one child dies from diarrhoea or pneumonia, diseases that are preventable through the simple act of handwashing with soap. That is 1.7 million children every year. Yoe, and his partner Clizia Gussoni, worked with Lifebuoy to create the team of ‘School of 5’ superheroes and their adventures, capturing the imaginations of kids, teaching them to wash their hands five times a day and to get their parents and siblings in the program, too. The handful of superheroes are Sparkle, the big sister-type and the wise leader of the gang, Hairyback, a big furry and lovable master of bubbles, and the germ-busting triplets Biff, Bam and Pow. These 5 superheroes work together to bring this lifesaving habit to life and fight the yuckiest villain of all, the evil Nogood. The School of 5 comic books are distributed in 23 countries in 19 languages across Asia, Africa, and South America, with a circulation of 20 million reaching over

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Lion Forge Comics Expands Distribution With IDW Publishing

Digital Publisher Behind Airwolf, Knight Rider, and Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier Comics to Launch Print Versions of Licensed and Original Properties    DIEGO and ST.LOUIS – (July 18, 2014) – Since it doesn’t always make sense to bag and board your smartphone to try and preserve your digital comic-book collection, Lion Forge Comics has partnered with award-winning publisher IDW Publishing to introduce its popular digital comics library into the print comics market. Lion Forge is kicking off its print collection with two of its notable licensed titles, Airwolf and Knight Rider, based on the classic NBC Universal television series. The publisher also will release its original series, Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier, inspired by MMA fighter, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Lion Forge and IDW will also publish and distribute print trades of Lion Forge’s other original and licensed collections, including titles from their all-ages and young adult imprint, ROAR Comics, as current digital versions are completed. “We are excited to be entering this creative endeavor with IDW, a company we feel is on the forefront of progressive publishing,” said David Steward II, CEO, Lion Forge. “With IDW’s experience and reputation for innovation, this partnership will exponentially increase Lion Forge’s potential to explore new and unique avenues for our content.” “Lion Forge has made a name for itself in the world of digital comics,” said Greg Goldstein, President, IDW. “Their dynamic library offers readers everything from a super powered Rampage Jackson to reboots based on iconic ‘80s television shows. We welcome the opportunity

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Enemy Ace Joins The Artist’s Edition Ranks!

Joe Kubert’s Seminal DC Comics Series On Its Way San Diego, CA (July 16, 2014) – Reimagining the popular war stories that filled the pages of comic books throughout the 1950’ and 1960’s, Joe Kubert’s Enemy Ace made an unlikely hero into a genre icon. The classic tales of airborne suspense that first thrilled readers over 50 years ago, will make their mark all over again with Joe Kubert Enemy Ace: Artist’s Edition. Created by Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert in 1968 as an alternate take on the highly successful war-based comics, Enemy Ace introduced a hero that by all superficial definitions was a villain. A high-flying pilot for the Germans, Hans von Hammer was a star soldier but morally conflicted by the duties that his role demanded. “I’ve loved every single one of our Artist’s Editions, but for me, this is the big one,” said Dirk Wood, IDW’s Vice President of Marketing. “Ask Scott Dunbier, I’ve bugged him about the possibility of this book since pretty much my first day at IDW. Kanigher and Kubert’s Enemy Ace was my absolute favorite comic as a kid, and remains so to this day. To see that material again, in this format, is going to be something special.” Joe Kubert: Enemy Ace Artist’s Edition presents five entire issues of the decorated DC Comics series Star Spangled War Stories, including #139, 140, 141, 142 144. Scanned directly from the original art, this complete collection will also feature bonus material like covers and promos.

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IDW PUBLISHING, HASBRO, AND HERITAGE AUCTIONS COMBINE FORCES TO GIVE KIDS THE WORLD

One-Of-A-Kind My Little Pony Comic Variant And Original Artwork To Be Auctioned For Charity    San Diego, CA (July 9, 2014) – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fast became the best-selling comic in IDW’s history and last year the title reached a monumental milestone of selling over one million copies at retail. To celebrate the occasion, IDW and Hasbro collaborated on a very special promotion. In an unprecedented move, an extremely rare variant cover by fan-favorite Sara Richard of issue #12 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was made, so rare it was limited to ONE copy total! IDW and Hasbro are proud to announce that they are joining with Heritage Auctions, the largest collectibles auctioneer and third largest auction house in the world, to auction both the one-of-a-kind issue and the original artwork by Richard, at Heritage’s Signature Auction, this August 7th. Proceeds of the auction will benefit Give Kids The World, a non-profit organization that provides children from around the world with life-threatening illnesses and their families a memorable and cost-free visit to Central Florida attractions. “One of the central tenants of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, is that when friends work together, virtually anything can be accomplished,” said Michael Kelly, Hasbro’s Director of Global Publishing. “With this exciting event we are able to put that message into action on behalf of a truly wonderful organization. Sara’s art just exudes joy, which is appropriate given how much happiness we expect it to bring.”   “We’re thrilled to be able to do something

