San Diego Comic-Con is always the center of major announcements within pop-culture. And the 2013 edition of SDCC was no different. IDW Publishing was one comic book publisher that seized the opportunity and announced many great new projects on the biggest stage of all.
In a flurry of announcements at the convention the San Diego based IDW, announced projects involving legendary comic book creators who are bringing their ground breaking work to the publisher whose name is synonymous with quality.
The announcements cross all boundaries of comics with new material, reprint material, new directions and the return of classic characters.
Comic book writers and artists from all corners of the comic book landscape will be producing their books at IDW. The list of creators is a big deal with Walter Simonson (“Ragnarok”), Mike Mignola (“Hellboy in Hell”), Eric Shanhower (“Little Nemo Return to Slumberland”), Sam Kieth (“The Maxx”), Darwyn Cooke (“Parker”), and many more.
Announcements about comics were not the only news for IDW as the publisher won three of the prestigious Eisner Awards handed out at the convention.
The list covers the projects announced with preview art made available by IDW.
Sam Kieth’s ‘The Maxx’ is back
Sam Kieth’s “The Maxx “was a runaway sensation when initially published. Kieth’s exquisite artistry and quirky stories resonated with readers who had never seen anything quite like it before. Exploring the strange relationship between two realities, “The Maxx” follows the dual identities of a man caught between the real world and a heroic fantasy realm called The Outback. The Maxx ran for more than 30 issues and inspired a popular animated show on MTV.
Now, 20 years later, the striking series is returning to comic shops with fully re-mastered and re-colored printings of the classic stories, and all supervised by Kieth to ensure the highest possible quality.
“The Maxx: Maxximized” will also feature brand-new painted covers by Kieth Additionally, IDW will—for the first time ever—release a series of hardcover “Maxx” collections. And if that wasn’t enough, there will also be Artist’s Editions enabling readers to finally see Sam’s beautiful and delicate line work as they never have before.
“I want to thank my pal Ted Adams,” said Sam Kieth, “for giving me and some of my books a home at IDW… I hope he doesn’t lose his shirt!”
“Sam, as usual, is self deprecating to a fault,” said editor Scott Dunbier, “he’s an amazing artist and a good friend, and I could not be happier to have him at IDW.”
Kieth will also create a set of three comprehensive new art books called The Worlds of Sam Kieth that will showcase his incredible powers as an artist, but also tell the story of who he is and how he came to be the artist he is. The first volume is debuting at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International.
The original artist on “Sandman,” which he co-created with Neil Gaiman, Kieth’s enchanted style quickly grabbed the attention of readers, and his success allowed him to explore his own creations with The Maxx and Ojo. While his career in comics has found him working on some of the most iconic characters, he is arguably best known for creating “The Maxx,” and IDW is looking forward to being intimately involved in the next chapter of this classic character’s legacy.
Nemo Returns To Slumberland With Brand-New Dreams
As one of the most influential comic strips of all time, Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland™ could only return if a creative team with a true affinity for McCay’s vision was found. Today, IDW announced that multiple Eisner Award-winning writer/artist Eric Shanower (Age of Bronze), will be writing an all-new series exploring Nemo’s amazing dreams. Joining Shanower will be none other than Locke & Key co-creator and Eisner-nominated artist, Gabriel Rodriguez!
Little Nemo in Slumberland first appeared in the New York Herald in 1905 as a weekly comic strip by creator Winsor McCay. Over the next two decades, McCay’s unprecedented vision followed the fantastic dreams of Nemo. Encountering strange characters, Nemo traversed the world of his dreams, often finding himself in bizarre and often surreal locales. Little Nemo survives as both a nostalgic and innovative work of fiction.
“I’ve loved Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland ever since I first saw examples of the strip when I was a kid,” said writer Eric Shanower, “McCay’s masterpiece is clearly a hard act to follow, and there’s no way that Gabe and I can duplicate McCay’s personal vision. But we’re doing our best to tap into Slumberland’s essence while bringing our own strengths to it. I think there’s a good chance admirers of McCay’s original will enjoy our riff on it.”
“There are people like Ray Bradbury, Neil Gaiman, Hayao Miyazaki and Winsor McCay, that can grasp what dreams are made of, transform them, and share that with all of us,” said Gabriel Rodríguez. “I think we’re lucky that McCay not only left us his wonderful stories, but also created a whole universe filled with windows opened for every one of us, inviting us to explore it, too. And Eric and I are taking the challenge, not trying to redo what he previously did, but trying to invite kids and adults from today to enjoy and have fun in of the Land of Wonderful Dreams.”
