IDW Publishing http://www.idwpublishing.com Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:54:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cronenberg’s THE FLY Continues With All-New Comic Book Sequel at IDW http://www.idwpublishing.com/cronenbergs-the-fly-continues-with-all-new-comic-book-sequel-at-idw/ http://www.idwpublishing.com/cronenbergs-the-fly-continues-with-all-new-comic-book-sequel-at-idw/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:05:17 +0000 http://www.idwpublishing.com/?p=74691 Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

The story that began in David Cronenberg's film update of The Fly continues here with a five-issue miniseries The Fly: Outbreak written by Brandon Seifert (Hellraiser, Witch Doctor) with painted interior and cover art by menton3 (Silent Hill, Monocyte). Issue one will hit in March and will boast variant covers by Jason Edmiston and Lukas Ketner.

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Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

The story that began in David Cronenberg’s film update of The Fly continues here with a five-issue miniseries The Fly: Outbreak written by Brandon Seifert (Hellraiser, Witch Doctor) with painted interior and cover art by menton3 (Silent Hill, Monocyte). Issue one will hit in March and will boast variant covers by Jason Edmiston and Lukas Ketner.

Years ago, a scientist had a horrific accident when he tried to use his newly invented teleportation device and became a human/fly hybrid. Now his almost-human son continues to search for a cure for the mutated genes. But a breakthrough turns into a breakout, and anyone exposed risks turning into a monster as well…

“To be totally honest, The Fly is one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen!” said Seifert. “It was really resonant for its time. And in the last 20 years or so, with all the advances in Genetically Modified Organisms, the film has taken on a lot of meaning it didn’t originally have. It’s really exciting to explore those elements in this miniseries — and great to have an amazing, super-distinctive artist like menton3 on the visuals!”

“Equal parts gory allegory and tragic love story, The Fly was perhaps David Cronenberg’s crowning achievement,” editor Denton J. Tipton said. “That’s a lot to live up to, but I believe Brandon and Menton are equal to the task. The script is sharp and poignant, and the art is visceral and haunting. No one is safe!”

Nothing spreads faster than fear… be part of the outbreak March 2015.

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GI JOE ARTIST ROBERT ATKINS TEAMS WITH U.S. ARMY ON AMERICA’S ARMY COMICS http://www.idwpublishing.com/gi-joe-artist-robert-atkins-teams-with-u-s-army-on-americas-army-comics/ http://www.idwpublishing.com/gi-joe-artist-robert-atkins-teams-with-u-s-army-on-americas-army-comics/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:28:29 +0000 http://www.idwpublishing.com/?p=74684 Atkins Creating Four Covers and Pencil Work for America’s Army Comics

IDW Publishing announced today that acclaimed GI JOE artist Robert Atkins is the guest artist for four issues in the America’s Army comic series, (http://comics.americasarmy.com), the free official digital comic book series from the United States Army. Released today by IDW, America’s Army Issue #12: “Crescendo” (http://bit.ly/1m5VwF0), features cover artwork by Atkins, and fans will see him assume interior pencilling duties on the series starting with Issue #13. The America’s Army comic series is available free through IDW Publishing on the web and virtually every digital platform including the IDW Comics app, ComiXology for iOS, Android and web, Kindle Fire, Nook, Apple iBooks, and Kobo.

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IDW Publishing announced today that acclaimed GI JOE artist Robert Atkins is the guest artist for four issues in the America’s Army comic series, (http://comics.americasarmy.com), the free official digital comic book series from the United States Army. Released today by IDW, America’s Army Issue #12: “Crescendo” (http://bit.ly/1m5VwF0), features cover artwork by Atkins, and fans will see him assume interior pencilling duties on the series  starting with Issue #13. The America’s Army comic series is available free through IDW Publishing on the web and virtually every digital platform including the IDW Comics app, ComiXology for iOS, Android and web, Kindle Fire, Nook, Apple iBooks, and Kobo.
“I’ve had to really up my game with the military realism to make sure everything is authentically Army with the series,” said Atkins. “It’s been a great experience working with the U.S. Army and writer M. Zachary Sherman to be able to tell Soldier stories and to give a behind the scenes look at the types of missions they lead; it’s very exciting for me.”

 

Atkins has worked as a penciller, inker and colorist within the comic industry and is most well known for his work on IDW’s Snake Eyes and the relaunch of GI JOE, totaling over 30 issues and 80 covers. In addition to his pencilling work on America’s Army, he recently worked on ABC’s Castle for Marvel Comics. Atkins has also worked on Amazing Spider-man, Venom, Heroes for Hire, Ultimate Fantastic Four and The Savage She Hulk for Marvel comics. Other works include Legion of Superheroes for DC comics, Snake Eyes: Declassified and Forgotten Realms for DDP.

 

“It is a wonderful opportunity for us to work with one of the industry’s best artists. Especially one like Robert who has proven himself time and time again with every company from IDW to Marvel,” said Mike Barnett, executive producer of the America’s Army comics. “Robert is renowned in the military comic space so we are honored to have him bring his distinctive and incredible artwork to the America’s Army comic.”

 

The America’s Army comic series provides an inside perspective into the world of Soldiers in the U.S. Army, their jobs and the challenges they face. Based on the highly successful PC game, the America’s Army comic follows American forces deployed to the small nation of Czervenia where President-General Kazimir Adzic and his advanced army launch a genocidal war against the neighboring country of the RDO, setting in motion a mysterious plan that could change the course of world power. A Coalition led by America’s Army must form new experimental combat teams and fight to stop the General’s plot before time runs out.   America’s Army Comics are free and can be found on the web.

