First series to be published under exclusive agreement IDW Publishing is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of the first series of ComicMix.com properties, GrimJack: The Manx Cat. For the first time in print, fans can now enjoy the adventures of GrimJack in 26 full color pages published straight from the online comic. Writer John Ostrander and artist Timothy Truman skillfully return to the grim and gritty interdimensional land of Cynosure, in which gun-for-hire GrimJack holds court in the fabled Munden’s Bar. “We’re excited to be bring some of the best ComicMix properties to real-world books, and GrimJack is a great way to start,” said Greg Goldstein, chief operating officer of IDW. “The new books are a great new way to enjoy ComicMix fans to enjoy their favorite comics, and expose the properties to new fans.” GrimJack debuted in the mid-80s and rapidly became one of First Comics’ best-selling titles. Created by Ostrander and Truman, the series was revived in 2005 for the graphic novel Killer Instinct, published by IDW, which is also home to the trade paperback reprints of the First Comics’ material. “It’s sort of a homecoming for us,” GrimJack and ComicMix editor-in-chief Mike Gold notes. “We’ve had a long and productive relationship with IDW – absolutely the best I’ve had in my career. There’s no better choice to restart at the place we took off initially, with a brand-new GrimJack mini-series.” GrimJack: The Manx Cat #1 will be available in stores in August. Diamond order code JUN09
Retweet special message to enter IDW has partnered with IMAX to offer our fans an awesome way to see this summer’s next blockbuster movie. We’re so convinced that you’ll love Transformers in IMAX, we’re giving away ten tickets to one lucky fan this week and next week! To enter this week’s giveaway, follow IDW on twitter and retweet the below message starting today until Sunday night. We’ll randomly pick a winner from all the retweets. Retweet this to enter: Retweet this for a chance to win ten tix for Transformers: The IMAX Experience #IDW_IMAX And stay tuned for next week’s giveaway!
Four-issue miniseries starting in August Coming this August, IDW offers Angel fans yet another hair-raising adventure. Spinning out of IDW’s main Angel storyline, Angel: Only Human follows Illyria and Gunn on a bizarre road trip as they try to reconcile their “inner” demons with their newfound humanity. Written by Scott Lobdell with art by David Messina, Angel: Only Human is a funny and frightening five-part story with two of the Angelverse’s most complex and beloved characters. “Angel: Only Human is a fun and creepy detour from the main storyline,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Publisher/Editor-in-Chief. “This miniseries shows fans more about what’s happened to Illyria Gunn now that they’re both dealing with the consequences of After the Fall and how they tried to end, well, every thing.” Available monthly beginning in August, Angel: Only Human takes Illyria and Gunn on a journey that involves funerals, fire, and family obligations. Not to mention the return of one of the most terrifying demon gangs from the original TV series, The Scourge. Artist David Messina beautifully illustrates every entrail-laden battle and heartfelt emotional moment as Gunn and Illyria realize they have far more in common than a desire for destruction. With striking covers by Messina, fans should also look out for variant covers by David Dorman. Angel: Only Human #1 will be available in stores in August. Diamond order code JUN09 0935
For nearly two months, Star Trek: Countdown has made The New York Times Best Seller list. And with little wonder. Countdown lets Star Trek fans get the most out of the blockbuster new movie, with all-important details about the events leading up to the opening scene. Even though you’re already seen the movie (more than once), stop by your local comic book or book store and finally learn what’s up with Nero and his tattoos. Or, download Star Trek: Countdown to your iPhone or iPod Touch at the iTunes store.
Get ready for this summer’s next big blockbuster with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen prequel comics, now on iTunes! You and your iPhone or iPod Touch can journey across the globe as humans and AUTOBOTS join forces to defend Earth against the DECEPTICON threat in Transformers: Alliance. The very origins of CYBERTRON are revealed in Defiance, which leads directly to the start of the movie. Get all eight comics on iTunes or at your local book store. Click on the iPhone image to go to the iTunes store. To learn more about IDW’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen comics, click here.