Debuting next spring, Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland will see Nemo embark on a brand-new voyage in the familiar surroundings of Slumberland. However, everything else is different, even Nemo himself—in search of a new playmate for the princess of Slumberland, King Morpheus enlists the Candy Kid to help bring the latest playmate, our titular Nemo, into the dream realm. There, Nemo embarks on a visceral journey full of adventure and danger.
“It feels odd to think of Gabriel Rodriguez working on anything but Locke & Key, the series that he’s illustrated since 2007, but if anything is worthy of being his next project, it’s re-envisioning McCay’s Slumberland alongside another brilliantly talented creator like Eric Shanower,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “The two of them together will create captivating magic on every comic page, and Eric and Gabe’s take on the story promises to inspire some dreams all their own, much the way McCay’s work did a century ago.”
Eric Shanower has captivated readers with his epic and multiple Eisner Award-winning series Age of Bronze, and his ambitious, Eisner Award-winning adaptations of L. Frank Baum’s Oz novels with artist Skottie Young. Gabriel Rodriguez’s beautiful and intricate style has graced the Eisner-winning series Locke & Key, written by Joe Hill, since 2007.
Rogue Trooper joins the fight
Following the success of Judge Dredd, IDW and Rebellion/2000 AD expand their thriving relationship with the addition of “Rogue Trooper” to their publishing slate! IDW will launch an all-new “Rogue Trooper” series in 2014, and also offer newly colored re-presentations of past “Rogue Trooper” comics, too.
Co-created by Gerry Finley-Day and renowned artist Dave Gibbons in 1981 for ‘2000 AD,” “Rogue Trooper” became a showcase for some of Britain’s top artistic talent. In addition to Gibbons, Steve Dillon, Colin Wilson, Cam Kennedy, Bret Ewins, and Chris Weston have contributed art to the popular strip.
A future war has poisoned the entire atmosphere of Nu-Earth, prompting one side to create Genetic Infantrymen: blue-skinned soldiers who can breathe the toxic air, equipped with bio-chips to record their personalities in their final moments for eventual re-corporation. But a traitor sold the G.I.s out, and all but one were slaughtered. Now he stalks Nu-Earth on a mission of revenge, aided by his dead friends now “living” in his gun, helmet and backpack. He is the last G.I.—the Rogue Trooper!
“We’re thrilled with IDW’s plans to bring exciting new talents to another of 2000 AD’s most iconic and popular series,” said Rebellion Publishing Manager, Ben Smith, “Having done such bold and successful work with Judge Dredd, we can’t wait to see how Chris Ryall and his team take on comics’ toughest soldier.”
Classic Rogue Trooper strips will be seen in a whole new light in full-color comics and collections with hues provided by colorist Adrian Salmon, best known for his work on Doctor Who and Judge Dredd. The all-new series in the offing will follow the tradition of IDW’s successful Judge Dredd series by Duane Swierczynski and Nelson Daniel. Creator names and details will follow at a later date.
With a rich history to build upon, IDW will add to the proven franchise, bringing “Rogue Trooper” into the 21st century for an all-new audience.
Saturday Night Live star Taran Killam teams up with critically-acclaimed, Harvey and Eisner nominated comic-book writer Marc Andreyko (“Manhunter,” “Torso”) to reveal just who “The Illegitimates” are. Announced this week on IDW Publishing’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con International, the explosive new series hits this winter!
When the world loses its greatest (and most promiscuous) super-spy, Jack Steele, a secret international espionage organization has no choice but to call in a new team to save the world, “The Illegitimates.” With no knowledge of the bond that ties the team together, “The Illegitimates” are thrust into a seedy world filled with crime, lust, and double-crosses. Each member of “The Illegitimates” is forced to use their unique skills to overcome their personality clashes and come together as a team.
“When Taran pitched me the high concept, I was hooked! To work with a dear friend on a brilliant idea shaving my cake and eating it, too! I couldn’t be prouder of “The Illegitimates’!” said enthused co-writer, Marc Andreyko.
Taran Killam says, “One of my favorite genres is the Secret Agent. This comic follows the concept of the super-spy-man-slut to it’s logical conclusion. A funny jumping off point that quickly becomes deadly serious. You’re getting five spies for the price of one! Each with their own personality, perspective and specialized elite espionage-combat skill set. You know, typical dysfunctional family stuff.”