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Deadlands Deals Winning Hand http://www.idwpublishing.com/deadlands-deals-winning-hand/ http://www.idwpublishing.com/deadlands-deals-winning-hand/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:18:10 +0000 http://www.idwpublishing.com/?p=74596 Graphic Novel Based On The Wildly Popular RPG Coming March 2015

Get ready, as award-winning publisher IDW brings Dead Man’s Hand, the first original collection of the hit Deadlands series to comic shops in March 2015! Based on the popular Deadlands RPG, created by Shane Hensley and Pinnacle Entertainment, and produced by Visionary Comics, the series embodies all the best of horror, western and steampunk in a world filled with creatures of the night, mad science and mysticism!

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Graphic Novel Based On The Wildly Popular RPG Coming March 2015

Get ready, as award-winning publisher IDW brings Dead Man’s Hand, the first original collection of the hit Deadlands series to comic shops in March 2015! Based on the popular Deadlands RPG, created by Shane Hensley and Pinnacle Entertainment, and produced by Visionary Comics, the series embodies all the best of horror, western and steampunk in a world filled with creatures of the night, mad science and mysticism!

Deadlands Volume 1: Dead Man’s Hand brings together a who’s-who of superstar horror-western comic talent to launch this unique series that laid the groundwork for every horror-western series since! Join High Moon’s David Gallaher and Steve Ellis as they tell the tale of a cursed weapon created to kill the devil in Devil’s Six Gun. Journey with All-Star Western’s creators Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, and Shinku’s Lee Moder on a young Shamaness’ quest for vengeance in Massacre at Redwing. Duck low for Witchblade’s Ron Marz and Superman / Wonder Woman’s Bart Sears as they tell of a heroic ranger who sets out to kill a whole town in Death Was Silent. Then dive into Desperados’ Jeff Mariotte and Golly’s Brook Turner’s love tale drowned in horror in Black Water.

But that ain’t all! For the first time in the comic market, this volume contains two brand new short stories penned by Deadlands creator Shane Hensley and Brand Manager Matt Cutter, who show us What a Man’s Gotta Do and how to be Vengeful. And for the first time ANYWHERE, get an exclusive sneak peek at the first, original Deadlands novel, Ghostwalkers by New York Times’ best-selling author Jonathan Maberry, to be published by Tor Books in Fall of 2015! This amazing new adventure launches the new Tor novel line for Deadlands scheduled with releases into 2017!

The trade paperback collection will be available for pre-orders in the January Previews Catalog. Make sure you let your local retailer know you want to get dealt the DEAD MAN’S HAND, and tell them that it’s a killer book.

While we’re at it, don’t think Visionary and Pinnacle’s stopping here! Because as you place your pre-order for volume 1, we will be launching a Kickstarter campaign for volume 2, an original series written by the creator of Deadlands himself, Shane Lacy Hensley, and gorgeously drawn by none other than Death Was Silent artist Bart Sears! This book, a complete mini-series, will FINALLY unveil the secret history behind Deadlands’ biggest mystery villain, The Cackler! This comic will change the entire world of Deadlands FOREVER in a way no licensed book EVER has! Get in on the campaign for an exclusive edition available nowhere else!

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Star Trek Planet of the Apes #1 Cover Gallery http://www.idwpublishing.com/star-trek-planet-of-the-apes-1-cover-gallery/ http://www.idwpublishing.com/star-trek-planet-of-the-apes-1-cover-gallery/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:21:36 +0000 http://www.idwpublishing.com/?p=74560 Did you know?
According to IMDB, “During breaks in filming [of the 1968 Planet of the Apes movie], actors made up as different ape species tended to hang out together, gorillas with gorillas, orangutans with orangutans, chimps with chimps. It wasn't required, it just naturally happened.”

In honor of this strange and funny fact, we have gathered and grouped all the variant covers for Star Trek Planet of the Apes #1 for your enjoyment.

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According to IMDB, “During breaks in filming [of the 1968 Planet of the Apes movie], actors made up as different ape species tended to hang out together, gorillas with gorillas, orangutans with orangutans, chimps with chimps. It wasn’t required, it just naturally happened.”

In honor of this strange and funny fact, we have gathered and grouped all the variant covers for Star Trek Planet of the Apes #1 for your enjoyment.


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A Survival Of The Fittest Amongst The Army Of Dr. Moreau http://www.idwpublishing.com/a-survival-of-the-fittest-amongst-the-army-of-dr-moreau/ http://www.idwpublishing.com/a-survival-of-the-fittest-amongst-the-army-of-dr-moreau/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:47:28 +0000 http://www.idwpublishing.com/?p=74545 The Hit Digital Series Takes A New Form!

One of the most thought provoking and talked-about novels of the 19th century, The Island of Dr. Moreau challenged morals, science and identity. The groundbreaking science fiction tale has been the source for many adventures since, and this March IDW will release the print collection of the story that takes these ideas and conjoins them with the endless possibilities of the comic page: The Army of Dr. Moreau!

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One of the most thought provoking and talked-about novels of the 19th century, The Island of Dr. Moreau challenged morals, science and identity. The groundbreaking science fiction tale has been the source for many adventures since, and this March IDW will release the print collection of the story that takes these ideas and conjoins them with the endless possibilities of the comic page: The Army of Dr. Moreau!

First appearing digitally from Monkeybrain Inc., The Army of Dr. Moreau introduced a frightening alternate take on the evils of the famed island. Trapped and abandoned with Nazis, Beast Folk, and terror, a small unit of Allied operatives find themselves up against threats like no other…

“David, Sara and I are all incredibly excited to see The Army of Dr. Moreau find a home with IDW,” said series artist Carl Sciacchitano. “Monkeybrain has been wonderful for us, and we can’t wait for this book to reach an audience who either missed the series on Comixology, or just prefers to read their comics the old fashioned way.  And if you read it the first time around, rest assured that the print version has some new content thrown in as well!”

