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The blogisphere was abuzz this weekend with talk of our upcoming Darwyn Cooke adaptation, The Hunter, based on a crime fiction series by Donald Westlake (a.k.a. Richard Stark). Check out what people are saying!  The Beat Newsarama Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources iFanboy

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Angel Gets Infusion of New Blood

Fan-favorite character Gunn returns and Drusilla makes her first appearance courtesy of actress Juliet Landau and writer Brian Lynch Starting in July, Angel’s status quo gets rocked! IDW is pleased to announce that Angel: After the Fall writer Brian Lynch will be back with the Angel series, bringing with him some familiar faces. First up, in Angel #23, the Angel: After the Fall/Spike: After the Fall team of Lynch and artist Franco Urru reunite to explore the fate of Gunn. Then, Angel #24 and #25 feature the long-awaited return of Drusilla to the Angel universe. To make her return even more dramatic, “Drusilla” herself, actress Juliet Landau, is plotting and co-scripting this two-part story. “We are very excited to have Brian back on Angel, and the stories he’s telling here really set the tone for what’s to come,” said IDW Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall. “Not only do we see Gunn dealing with the repercussions of his actions in After the Fall, but we also finally get to check in on the intriguing and very insane Drusilla. And having Juliet Landau craft Drusilla’s story in such a clever way is an even bigger bonus for fans, since she has a true understanding of the character and what motivates her.” When fans last saw Gunn, his return from Hell left him comatose with only Illyria to look over him. Angel #23 explores what happens next, plus brings back a renowned character as the villain of the issue in an unexpected twist.

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Darwyn Cooke’s Parker is Previewed!

The first 19 pages of THE HUNTER, Darwyn Cooke’s new original graphic novel now on line The Hunter, a 144 page original graphic novel based on Richard Stark’s classic crime-fiction anti-hero will be released in July. IDW Publishing is making the first 19 pages available to readers on our website. The Hunter will be in stores everywhere this July, reserve your copy early with your local retailer! View the Preview  

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IDW to Publish Official Bringing Up Father Collection

  Authorized, hardcover book to feature complete “From Sea to Shining Sea” story This fall, IDW’s Library of American Comics serves up laughs for all ages with George McManus’s classic Art Deco comedy, Bringing Up Father. Featuring the famous storyline “From Sea to Shining Sea,” the 272-page hardcover book invites comic fans young and old on an unforgettable family roadtrip, as the main characters Jiggs and Maggie celebrate their daughter’s wedding by escorting the newlyweds on a trip across North America. Designed by Eisner award-winning Dean Mullaney (Terry and the Pirates, Little Orphan Annie) and edited by Bruce Canwell (Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel Sickles), “From Sea to Shining Sea” gives the deluxe treatment to this most famous of Bringing Up Father stories: the cross-country tour of 1939-40. “All the fantastic Bringing Up Father Sunday pages will be carefully restored and presented in full color,” Mullaney said. “George McManus championed Art Deco in comics, and the oversized 11″ by 10″ format is the best possible showcase for his wonderful designs and detailed artwork.” Debuting on January 12, 1913, Bringing Up Father features the new millionaire, Jiggs, whose desire to stay in his old blue-collar neighborhood is at odds with his wife Maggie’s dream of high society. “From Sea to Shining Sea” sends Jiggs, Maggie, their daughter Nora and her new husband, the British Lord Nevere Worthnotten, on a cross-country trip that ranges from California to Kansas City, Chicago to Toledo, Philadelphia to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s house at 1600

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IDW Extends Two G.I. JOE Series!

Origins upgraded to ongoing series, starting in August! COBRA capped with special September issue! It’s the year of G.I. JOE!  Building on the tremendous fan support of G.I. JOE: Origins and G.I. JOE: COBRA, published under license from Hasbro, Inc., IDW is pleased to announce extensions for both mini-series! Offering a look at the people who make up the team, G.I. JOE: Origins will become an ongoing series, starting in August. G.I. JOE: COBRA Special #1 will be released in September, offering insights inspired by revelations in issue #4 of that series, on-sale in June. “Reaction to all three of our G.I. JOE series has been beyond expectations, with both fans and critics raving about Origins and COBRA in particular,” said Andy Schmidt, IDW ‘s G.I. JOE editor. “After seeing the fan response of both series, we came up with enough great content to extend them both. Even though neither series is over yet, fans are already asking for more. We’re grateful for their support on these books, and so we’re happy to give them what they want!” “We are thrilled with the direction IDW has taken with G.I. JOE. Their success in creating amazing and engaging storylines based on our classic characters is evidenced by the enthusiastic response from fans. The decision to expand both G.I. JOE: Origins and G.I. JOE: COBRA from their original scope shows the dedication and passion both Hasbro and IDW have for delivering fans exciting new experiences,” said Michael Kelly, Hasbro’s Senior Global Publishing

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ANGEL: AFTER THE FALL CONTINUES NY TIMES BEST SELLING STREAK!