Killam and Andreyko are joined by a super-team of their own with art by Kevin Sharpe (“Army of Darkness”), and covers provided by the legendary artist Jerry Ordway, as well as Sharpe himself!
“’The Illegitimates” is one of those high concepts ideas that makes you wonder why no one else ever told this story before,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “But I’m glad they didn’t, since Taran and Marc’s take on this idea is such a well-executed one. Of course an agent with a license to kill might be more concerned with staying alive through the course of his mission than paying attention to what can happen during his many conquests around the world, but that doesn’t mean those trysts won’t still have lasting repercussions, as they do here. “The Illegitimates” is a very fun, action-packed series we’re very happy to have under IDW’s banner.”
By adding another great creator-owned book to the slate, it’s clear that for fans of adventure comics with a twist, the place is to go is IDW!
IDW Unveils ‘Ragnarok’ by Walter Simonson
IDW publishing is proud to announce an all-new creator-owned series by Walter Simonson! “Ragnarök” will explore Simonson’s beloved Norse mythology, as well as much, much more. Coming in 2014, “Ragnarök” will be written and drawn by Simonson, and will feature iconic deities and classic tales with the devastatingly beautiful artwork that is synonymous with Simonson.
“Scott Dunbier and I first talked about me working on a creator-owned book involving the Norse gods 15 years ago, but as many of my former editors can tell you, I’ve always regarded deadlines as useful fictions,” said writer/artist Walter Simonson, “So here we are… finally! All I can say is that I’ve loved the stories of the Viking gods since I was eight. I am thrilled that with IDW’s help and support, I’m launching an ongoing series of stories built around a new vision of some old friends. And enemies.”
‘Star Slammers’ collected
Walter Simonson and IDW are very pleased to announce high quality collections of Simonson’s sci-fi favorite, “Star Slammers.” Originally appearing in 1983, “Star Slammers” featured intergalactic mercenaries-for-hire who went into the business of war, and became the most successful businessmen of all time. Completely re-mastered and re-colored, the “Star Slammers” will be more deadly than ever.
In addition to the re-mastered “Star Slammers,” a special Artist’s Edition of the series is planned, one that will be every bit as lovely as lovely as Simonson’s Harvey and Eisner Award-winning “Thor Artist’s Edition.” As with all Artist’s Editions, “Star Slammers” will come in an oversized hardcover format, featuring exquisite scans of Simonson’s original pages.
“My last experience with an Artist’s Edition was so positive,” said Simonson, “how could I possibly refuse when asked to do the Slammers!”
A preeminent figure in the comics community, Walter Simonson has contributed defining runs on multiple top-tier characters. His legendary runs on Thor, Fantastic Four, and Orion are considered classics of the form. Working with The Hero Initiative, helping comic creators in need of assistance, Simonson continues to inspire through his efforts on and off the page. In 2010 Simonson was presented with the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award.
With Simonson’s newest projects, IDW is fully committed to honoring the past works of Simonson and making his newest venture his most anticipated!
IDW goes Gonzo
IDW Publishing is excited to announce it is taking a trip through bat country, adapting Hunter S. Thompson’s acclaimed Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas into an original graphic novel! Grab your keys, pack your stash, and join IDW on the twisted journey in an all-new graphic experience.
The release date and creative team have yet to be determined, however IDW is committed to bringing the passionate energy of the novel to both new readers and veteran Gonzos alike. Preserving Thompson’s rebellious spirit is a top priority for IDW, “I’ve read Thompson throughout my entire life, I’m very serious about doing this novel right,” said IDW CEO/President Ted Adams. This exciting new project further explores the literary relationship between novels and comics that IDW actively pursues.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas follows Thompson on his surreal journey through Sin City. His trip was molded by the stimulants and psychedelics that mom warned you about. Influenced by the death of American counter-culture the story challenges the idea and application of the “American Dream.” In 1998, Fear and Loathing was translated to film by the award-winning director Terry Gilliam and featured Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke (Thompson’s alias) in the lead role.
Thompson’s work has been instrumental in the development of modern American journalism appearing in Rolling Stone Magazine, The New York Times Magazine and Esquire. His trademark “Gonzo” style of writing is praised for its fluid tales laced with danger and corruption, often examining the hazards of contemporary American existence. Already renowned for their literary adaptations by best-selling authors including Stephen King Anne Rice, Cory Doctorow, George R.R. Martin, Peter S. Beagle, Harlan Ellison, Joe Hill, Richard Stark, James Patterson, and many others, IDW looks forward to capturing Thompson’s distinct view of the world.
