IDW Publishing Recaps Comic-Con 2017

Press Release:

San Diego-based publisherIDW, was well represented at this year’s Comic-Con International and made some noise, thanks to IDW’s high profile booth signings, in-demand exclusives, and major announcements! Not to mention walking away from the annual Eisner ceremony with awards for Best Anthology – Love is Love, and Best Reality-Based Work – March: Book Three.

As they celebrated the trilogy’s conclusion, Congressman John LewisAndrew Aydin, and Nate Powell not only received Eisner Awards for March: Book Three, but also Inkpot Awards for their contributions to the field of comics, before leading hundreds of students, teachers, and fans in an inspiring march through Comic-Con.

Love is Love project organizer, Marc Andreyko, was awarded the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award for his efforts to aid the victims of the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. The benefit anthology raised over $167K for those affected.

Legendary comics creator Walter Simonson, whose Ragnarök is published under IDW, was honored during the ceremony as well, being inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in recognition of his long and outstanding career.

With so many announcements hitting during the biggest trade show of the year, we’ve compiled a handy guide to what exciting news IDW/Top Shelf made at the event.

Sonic the Hedgehog — Everyone’s favorite blue blur is returning to comics in 2018, now under IDW’s editorial guidance as SEGA announced a new publishing partnership.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen — Award-winning creators Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill will conclude their careers in comics with a final storyline, “The Tempest,” beginning in June.

Goosebumps — This October, encounter monsters old and new in IDW’s comic series from the terrifying world of R.L. Stine’s bestselling series.

Black Crown’s Assassinistas — This 6-issue miniseries from writer Tini Howard (Hack/Slash) and newly minted Will Eisner Hall of Famer Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets) packs a punch. Ex-hitwoman Octavia comes out of retirement, dragging her college-aged son and his boyfriend along on her mission to kick some serious ass this December.

Black Crown’s Punks Not Dead — Courtesy of writer David Barnett and artist Martin Simmonds, cross the pond this January for this UK-based tale of Fergie, a boy in search of his father, and his companion, the ghost of The Sex Pistol’s Sid Vicious (obviously).

TMNT/Ghostbusters 2 — The Heroes in a Half Shell and the original ‘busters will reunite for a 5-week crossover event series this November from Erik BurnhamTom Waltz, and Dan Schoening.

Ghostbusters: Answer the Call —The heroines of the 2016 feature film are returning to comics this October, now with their own series, from Ghostbusters veterans, writer Kelly Thompson and artist Corin Howell.

Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions — The new anthology comic set in Jem’s world will premiere this November, with an all-star lineup of rotating creative teams including Jem mainstay Sophie Campbell, plus Kate Leth and Tana Ford joining the jam session.

The X-Files: JFK Disclosure — This two-part special, written by Denton J. Tipton with art by Menton3, will reveal the truth surrounding one of the greatest conspiracies in American history.

Gears of War — The popular video game franchise will return to comics in January 2018, with writer Kurtis Wiebe (Rat Queens) scripting new stories. In addition, IDW will be reprinting the previous Gears of War comics into collections.

Glénat — IDW Publishing and French publisher Glénat are teaming up on a new joint initiative to publish original graphic novels in the U.S. and France, publishing genre graphic novels that will fit into both markets. It kicks off with a new fantasy series, The Highest House, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross, creators of The Unwritten.

30 Days of Night  — Fresh art from the upcoming reimagining of the vampire tale set in Alaska was unveiled. From writer/co-creator Steve Niles and artist Piotr Kowalski (Sex), a new take on the modern classic arrives this December.

Star Trek: Discovery — The first details about the comic book tie-in to the upcoming Star Trek TV series were teased, including a Klingon-centric storyline. It will be written by Mike Johnson and Star Trek: Discovery TV writer Kirsten Beyer with art by Tony Shasteen with more details to come about the October launching title.

Visionaries — Hasbro’s Visionaries return to comics was teased from the creative team of writer Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim) and artist Fico Ossio (Revolution).

Unicron is coming!  — First Strike, the next major Hasbro comic book event from IDW, will see Unicron enter the picture, which can only mean one thing – destruction!

For additional details or assets for all of the above, please reach out to IDW’s media contact.

IDW Publishing thanks all of its talented creators, dedicated fans, and the hardworking staff of Comic-Con International for another amazing year! See you all in 2018!

NH – FCBD: Merrymac Games & Comics Signing

Sean Gordon Murphy, Corin Howell, Andrew MacLean, Elias Chatzoudis, Chris Campana, Chris Uminga, and Chrissie Zullo sign at Merrymac Games & Comics on Saturday May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

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Merrymac Games and Comics
550 DW Highway, Merrimack, NH 03054
(603) 420-8161

Maine Comics Arts Festival Returns June 4th

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The Maine Comics Arts Festival will be held in Portland on Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at the Main Branch of the Portland Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. Featuring over 100 comics writers, artists and publishers, this will be a celebration of the comics art form.

