New partnership includes 100 classic Bloch stories IDW Publishing is proud to announce today a new licensing agreement with the estate of acclaimed writer Robert Bloch. Through this new partnership, IDW gains the rights to one hundred of the author’s classic stories for development as comic books, graphic novels and feature entertainment. The works will be released in the Robert Bloch Collection. Best-known for his work as the author of the novel Psycho, Bloch has long been considered a true master of genre fiction. From being mentored by H.P. Lovecraft to receiving a Horror Writers of America Life Time Achievement award, Bloch created hundreds of influential horror, suspense, crime and science fiction stories. Additionally, he produced many screenplays, and wrote for radio and television, including the original Star Trek, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and Thriller series. “Bloch is one of the established masters of horror, and we are really looking forward to offering his stories to existing fans and to bringing in new ones,” said IDW CEO, Ted Adams. “Having inspired so many leading writers, Bloch’s work is pivotal to the horror and science fiction genres and is a must-read for fans.” Under the agreement, IDW will develop Bloch‘s stories as standalone one-shots, miniseries and other formats, working with screenwriters and established comic book writers and artists to reinterpret and reinvent Bloch’s work for a new generation. The first Bloch project is expected to launch in early 2010. Previously, IDW adapted some of the Hugo Award-winning writer’s stories for the B&W
Over at Comic Book Resources, Augie De Blieck Jr. devoted his entire weekly Pipeline column to a review of Darwyn Cooke’s The Hunter, the first of four graphic novel adaptations in the Parker series to be published by IDW. De Blieck Jr. calls The Hunter “an impressive accomplishment,” and advises readers to reserve their copies now.
Put your hands together for the winners of IDW’s 10th Anniversary logo contest! The grand prize goes to Mike from New Hyde Park! Look for Mike’s winning logo on IDW book throughout the rest of 2009. In addition to having his logo published, Mike will also receive a free copy of IDW: The First Decade, available in stores in June! Congratulations also goes to our three runners-up: Brent from Phoenix Dennis from Duisburg, Germany Paul from Gloucester Each runner-up will receive an IDW prize packet. Thanks to everyone who participated and helped to make this a great celebration of IDW’s first decade!
New book of Animated art and behind-the-scenes info coming in August! If you liked Transformers: the Ark, you’re gonna love this! The AllSpark Almanac is a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind atlas to the amazing Animated universe. With writers Jim Sorenson and Bill Forster, Transformer fans young and old will discover behind-the-scenes secrets directly from the show’s creators! This volume is packed with over 200 pages of full-color bios, character models, episode summaries, interviews, and more. Make sure to get your copy in August – ask your local store to order Transformers Animated: The AllStar Almanac today! Diamond order code JUN09 0941
Streak continues for Star Trek: Countdown and Terminator Salvation! Another Friday and another week on The New York Times Best Seller List for IDW! This week marks the sixth straight appearance for Star Trek: Countdown and the third for Termintor Salvation. Want to know what all the fuss is about? Visit your local comic book store for the real life version, or check out the iTunes app store for the digital experience!
The Rise of Cobra comics releasing weekly beginning July 1st! “G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra” takes over theatres on August 7th, but comic fans can get an advance look in July! Under license from Hasbro, Inc. and working closely with Paramount Pictures, IDW is proud to offer a four-issue weekly comic book adaptation of the much-anticipated motion picture that delivers an exclusive glimpse of what to expect, from costumes to plot twists. “G.I. JOE was an essential part of my childhood. I saw COBRA agents around every schoolyard corner,” said Andy Schmidt, IDW’s G.I. JOE editor. “It is an honor to be part of an intensely fun and uniquely relevant group of characters. As a lifelong G.I. JOE fan, to be associated with the wide release of the new G.I. JOE film in particular is a once in a lifetime opportunity.” Written by IDW’s own Denton Tipton, the four-issue movie adaptation chronicles every twist and turn of the film. Artist Casey Maloney successfully brings the characters from screen to panel and all the emotion and action with them. “IDW has done a fantastic job in capturing all the pent-up excitement for G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra,” said Michael Kelly, Hasbro’s Senior Global Publishing Manager. “Every page of the upcoming series clearly reflects IDW’s commitment to bringing G.I. JOE fans the highest quality comic … and those fans will not be disappointed!” G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA Movie Adaptation #1 is on sale the first week of July,
New four-issue miniseries begins in July Following the smash hit, Star Trek: Countdown, currently third on The New York Times Best Seller List, IDW is proud to announce its latest must-read Trek series, Spock: Reflections. The series sheds light on Spock’s life leading up to the new feature film, and offers key insights on this iconic character, as well as a startling revelation. “The new movie offers so much new material for Star Trek fans that we knew we had to do more than just Countdown to help create as complete an experience as possible,” said Scott Dunbier, IDW’s Star Trek editor. “This series offers a candid and occasionally poignant look at Spock.” In Spock: Reflections, writers Scott Tipton and David Tipton delve into the choices that led Spock to live on Romulus, where Countdown begins. Artist David Messina beautifully illustrates the flashbacks that shed light on Spock’s path. The four-issue miniseries will be available monthly, beginning in July. “With a character as complex and well-known as Mr. Spock, there are the famous dramatic moments everyone remembers, and there’s still so much that lies undiscovered,” said Tipton. “In Reflections, we’re getting the opportunity here to take a look at some of the key moments between the famous moments, and really see what makes Spock’s character so – dare I say it – fascinating.”
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