Capping off another great week, IDW maintained two spots on The New York Times Best Seller List for the second week running. Star Trek: Countdown easily earned a spot on the list for the fifth week straight. Offering important insight into the new Star Trek film’s villian, Countdown is a must-read even if you’ve already seen the movie. As Terminator fans headed out to see the new movie, they stopped by their local comic store and put Terminator: Salvation on the Best Seller list for the second week in a row.
For its “Terminator: Salvation” special, G4TV stopped by IDW to talk comics with Chris Ryall. Link on the video to watch the interview.
Prequel comics and movie adaptation now available for iPhone and iPod Touch IDW is pleased to announce its partnership with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution for Terminator: Salvation comic applications, now available on iTunes, the first such project for the Warner Bros. division. Published by IDW, written by Dara Naraghi (“Lifelike”) with art by Alan Robinson, this must-read multi-part graphic novel details a series of events that have transpired since Judgment Day and culminates with the story found in “Terminator Salvation” from Warner Bros. Pictures. The digital comics is now available on the Apple App Store for $0.99 for each of five episodes or $3.99 for the full collection. Created by leading app developer Genus, the Terminator Salvation prequel uses the powerful Kamikaze: Le Edition engine. This technology allows comic book images to be scaled down without loss of resolution or fidelity. It also provides comic book fans with the ability to easily flip through pages by shaking their wrist and zoom in and out by “pinching” the screen. “We see digital comics as an exciting new growth category,” said Thomas Gewecke, president, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. “Consumers want to extend the print experience to their handheld media devices and the iPhone and iPod touch are ideal platforms for delivering rich, immersive, visual experiences. We expect the “Terminator Salvation” prequel to be the first of many digital comic releases over the coming year.” The “Terminator Salvation” prequel, which includes a comic adaptation of the film’s opening scene, is
Exclusive Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Cover Join IDW this month at BotCon 2009 to celebrate 25 years of Transformers! The official Transformers convention will be held in Pasadena, Calif., from May 28-31. In addition to hanging out with IDW staff, attendees also have the chance to meet many of the talented creators behind your favorite Transformers comics! Plus, IDW will be marking this special occasion by offering convention-goers a chance to pick up Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Movie Adaptation #1 with a BotCon exclusive cover by fan-favorite artist Don Figueroa! This limited edition comic will be available while supplies last.
New five-issue mini series by Palmiotti and Gray launching in July Six-page preview available here Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, writers of the hit series, Jonah Hex and Power Girl, are teaming up with IDW on a brand new, five-issue mini series. The Last Resort pays homage to 1970’s disaster films and grindhouse classics with non-stop adrenalin, courtesy of flesh-eating bio waste victims and a bevy of sexy broads. Get a six-page sneak peak here! “Jimmy and Justin, besides being fun to work with, are two of the best high-concept guys in comics,” said IDW special projects editor, Scott Dunbier. “Their ideas are great and they know how to tell good stories.” Issue #1 of The Last Resort features amazing cover art from Darwyn Cooke, the series regular cover artist, and Amanda Conner, who provides a lovely variant. The entire series will be beautifully illustrated by Giancarlo Caracuzzo, who captures each gruesome moment and voluptuous figure with painstaking attention to detail. Jimmy Palmiotti commented, “The Last Resort is just what I want after months of super hero comics. I want my comics: R-rated; I want my sexy broads topless and I want our characters to be regular Joes that will just about do any atrocious thing to stay live. The great thing about working with IDW is that, unlike most companies, they let us write whatever we want, and we went nuts with this book.” “The Last Resort is a mash up of all the genres that Jimmy and I
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
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!
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
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,
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!
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!
IDW EiC Chris Ryall has posted some preview comics for this weeks IDW releases over at his blog. You can check them out over at RyallTime.