Written by award-winning journalist, filmmaker and author,David F. Walker (Shaft) and featuring the art of Carl Sciacchitano, the 7-issue series will join the previous Monkeybrain titles Amelia Cole, Edison Rex, Skybreaker,Artful Daggers, Knuckleheads, Red Light Properties andMask Of The Red Panda in print!

The Army of Dr. Moreau is a fun and intriguing look at genetic manipulation, brilliantly brought to life by David’s writing and Carl’s art.  Highly recommended! – Michael Avon Oeming,  Powers co-creator

Look for The Army of Dr. Moreau this March on the shelves of your local comic shop!

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Ryall vs. Niles http://www.idwpublishing.com/ryall-vs-niles/ http://www.idwpublishing.com/ryall-vs-niles/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:30:13 +0000 http://www.idwpublishing.com/?p=74444 Steve Niles and Chris Ryall recently sat down to play mad libs while discussing zombie Centaurs, mindless automatons, and beginning at the end.

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Steve Niles and Chris Ryall recently sat down to play mad libs while discussing zombie Centaurs, mindless automatons, and beginning at the end.

Chris, enlighten the non-believers as to why Robots will inherit the earth.

CR: I think the great poet Michael Biehn said it best, in the first Terminator movie: “It [meaning the robot] can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.”

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Chris Ryall is Chief Creative Officer and Editor-in-Chief of IDW Publishing, and co-created Zombies vs. Robots with artist Ashley Wood.

I mean… I suppose you could argue the same thing about zombies… in fact, even being dead doesn’t stop them.

I’ve always tried in the various ZvR series to present both sides as mindless automatons and therefore more evenly matched than it might initially seem on paper.

But let’s be honest: Robots, not the zombies and certainly not the meek, will ultimately inherit the earth.

Steve, why is Chris completely and utterly wrong?

SN: I’ll go with a billion years of Earth history on this one. Fleshy Ones are a stubborn lot and while the robots may gives us a run for our money in the end they just can’t sustain themselves.

Besides getting a better idea of what our future overlords will demand of us, what can readers expect out of the new series?

CR: Some new humans, the long-promised mer-men, a mystery threat on the moon, a revelation about one of the robots that goes back to the origins of the series… and that’s just in my half of the first three issues, with much more to come.

SN: From me, a touching Robot & Human story that harkens back to the After School Specials of the 70’s and 80’s.

Where does this series fit into the larger world of ZvR?

CR: It picks up where we left off. And we effectively started at the end, so that’s a bit tricky – the entire planet was nuked in issue 2 of the original series. So I figured the place to start this one was after the end, which leads to a new beginning.

So we pick up a year or so after the nukes fell. There are still some robots, and still some zombies, but where those zombies are coming from on a planet without humans is one of the mysteries we delve into. And things on the planet have changed with both the robots and the zombies, as we’ll explore.

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Writer Steve Niles is best known for 30 Days of Night and his current on-going series, October Faction.

Will your stories be crossing paths at all?

SN: Not this time around but they might in the future. There are a number of ways we could do it.

You’ve introduced Amazonians into the world of ZvR, are there any secret islands full of Centaurs or Gifted Youngsters that might turn the tables?

CR: We did do a zombie Centaur in that ZvRvAmazons series, and as much as I loved it and the way Ash Wood had it shouting “MOOOEAT!” in that one, I’m wary of going back to that well too many times. Mostly since we dropped all the Amazons down an actual well into Tartarus. But there just might be a giant zombie’d creature hanging out with the mermen who gets some play in this one.

As for children down the line, a group of kids is maybe the only thing more terrifying than a gang of ravenous zombies, so maybe that’ll have to happen, either here or in the eventual all-ages reboot.

What part of this world are you the looking forward to exploring the most?

SN: I have a thing for “a boy and his monster” stories so I’m getting to explore exactly what I want to explore in The Orphan. Following Marybell and Bot Bot has been a really great experience. I hope I see more of them in the future. They tap into a part of life that I really enjoy, those rare moments in between the horror, where everything seems alright.

Let’s play mad libs: “Zombies vs. Robots is far and away the most _______________ book you will read this January. It’s full of _____________, ___________, and of course____________. In fact, you might say it’s the ________________ of the genre. We’re so sure the Eisners will finally recognize this series that Dirk Wood has offered to ______________ if it doesn’t win.

CR: “Zombies vs. Robots is far and away the most SWEET-SMELLING book you will read this January. It’s full of POMP, CIRCUMSTANCE, and of course SEX APPEAL. In fact, you might say it’s the MASTER OF ITS DOMAN of the genre. We’re so sure the Eisners will finally recognize this series that Dirk Wood has offered to STOP SMOKING if it doesn’t win.

SN: “Zombies vs. Robots is far and away the most JAM-PACKED book you will read this January. It’s full of ZOMBIES, ROBOTS and of course LOTS OF VIOLENCE. In fact, you might say it’s the MOBY DICK of the genre. We’re so sure the Eisners will finally recognize this series that Dirk Wood has offered to CLEAR HIS THROAT if it doesn’t win.

