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,
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.”
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
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