Looking through our picks for the best comics of 2011, I've been trying to divine some kind of theme among the Geek staff's choices. Without really going out of our way to do so, the list of books we all gravitated towards ran the gamut from creator-owned to long-running franchises, from big, superhero fiction in revamped universes, to quietly personal dramas about relationships.
What I'm saying is, I guess: keep making things different, diverse, and strange in 2011 comic books, and we'll keep reading you.
IDW held a conference call with their Chief Creative Officer and Editor, Chris Ryall and IDW editor Bobby Curnow detailing their big 2012 crossover, Infestation 2, a follow-up to this year's Infestation (naturally). That event saw a zombie outbreak across time and space conveniently intersect with many of the publisher's major properties, including Transformers, G.I. Joe, and Dungeons and Dragons.
Get ready to sink your teeth into a new True Blood comic book series!
Not only are evil Martians getting a regular series at IDW, Charlane Harris's sexed-up vampires, witches, werewolves, and fairies are getting their own monthly book starting next year. That means between this announcement and Dynamite's Game of Thrones series, HBO has doubled its comic presence in the last year. Now, if only someone could greenlight that Boardwalk Empire series featuring Chalky White that we all want.
"Sookeh." You'll have to just read it aloud that way to get the completely broad southern-fried accent adopted by actor Bill Moyer to get it just right.
Here's IDW's pitching the series:
“The comics are a great way to continue telling True Blood stories off screen,” said show creator, Alan Ball. “With this new ongoing series, Truebies will be able to find a new comic in stores every month. We’ll also have even more room to create in-depth drama and further explore the world of Bon Temps.”
Added IDW chief operations officer, Greg Goldstein, “IDW could not be happier than to move to this next step with our HBO partners. Since we originally launched TRUE BLOOD comics in 2010, fans have been asking for an ongoing series, and we’re happy to be able to work with HBO and offer it.”
Currently, no creative teams have been announced or attached,
The True Blood ongoing comic will begin in the spring of 2012.
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IDW plans to provide a regular dose of alien menace starting next year.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mars Attacks, IDW has announced that they're teaming up with playing card makers Topps to release a monthly comic based on the alien invasion series. The original 1962 trading cards by artist Wally Wood told the story of a martian invasion and human efforts to repel the extraterrestrial incursion. Many of you may remember it though, from the mind-bogglingly terrible Tim Burton movie from '96 which played up the camp of the concept so thoroughly, there wasn't any camp left for the rest of that year and early '97. Read More...
Womanthology Co-Editor Bonnie Burton: "We all love comics, whether we are men or women."
If you can't find the comics you want, make your own: that was the message that came through loud and clear at the Womanthology panel at New York Comic Con last week!
Womanthology is a comics phenomenon, having raised over $100,000 with their Kickstarter drive, and about 200 people came to the panel (after waiting in a line that doubled over itself five times) to hear what they were doing right.
The panel was moderated by Laura Morley and featured Womathology editors Renae de Liz, Bonnie Burton, Mariah Huehner, Nicole Falk, and Suzannah Rowntree. The project paired more experienced writers and artists with others who were new to the field to create a variety of comics stories.
The Womanthology panel. Left to right: Bonnie Burton, Mariah Huehner, Nicole Falk, Suzannah Rowntree, Renae de Liz. Not shown: Laura Morley.
“I take Joss Whedon’s approach: We all love comics, whether we are men or women, and we want to see stronger women characters,” said Burton. “There is a market for the superhero feminine character who keeps her costume up by defying gravity with the Force—maybe she made a deal with the devil to keep her tube top up, I don’t know—but there are characters who rely on their brains rather than cup size… You're going to see a lot more diversity, and that is what is missing in comics that have women characters. We want to see all the things they bring to the table.”
Locke & Key: The Game is headed your way in 2012 from Cryptozoic Entertainment
Move over Arkham Horror and Mansions of Madness, there's a new Mythos board game in town. IDW Publishing has formally announced their partnership with Cryptozoic Entertainment to bring a Locke & Key themed board game to store shelves.
Locke & Key: The Game will go toe-to-toe with a crowded market of Mythos-themed games early next year. Industry veterans Fantasy Flight and Steve Jackson already provide a steady diet of Lovecraftian horror games (one is more tongue-in-cheek than the other, I'll let you guess which), but the comic book license should be a big help for Cryptozoic in trying to generate some market separation here.
The game design heads at Cryptozoic are no strangers to comic book horror, either. One of their first games after diving into the board game market earlier this year was a The Walking Dead themed game.
The father and son writing team's first collaboration will be joined by a comic adaptation of horror icon Richard Matheson's The Duel in 2012.
