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IDW Partners with Hero Initiative on Benefit Comic

Industry superstars Howard Chaykin, Bill Willingham, J. Scott Campbell, Matt Wagner and more contribute with all proceeds benefiting Hero Initiative IDW is proud to partner with the Hero Initiative on Hero Comics, a 32-page ad-free book launching in July. This fundraising book, edited and produced by IDW’s own Scott Dunbier, will contain great, all-new content, including an original American Flagg! story by Howard Chaykin, and original stories by Gene Ha, Bill Willingham, David Lloyd, and Kaare Andrews. In addition, Arthur Adams will recreate three classic Marvel Comics covers, and Hero Initiative beneficiaries such as Gene Colan, Bill Messner-Loebs and Josh Medors will tell their own personal stories, detailing their severe struggles, and Hero’s involvement. An excerpt from Josh Medors‘ story reads: “When I am feeling almost ready to give in to my cancer, ready to throw my hands in the air and say ‘I quit!,’ I get a call from the Initiative. ‘Just wanted to see how you are doing.’ It may not seem like much, but let me assure you-When the monster bites and the pain pills aren’t working, a call like that is more effective than a Super-Soaker filled with holy water against the ol’ Count.” This special edition comic retails for $3.99, and will be on sale at comic stores worldwide on July 29, 2009. It’s available in the Diamond Previews catalog for August-shipping items in the IDW section, order code JUN090950 . “I’ve been an active supporter of the Hero Initiative since I was first asked

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IDW Claims Two Spots on the NYT Best Seller List!

Thanks to the support of our readers, two IDW books have made The New York Times paperback Best Seller List. Extending its second-place streak to four weeks, Star Trek: Countdown TPB gives fans insight into the film’s villain, Nero, and segues from the last Trek movie to the new blockbuster. Even if you’ve already seen the movie, you won’t have the full story without Countdown. The Terminator: Salvation Movie Prequel TPB makes its NYT debut this week, as fans prep for the much-anticipated new film. Get the background on the new characters, plus a special sneak-peek movie adaptation! Look for these books at your local comic book store!

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High Praise for COBRA #3

If you haven’t picked up your copy of G.I. JOE: COBRA #3 – grab one today! But don’t take our word for it. Check out what reviewers and fellow fans have to say! Reviewer comments: “The one book that has emerged as the clear front-runner in terms of quality is G.I. Joe: Cobra. . . Cobra is the one book that may just please fans and newcomers alike.” – IGN   iFanboy’s Pick of the Week “There is a new crop of G.I. Joe comics available now, and I can tell you that I’m nothing short of stunned that they’re as good as they are.  And the best of the bunch for three issues consecutively, has been G.I. Joe: Cobra.” – iFanboy    “This series has kept readers on their toes, and I doubt this next issue will cease doing so. In fact, this is the most shocking issue yet.” – HISSTANK.COM “IDW certainly doesn’t seem to be messing around. . . I had a feeling when I first heard the concept of this book that they were going to take the reigns off a little bit and go a little darker and grittier.  Well, they certainly have so far, and no more than they just did with Issue #3, which hit comic book stores today.” – GeneralJoes.com Fan comments: “I read this book in shop because I didn’t want to buy a 4 dollar book this week.  I finished it, and then I bought it.  I don’t remember the last time

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IDW Brings Fans More MEGATRON

Extends fan-favorite TRANSFORMERS series by four issues – Next issue of All Hail MEGATRON releasing in July Continuing its fan-favorite TRANSFORMERS saga, IDW is pleased to offer fans four more issues of Transformers: All Hail Megatron. Starting in July, IDW will publish, under license from Hasbro, Inc., four monthly issues, each featuring two short stories that detail the aftermath of the 12-issue All Hail Megatron series. These must-read books tie up important details from the main series, and pave the way for IDW’s next big TRANSFORMERS storyline. “The All Hail Megatron series is hugely popular with fans, and for good reason, it’s striking off in a bold new direction while showing reverence to the classic TRANSFORMERS series,” said Andy Schmidt, IDW ‘s TRANSFORMERS editor. “We decided to do the extension because we didn’t want to leave fans hanging, and because we wanted to segue into our upcoming TRANSFORMERS series.” When Transformers: All Hail Megatron #13 debuts in July, fans can join IRONHIDE and OPTIMUS PRIME as they deal with the fallout of All Hail Megatron, and watch as the Decepticons begin to probe the mysteries of the AUTOBOT Matrix. All Hail Megatron #14 offers a glimpse into the motivations of the traitorous SUNSTREAKER, while GALVATRON undergoes a major transformation, setting up important events to come. The short stories in Transformers: All Hail Megatron #13-16 feature a dynamic team of writers and artists, including Simon Furman, Shane McCarthy, Mike Costa, Andy Schmidt, Denton Tipton, Nick Roche, Zander Cannon, Guido Guidi, Chee,

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DARWYN COOKE TALKS THE HUNTER OVER AT COMICSREPORTER.COM

  Darwyn Cooke is interviewed by the Comics Reporter himself, Tom Spurgeon. The freewheeling discussion focusses on Darwyn’s forthcoming original graphic novel, THE HUNTER, and also touches upon Author Donald Westlake, AKA Richard Stark, the various film versions of The Hunter, and PARKER, the classic antihero and protagonist of the novel. Joining the fun is acclaimed writer of CRIMINAL, Ed Brubaker!  