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Preview Zombies Vs Robots: Ongoing #1 http://www.idwpublishing.com/preview-zombies-vs-robots-ongoing-1/ http://www.idwpublishing.com/preview-zombies-vs-robots-ongoing-1/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:20:18 +0000 http://www.idwpublishing.com/?p=74474 ZvR_01-ashcan_Page_01 ZvR_01-ashcan_Page_02 ZvR_01-ashcan_Page_03 ZvR_01-ashcan_Page_04 ZvR_01-ashcan_Page_05 ZvR_01-ashcan_Page_06 ZvR_01-ashcan_Page_07 ZvR_01-ashcan_Page_08 ZvR_01-ashcan_Page_09 ZvR_01-ashcan_Page_12 ]]> http://www.idwpublishing.com/preview-zombies-vs-robots-ongoing-1/feed/ 0 Chris Ryall Discusses the New Ongoing Zombies Vs. Robots Series http://www.idwpublishing.com/editor-chris-ryall-sits-down-to-discuss-the-new-on-going-zombies-vs-robots-series/ http://www.idwpublishing.com/editor-chris-ryall-sits-down-to-discuss-the-new-on-going-zombies-vs-robots-series/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 23:13:47 +0000 http://www.idwpublishing.com/?p=74387 Starting in January 2015, Zombies Vs Robots returns to IDW as an ongoing series. Editor Chris Ryall recently sat down with PREVIEWSworld editor Vince Brusio to discuss all things ZVR.

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ZvR #1A-Cover by Ashley Wood

Interview courtesy of Vince Brusio and PREVIEWSworld Magazine.

1. For those who may not be up to speed on what you’re doing with Zombies Vs. Robots #1, how would you talk about it to an audience at a Comic Con? How would you talk about it to an audience that wouldn’t be familiar with what came before with previous Zombies Vs. Robots tales?

Since I just did talk about this one to a comic-con audience in NYC and got a decent reaction, I feel safe in answering this one. I mentioned there that when ZvR started, Ashley Wood (the artist) and I basically started at the end of the story: only one human infant was alive in issue 1, dead by issue 2, and then we nuked the entire planet. So my approach here was… to just move forward from that point. So we pick up a year later, where humans in various spots (underground, on a space station, on the moon) still live and make their way back to Earth. Zombies are still somehow streaming into the world from somewhere, which is a mystery that gets addressed early on; there’s also a mysterious guy on a moon base who may or may not be human, the long-promised appearance of mermen and a giant zombie squid, a very different kind of robot, hints at possible zombie sentience, and much more lunacy. And that’s just in the first few issues. Basically, I catch readers up to date with the world in issue 1 and plow forward from there in hopefully unexpected and entertaining ways. So anyone who comes to this new will be easily able to jump right in, and long-time readers might see a few familiar places, faces and settings along the way, too.

I set out here to not only restart the book in a new way but also to establish a more firm continuity, treat humans as more than fodder, and give people anything but a normal story.

2. Why is it the right time to commit Z vs.R to an ongoing series?

Because this is a world that’s gone largely unexplored thus far — like I say, the world got nuked early on, and then we spent much of our time in later series underground or on a Greek island. But now, a year after the bombs fell, the nukes changed the world, the zombies and the robots in different ways, so what we’re doing here is hopefully much different and definitely more lunatic than other series featuring zombies or robots.

And also, in addition to what I’m doing here with artist Anthony Diecidue, and Ashley Wood’s work, we also have Steve Niles and Howard the Duck co-creator doing some amazing stuff on a second story, “The Orphan,” in each issue.

3. Without giving away too much, what scene(s) would you most likely want to blog about as being representative of the tone or fun factor for the first story arc?

Well, early on, some astronauts who make their way back to earth are taken to an undersea base by mermen and a giant zombie squid, there’s an homage to Fulci’s movie Zombies 2, and then the really crazy stuff starts happening…

4. What is the most challenging aspect about writing this series?

Like with any smaller book in today’s world, the challenge is reaching and engaging readers on an ongoing basis. I have a lot of new ideas for this book and would love to really build it up into something it’s not yet been, so I’m hoping the approach we’re taking here will do just that and ensure a nice long run on the book. The writing part isn’t the challenge as much as just figuring out which ideas best deserve the space on the page. I love writing these arrogant and posturing robots, bringing in ridiculous things like zombie minotaurs and squids and locusts (coming soon), and now spending a bit more time in giving readers human characters to follow, too. I definitely keep the focus on the zombies and robots, and have some new ideas for both sides, but I do think that having humans who don’t just serve as cannon or zombie fodder right away isn’t a terrible thing, either.

5. If people want to know more about this book by touching base with the creators, what social media sites should they visit?

I tend to post a lot of artwork, from this and other IDW titles and artists, on my Tumblr page, but Twitter is probably the best spot to find me, Ashley Wood, Anthony Diecidue, and Steve Niles doing our daily thing there. (And I’ll further add that following Ashley Wood on Instagram is hugely rewarding for anyone who likes his art, his designs, and his toys).

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Preview of Star Trek® Planet of the Apes™ #1 http://www.idwpublishing.com/star-trek-planet-of-the-apes-1-preview/ http://www.idwpublishing.com/star-trek-planet-of-the-apes-1-preview/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:17:10 +0000 http://www.idwpublishing.com/?p=74342 Can't wait for December 31 so you can get your mitts on the first glorious issue of Star Trek Planet of the Apes? We have a sneak peak at the first six pages to hold you over until then.

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Can’t wait for December 31 so you can get your mitts on the first glorious issue of Star Trek Planet of the Apes? We have a sneak peak at the first six pages to hold you over until then.

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An Interview with David and Scott Tipton http://www.idwpublishing.com/an-interview-with-david-and-scott-tipton/ http://www.idwpublishing.com/an-interview-with-david-and-scott-tipton/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:53:12 +0000 http://www.idwpublishing.com/?p=74281 Are you as excited about the Star Trek/Planet of the Apes mash-up as we are? Can’t wait until December 31st to get your paws on issue #1 (you damn dirty ape!)? Over the course of the next couple of weeks, I will be posting interviews, concept art, and Star Trek/Planet of the Apes related news. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often!