This week sees Peter, Ray, Winston, and Egon getting their own ongoing series by writer Erik Burnham and artist Dan Schoening, taking place after the events of this year's infestation miniseries. The guys are back in business, ghosts sightings are on the rise, and there's slime all over the place. We spoke to Burnham about the new series, bringing a childhood favorite to the comic page, and some special guests making their way into the premiere issue.
When IDW scored the publishing rights for Hasbro's Transformers comics, they definitely made the most of it. Not only have they built up a cohesive timeline of their own Autobots and Decepticon history, but are about to have their 125th issue on the shelves! To mark this occasion, what better way to celebrate than by killing off the leader and most recognizeable Autobot of them all: Optimus Prime? Granted, this is but one of the many, many deaths he's had throughout his storied multi-media career, but it's shaping up to be one of the most epic. It comes at the conclusion of the current Chaos storyline that has been runnign through the Transformers ongoing comic and we can't wait to see how it all goes down! Here's some info, along with some cover art previews straight from our friends at IDW Publishing:
Note: As a long-time classic Star Trek fan, I might be describing aspects of this issue that are common knowledge for those within the fandom but spoilers for newbies.
The premise of IDW's new ongoing Star Trek series is an intriguing one -- revisiting the classic 1960s episodes, but with the cast of the J.J. Abrams movie. This also makes for some strange feelings of deja-vu, as the young likenesses of actors such as the currently 74-year-old Gary Lockwood rub shoulders with that of Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. That said, the new Star Trek comic literally combines the best of the old series and the new movie.
Issue #1 is a "remix" of sorts of the first official Star Trek episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before," as the Enterprise crosses the very edge of the galaxy and the crew encounters a very strange energy field that apparently grants special telepathic powers. In the original episode Lieutenant Commander Gary Mitchell, filling in for Sulu on the bridge, shares these newfound abilities with new ship Dr. Elizabeth Dehner, but in the comic Dehner withdrew her transfer before ever arriving on the ship. How does the absence of Dehner -- a key character in the original -- alter what happens in the comic as opposed to the TV episode? Well, that's why this is a "remix" rather than a straight-up adaptation. Part of the fun is seeing how this new, altered timeline pans out, making it a version, of sorts, of Marvel's What If? series. Read More...
Thanks to apps from companies like comiXology and Graphic.ly, digital comic books are pretty easy to find on our Apple devices, but doesn’t Apple have their own digital bookstore? Why can’t we just by comics through there? We’ve been wondering for quite some time and now the wait is over. As of today IDW has become the first major publisher to offer digital graphic novels through Apple iBooks!
Based on the initial lineup of comic books available from IDW it seems like they may be limiting their iBooks presence to trade paperbacks and avoiding the single issues, which is completely fine with us -- iBooks doesn’t have much in the way of organization and a bunch of single issues could get sloppy. Read More...
Hasbro and IDW team up to bring the venerable collectable card game even more story.
Respectfully, we told you this all the way back during SDCC. But for those of you who didn't take a look at our pretty exhaustive SDCC coverage back in July, this Fall, IDW will be bringing you stories set in the universe of the card game that continues to maintain its popularity (contrary to the snarky belief of certain Gizmodo bloggerettes who will remain un-linked here). I know a lot of game developers (and just regular fans) who really get into the deep mechanics behind Magic, so I can see why Hasbro/Wizards of the West Coast and IDW decided that this is the right move for the property.
One of our favorite currently running comic book series is IDW’s Locke & Key, a horror story by writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez that is by turns, terrifying, hilarious, and deeply emotional. You know: really, really good.
So it was a pleasure to sit down with the duo at San Diego Comic-Con to talk about the rapidly approaching ending of the series (it will last six volumes, total; the fifth has just launched last month), how they’re just like an old married couple, and just what’s going on with FOX’s scuttled Locke & Key pilot, which had two screenings at SDCC.
But first, the ending. Like most “mystery” series, there’s always the question of sticking the landing; though the recently released issue, Locke & Key: Clockworks #1 basically laid out the entire history of the mysteries surrounding Key House, and the ultimate enemy who has it out for the Locke children. And as Rodriguez says, though the story of the Locke children will end in eleven more issues’ time, the world of Locke & Key is rich enough that the duo are considering returning for further stories:
SDCC 2011: Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez on 'Locke and Key's' Ending
You can go ahead and start getting that Braniac/Spock slashfic ready now.
One of the most influential rock and roll bands of all time, KISS, is returning to comic books in a pretty interesting way. Rather than signing on with one publisher, KISS will be appearing in a four-part Archie Comics mini-series and a new title from IDW. It’s the first time such a license has been shared by two separate publishers like this. Read More...