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Star Trek Countdown brings IDW to new heights!

ICv2 is reporting on BookScan’s Top 20 Graphic Novels for April 2009 and IDW makes our highest debut ever with Star Trek Countdown collection, the official prequel to the new Star Trek movie.  The title is also the #1 comic on iTunes.  If you want to know more about the events leading up to the story in the movie, check out Coutndown!

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Kaluta & Lee’s Starstruck Comes To IDW

Digitally remastered comic starts in August   IDW is proud to announce the return of the science fiction classic, Starstruck, to comics. Debuting in August, the 13-issue series will showcase the fine writing of Elaine Lee and the remarkable art of Michael Kaluta. Scanned from the original art to ensure the highest quality, the entire series is being re-colored by fantasy artist, Lee Moyer, whose painted work has appeared on the covers of books by Iain Banks, H.P. Lovecraft and Marion Zimmer Bradley. “Starstruck is a classic work, and some of Michael’s very finest art-it has been out of print for too long,” said Scott Dunbier, IDW’s Starstruck editor. “Our series will present Elaine and Michael’s vision as never before. New readers will be astounded by it, while diehard fans will delight in seeing their old friend looking better than ever.” Set in a far-flung and very alternative future, Starstruck chronicles the lives and relationships of Elaine Lee‘s characters from her play of the same name. The sometimes dark, often hilarious, and always surprising Starstruck is a visually stunning tale in which the offspring of two powerful houses vie for wealth and dominance in a newly free, but completely anarchic universe. First printed in Heavy Metal and as a Marvel epic series, then a Dark Houre comic, Starstruck is a joyride to the far side of the spiral arm. Author, film director and visual artist, Clive Barker, has said of Starstruck, “I was, and am, a huge fan of Starstruck,

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IDW Comic Con Exclusive!

From the pages of the smash-hit series Locke & Key, now you can unlock your imagination with this one-of-a-kind 3″ Ghost Key! This 2009 Comic Con exclusive strictly limited to 500 numbered pieces, each with its own velvet drawstring pouch. Plus, Locke & Key creator Joe Hill will be on hand Friday only to sign the bag’s hang tag. Pewter w/plated silver finish. $20.

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IDW REVIVES FALLEN ANGEL SERIES

New four-part story begins in July featuring Joss Whedon’s Illyria Since you can’t keep a fallen angel down for long, IDW is pleased to announce the return of its acclaimed, long-running series. Fallen Angel: Reborn continues the adventures of Liandra, the fallen angel of the title, under the guidance of co-creator/writer Peter David and artist J.K. Woodard, who shepherded the series through most of its previous 33-issue run. To help ring in the book’s return, Joss Whedon’s fan-favorite character, Illyria, leaps from the pages of Angel to guest star in this four-part tale that kicks off in July. “Fallen Angel has been an important part of our last five years, and it’s great to revive the book as IDW starts our second decade of existence,” said IDW’s Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Chris Ryall. “Peter and J.K. really produced something special before and we’re happy to have them back for this next go-round.” When last seen, the Fallen Angel experienced the closest she’s ever been to a happy ending. But as fans know, nothing comes easily for her, especially now that Illyria has entered the scene.  The Reborn story is set during the fifth season of the “Angel” television show, shortly after the former ancient demon, Illyria, has been severely depowered by Angel and company.  And that depowerment is a major plot point for this four-part series.    “When Peter and I approached Joss [Whedon] about using Illyria for this storyline, he was gracious enough to accept,” added Ryall. “This is a story Peter

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IDW’s Ben Templesmith is everywhere today getting Wormwood love from IO9 and guest blogging over at MTV!

Ever wonder what the inspiration for 30 Days of Night’s moody art was?  Question the saturated colors in Hoxford?  Your queries are answered over at MTV’s Splashpage Blog where Ben guest posts about horror comics and his approach to them. And then IO9‘s article about Wormwood offers it high praise and includes work-in-process pics of Ben’s new French edition cover for volume two, It only Hurts When I Pee.  Sadly Amazon seems to be running low on IO9’s recommended volume one, Birds, Bees, Blood, and Beer, but it can still be found at the IDW store.

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