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IDW Publishing Welcomes Allison Baker As Director Of Operations

Industry Insider Brings Experience to Key Position San Diego, CA (June 30, 2014) – IDW Publishing is very pleased to announce that Allison Baker will be joining the publisher as Director of Operations. Allison’s primary role will be coordinating and expediting the operation of IDW Publishing’s ever-increasing production schedule, working directly with the Editorial and Production departments, as well as the newly formed IDW Games division. Allison is the co-publisher and co-founder of Monkeybrain, Inc., originally founded as a traditional print independent book publisher specializing in science fiction & fantasy and nonfiction genre studies. In 2012, Monkeybrain launched a new creator-owned digital comics line, Monkeybrain Comics, which has garnered several Eisner Award nominations, including an Eisner Award win for Best Digital Series in 2013. “I’ve been impressed with Allison’s skill setsince we started working with her, publishing the Monkeybrain titles,” said Ted Adams, IDW CEO and Publisher. “When this position opened up, she was the first person I thought of, and I’m excited she was able to accept it. We’re all looking forward to what she can bring to the table at IDW.” “I am beyond thrilled to be joining the IDW team,” said Allison. “IDW publishes so many fantastic comics for so many different kinds of readers, and really strives to discover new ways to deliver them to audiences. A diverse comics field is a healthy one, and I’m delighted to be a part of that in any way I can.” The most important qualities in an ideal Director

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What Fools These Morals Be: The Story of PUCK

Political Cartoon History Comes Alive With What Fools These Morals Be: The Story of PUCK!

The Most Important U.S. Political Satire and Cartoon Magazine Gets Collected San Diego, CA (June 26, 2014) – Published from 1877 to 1918, Puck was America’s first successful humor magazine. It was also the most influential American humor magazine ever. It was also the first American magazine to publish color lithographs on a weekly basis. And, for nearly forty years, it was a training ground and showcase for some of the country’s most talented cartoonists, led by its co-founder, Joseph Keppler. This October, IDW and The Library of American Comics will release an important contribution to political and political cartooning anthologies. What Fools These Mortals Be: The Story of Puck is a lavish coffee table book retrospective that beautifully displays why Puck is considered the most important political satire and cartoon magazine in American history. It’s all about the art — lavish color full-page and two-page centerspread cartoons. With nearly 300 full-color plates in a oversized 12” x 11” format, What Fools These Mortals Be: The Story of Puck is the first opportunity for most readers to see so many cartoons from Puck reproduced in color and at a large size. Stephen Hess, in his seminal history of American political cartooning, The Ungentlemanly Art, said, “It is hard to overestimate the political influence of Puck…during the last two decades of the 19th Century.  It was greater than all newspapers combined.”  It is often said that the magazine was single-handedly responsible for thwarting the third-term ambitions of Ulysses Grant in 1880 and

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THE WORLD OF ROT & RUIN MAKES ITS COMIC BOOK DEBUT

New Untold Stories Launch Out Of The Critically Acclaimed Fiction Collection San Diego, CA (May 29,2014) –IDW and multiple Bram Stoker award-winning author, Jonathan Maberry bring the untold stories from the zombie post apocalyptic world of Rot & Ruin to comic books this September.   This all-new series is set in a world fifteen years after the dead have risen and vastly outnumber the survivors of the zombie-apocalypse. In the aftermath, humanity has found a way to live a marginal existence by forming fenced-in towns where everyone has a job to do in order to survive. As in the award winning novels, the comic series will center on Benny Imura and his friends as they make their way in a world where the zombies aren’t always the greatest danger.   “The Rot & Ruin isn’t about how many zombies you can kill or how much gore you can sling around the page,” said write Maberry, “These are stories about real kids making hard choices about their lives. It’s about kids learning how to become powerful in a hard and dangerous world. It’s about finding the value of human life and discovering what it means to be alive.”   The ongoing Rot & Ruin comic book series will follow Benny, Nix, Lilah and Chong as they head east in their journey to find what they thought was impossible, a jumbo jet. In their travels they will encounter countless new dangers that will force them to confront what they and others are

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