For the third week in a row, fans have flocked to their local comic book store for Angel: After the Fall! The hardcover graphic novel earned the sixth spot on The New York Times Best Seller List, marking the seventh week since the list began in March that IDW books have been ranked. “We are truly flattered that fans love Angel so much,” says IDW’s Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Chris Ryall. “Creator Joss Whedon and writer Brian Lynch have developed an amazing story about what happens to Angel after the TV show’s finale, and fans clearly can’t get enough.” Angel: After the Fall Volume 3, number six on this week’s Best Seller List, continues the adventures of Angel, Spike and the rest of the cast who survived the final episode and puts long-time friends-turned-enemies on a collision course. “It’s pretty impressive that, even without a TV show, the books continue to attract such attention from fans,” added Ryall. “And overall, we’re very excited that IDW books have made the Best Seller List nearly every week since it started.”

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IDW Publishing Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Limited-Edition Book

Two-volume hardcover offers comprehensive look at company’s history   Includes exclusive comic book with all-new content     Ten years ago this month, four young entrepreneurs launched a small creative services company. A decade later, IDW has grown to be the fourth-largest comic book and graphic novel publisher, with a diverse catalog of new and classic books, representing every major entertainment genre. To commemorate its tenth anniversary, the company will release the two-volume hardcover, IDW: The First Decade in May, 2009. Preview Volume 1 at IDWPublishing.com/IDWX!   IDW: The First Decade offers an oral history of the company, as told by the many talented individuals who contributed to IDW over the years, including co-founder and CEO Ted Adams, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall, plus dozens of artists and creators such as Clive Barker, Joe Hill, Gene Simmons, Ben Templesmith and Ashley Wood.   “Growing up, I was always an avid comic book fan and also wanted to own my own business, but I never thought the two would come together,” said Adams. “Ten years is a huge milestone for IDW, and our success is a direct result of all the hard work and dedication that many people have poured into this company.” Volume 1 of IDW: The First Decade offers a unique look at the genesis of the company and explores the surprising path that led a start-up design company to become an award-winning publisher. The second volume showcases every cover IDW has printed, through December 2008. IDW: The First Decade also

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IDW NAMED THIRD-LARGEST PUBLISHER

Good things come in threes at IDW! Capping off a week of milestones, IDW is proud to enter the ranks of Diamond’s top three publishers for the first time in March. In addition to reaching third, IDW is also celebrating our tenth anniversary, and boasts five Eisner nominations, another new company record. “This is a huge milestone for us, and the culmination of a decade of hard work by the many different people who have contributed to IDW over the years,” said Ted Adams, CEO of IDW. “We have a lot to be proud of as a company, and this is clearly a great beginning to our second decade.” Throughout its history, IDW has strived to offer a wide array of comic books, graphic novels and classic books in every major entertainment genre. This broad appeal paid off in March, as several diverse titles helped IDW achieve huge unit sales. Star Trek: Countdown, the official prequel to the much-anticipated motion picture, has consistently sold very well. As the movie release approaches, the Star Trek: Countdown trade paperback will be a must-read for Star Trek fans who want to fully understand the film. All four issues of Star Trek: Countdown are also available for download from iTunes. IDW’s G.I. JOE books were also major sellers in March, with several different series bringing fans on new missions with their favorite JOEs. The continuing adventures of Joss Whedon’s fan-favorite vampire, Angel, was another lead seller for IDW in March, with multiple Angel storylines

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IDW NOMINATED FOR FIVE EISNER AWARDS

Joe Hill and Locke & Key Nominated for Two Awards! It’s a proud day for IDW! On the eve of our tenth anniversary, IDW has been nominated for five Eisner awards, including Best Limited Series (Locke & Key) and Best Reality-Based Work (Fishtown). Congratulations to everyone who contributed to these great books! Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the nominated titles! In addition to Best Limited Series, Locke & Key writer Joe Hill was nominated for Best Writer with this series. IDW also received two Best Archival Collection/Project-Strips nominations for The Complete Little Orphan Annie, by Harold Gray, and Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel Sickles, both part of The Library of American Comics, and compiled and edited by Dean Mullaney, who also provided the Eisner-winning and The New York Times Best Selling, Terry and the Pirates, for IDW. “This is the most nominations in a single year for IDW,” said company CEO Ted Adams. “We are extremely proud of the books we produce and the amazing team of creators, writers and artists we work with. This is a great way to ring in our tenth anniversary.” Locke & Key, nominated for Best Limited Series, is written by acclaimed suspense novelist and The New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill. Featuring astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez (Clive Barker’s The Great and Secret Show, Beowulf), Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them, and is

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IDW Takes New York Times Best Seller List by Storm!