Hell’s never looked so good
Mike Mignola’s “Hellboy,” one of the best-loved comic creations of the past two decades, will be showcased in the acclaimed Artist’s Edition format from IDW! Mignola’s “Hellboy,” the star of comics and screen, will be a welcome addition to the rapidly growing Artist’s Edition library, IDW’s award-winning imprint. Featuring scans of original art in their rawest form, Artist’s Editions enable fans to experience the next best thing to owning a favorite artist’s originals.
Collecting the first five issues of “Hellboy in Hell,” where, after making the ultimate sacrifice, Hellboy must confront what Hell has in store for him. Alone, he faces the demons of his past as Mignola reveals the dark secrets that could define Hellboy’s legacy. Additionally, several shorter works will be included in this volume.
Mignola’s enduring creation has established a devoted following through the Hellboy series and the related tie-ins “B.P.R.D.,” “Abe Sapien,” and “Lobster Johnson,” all published by Dark Horse Comics. “Hellboy” has been adapted into two successful major motion pictures by director Guillermo Del Toro and three animated features. Mike Mignola and “Hellboy” are staples of modern comics and IDW is ready to shake the Right Hand of Doom!
What is an Artist’s Edition?
An Artist’s Edition presents complete stories with each page scanned from the actual original art.
While appearing to be in black & white, each page has been scanned in color to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art—for example, you are able to clearly see paste-overs, blue pencils in the art, editorial notes, art corrections. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.
IDW rewarded with three Eisners
The 2013 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards have just concluded and IDW is honored to be the recipient of 3 awards from the industry’s prestigious ceremony. All 9 nominations IDW received highlighted the publisher’s diverse line, and the winner’s exemplified IDW’s commitment to the high standards that the Eisner awards celebrate.
Earning his fifth Eisner with IDW, Darwyn Cooke received the award Best Adaptation From Another Medium, an award that was re-introduced this year, for his knockout graphic novel, “Parker: The Score.” The critical hit was Cooke’s third volume in the Parker series, adapted from Richard Stark’s original novel, of the same name. His other adaptations, “The Hunter” and “The Outfit,” were both Eisner award winners as well.
For his stylish and thematic art that flew off the page of “Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom,” Chris Samnee won his first Eisner award! Acclaimed across the board, the ace artist won for Best Penciller/Inker.
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners and thanks to the judges at this year’s Eisnerawards, see you next year!
Parker will return in ‘Slayground’
Darwyn Cooke’s acclaimed Parker series from IDW continues to expand with the classic “Slayground.” In this newest graphic novel, Parker is put to the test against crooked cops and sleazy gangsters after a heist goes south and he finds himself trapped in an amusement park closed for the winter, and embroiled in a deadly game of cat and mouse… a game that slowly starts to favor the mouse.
“A boarded up amusement park was an inspired setting for Parker,” said writer/artist Darwyn Cooke, “and Westlake made the most of it. A great story that I’m enjoying the hell out of adapting.”
Based on the influential novels by Richard Stark, AKA, Donald Westlake, Parker is a coldly calculating master criminal, one with a very rigid code. The IDW adaptations by Darwyn Cooke of “The Hunter” and “The Outfit” have received multiple Eisner and Harvey awards. The Score, released last year, is nominated for an Eisner Award at this week’s San Diego Comic-Con International. “Slayground” will be the fourth Parker adaptation in the popular and much lauded series.
Darwyn Cooke’s distinct style has made him a premier writer and artist in the comic book industry. A former animator, Cooke entered mainstream comics in 2000 with his critical hit “Batman: Ego” for DC Comics.
Donald Westlake, writing as Richard Stark, was the acclaimed author of the Parker series. He was a three-time Edgar Award winner, as well as being named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, that prestigious societies highest honor.
Something strange from Dave Sim
Prolific creator Dave Sim’s meta-adventure through the history of photo-realistic artwork, the career and death of Alex Raymond, and much more, will be published by IDW! Sim’s originally self-published work is being completely remastered, redrawn, and reworked before it sees release as its own 18-issue series.
About the project, the A Moment of Cerebus Web site said: “Originally serialized within the pages of the self-published “Glamourpuss” #1-26 (2008-2012), “The Strange Death Of Alex Raymond” is an as yet uncompleted work-in-progress in which Dave Sim investigates the history of photorealism in comics, specifically focusing on the work of comic-strip artist Alex Raymond the circumstances of his death on 6 September 1956 at the wheel of fellow artist Stan Drake’s Corvette.”
