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It’s the week of G.I. JOE! Check out all The Rise of Cobra comics now on iTunes, plus many more! Look for the entire GI JOE collection — movie adaptations, prequels, classics, and the new ongoing series. All available now in the App Store! G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Prequel seriesWritten by Chuck Dixon Art by  SL Gallant Colors by Art Lyon Lettered by Robbie Robbins Edited by Andy Schmidt G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Prequel #1The first of a series of back-stories and secret dossiers on the characters from the hit film, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra! Before he was code-named Duke and was brought into the G.I. Joes, he was the top kick of a special ops team. Join him as he fights his way in and out of a jungle hell in a mission that goes wrong in every way possible.           G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Prequel #2The film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is not the beginning! Learn the legacy of Clan Destro in a bloody history lesson you’ll never forget. Then follow the latest heir to the Destro manor as he travels to Paris for an illegal arms deal with some bad guys who think they can re-negotiate terms-with bullets! They have no idea who they’re haggling with.       G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Prequel #3Using her feminine wiles and deadly styles, the Baroness plans to steal a centuries-old valuable from a

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The Hunter on NYT Best Seller List – Again!

Maintains #3 spot For the second week in a row, Darwyn Cooke‘s The Hunter earned a place on the New York Times best seller list. Launched on July 22nd, The Hunter has delighted fans and critics alike, earning high praise across the county from the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and Entertainment Weekly, among others. “The cartoonist Darwyn Cooke is an extraordinary talent… a wonderfully engrossing graphic-novel… At this stage in [Cooke‘s] career, I would happily buy his graphic adaptation of a phone book.” – George Gene Gustines, The New York Times “Darwyn Cooke and Donald Westlake pull off the perfect crime … a meticulously faithful adaptation…” – The Los Angeles Times “Artist Darwyn Cooke‘s brand-new rendering of the first Parker novel, 1962’s The Hunter, is joltingly good.” – Entertainment Weekly If you haven’t picked up your copy, head to your local store this weekend and see for yourself!

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Launch Parties and Store Tours!

Don’t miss these great comics events! TONIGHT: Darwyn Cooke: The Hunter Launch Party Thursday, August 6th, 7 – 11 pm The Frigate (under the Pogue Fado) 1581 Barrington Halifax, NS Click here for more info!       THIS WEEKEND: Chuck Dixon Store Tour Celebrating the launch of G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra! Friday, August 7th, 4 – 8 pm Up Up  and Away Comics Cinncinnati, OH Saturday, August 8th, 11 am – 2 pm Comic Book World Florence, KY Sunday, August 9th, 1 – 5 pm Comic Quest   Evansville, IN

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IDW to publish Act-I-Vate Primer

Print exclusive, all-original anthology 16-page preview available here! IDW Publishing is pleased to announce The ACT-I-VATE Primer, an all-new hardcover anthology featuring sixteen stories and eighteen creators from the premiere webcomix collective, ACT-I-VATE.com. IDW will release this groundbreaking collection in October 2009, complete with a foreword by Warren Ellis. With its roster of renowned creators serializing webcomix since 2006, ACT-I-VATE has reached a comicbook critical mass. Now this funnybook big bang has birthed The ACT-I-VATE Primer, the very first collection of stand alone, never-before-seen stories. “ACT-I-VATE has a unique mix of comics by a cornucopia of amazing creators,” said Scott Dunbier, IDW’s Special Projects Editor. “The ACT-I-VATE Primer is the first and only place you will be able to read them.” The ACT-I-VATE Primer boasts original art and stories by Joe Infurnari, Roger Langridge, Mike Dawson, Nick Bertozzi, Tim Hamilton, Dean Haspiel, Simon Fraser, Molly Crabapple and John Leavitt, Mike Cavallaro, Pedro Camargo, Jim Dougan and Hyeondo Park, Ulises Farinas, Michel Fiffe, Maurice Fontenot, Jennifer Hayden and Leland Purvis. “This tome is a lot bigger than it seems,” said ACT-I-VATE founder, Haspiel. “Each of these stories extend way beyond the printed page out into ACT-I-VATE.com, the world’s greatest webcomix collective.”

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IDW Announces Frankenstein Mobster

New print volume of acclaimed webcomic coming in October Diamond order code AUG09 0954 Coming this October, IDW unleashes a terrifying monster into the published world with Frankenstein Mobster. This acclaimed comic tells the story of a good cop who, after his death, is transformed by a mad scientist into a made monster!   Stitched together from the bodies of three mobsters, Frankenstein Mobster now stalks the streets of Monstros City, fighting for inner control against the mobsters’ evil souls in a conflict that could take this corrupt, haunted city and dump it deeper into hell. This massive tome, written and illustrated by Mark Wheatley, includes additional art and comics, new story pages, and detailed behind-the-scenes information, plus deviant art by Adam Hughes, Mike Wieringo, George Freeman, Mike Oeming, Scott Morse, Angelo Torres, Alex Nino, and Bernie Wrightson. Order today!  

