Wednesday, April 30, 2008


From the new WIZARD magazine. I don't recognize the other nine titles on this list--I'm not even sure they're real comics, they might just be mock-ups to fill space on this page, like using Greeked copy or something--but the book holding the top spot is one near and dear to me, anyway. Our last book to occupy this spot in the mag? 30 DAYS OF NIGHT.

Don't let the "good luck finding a copy" mention in their write-up dissuade you, either. We've gone back to press on issues one through four (#4 is a sell-out, too, even though it hasn't come out yet), so there are copies readily available if you want to check it out.

The IDW studio tour

Up now at Comic Book Resources is a pictorial of the newish IDW offices, so feel free to come on inside and have a look around.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

S(pike) & M

The variant cover for September's SPIKE: AFTER THE FALL #3, regular version and extra-crispy "Grindhouse" version, too. Pencils, inks and colors by Joe & Rob Sharp, the wunderkind brothers from down under.

By Grabthar's Hammer, GALAXY QUEST comes to comics!

To supplement the release of the press release announcing our coming GALAXY QUEST comics, I thought I'd post some of the other covers for the series, all courtesy of series artist Ilias Kyriazis.

Monday, April 28, 2008

IDW's new releases for April 30

Coming this week are a few books of older material (DICK TRACY, Tommy Yune and Jo Chen's SPEED RACER/RACER X comics, and a second printing of our sold-out DOCTOR WHO #1. A shipping error led to a delay of this week's TRANSFORMERS MOVIE SEQUEL #1 comic--it'll now be next week, along with a big stack of other comics. So enjoy the respite this week.

Dick Tracy Vol. 4
Doctor Who #1 - 2nd Printing
Speed Racer & Racer X: Origins Collection TPB

Friday, April 25, 2008

BotCon West

Here're a couple images that are being debuted at the BotCon show in Cincinnati today, for those of you, like me, who couldn't be there. ALL HAIL MEGATRON is going to change things quite a bit come this July, as evidenced by these images (both courtesy of artist/designer Trevor Hutchison).

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Who said we don't do books about love and/or capes?

We've long been accused of deliberately avoiding superhero comics (which is fair, since we deliberately have avoided doing them). But that stance has been lightening a bit of late, through books like BADGER and FX.

And since we've also done so many horror books, I've heard from people who said many of our books could use more heart (never mind the fact that many of our horror books feature all kinds of heart-wrenching relationship stories amidst the more horrific elements).

So to both those camps, I'd like to point out a book that we're announcing in a press release today, Thom Zahler's LOVE AND CAPES. The comic has existed before--Tom has done seven issues now (counting the upcoming Free Comic Book Day edition)--but we're doing the trade paperback collection of the first six issues, anyway.

Harlan Ellison, of all people, called me up and encouraged me to give the book a look, raving (not ranting, but raving) about the sweetness and humor of the story. When a guy of Ellison's standing talks up a comic that he really likes, it definitely deserves a look. So I contacted Thom, we had a nice chat, he sent me the comics... and then began my usual near-impossible task of simply finding time to read them. But finally, with Thom patiently waiting, I gave one a look, and was hooked. It really is a great, charming story. In the press release, I mentioned that only Tom Beland's comics feel like they've got as much heart and good humor as these comics. But where Tom's are based on his life, Thom's are a full-on romantic comedy with superheroes. Not like that painful Uma Thurman movie, but more like THE INCREDIBLES.

So I'm happy to be able to put this book out, and hopeful that between this release and the FCBD issue, Thom's great comic will reach the wider audience it deserves. Check out Thom's LOVE AND CAPES site to see what I mean.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Coming up next from Ashley Wood!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The 4th Doctor is IN

Being approved to print this week is the 7th issue of our DOCTOR WHO CLASSICS series. These are the reprints of the '80s series featuring WATCHMEN co-creator Dave Gibbons on art, with all-new colors done by Charlie Kirchoff. Something about the classic Gibbons style with modern colors from Charlie just makes for a stunning book, as you can see here. The added bonus in this issue? The Daleks!