“It’s not much of a secret that we’re big Dave Sim fans at IDW,” said Ted Adams, Publisher and CEO. “He’s done an absolute ton of covers for us lately, each one more dynamic than the last. Add in the other Sim projects we have in the pipeline, such as the “Complete Book of Cerebus Covers,” the digital/audio version of “High Society” and “The Complete Zootanapuss Artist’s Edition,” the time seemed right to launch a full blown creator-owned title and take our relationship to the next level.”
Dave Sim’s distinguished career in comics began with his self-published hit “Cerebus.” An essential series that evolved through grounded and mature subject material, “Cerebus” is a modern classic that catalyzed Sim’s career as well as the comics industry on the whole. As a vocal proponent of self-publishing, Sim has spent much of his career improving and exploring his craft through his own self-published projects. More recently, Sim has contributed his iconic style to various covers at IDW, including “The Colonized,” “T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents,” and “Doctor Who.”
IDW is pleased to explore new territory with Sim on this personal and important project, “The Strange Death of Alex Raymond.”
Holiday party in Christmasland
In a brand-new limited series that will serve as a prequel to his New York Times bestselling novel, NOS4A2, Joe Hill will be taking readers on a dark plunge into the dizzying world of Christmasland. The first comic that Hill has written since the stunning conclusion of his award-winning masterpiece “Locke & Key,” “Wraith”: “Welcome to Christmasland” is equal parts mystery and horror.
According to Hill, “The world of NOS4A2 is very, very big, and I only had a chance to explore a part of it in the course of the novel. I told the story I wanted to tell, but I also feel there’s a lot more to discover. In NOS4A2, we learn about Charles Talent Manx the iii, who has kept himself alive for over a century by draining an essential life force out of children, warping them into giddy monsters. When he’s done with them—when Charlie has what he wants—he takes them to Christmasland, where they live forever and ever in an eternal Christmas Day. They live for fun and are good at having it, whether they’re playing a game of tag… or a bloody game of scissors for the drifter. In Wraith, we’re going back to Christmasland at an earlier time, to find out what happens when some unlucky grown-ups find themselves on Gumdrop Lane, and Charlie’s children decide to have some fun with them. It’s very much a standalone story, and it’s my intention to craft something that can be loved by people who have never cracked the cover of NOS4A2, while hopefully giving those who liked the book a new Charlie Manx tale to enjoy.”
In Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland, Hill is joined by illustrator Charles Paul Wilson III (“Stuff of Legend”), who provides interior art and creepy Christmasland-themed covers, as well as by his “Locke & Key” partner Gabriel Rodriguez, who is providing covers for each issue. Issue 1 (re)introduces the reader to Charlie Manx, his world, and his car, a vintage 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith that runs on human souls instead of gasoline. When a luckless child falls into Charlie’s grasp, her new best friend soothes her with a story: his story. From there, the series introduces a new cast of characters to Christmasland, and fully delves into its wonderfully devilish delights, as the sound of sleigh-bells ring in the background…
“NOS4A2 was Joe Hill’s most accomplished novel to date, and its memorable villain Charlie Manx deserves the additional focus this series will bring,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer. “Joe and CP Wilson III have some nightmarishly clever things planned for this series, from an advent calendar-style cover to some bloody good fun on the interiors as well. The readers are really gonna get taken for a ride in this one.”
Joe Hill has made a name for himself as both a successful novelist and comic book author. Frequently publishing short stories and appearing in anthologies, Hill has rapidly become a literary force. His first novel Heart-Shaped Box won the Bram Stoker award for “Best First Novel.” His critically acclaimed comic series from IDW, Locke & Key, was recently optioned for a film by Universal Pictures, and won Hill an Eisner award for “Best Writer.”
Adaptioan of ‘Crawl to Me’
The Orphanage producer Rodar y Rodar has teamed up with “Crawl to Me” creator Alan Robert and his producing partners Jeff Mazzola (“Descent”) and Chris White (“My Super Psycho Sweet 16” franchise) to adapt the critically acclaimed IDW Publishing graphic novel.
Victor Garcia, who helmed the upcoming Gallows Hill (starring Twilight’s Peter Facinelli), is in the director’s chair for the character-driven psychological horror film with a screenplay penned by TJ Cimfel and David White. Glenn Allen, Co-Founder/VFX Producer of Emmy-award winning Brainstorm Digital (Boardwalk Empire) is on board as VFX Supervisor. Producers aim to shoot interiors on a sound stage in Spain, where Rodar is based, and exteriors in Canada.