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Star Trek Planet of the Apes #1 Sub Cover by Juan OrtizHello, fellow comic book readers!

Are you as excited about the Star Trek/Planet of the Apes mash-up as we are? Can’t wait until December 31st to get your paws on issue #1 (you damn dirty ape!)? Over the course of the next couple of weeks, I will be posting interviews, concept art, and Star Trek/Planet of the Apes related news. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often!

Scott and David Tipton, the masterful writers of this series as well as the rest of your favorite Star Trek comics, and Rachael Stott, our illustrator extraordinaire, took some time out of their busy schedules to answer a few questions about these two legendary sci-fi franchises. Tipton’s is up first. Check back for Rachael Stott’s interview as well as a peak at some exclusive art. I hope you enjoy this sneak peek into the minds of the creators!

Best,
Mariel Romero
IDW Digital Production Assistant
Duly Appointed Enforcer of Fun Facts for New Releases
Follow Mariel on Twitter at @themarielhatter


 

David and Scott, did you have a difficult time imagining how the worlds of Star Trek and Planet of the Apes would come together in one story, or had the idea been brewing in the back of your minds somehow?

DT: The two universes are very different: different outlooks on the future, different perspectives on human nature, and so on. We needed to find some way to make those come together in a meaningful way. It was very important to us that the crossover had a good story at the core of it.
ST: It was never something we even considered, and when IDW first approached us about the idea, I have to confess to wondering how we could possibly make it work. The two franchises have very distinct approaches to their own respective histories, which would seem at first glance to be contradictory, to say the least. But once we figured out the mechanics of bringing the worlds together, then the story possibilities began to dawn on us, and that’s when we really got excited about doing this.

What is your favorite Star Trek episode of all time and why?
DT: Well, Scott and I just finished working on adapting Harlan Ellison’s original teleplay for “City on the Edge of Forever” for IDW, so clearly that’s one of our favorites. Another favorite of mine is “The Doomsday Machine” from the second season. It’s tense, tightly written, and features William Windom tearing up the scenery as Commodore Decker.
ST: Well, there’s “the best” and then there’s “my favorite.” I think the best is still “The City on the Edge of Forever,” Harlan Ellison’s masterful time-travel tragedy of lost love. So much heart and emotion in that one, and some of the best Kirk/Spock interplay in the whole series. But I think my favorite is “Space Seed.” Ricardo Montalban’s Khan just owns that episode. It’s one of the few times Kirk has a truly formidable antagonist to deal with, and one who so consistently outmatches him throughout the episode. And there’s some outstanding Kirk Fu in that one, too. I’ll watch it every single time it airs.

What is your favorite part of the original Planet of the Apes movie?
DT: Aside from the famous shock ending, I’m fond of the opening sequences: Taylor recording his ship’s log, and the subsequent crash water landing where the crew has to abandon ship. The film has a dizzying start, which I think sets the tone all the way to the end.
ST: How can it be anything else but that ending? Taylor pounding sand, staring up at what’s left of Lady Liberty. I remember seeing that on television when I was just a kid, and it was mind-blowing. Maybe the best shock ending in all of cinema.


 

It’s amazing how great moments in TV and cinema influence our imaginations and leave a mark on us forever, don’t you agree? Come back soon to find out if Rachael preferred drawing Apes or duelling space ships. And to all you newcomers to the sci-fi world, you won’t want to miss her answers!

 

 

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New Releases for the week of December 10, 2014 http://www.idwpublishing.com/new-releases-for-the-week-of-december-10-2014/ http://www.idwpublishing.com/new-releases-for-the-week-of-december-10-2014/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:29:56 +0000 http://www.idwpublishing.com/?p=74240 ]]> 7th Sword #6

John Raffo (w) • Nur Iman (a) • Andrew Robinson (c)

When the 7th Sword finds its way back to Cray, it seems as though a choice has been made for him. But Cray knows that ultimately, as a Kenji, there was only ever one choice—even in the face of hopeless odds.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Angry Birds Holiday Special

Kari Korhonen (w) • Corrado Mastantuono (a & c)

When Terence, the largest of the Angry Birds, is put in charge of the North Pole all his dreams come true. But, being in charge of delivering packages to every good little girl and boy in the world turns out to be a more difficult job than he could have imagined and his dreams quickly turn to nightmares! Will the rest of the Angry Birds be able to come in time to save the day? And where is Santa Claus anyway? Find out in this over-sized holiday special!

FC • 48 pages • $5.99

·      Number one best-selling iOS app of all time!

·      Angry Birds Toons has reached over 1 Billion views in less than 2 years!


Angry Birds/Transformers #2 (of 4)

John Barber (w) • Marcelo Ferreira (a & c)

With the fate of Piggy Island hanging in the balance, will this be the Age of EGGStinction!? Continuing the craziest crossover this side of CYBERTRON!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

·      Written by John Barber! (TRANSFORMERS, TRANSFORMERS vs G.I. JOE)


Dead Squad #3

Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia (w) • Michael Montenat (a) • Matt Timson (c)

The Dead Squad has thirteen hours to live and only one hope: Vargas — a sultry ex-operative nursing both professional and personal grudges against Blake.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Dexter’s Laboratory Classics, Vol. 2

Chuck Kim, Dave Roman, John Rozum, Brian Swenlin (w) • Genndy Tartakovsky, Bill Alger, Bill Wray, Mike Stern, John Delaney, Mike Manley, Chris Savino (a) • Ethen Beavers (c)

Dexter’s Laboratory Classics contains the never-before-collected issues of the ongoing series originally published by DC Comics and includes stories drawn by creator Genndy Tartakovsky.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 140 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-169-5

·      Collects issues #5–10.


