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(San Diego, CA; February 24, 2009) Brian Hibbs joins IDW Publishing for the second collection of his influential column “Tilting at Windmills.”   Owner of San Francisco’s premier comic book store, Comix Experience, Hibbs provides a dynamic and useful guide for new and established retailers who sell comics. Tilting at Windmills Volume 1, also available from IDW, was a startlingly prescient look at the rise and fall of the comics industry in the ‘90’s. Tilting at Windmills Volume 2 is sure to prove as insightful and colorful a read as Hibbs tackles topics as controversial and varied as book market sales, “event” storylines, and the influence of Manga on modern comics.

Volume 2 collects the final columns from its initial run in the trade magazine Comics and Game Retailer, and includes 50 articles from its current run on the popular entertainment website, Newsarama. As one of the most vocal and experienced retailers currently specializing in comics, Hibbs offers a unique perspective on the industry. From his detailed analysis of direct market sales figures, to in depth discussions of content, Hibbs is not afraid to buck mainstream trends or critique the current industry models.

As Hibbs points out in his introduction, “…comics have come to be regarded as a vibrant field, loved by academics and artists alike, discussed and reviewed in previously forbidden bastions like The New York Times, and can be found nearly everywhere that books are available.”

Whether it’s a business guidebook or a history of the comic book world, Tilting at Windmills Volume 2 is an accessible and engaging read, and a thoughtful as well as entertaining look at an industry that’s always striving to make a difference.

Tilting at Windmills Volume 2 goes on sale March 11, 2009

TPB • 6” x 9” • 400 Pages • $19.99 • 978-1-60010-370-4

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. As a leader in the horror, action, and sci-fi genres, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry including: television’s #1 prime time series CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Paramount’s Star Trek; Fox’s Angel; Hasbro’s The Transformers, and the BBC’s Doctor Who. IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release.  In April 2008, IDW released Michael Recycle, the first title from its new children’s book imprint, Worthwhile Books. More information about the company can be found at http://www.idwpublishing.com.

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