In 2011, the “Crawl to Me” comic book miniseries, written and illustrated by Robert, was published by award-winning IDW. The series was later collected into a graphic novel and sold out within days of its January 2012 release. IDW followed up its success with three more editions: an oversized hardcover Evil Edgar Edition, and two more top-shelf versions through their IDW Limited division.
The film takes place in an isolated country town during the frigid winter months. It centers on a young family as they cope with a series of disturbing events that force them to question their relationship, their faith and their very existence.
“Being a part of the process in making this film a reality has been an amazing journey for me,” said Robert. “We’ve built a team of incredibly talented people around this project who are all super passionate about telling this story. The dark subject matter is extremely delicate and had to be handled right. It is in excellent hands.” Robert recently announced his fourth partnership with IDW to publish his next horror series The Shunned One in 2014.
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums are among the most popular museums worldwide, yet most people don’t know that it all started with a daily cartoon drawn by one man—Robert Ripley. IDW and the Library of American Comics will present the definitive edition of Ripley’s sensational cartoons that featured the odd and amazing from around the world.
Originally a sports cartoonist, Ripley drew a “Champs and Chumps” cartoon that eventually morphed into “Believe It or Not!” By 1929, the series took off as Ripley became a world traveler, seeking stories of bizarre and unusual proportion to put in his internationally-known feature. In an era when not many people traveled outside their own home town, let alone out of the country, Ripley became a compulsive traveler and journeyed whenever he could! The cartoons were adapted into radio and television programs, and helped make Ripley the highest paid cartoonist in the world. The franchise still thrives as the famous Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums.
Starting in 2014 IDW and the Library of American Comics will begin reprinting Ripley’s famous daily cartoons in hardcover collections, including bonus and background material from Ripley’s impressive archives. The first volume will collect the cartoons from 1929 and 1930, when Ripley’s fame raised him from relative obscurity to international celebrity!
“Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has been entertaining generations of readers,” said IDW CEO & Publisher Ted Adams, “My grandpa used to read it when he was growing up and I read it with him when I was first getting interested in comic art. Even today, Ripley’s work still holds a special place for me as I recently took my son to the Ripley’s exhibit in San Diego. I’m proud that IDW will be able to reintroduce some of the earliest cartoons to a new audience and look forward to learning even more myself, about Ripley’s fascinating life.”
Established in 2007 by Dean Mullaney, the Library of American Comics has become an authority on comic strip preservation and restoration. Their multi-Eisner Award winning collections present archival material accompanied with enriching information, framing the selected strips against the backdrop of history and culture.
Vice president of Exhibits & Archives at Ripley Entertainment, Inc., Edward Meyers, expressed his enthusiasm for the project as well, “Many of our millions of fans and readers grew up on our paperback series volumes (1929-1984) where drawings were cut and pasted and removed from their original setting, have never seen how Ripley drew and laid the cartoons out for their original newspaper publication. Publishing them in their original format, in book form, for the very first time ever, is going to be a revelation to all our younger readers who may have never realized that first and foremost Robert Ripley— explorer, radio, movie and television personality, entrepreneur and museum impresario– was an astounding artist-cartoonist.”
Continuing to feature important and influential works from the history of comics, IDW and the Library of American Comics will present Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in a series of hardcover collections, each containing two years of Ripley’s cartoons in addition to insightful background information on Ripley and his global travels. Believe it, these books will be a welcome addition to any discerning comics library.
Darby Pop Publishing partners with IDW
Darby Pop Publishing is pleased to announce it has entered into a publishing and distribution partnership with premier comic book publisher IDW. The announcement was made during Comic-Con International: San Diego.
Darby Pop Publishing was founded in 2012 by writer/ showrunner and genre geek Jeff Kline (“Transformers: Prime”). Editor-in-Chief is former Marvel and Top Cow Editor David Wohl (“Witchblade”). The company’s impressive stable of talent includes both veterans of the comic book world, as well as creatives from other media (including novels, television, and feature film).
Darby Pop Publishing has three titles currently in production: “Indestructible, City,” and “The Seventh Sword.” The first of these will become available in December ‘13; the others will roll-out in subsequent months, to be quickly followed by a second and third wave of original comic books.
For more information, please visit www.darbypop.com.