Last week IDW Publishing was the talk of the town during New York Comic Con 2015 with some of the most highly anticipated announcements of the year! With something for everyone, these titles are not to be missed.
BERKELEY BREATHED’S BLOOM COUNTY IS BACK!
For the first time since 1989, Berkeley Breathed is producing new Bloom County comic strips, and beginning in Summer 2016, fans will see the publication of the first in a new series of Bloom County Collections from IDW Publishing.
CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCEMENTS: ROM & MICRONAUTS
Creative teams and release dates for two of the most anticipated new titles from IDW were announced: writer Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, Godzilla: Cataclysm) and artist David Baldeon (Nova, Skylanders) tackling MICRONAUTS, while IDW CCO/EIC Chris Ryall (Onyx) and Christos Gage (Spider-Man, Buffy) and artists David Messina and Paolo Villanelle take on ROM THE SPACE KNIGHT.
TRANSFORMERS: ALL HAIL OPTIMUS
Coming in February, TRANSFORMERS #50 will see OPTIMUS PRIME declare Earth to be a part of CYBERTRON’S Council of Worlds—and the DECEPTICONS and the people of Earth won’t take it lying down! The story starts here, but the repercussions will last forever. TRANSFORMERS fan-favorites John Barber and Andrew Griffith continue their acclaimed run, with celebratory covers by Jonathan Hickman, Mike Choi, Andrew Griffith, Casey W. Coller and a retailer incentive cover by Alex Milne.
This January there’s something strange in the neighborhood… and whether that neighborhood is in New York City or Venice, Italy, the Ghostbusters will be there! After a bust at the United Nations, the boys in gray are engaged to investigate an Old-World haunting, where they begin to unravel a mystery that sends them around the globe (while still trying to keep their contract with the City, County, and State of New York!). Series writer Erik Burnham and artist Dan Schoening invite you to join them for the next chapter in the Ghostbusters history!
JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS: DARK JEM
JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS #11 starts the most truly outrageous event of the year, Dark Jem! Something is wrong with SYNERGY! As JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS’ first tour begins, something—or someone—called SILICA is after them… but who, or what, is she? Meanwhile, THE MISFITS need to replace their lead singer fast—and maybe even… permanently?! Artist Sophie Campbell rejoins series writer Kelly Thompson this January for “Dark Jem,” part 1. Don’t miss Campbell’s five stunning covers for this issue, which will also be available in the Complete Metallic Foil Box Set.
LUNA THE VAMPIRE
From the mind of writer/artist Yasmin Sheikh comes an all-new, highly entertaining original series, Luna the Vampire. Ever wonder how it would be if outer space was populated by monsters? Or what it would be like to have a green ugly witch as your best friend? Then look no further! Welcome to the amazing everyday life of Luna the Vampire. (Zombie postman and crappy job included.) Coming this January!
MARS ATTACKS: OCCUPATION
Mars Attacks is back, along with that pesky human writer John Layman, too! The Martians came. The Martians saw. The Martians conquered. Now the space invaders cruelly rule over humanity, which has no hope for liberation… until Ruby Johnson decides that she has had enough. Each issue features Andy Kuhn’s vivid interior art and a throwback card cover with all-new art by Ryan Brown, highlighting the glory days of the Martian Empire®!
THE BEST OF DC WAR ARTIST’S EDITION
DC Comics produced some of the very finest war comics ever with art by some of the best artists in the field. This spectacular 160 page 12”x17”Artist’s Edition will include an amazing selection of stories by the best of the best: Russ Heath, Jack Kirby, Joe Kubert, John Severin, and Alex Toth—a veritable pantheon of classic war artists doing what they do best. As with all Artist’s Editions, these complete stories are scanned from the original artwork and reproduced to the exacting standards that has garnered IDW five consecutive Eisner Awards for the Artist’s Edition series. If you are a fan of Classic DC war comics, you cannot afford to miss this incredible book!
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: A Spoon Too Short
A Spoon Too Short is Dirk Gently’s most baffling and incomprehensible case. Inspired by the tantalizing alternative title for the Dirk adventure Douglas Adams was working on prior to his death, writer Arvind Ethan David, along with executive producer Max Landis and artist Ilias Kyriazis, continues the adventures of the world’s weirdest detective.
Other projects announced were a new Wynonna Earp comic in February 2016 to coincide with the coming TV series; Star Trek #55: “Spock’s Legacy,” part 1 in March 2016; TRANSFORMERS: Titans Return (July 2016); the next Marvel Artist Select Series limited edition, featuring George Perez’s best Avengers stories.
IDW Publishing 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; Disney’s classic characters including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Uncle Scrooge; Paramount/CBS’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Zombies vs. Robots by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to acclaimed imprints such as the Library of American Comics, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, IDW Artist’s Editions, and Top Shelf Productions.
IDW Entertainment launched in November 2013 to distribute productions globally and to develop film and television properties based on IDW’s extensive catalog. Three projects are set up: “Wynonna Earp,” a property distributed globally by IDW Entertainment and licensed to Syfy in the U.S.; “Brooklyn Animal Control”, a property created by JT Petty and produced by David Goyer, has a pilot order at USA; and Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, with writer/executive producer Max Landis at BBC America. IDW Entertainment’s development slate of properties includes the chilling vampire thriller, V Wars, by New York Times Best-Seller Jonathan Maberry with writer/executive producer Tim Schlattmann (“Dexter,” “Smallville”); political conspiracy series, Cobb, with writer/executive producer Thania St. John (“Chicago Fire,” “Covert Affairs”); supernatural action series, Pantheon, with co-creator Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”); Wormwood by Ben Templesmith with writer David M Stern (“The Simpsons, Ugly Americans); among others.
IDW also has several active theatrical projects in development. 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; and Alex Kurtzman is producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.