The exhibitors will be in various locations throughout the library. There will be maps and guides to help anyone attending. Here is the exhibitor and guest list and their locations.

000000000_mecaf2016Atrium:
Amanda Kahl
Barry Corbett
Brenna Killeen
Brian Codagnone
Charles Brubaker
Chris Watkins
Fulton Beal
Jack Turnbull
John Lechner
Michael Mitchell

Fiction/ Music area:
Alabaster
Allison Bannister
Declan McCarthy
Ellen Crenshaw
Lindsay Moore
Matt Smith
Michael Rapa
Neil Johnson
Olivia Li
Patt Kelley
Reilly Hadden
Stephanie Zuppo
Tom O’Brien
Tom Pappalardo

Children’s Area:
Andrew Hunter
AndrÈs Vera MartÌnez
Bob Flynn
Dan Moynihan
George O’Connor
Jay Piscopo
Kelly Fernandez
Maris Wicks

Lewis Gallery:
Amanda Boucher
Andjelko Napijalo
Anne Thalheimer
Bridget Comeau
Jackie Musto
James Quigley
Jeff Kline
Joe St. Pierre
Joey Han
John Rioux
Lenwood Brown III
Maarta Laiho
Tyson Pease

Rines Auditorium:
Andrew MacLean
Becca Case
Ben Wright-Heuman
Bruce Worden
Carol Burrell
Christian DiBari
Christina Savino
Christopher Peary
Clayton McCormack
Cody Pickrodt
Colleen AF Venable
Corin Howell
Crispin Wood
Dan Mazur
Eric Boeker
George O’Connor
Greg Marathas
Hugh Tims
Jennifer McKeon
John Jennison
John Loren
Kori Handwerker
Kristilyn Stevenson
Lauren Pettapiece
Lucy Bellwood
Mitra Farmand
Nicholas Kole
Rebecca Mock
Scarecrowoven
Sequoia Bostick
Stephen Bissette
Steve Mardo
Steve Peters
Zack Giallongo

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Portland Public Library
5 Monument Sq, Portland, Maine 04101
(207) 871-1700

NH – Free Comic Book Day 2016

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Artists Ed McGuinness (Spider-Man/Deadpool), Corin Howell (Bat-Mite, Transformers), and Elias Chatzoudis (Grimm Fairy Tales) appear at Merrymac Games and Comics on Saturday May 7, 2016 for Free Comic Book Day!

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Merrymac Games and Comics
550 DW Highway, Merrimack, NH 03054
(603) 420-8161

IDW Announces Signing Schedule & Exclusives for NYCC 2015

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Press Release: 

This week, IDW Publishing is headed back to New York Comic Con and bringing a host of captivating panels, talented signings, and essential exclusives with it! Located at booth #1844, IDW and Top Shelf will be your destination throughout the weekend!

Thursday October 8th

11:00 – 12:00 Fear and Loathing in Las VegasTroy Little
12:00 – 1:00 G.I. Joe: A Real American HeroLarry Hama
(*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
12:00 – 1:00 RagnarökWalter Simonson*
1:00 – 2:00 Dirk Gently, OnyxChris Ryall, Ilias Kyriazis
2:00 – 3:00 Jem and the HologramsAmy MebbersonSara Richard, Agnes GarbowskaArielle Jovellanos, Rebekah Isaacs*
3:00 – 4:00 The X-FilesJoe Harris
3:00 – 4:00 Long DistanceThom Zahler
4:00 – 5:30 King of the Comics: 100 Years of King Features Book Debut! – Ray Billingsley (Curtis,) Jeff Keane (The Family Circus,) Patrick McDonnell (Mutts,) Hilary Price (Rhymes With Orange,) Brian Walker (Hi and Lois)
5:30 – 7:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated SeriesBrandon AumanEric BauzaGreg Cipes, Ciro Nieli, Rob Paulsen (Ticketed signing, see employee for details)

Friday October 9th

11:00 – 12:00 My Little PonyAgnes Garbowska, Sara Richard, Jeremy Whitley, Tony Fleecs, Thom Zahler
12:00 – 1:00 The Rocketeer At WarDave Bullock
1:00 – 2:00 Ragnarök Walter Simonson*
1:00 – 2:00 Junction TrueRay Fawkes
2:00 ­– 3:00 Fear and Loathing in Las VegasTroy Little
2:00 – 3:00 The Story of My TitsJennifer Hayden
3:00 – 4:00 The Infinite LoopElsa Charretier, Pierrick Colinet
3:00 – 4:00 Boy-1H.S. Tak, Amancay Nahuelpan
4:00 – 5:00 Star Trek: Starfleet AcademyMike Johnson, Derek Charm
5:00 – 6:00 G.I. Joe: A Real American HeroLarry Hama (*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
6:00 – 7:00 TransformersAndrew Griffith, Corin Howell, John Barber