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Bloom County coming in October!

Diamond order code AUG09 0908 As the dust from Comic Con settles, don’t forget to place your orders for The Bloom County Library, coming in October.  This five volume collection will feature every daily and Sunday strip in chronological order, and is the first time that many of these famous strips have been republished. The books will be part of IDW’s Library of American Comics imprint, and designed by Eisner Award-winner Dean Mullaney. Berkeley Breathed‘s Bloom County is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed newspaper strips of modern times. Premiering on December 8th, 1980 – a month after the election of Ronald Reagan as President – the strip brought to the comics pages a unique amalgam of contemporary politics and fantasy, all told with hilarious humor and wit. In addition to the strips themselves, The Bloom County Library will also contain a series of “Context Pages” sprinkled throughout the volumes, providing perspective for the reader and presenting a variety of real-life events and personalities that were contemporary at the time of original publication.

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Darwyn Cooke’s The Hunter Debuts at #3

New Richard Stark adaptation premieres on New York Times Best Seller List In its first week of release, IDW is proud to announce that Darwyn Cooke‘s The Hunter, an adaptation of Richard Stark‘s novel, debuted on The New York Times best seller list at number three. The Hunter has earned high praise for Cooke‘s compelling interpretation of Parker, and has been critically lauded nation-wide by the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly and The New York Times. Darwyn Cooke, the Eisner-Award-winning writer and artist of such classics as DC: The New Frontier, Selina’s Big Score, and The Spirit, brings to life one of the true classics of crime fiction: Richard Stark’s Parker. Stark was a pseudonym used by the revered and multi-award-winning author, Donald Westlake. The Hunter, the first book in the Parker series, is the story of a man who hits New York head-on like a shotgun blast to the chest. Betrayed by the woman he loved and double-crossed by his partner in crime, Parker makes his way cross-country with only the thought of revenge burning in his mind. Here’s what the critics are saying: “The cartoonist Darwyn Cooke is an extraordinary talent… a wonderfully engrossing graphic-novel…” – The New York Times “Darwyn Cooke and Donald Westlake pull off the perfect crime.” “… a meticulously faithful adaptation…” – The Los Angeles Times “Artist Darwyn Cooke’s brand-new rendering of the first Parker novel, 1962’s The Hunter, is joltingly good.” – Entertainment Weekly “…a near-perfect match of artist and

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IDW’s ‘Night Mary’ Acquired by Animal Logic

Animal Logic announced today that it has secured the rights to IDW Publishing’s graphic novel Night Mary, the mystery/horror graphic novel co-created by Rick Remender and Kieron Dwyer. The deal reinforces Animal Logic’s progression into the development and production of a diverse slate of digital entertainment in animation, live action, hybrid films and games.  IDW Publishing, the 3rd largest U.S. Comic Publisher, is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California.   Night Mary follows the adventures of Mary Specter, a misunderstood teenage girl trained to be a lucid dreamer. Mary’s father runs a sleep disorder clinic where Mary enters the ghastly dreams of severely disturbed people in an attempt to help them. When a patient is revealed to be a serial killer, the nightmare world and the waking one become intertwined, putting Mary in real jeopardy.  Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian will produce with IDW’s Ted Adams and Circle of Confusion’s David Alpert and Rick Jacobs Executive Producing. Nalbandian said “we’re very pleased to be working with IDW and Circle of Confusion and look forward to this being the beginning of a long-term relationship as Animal Logic moves into developing and producing a wider range of films, outside of its core digital animation slate. Night Mary is a fantastic property that will enable us to collaborate with innovative writers and directors to tell a great story and deliver ground breaking design.”Adams added “Rick and Kieron are two of my favourite creators

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IDW Announces Legion Prequel

Miniseries based on the upcoming Screen Gems film LEGION, In Theaters January 22, 2010  San Diego, CA (July 24, 2009) – Following on the thrilling Comic-Con exclusive footage of the upcoming Screen Gems film Legion, IDW announces the movie prequel, co-written by the film’s director Scott Stewart and Tom Waltz (Silent Hill: Sinner’s Reward). Legion: Prophets, IDW’s four-issue weekly miniseries, leads directly into the movie, setting the scene for an all-out war between Heaven and Earth. “The premise of the film is great, and a little scary,” said IDW Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Chris Ryall. “Who hasn’t looked around at what’s going on in the world and thought that the Apocalypse really might be coming soon? Legion: Prophets gives a glimpse of what that might be like.” Legion: Prophets tells the story of four very different people from very different parts of the world, who become humanity’s only hope to survive the Apocalypse. Stewart and Waltzchronicle the struggles of these ordinary people in the face of newfound powers and responsibilities. “There were a lot of cool and scary characters and situations that I wasn’t able to include in the main narrative of the movie, so I’m very excited to be able to expand the Legion universe beyond the film and explore those other stories through the comic book series,” said Stewart. “I’m a big fan of IDW’s books and it’s a real thrill to be able to collaborate with them on Legion: Prophets.” Legion: Prophets features a richly diverse cast of characters: The