Monday, April 21, 2008

IDW's new releases for the week of April 21

This week's new releases include second printings of the sold-out LOCKE & KEY #s 2 and 3, the third volume in the Eisner-nominated TERRY AND THE PIRATES series, the collection of our new SPEED RACER series, a TRANSFORMERS SPOTLIGHT issue featuring a character we waited years longer than most of you expected, and, well, I suppose I can just let you read for yourselves what else we've got on tap for this Wednesday:

  • Fallen Angel #26
  • Locke & Key #2 - 2nd printing
  • Locke & Key #3 - 2nd printing
  • Speed Racer: Chronicles of the Racer TPB
  • Star Trek: Intelligence Gathering #4
  • Star Trek: New Frontier #2
  • Terry & the Pirates. Vol. 3
  • Transformers Spotlight: Grimlock
  • Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse #4
  • Gene Simmons Zipper #5
  • Friday, April 18, 2008

    Wheelie in the sky keeps on turning

    Klaus Scherwinski has finished his "tour de force" today, turning in all of his TRANSFORMERS SPOTLIGHT: WHEELIE pages (plotted, penciled, inked and colored by him, with scripting by Simon Furman and coloring help from Josh Burcham), so here's a look at what he's doing. There will also be a 5-page sketch section and the second "retro" cover for the book, too. It'll be out in mid June.

    Thursday, April 17, 2008

    Alex: After the Fall

    A little bonus today: Alex Garner's cover for ANGEL: AFTER THE FALL #9, paying subtle homage to Jack Kirby's cover for THE INCREDIBLE HULK #1 from 1962 (which you should go check out on a Google Image search after you read this).

    This issue, the big "return to the After the Fall storyline" after First Night concludes, will be shipping two weeks after issue 8 in June, and features the debut of new artist Nick Runge while Franco Urru continues his work on the upcoming SPIKE: AFTER THE FALL miniseries.

    Ben Who?

    It's my goal to get Ben Templesmith somehow involved with DOCTOR WHO. He loves the property (indeed, WORMWOOD was inspired by the show), and this unpublished image here shows how nicely he'd handle covers, too. So that's my latest mission, anyway. That and officially announcing the coming Tony Lee/Pia Guerra WHO series as well... soon, very soon.

    Speaking of WORMWOOD, here's a just recently completed cover for WORMWOOD Art Book that Ben will be doing in August.

    Wednesday, April 16, 2008

    Hardheads and Doubledealers

    To tie in with the big 25-question TRANSFORMERS Q&A I've been doing at our message boards today, I wanted to share some pencils from two upcoming TF SPOTLIGHTS here. Following EJ Su's CYCLONUS book, we'll be doing HARDHEAD (penciled by Nick Roche, and shown here), followed by DOUBLDEALER (pencils by Dan Khanna)...

    Tuesday, April 15, 2008

    VISIONS of Ash

    Ashley Wood's painted wraparound cover for TANK GIRL: VISIONS OF BOOGA #2, being approved to print this week. Issue 1 will be in stores in late May.

    Hope this helps make you realize that you missed (at least) one this year, Eisner judges...

    Monday, April 14, 2008

    IDW's new releases for April 16

    Nothing better than picking up new comics the day after tax day--it's like flipping the bird to Uncle Sam and saying "you can tax me to the point of starvation, but you're still not gonna prevent me from reading new comics." Something like that.

    To help you along the way and yet to also be understanding of this time of year, we've got only four releases this week, including the debut of Mack Bolan in THE EXECUTIONER, as well as D.C. Fontana's STAR TREK comic-writing debut, the finale of Mike Baron's new BADGER miniseries (with more great Alberto Dose artwork), and the middle issue of our first DOCTOR WHO miniseries. Accompanying these is the cover art for the concluding issue of THE ENTERPRISE EXPERIMENT, with pencils, inks, and colors by Joe & Rob Sharp.