 Angel: After the Fall beats out Watchmen – Twice!   It’s a good day to be a vampire! IDW’s Angel: After the Fall Volume 1 and Volume 3 captured two of the New York Times Graphic Books Best Seller List (hardcover) top three spots, knocking Watchmen down to fourth place. “Even without a current TV show, Angel has remained a fan-favorite character,” says IDW’s Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Chris Ryall. “Writer Brian Lynch, working with Angel creator Joss Whedon, has really delivered an epic story that picked up from the amazing cliffhanger of the show’s finale. It’s great to see that fans like what we’re doing.” On its second printing and with direction from Whedon, Angel: After the Fall Volume 1 picks up number three on the Best Sellers List. Volume 1 begins where the TV series left off and chronicles Angel, Spike and the rest of the cast who survived the final episode. Angel: After the Fall Volume 3, number two on the Best Sellers List, advances the plot and puts long-time friends-turned-enemies on a collision course.   Capping off a great week for IDW, Transformers: Beast Wars Omnibus makes a strong showing at number three for the Graphic Books Best Seller List (paperback), featuring the ultimate fan guide for some of the most revered characters in the Transformers Universe. “Beast Wars Omnibus goes beyond the Beast Wars story to offer insights into the characters,” Ryall said. “With the inclusion of two reprinted stories, Omnibus gives fans a really in-depth look at

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IDW 10th Anniversary Year Logo Contest

On April 10th, IDW is commemorating our 10th anniversary and we want you to help us celebrate! Throughout the month of April, submit your best ideas for IDW’s 10th anniversary logo. In May, we’ll pick our favorite and use it on some of our books for the rest of the year! In addition to getting a credit in each book where your logo appears, the winner will also receive a free copy of IDW: The First Decade. Several runners-up will also receive IDW prizes. Below are the current IDW Logos.  Now let’s see what you can do!   IDW Block logo IDW Classic logo   Here are the rules: The submission must be provided as a .jpg or .png at 72 dpi and no larger than 1024 x 728 px. You must include your name, hometown, and age with your submission.  This can be in your email or on the image file. No more than 5 logo concepts can be entered into the competition by any individual or group.  Multiple logo concepts should ideally be placed into a single submission. Your email submission must have the subject line: “IDW X Logo Contest“ Deadline – All entries must be received by IDW no later than 5pm PDT April 30th. And by entering you agree to the legal disclaimer below. Email your submission to contests@idwpublishing.com.  Be certain that you include the subject line, “IDW X Logo Contest”, otherwise your submission may not be received. Winners will be contacted via email. Good Luck!

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IDW makes the NYTimes Best-Seller List – Again!

This week, IDW’s Spike: After the Fall and Jungle Book are both featured on the New York Times Graphic Book Best Seller List! (See the full list after the jump.) Spike: After the Fall released in February and follows the vampire, Spike, through his first few months in hell. Congratulations to Brian Lynch (w) and Franco Urru (a&c)! Here’s what the NYTimes had to say about Spike: “Fans of the ‘Buffy the Vampire’ television show know that they can turn to the comic book series published by Dark Horse to know what would’ve happened next in her life. If the adventures of Angel and Spike, two of her vampire friends, are more your cup of tea, you can turn to Spike: After the Fall, which picks up threads from the final season of the “Angel” television show.” IDW’s graphic novel adaptation of the classic Jungle Book story has made the list in its first full week on sale! Writer Jean-Blaise Mitildjian and artist TieKo bring Rudyard Kipling’s original tale to life in a whole new way. Congrats! Graphic Books Best Seller List (Hardcover) 1 WATCHMEN, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. (DC Comics, $39.99, $75.) This epic tale from 1986 signaled a new maturity in comic books. 2 BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. (DC Comics, $17.99.) This critically acclaimed story from 1988 offers a possible origin for the Joker. 3 STARMAN OMNIBUS, Vol. 2, by James Robinson and Tony Harris. (DC Comics, $49.99.) Jack Knight,

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