Ditko’s Shorts

Various (w) • Steve Ditko (a & c)

Ditko’s Shorts is a fun and incredibly fascinating compilation of short comics one, two, and three pages in length. Only a brilliant master could tell a dramatic, compelling tale in such compact form. You’ll thrill as Ditko walks this exciting high-wire act without a net! The genres show the artist’s great range. There’s horror, fantasy, science fiction, western, and even humorous stories. Taken from rare comic books from a who’s who of publishers, all the comics are meticulously restored and printed in a beautiful, large-format book. Insightful introductions by punk rocker and comics historian Fester Faceplant and Eisner Award-winner Craig Yoe.

HC • FC • $24.99 • 112 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-153-4

• Another incisive look at Steve Ditko’s work by the team at Yoe Books!


Dungeons & Dragons Legends of Baldur’s Gate #3

Jim Zub (w) • Max Dunbar (a) • Sarah Stone (c)

A knockdown brawl at a noble party, a frantic chase along the rooftops, kidnapping, extortion, and monsters aplenty… Yup, just another day in Baldur’s Gate.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

·      One of the world’s biggest fantasy brands is on roll once again as writer Jim Zub (Samurai Jack, Wayward) and artist Max Dunbar (Red Sonja) bring new readers and gaming fans alike on a soaring sword & sorcery adventure!

·      Wizards of the Coast Tyranny of Dragons Variant Cover!


Ghostbusters, Vol. 9: Mass Hysteria, Pt. 2

Erik Burnham (w) • Dan Schoening (a & c)

A chaotic presence promises unheard of catastrophe for New York City, and the Ghostbusters are at a loss for how to cope with it. Will the team have to make a deal with the devil to save the day? Find out in the conclusion of “Mass Hysteria!”

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-171-8
·      Collects issues #17–20.


G.I. JOE: America’s Elite, Disavowed Vol. 5

Mark Powers (w) • Mike Bear, Mike Shoyket (a) • S L Gallant (c)

The struggle between G.I. JOE and COBRA has been waged for years and through diligent service and sacrifice, the G.I. JOE team has managed to keep COBRA from achieving its goal, until now. World War Three begins.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 156 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-170-1

·      Collects issues #25–30 of G.I. JOE: America’s Elite.


Haunted Horror #14

Various (w) • Doug Wildley, Tony Mortellaro, Lee Ames & More (a) • Shelly Moldoff (c)

A very special issue of spook-tacular tales handpicked by heinous horror host, Mr. Karswell, infamous for his spine-tingling web collection of pre-code horror, thehorrorsofitall.blogspot.com. Zombies, ghosts, man-eaters, and more gore than your mangled little mops can ever hope to handle await! You’ll lose you head over the Shelly Moldoff cover! You’ll scream with delight over the banned comics, “Death’s Revenge”, “Horror of the Cannibal’s Dinner”, “The Murderous Mimics”, “Headless Horror”, “I Walked at Midnight”, “The Devil from the Deep” and too much more!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

·      “The best in classic horror comics!”– Bloody Disgusting


Howard Nostrand’s Nightmares

Various (w) • Howard Nostrand (a & c)

Howard Nostrand’s brilliant horror-comics art was done during the height of the criticism against comics that resulted in government investigations and the Comics Code. Nostrand’s style was an incredibly skilled, perfect mash-up of the EC artists Wally Wood and Jack Davis. Nostrand could be as innovative as Will Eisner, another influence on the artist. Five stories will be painstakingly reproduced from the rare original art! WARNING: Not for the squeamish–as you can see from the cover Nostrand’s gore could be over the top–we can’t show you the insides here to protect the Diamond Previews family-friendly content.

HC • FC • $24.99 • 148 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-151-0

• Another addition to the Chilling Archives of Horror!


Kill Shakespeare, Vol. 4: The Mask of Night

Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery (w) • Andy Belanger (a & c)

The latest addition to the award-winning series returns with a high seas tale of pirate battles, vengeance, and lost love. Hamlet, Juliet, Othello, and Shakespeare become pawns in a deadly game of survival between the legendary masked pirate Captain Cessario, his first mate Viola, and the new terror on the water, Titus Andronicus’ forbidding war ship The Lavinia.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-058-2

• Collecting the 4-issue mini-series!

• Ties directly into the Kill Shakespeare tabletop board game from IDW Games!


John Buscema’s Silver Surfer: Artist’s Edition HC

Stan Lee (w) • John Buscema (a & c)

John Buscema was one of the most important artists at Marvel Comics for decades. He produced gorgeous pencils for some of the most iconic characters at the House of Ideas, including The Avengers, Thor, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man and many more. But he is perhaps most acclaimed for his stunning rendition of the noble Silver Surfer! This Artist’s Edition will include Silver Surfer classics #5 and #6, both double-sized issues, as well as other stories, a cover and classic page gallery, plus more! All done with the full endorsement and cooperation of the Buscema family.

HC • BW • $75.00 net discount item • 144 Pages • 12” x 17” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-145-9

What is an Artist’s Edition?

AN ARTIST’S EDITION PRESENTS COMPLETE STORIES WITH EACH PAGE SCANNED FROM THE ACTUAL ORIGINAL ART.While appearing to be in black & white, each page has been scanned in COLOR to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art—for example, you are able to clearly see paste-overs, blue pencils in the art, editorial notes, art corrections. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.

Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #3

Eric Shanower (w) • Gabriel Rodriguez (a & c)

After the startling events of the previous issue, Nemo is quite surprised to find himself in Slumberland once again, but not altogether unhappy. While the princess, Bon-bon, and Candy Kid sleep, Flip takes Nemo on a garden tour until they encounter the wondrous Tessellated Tower—the most remarkable thing Nemo has ever seen. Meanwhile, the princess awakens to discover that Nemo has run off… and with the horrid Flip, of all people!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


The Maxx: Maxximized #14

Sam Kieth, William Messner-Loebs (w) • Kieth (a & c)

Maxx finds himself plunged into a maze of quilts, lawn chairs and toy animals, leading to a large horse version of Maxx, (Not to be confused with Maxx’s rabbit version). Maxx is pulled along into Sara’s childhood, when a mysterious stranger discovers Sara and Maxx in bed together… Meanwhile, Jasper gets his hand released from the Outback, but in a less than pleasant way.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


My Little Pony: Friends Forever #12

Barbara Randall Kesel (w) • Brenda Hickey (a) • Amy Mebberson (c)

Pinkie Pie meets her match… in the form of delicious, irresistible snacks called PheNOMNOMenons! With Pinkie helpless to resist the tasty treats, she enlists help from her friend Twilight! Will Twilight be able to help her friend or will she succumb to her sweet tooth as well?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


My Little Pony: Adventures in Friendship, Vol. 1 HC

Ryan K. Lindsay, Barbara Randall Kesel, Tom Zahler (w) • Tony Fleecs, Agnes Garbowska (a) • Sara Richard (c)

The magic of friendship contines in this collection of adventures! Featuring one-shots on Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy, plus a team-up issue with Rainbow Dash and Trixie! Drawing from PONY TALES and FRIENDS FOREVER, these stories have never been collected together until now!

HC • FC • $9.99 • 76 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-189-3

·      Hardcover collection for only $9.99!


The October Faction #3

Steve Niles (w) • Damien Worm (a & c)

In the wake of Deloris Allan’s attack, the family is on high alert. It’s become clear that someone is stalking Fredrick and possibly out to kill the whole family. Meanwhile, the kids think they have come up with the perfect plan to get dad back into the monster-hunting biz.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Popeye Classics #29

Bud Sagendorf (w & a & c)

Hey, ya swab! You’ll think Popeye meets Haunted Horror in the lead off  “ghosk” story, “Thimble Theater Presents Popeye and the Gang in Spookers!” The second comic features everybody’s favorite “boy kid” in a rousing tale, “Popeye and Swee’pea in Kid Raising!!”

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

·      Variant Cover by Daniel Bueno!


Rogue Trooper Classics #8 (of 8)

Gerry Finley-Day (w) • Colin Wilson, Cam Kennedy, Brett Ewins (a) • John McCrea (c)

The adventures of the only surviving Genetic Infantryman continue! In this issue, the epic “All Hell on the Dix-I Front” reaches its conclusion, and then Rogue goes on an “Assassination Run” in this final issue!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

·      The classic “All Hell on the Dix-I Front” epic concludes here!

·      Final issue!


Samurai Jack #15

Jim Zub (w) • Andy Suriano (a & c)

Jack faces Aku in one-on-one combat and both are determined to make it their final battle. Past and present collide in this epic conclusion to the “Quest of the Broken Blade” storyline. Don’t miss it!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

·      Could this be the FINAL BATTLE between Jack and Aku?!


Skylanders #3

Ron Marz, David A. Rodriguez (w) • Fico Ossio & Various (a) • Ossio (c)

Now an ongoing series! Skylanders Academy welcomes its entire class of new recruits! But, all the recruits might not be what they seem and it will take the help of Flynn, Tessa and even some of the new recruits themselves to try and expose the secret that could mean ultimate doom!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

·      Skylanders is the #1 video game and #1 best-selling action figure for the past two years running!

·      Contains four pages of material not available in the hardcover collection!


Star Trek: New Visions: “Made Out of Mudd”

John Byrne (writer, artist & photo-manipulation)

John Byrne continues his new Star Trek photonovel adventures with “Made Out of Mudd” – Harry Mudd has gotten under Jim Kirk’s skin before, but never quite like this… alien artifacts, Klingons, and a mad man’s schemes add up to headaches for the Captain and his crew. All that, plus Tribbles!!

FC • 48 pages • $7.99

·      Two new photo-stories, featuring Harry Mudd and the Tribbles!


Star Mage

JC De La Torre (w) • Ray Dillon, Franco Cespedes (a) • Dillon (c)

JC De La Torre, author of the critically acclaimed novel Ancient Rising, creates a new fusion of Science Fiction and Magic in Star Mage. Darien Connors discovers he’s not from Earth, has strange magical powers, and is the key in an ancient war between two alien races of necromancers. Star Mage offers wizard battles with a side of spaceship warfare, alien worlds, and weird creatures.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 152 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-071-1

·      Harry Potter meets Ender’s Game!


Superman: The Silver Age Newspaper Dailies, Vol. 3: 1963-1966

Jerry Siegel (w) • Wayne Boring (a) • Pete Poplaski (c)

Wayne Boring provides the classic artwork, and once again, Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel scripts adaptations of stories that first appeared in comic books. Siegel and Boring offer alternate versions of now classic stories originally written by Siegel himself, Leo Dorfman, Otto Binder, Robert Bernstein, Edmund Hamilton—and drawn in comic books by Curt Swan, Al Plastino, Kurt Schaffenberger, and Pete Costanza.

More than 750 daily strips—over two years worth of stories—from Earth-N (for Newspapers) that comic book fans have not previously seen. Edited and designed by Dean Mullaney, Introduction by Sid Friedfertig, and cover drawing by Pete Poplaski.

HC • B&W • $49.99 • 288 pages • 11” x 8.5” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-179-4

·      Presents the never-before reprinted stories from November 1963 through the series conclusion in April 1966.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #41

Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (w) • Cory Smith (a) • Smith, Eastman (c)

“Attack on Technodrome” begins! Time is short as Krang accelerates his plan to terraform the Earth… which will kill all who live on it! A surprise alliance results in a daring plan—and the stakes have never been higher!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

·      Variant Cover by Tim Daley!