  • Badger Saves the World #5
  • Doctor Who #3
  • Don Pendleton's The Executioner #1
  • Star Trek: Enterprises Experiment #1
  • Friday, April 11, 2008

    Fresh Ink on LOCKE & KEY

    Blair Butler from G4 dropped me a line to tell me that the latest issue of LOCKE & KEY, #3, will be featured on today's Fresh Ink podcast. Blair's been a big booster of this comic since it started, so in honor of the latest podcast talking it up, I thought I'd show a page from an upcoming issue (#5), to show how solid and consistent Gabriel (Rodriguez) and Jay (Fotos) have remained on every issue of this book.

    Comics Bulletin had a generally solid review of issue 3 today, too.

    Thursday, April 10, 2008

    Life in Hell

    Time for some advance looks at ANGEL: AFTER THE FALL and even SPIKE: AFTER THE FALL here. Both hell-based issues aren't due for a couple months but I wanted to show off a page of ANGEL #9 (by Nick Runge, Shaynne Corbett, and Art Lyon) that will have special meaning to anyone who's familiar with Brian Lynch's pre-IDW comics work. And Franco's rolling along on SPIKE #1, too, as you can see here.

    Tuesday, April 8, 2008

    It's an election year, y'know

    The British Eagle Award Nominations came out today--or recently, anyway, but I just saw them today. And while IDW got jobbed as far as a nom for Best Publisher (somehow DC and Vertigo got separate nods for Best Pub), I did spot this little section:

    10: Award for Favourite Editor
  • Axel Alonzo
  • Kris Simon
  • Tharg (Matt Smith)
  • Tom Brevoort

    Well, how about that? Now, never mind the fact that I think I deserve to win just for spotting the typo in "Favourite" above... but if you need additional reasons to vote for me, consider these totally unbiased facts about the other nominees:

    AXEL ALONSO: If you vote for him, Mephisto will just invalidate the vote anyway.
    KRIS SIMON: The spelling of his first name is all wrong--can't have that in a Favourite [sic] editor.
    THARG: Oh, c'mon, that's not even a real word.
    TOM BREEVORT: Have we all forgotten Avengers Disassembled so soon? I think not. Also, even money that Tom is actually a Skrull.

    So there you go, there's my campaigning. If elected, I promise to keep fellow Eagle Award nominees Ben Templesmith and Ashley Wood gainfully employed and productive. Also, I promise to keep things like ANGEL: AFTER THE FALL, LOCKE & KEY, STAR TREK comics by folks like John Byrne, and so much more coming out on time and with no ads running in the middle of the stories.

    It would make me feel better about the heavy gunfire I had to dodge when I attended the Bosnia Comic-Con a few years ago, too.

    So if any of that sways you, please, vote away:

    Vote here! Vote Ryall!*

    *I spared you from my 6th grade class president campaign slogan, "Be in style, vote for Ryall!"
  • Coming up NEXT

    Being approved to print this week is volume one of the COMPLEAT JOHN BYRNE'S NEXT MEN. This book, released in the early '90s, was one of the best things John's ever done, I think. When it came out, much of the industry was imploding under forced gimmicks and contrived marketing hooks, but John just did what he does so well, provided solid superheroic entertainment. I've long wanted to see these comics back in print, so it's great to be able to actually facilitate that.

    The first volume, presented "Essentials"-style, will be over 450 pages of story and art for $19.99. Coming this May, it'll include the complete 2112 graphic novel (sorry, Rush fans, that's not a story about a guy who discovers a guitar in a post-apocalyptic world), the kick-off 0 issue, and another dozen or so issues of the series (including MIV back-up strips), too, all showcasing John's amazing detailed line-art.

    And yes, I DO plan to stay on John to do some new NM tales amidst all his many STAR TREK plans with us...

    Monday, April 7, 2008

    Forget everything you knew...

    This week's new IDW releases

    This week, the special TRANSFORMERS: FOCUS ON DECEPTICONS comic is released. this is a preview of the upcoming "All Hail Megatron" series, and includes an 8-page preview of issue 1, so people will really know what they're in for when this new series starts in July.

    The two GENE SIMMONS trade paperbacks this week both contain new intros from Gene himself, too. And after you read the DOMINATRIX one, you might never be able to think of The Inhumans' Medusa the same way...