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IDW Announces New Transformers Series

A trifecta of new comics starts in November    San Diego, CA (July 24, 2009) – After the huge success of this summer’s blockbuster TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN  movie, IDW is keeping the excitement going with three new TRANSFORMERS series. Under license from Hasbro, IDW is proud to offer fans The TRANSFORMERS, the first ongoing series in years, written by the critically-acclaimed Mike Costa. Coming in November, TRANSFORMERS #1 starts things off with not one, but two, huge events so CYBERTON-shattering that the lives of the TRANSFORMERS characters will never be the same. Spinning out of the events of the new ongoing series will be two miniseries. The four-issue TRANSFORMERS: BUMBLEBEE  puts BUMBLEBEE between a rock and a hard place with his own friends, while TRANSFORMERS: Last Stand of the Wreckers plots the course of AUTOBOTS in space as they confront a new foe who just might tear the (Dave do these need all caps? CAPS ARE BEST) Springer, Kup, and their cadre of AUTOBOT heroes apart. “This is the first ongoing TRANSFOMRERS series for IDW, and there’s a good reason to do it now. These stories are too big and too important to contain in even several volumes of miniseries. And it all starts with events in TRANSFORMERS #1,” said IDW’s TRANSFORMERS editor, Andy Schmidt. “This is the best jumping on point for new comics or TRANSFORMERS fans in years. We’re embarking on a whole new journey and an exciting new direction.” The TRANSFORMERS will debut in November,

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IDW Brings Bat Boy to Comics

New partnership with Weekly World News kicks off in January   San Diego, CA (July 23, 2009) – For years, Bat Boy and the other bizarre denizens of the Weekly World News delighted millions in the long-running tabloid newspaper. Now, those same creatures are headed to full-color comic books for the first time. IDW Publishing is proud to announce a new partnership with the Weekly World News to bring those characters to comics, in the form of a new 4-issue miniseries kicking off in January 2010. In the first-ever Weekly World News miniseries, “The Irredemption of Ed Anger,” the beloved Bat Boy is joined by the far-right-wing columnist Ed Anger (“pave the Rain Forest!”), PhD Ape (simian psychologist to the stars), UFO Alien (presidential-predicting pundit from the stars), Manigator (half-man/half-gator reptilian good ol’ boy), Lemmie (the Lake Erie Monster); Chaos Cloud (unpredictable weather front with the face of François Mitterand); and even Freeze Dried Baby (surly 95-year-old-looking baby) in an adventure that divides and unites, the group. The series will be written by IDW’s Publisher/Editor-in-Chief and Eisner-nominated writer Chris Ryall (Groom Lake, Zombies vs Robots), with art by Alan Robinson (Terminator Salvation Movie Prequel). Robinson will also be contributing covers that emulate classic Weekly World News covers, and artist Joe Corroney (Star Trek) will be providing special variant covers for the series. Each issue will also contain classic newspaper stories featuring these characters as back-up material, too. “This tells you something about my dreams when I say that this really

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Bob Schreck Joins IDW

Becomes Senior Editor on October 5th   San Diego, CA (July 23, 2009) – Once again expanding its team of talented creators and editors, IDW is proud to announce that industry legend Robert Schreck will be joining the company on October 5th. Schreck, a thirty-year veteran of comics and publishing, will become a senior editor for IDW, and focus on developing new projects and bringing new creators to the company’s existing brands. During his ten-year run as group editor at DC Comics, Schreck‘s illustrious career has included heading up the award-winning All Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, and ushering in the return of Frank Miller and Lynn Varley to Batman, with the release of The Dark Knight Strikes Again. Schreck has worked with some of the best creators in the industry, such as Arthur Adams, Neal Adams, Harlan Ellison, Neil Gaiman, Dave Gibbons, Jim Lee, Brad Meltzer, Miller, Morrison, Paul Pope, Quitely, George Romero, Dave Stevens, Kevin Smith, Varley, and Judd Winick, among many others. “Bob has an amazing talent for finding and making great books,” said Ted Adams, IDW’s CEO. “The combination of his innate skill and impressive experience make Bob a very valuable addition to the IDW team and we are thrilled to have him with us.” In the last two years at DC Comics, Schreck‘s efforts focused on developing new projects for the Vertigo line for Karen Berger, where he was also the editor of this year’s Eisner Award-nominated Madame Xanadu series by Matt Wagner and Amy Hadley, and the newly published graphic novel, The Nobody,

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