Saturday October 10th

11:00 – 12:00 KillogyAlan Robert
11:00 – 12:00 TetPaul Allor, Paul Tucker
1:00 – 3:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Robert Rodriguez (Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
4:00 – 5:00 SkylandersRon Marz, David A. Rodriguez
5:00 – 6:00 Fear and Loathing in Las VegasTroy Little
5:00 – 6:00 The Story of My TitsJennifer Hayden
6:00 – 7:00 Star Trek/ Green LanternMike Johnson, Elsa Charretier
6:00 – 7:00 Judas: The Last Days W. Maxwell Prince

Sunday October 11th

11:00 – 12:00 Star Trek: Starfleet AcademyMike Johnson, Derek Charm
11:00 – 12:00 The Infinite LoopElsa Charretier, Pierrick Colinet
12:00 – 1:00 My Little PonyJay Fosgitt, Amy Mebberson, Jeremy Whitley,Tony Fleecs, Andy Price
1:00 – 2:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesCaleb Goellner, Billy MartinPaul Allor, Cory Smith
2:00 – 3:00 TransformersLivio Ramondelli, Corin Howell, John Barber

CON EXCLUSIVES:

PORTFOLIOS

MICHAEL GOLDEN’S G.I. JOE: ARTIST’S EDITION PORTFOLIO
The legendary G.I. JOE Year Book #2 by Michael Golden, cover and all 22 interior pages, are presented here on individual plates that mimic Golden’s gorgeous original art. As an added bonus, each page is printed twice, one with the original lettering in place, the second version without. As with all Artists’ Edition portfolios, this comes in a handsome hardcover case.
$40, Limited to 200 copies, 3 per person

WALTER SIMONSON’S RAGNARöK: ARTIST’S EDITION PORTFOLIO
Walter Simonson’s Ragnarök Artist’s Edition Portfolio features all 12 covers—main and variants—from the acclaimed writer/artist’s first six-issue story arc. Simonson, an Eisner Award-winning creator of such classics as Thor, Alien: The Illustrated Story, Manhunter and Star Slammers, has returned to his love of Norse mythology in the pages of Ragnarök. Like all our AE books and portfolios, each image has been meticulously scanned and reproduced to the same exacting standards that have made Artist’s Editions the most imitated line in comics.
$40, Limited to 250 copies, 3 per person

LITHOGRAPHS

ROCKEETER AT WAR! LITHOGRAPH
The upcoming Rocketeer At War series is celebrated with a classic World War II style propaganda poster of one Dave Bullock’s stylish covers! Measuring 13 x 20 inches, this gorgeous print is suitable for framing!
$10, Limited to 1,000 copies

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES LITHOGRAPH
This convention exclusive lithograph measuring 24 x 24 inches features the stunning interconnecting covers of TMNT #45 through to the landmark 50th issue by Mateus Santolouco.
$10, Limited to 1,000 copies

COMICS

Jem and the Holograms Outrageous Annual #1
(Convention Debut!)
Sophie Campbell (Convention Exclusive Cover)
Kelly Thompson (writer) • Jen Bartel, Amy Mebberson, Agnes Garbowska, Arielle Jovellianos (artists)
MOVIE NIGHT! JEM and her sisters relax with some popcorn and on-demand… but their subconscious minds have other ideas, as their favorite films… shine a spotlight on each HOLOGRAM’s fears!
$10, Limited to 300 copies, 3 per person

DANGER GIRL: RENEGADE #1
J. Scott Campbell (Convention Exclusive Cover)
Andy Hartnell (writer) • Stephen Molnar (artist)
Abbey Chase is renowned across the globe as a brilliant young archeologist and (a bit less renowned) as a member of the super-secret spy organization known as Danger. But what set of circumstances lead Abbey to become who she is—who trained and shaped her into the remarkable person she is? Now, for the first time ever, Danger Girl readers will find out the answer to these questions and more… in Danger Girl: Renegade!
$5, Limited to 400 copies, 3 per person

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #50
Kevin Eastman (Convention Exclusive Cover)
Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (writers) • Mateus Santolouco (artist)
The epic conclusion to over four-years worth of storylines! The Turtles stand against Shredder for one final battle that will determine the fate of NYC, and the world, for years to come!
$10, Limited to 500 copies, 3 per person

G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO: COBRA WORLD ORDER PRELUDE
Paolo Villanelli (Convention Exclusive Cover)
Larry Hama (writer) • S L Gallant (artist)
It’s zero hour for Real American Hero! This table-setter leads into a mammoth 6-part bi-weekly event kicking off with next month’s RAH #219 and #220! G.I. JOE has been fighting the evil forces of COBRA for decades, but now COBRA is ready to unleash its master plan on an unsuspecting G.I. JOE!
$5, Limited to 300 copies, 3 per person