  • CVO: African Blood TPB
  • Doctor Who Classics #5
  • FX #2
  • Gene Simmons: House of Horror TPB
  • Gene Simmons: Dominatrix TPB
  • Ghost Whisperer #2
  • Locke & Key #3
  • Speed Racer: Chronicles of the Racer #4
  • Transformers: Focus on Decepticons
  • Wormwood: Calamari Rising #3
  • Transformers: Best of UK Space Pirates #2
  • Friday, April 4, 2008

    Star Trek: The Enterprise Incident Experiment

    A press release from Paramount came around today. Why this is important to our comics will be explained below...

    Captain Kirk goes mad in "The Enterprise Incident," premiering this weekend

    Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) seemingly goes insane in the remastered version of "The Enterprise Incident," premiering this weekend in nationwide syndication. Kirk orders the Enterprise across the Neutral Zone, where it is captured by Romulan forces. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) goes aboard a Romulan ship in a desperate bid to save his ship and his captain's life, but the Vulcan officer finds himself strangely drawn to the beautiful commander of the Romulan fleet (Joanne Linville).

    Episode highlights include one of Star Trek's featured appearances of the feared Klingon Battle Cruiser, and the only time that it is seen commanded by Romulan forces. In the remastered version of the episode, the iconic Klingon ship now sports the signature Romulan bird-of-prey markings, first seen in "The Balance of Terror." The remastered episode also reintroduces the original Romulan ship design, now flying alongside with its larger Klingon-styled brethren.

    The remastered version of "The Enterprise Incident" features all-new visual effects by CBS Digital and premieres during the weekend of April 5, 2008. The original episode was first aired in September, 1968, and was written by D.C. Fontana and directed by John Meredyth Lucas. Star Trek was created by Gene Roddenberry and is distributed in nationwide syndication by CBS Paramount Television.

    This is great timing, since the sequel to this episode comes in the form of our new STAR TREK: THE ENTERPRISE EXPERIMENT miniseries, the first issue of which is being released on April 16.

    The comic book, like the original episode, is written by Dorothy "D.C." Fontana (along with Derek Chester). This is Dorothy's first-ever comic book work, which is exciting to any fans of the Original Series and the Animated Series (as well as the many other things she's written). So first check out the episode--some of the digital upgrades actually tie the episode even more closely in with the comic book--and then see the follow-up a little over a week later. And until then, here're the covers (art cover by Joe & Rob Sharp) and a page (by Gordon Purcell), as well as a still from the episode itself.

    A non-Fool's Day Wheelie image

    Let's show off a bit of what this issue will look like. People have seen Klaus Scherwinski's fully finished and colored covers before, but since he's doing full art on this book, we thought it'd be fun to show you what his art looks like before he works his magic on the colors.

    Next week' we'll show off his throwback variant cover and the whole process that went into creating it.

    Thursday, April 3, 2008

    The Dreamland Chronicles

    July solicitations haven't been circulated around yet, but following up on an earlier story about the title's creator, Scott Christian Sava, bringing the book to IDW to be released as monthly comics, I wanted to show the first issue's covers. Scott will be providing a character image cover each issue, and has gotten some high-falutin' friends of his to do alternate covers for each issue. The debut issue, coming in July, features a cover image by the late Mike Wieringo. Wieringo's a guy that I--along with everyone else who ever met him or saw his work--really loved, and never had much chance to work with in the past. His work was more well-suited to all-ages or superhero comics, and much of what we do has been aimed at the 17+ crowd. So Ringo was someone I never had a chance to work with to my dismay, which makes it especially gratifying that Scott, and Mike's family, have okayed the use of this image (inked by Karl Kesel) for the comic book's debut issue.

    Subsequent covers for the series will come from folks like HEROBEAR's Mike Kunkel, the great Jerry Bingham (another guy I've long wanted to have work on an IDW project, and many others. But for now, enjoy Mike's art, as well as Scott's cover image. And keep an eye out for this series if you're looking for a great all-ages fantasy tale for yourself or some young'uns, too.

    Wednesday, April 2, 2008

    Zombies vs Robots vs Birthdays

    This might be the best birthday card I've ever received. Except for the ones that come loaded with cash, I mean. Courtesy of newest Hallmark Cards employee Ben Templesmith.