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time

Paul Allor, Erik Burnham (w) • Ross Campbell (a) • David Petersen (c)

The Turtles become unstuck in time and go spinning into the past! No time period is safe in this epoch-spanning epic!

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-181-7

·      “This is absolutely a must read for any TMNT fan that simply wants to enjoy an awesome serving of fun.” –Comic Vine


Transformers #36—Days of Deception

John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a & c)

DAYS OF DECEPTION! All-out war erupts on the streets of Tokyo when PROWL finally gets his hand on the one human he wants to get revenge on… and when PROWL gets revenge, it’s never pretty.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

·      Days of Deception continues!

·      The secret of ONYX will have far-reaching consequences!

·      Plus: Thundercracker reads a story to a dog!

·      HOW FAR IS TOO FAR?

·      30th Anniversary Variant Cover by Alex Milne!


Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye, Vol. 6

James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)

MEGATRON assumes control of the quest to find the Knights of Cybertron—a quest that has never been so urgent, so personal, and so likely to end in tears. But, the crew of the Lost Light isn’t so eager to follow his orders and, as is always the case, past decisions will come back to bite them.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 152 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-184-8

·      Collects issues #28–33.


V-Wars #8

Jonathan Maberry (w) • Marco Turini (a) • Ryan Brown (c)

They say that when you fight monsters you sometimes become a monster. In the bloody conclusion of the vampire super soldier arc, Joe Ledger, Luther Swann, and Big Dog are trapped in a secret underground called The Abyss. If they fall, the world of man will drown in an ocean of blood.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

·      By New York Times best-selling author, Jonathan Maberry!

·      Regular artist, Alan Robinson, returns next month!


Winterworld #6

Chuck Dixon (w) • Tomas Giorello (a) • Butch Guice (c)

Snowblind! Scully is sightless and must rely on Wynn to survive in a world that seeks to kill them at every turn. Their stolen vehicle is carjacked in turn by even more dangerous lowlifes. And their oldest enemy, Skitters, has stalked them across two frozen oceans and two icy continents and is now within striking distance. It’s a cruel world populated by crueler people where each day, each moment, might be your last.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

·      The smash hit, sold-out series continues with a new story arc!

·      Written & co-created by Chuck Dixon (G.I. JOE, Batman, Nightwing)!

·      New story arc art by illustrator Tomas Giorello (King Conan, Batman & Robin, Earth 2)!


World War Robot: 215.9mm ED.

Ashley Wood, TP Louise (w) • Ashley Wood (a & c)

It’s total robot war! In development to be a major motion picture, Ashley Wood’s World War Robot tells the tale of a dwindling band of humans and robots who face off in a battle that will likely end humanity as we know it–on Earth, on the Moon, and on Mars!

HC • FC • $29.99 • 176 pages • 8.5” x 8.5” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-134-3

·      All-new re-designed format! Featuring 70 pages of all-new, never-before-seen art from Ashley Wood!

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Lion Forge Comics And IDW Publishing Revamp An ’80s Classic With Miami Vice Remix http://www.idwpublishing.com/lion-forge-comics-and-idw-publishing-revamp-an-80s-classic-with-miami-vice-remix/ http://www.idwpublishing.com/lion-forge-comics-and-idw-publishing-revamp-an-80s-classic-with-miami-vice-remix/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:07:22 +0000 http://www.idwpublishing.com/?p=74235 Joe Casey And Jim Mahfood Bring Vibrant New Energy to Legendary Franchise

Mixing new school with old, comics publisher Lion Forge Comics has partnered with award-winning IDW Publishing to bring the classic TV series Miami Vice to print with Miami Vice Remix this February. Now anyone who loves the iconic characters, pastels, fast cars and over the top action of Miami Vice can get their hands on the comic based on the renowned ‘80s classic television show.

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Mixing new school with old, comics publisher Lion Forge Comics has partnered with award-winning IDW Publishing to bring the classic TV series Miami Vice to print with Miami Vice Remix this February. Now anyone who loves the iconic characters, pastels, fast cars and over the top action of Miami Vice can get their hands on the comic based on the renowned ‘80s classic television show.

Writer Joe Casey (Uncanny X-Men, Adventures of Superman) teamed up with comic book industry veteran Jim Mahfood to create Miami Vice Remix. The comic follows the Metro-Dade Police Department detectives Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs through modern-day Miami as they go undercover facing dangerous encounters with voodoo, zombies and Crockett’s mysterious past.

“Working with Jim is always a trip and taking on ‘80s TV icons like Crockett and Tubbs was too good to pass up,” said Casey, Miami Vice Remix co-creator and writer. “Whether you’re familiar with ‘Miami Vice’ or not, this book will burn a hole in your brain.”

“Comics should be for everyone, regardless of how fans prefer to access and consume content,” said David Steward II, Lion Forge CEO. “With IDW’s innovative spirit, Lion Forge will reach more readers and bring new life to classic properties like ‘Miami Vice.’”

Miami Vice Remix is the latest Lion Forge title crossing over from digital to hard copy through IDW. The comic joins licensed and celebrity titles Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier and Saved By The Bell, which also are based on hit NBC television series.

“IDW is pleased to help re-imagine one of the most timeless TV shows of our generation,” said Greg Goldstein, IDW Publishing president. “The vibrant artistry and high-quality story telling in Miami Vice Remix is sure to bring readers all the energy and style from the original series.”

Miami Vice Remix #1 will be available at your local comic book stores February 2015.
Diamond code JAN150433.

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