New partnership includes 100 classic Bloch stories IDW Publishing is proud to announce today a new licensing agreement with the estate of acclaimed writer Robert Bloch. Through this new partnership, IDW gains the rights to one hundred of the author’s classic stories for development as comic books, graphic novels and feature entertainment. The works will be released in the Robert Bloch Collection. Best-known for his work as the author of the novel Psycho, Bloch has long been considered a true master of genre fiction. From being mentored by H.P. Lovecraft to receiving a Horror Writers of America Life Time Achievement award, Bloch created hundreds of influential horror, suspense, crime and science fiction stories. Additionally, he produced many screenplays, and wrote for radio and television, including the original Star Trek, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and Thriller series. “Bloch is one of the established masters of horror, and we are really looking forward to offering his stories to existing fans and to bringing in new ones,” said IDW CEO, Ted Adams. “Having inspired so many leading writers, Bloch’s work is pivotal to the horror and science fiction genres and is a must-read for fans.” Under the agreement, IDW will develop Bloch‘s stories as standalone one-shots, miniseries and other formats, working with screenwriters and established comic book writers and artists to reinterpret and reinvent Bloch’s work for a new generation. The first Bloch project is expected to launch in early 2010. Previously, IDW adapted some of the Hugo Award-winning writer’s stories for the B&W
Over at Comic Book Resources, Augie De Blieck Jr. devoted his entire weekly Pipeline column to a review of Darwyn Cooke’s The Hunter, the first of four graphic novel adaptations in the Parker series to be published by IDW. De Blieck Jr. calls The Hunter “an impressive accomplishment,” and advises readers to reserve their copies now.
Put your hands together for the winners of IDW’s 10th Anniversary logo contest! The grand prize goes to Mike from New Hyde Park! Look for Mike’s winning logo on IDW book throughout the rest of 2009. In addition to having his logo published, Mike will also receive a free copy of IDW: The First Decade, available in stores in June! Congratulations also goes to our three runners-up: Brent from Phoenix Dennis from Duisburg, Germany Paul from Gloucester Each runner-up will receive an IDW prize packet. Thanks to everyone who participated and helped to make this a great celebration of IDW’s first decade!
New book of Animated art and behind-the-scenes info coming in August! If you liked Transformers: the Ark, you’re gonna love this! The AllSpark Almanac is a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind atlas to the amazing Animated universe. With writers Jim Sorenson and Bill Forster, Transformer fans young and old will discover behind-the-scenes secrets directly from the show’s creators! This volume is packed with over 200 pages of full-color bios, character models, episode summaries, interviews, and more. Make sure to get your copy in August – ask your local store to order Transformers Animated: The AllStar Almanac today! Diamond order code JUN09 0941
Streak continues for Star Trek: Countdown and Terminator Salvation! Another Friday and another week on The New York Times Best Seller List for IDW! This week marks the sixth straight appearance for Star Trek: Countdown and the third for Termintor Salvation. Want to know what all the fuss is about? Visit your local comic book store for the real life version, or check out the iTunes app store for the digital experience!
The Rise of Cobra comics releasing weekly beginning July 1st! “G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra” takes over theatres on August 7th, but comic fans can get an advance look in July! Under license from Hasbro, Inc. and working closely with Paramount Pictures, IDW is proud to offer a four-issue weekly comic book adaptation of the much-anticipated motion picture that delivers an exclusive glimpse of what to expect, from costumes to plot twists. “G.I. JOE was an essential part of my childhood. I saw COBRA agents around every schoolyard corner,” said Andy Schmidt, IDW’s G.I. JOE editor. “It is an honor to be part of an intensely fun and uniquely relevant group of characters. As a lifelong G.I. JOE fan, to be associated with the wide release of the new G.I. JOE film in particular is a once in a lifetime opportunity.” Written by IDW’s own Denton Tipton, the four-issue movie adaptation chronicles every twist and turn of the film. Artist Casey Maloney successfully brings the characters from screen to panel and all the emotion and action with them. “IDW has done a fantastic job in capturing all the pent-up excitement for G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra,” said Michael Kelly, Hasbro’s Senior Global Publishing Manager. “Every page of the upcoming series clearly reflects IDW’s commitment to bringing G.I. JOE fans the highest quality comic … and those fans will not be disappointed!” G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA Movie Adaptation #1 is on sale the first week of July,
New four-issue miniseries begins in July Following the smash hit, Star Trek: Countdown, currently third on The New York Times Best Seller List, IDW is proud to announce its latest must-read Trek series, Spock: Reflections. The series sheds light on Spock’s life leading up to the new feature film, and offers key insights on this iconic character, as well as a startling revelation. “The new movie offers so much new material for Star Trek fans that we knew we had to do more than just Countdown to help create as complete an experience as possible,” said Scott Dunbier, IDW’s Star Trek editor. “This series offers a candid and occasionally poignant look at Spock.” In Spock: Reflections, writers Scott Tipton and David Tipton delve into the choices that led Spock to live on Romulus, where Countdown begins. Artist David Messina beautifully illustrates the flashbacks that shed light on Spock’s path. The four-issue miniseries will be available monthly, beginning in July. “With a character as complex and well-known as Mr. Spock, there are the famous dramatic moments everyone remembers, and there’s still so much that lies undiscovered,” said Tipton. “In Reflections, we’re getting the opportunity here to take a look at some of the key moments between the famous moments, and really see what makes Spock’s character so – dare I say it – fascinating.”