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Celebrating the life and art of the legendary comics creator Alex Toth, The Library of American Comics and IDW will release the third volume in the Genius series, Genius, Animated this April. Delving deep into the contributions Toth made to the animation industry, this volume by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell joins Genius, Isolated, and Genius, Illustrated as an essential look at the influential artist.

“Alex combined his mastery of comic book artistry with his innate quest to experiment and try new things, and he distilled that combination into a complete language of adventure storytelling for TV animation,” says Bruce Canwell, “Genius, Animated gives readers a ‘behind the scenes’ look, with lots of previously-unreleased artwork and commentary by experts in the animation field.”

Featuring never-before-seen work from Toth, Genius, Animated unearths a trove of lost treasures from the Hanna-Barbera archives. From character designs to storyboards, Toth helped shape favorites like Space Ghost, Shazzan, and Super Friends. This oversized extensive look at his legacy is accompanied by commentary from Toth himself as well as insights and observations from professionals throughout the animation industry.

“You can’t overstate Alex Toth’s influence on animation,” says Dean Mullaney. “This book will stand as the definitive statement on his animation artwork.”

The Genius series from The Library of American Comics has been praised for its thorough work, garnering awards for both previous volumes including the 2012 Harvey Award for Best Biography. Crafting exemplary books that analyze and honor the rich history of landmark creators and their works, The Library of American Comics has set the precedent for archival works.


Genius, Isolated ($49.99, Diamond Code JAN110542), and Genius, Illustrated ($49.99, Diamond Code FEB120393) are still available. Start and/or complete the collection this April!

About IDW Publishing

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist’s Edition imprint.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.

via IDW Publishing


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