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.

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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.
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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.
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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:

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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.

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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

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You can go ahead and start getting that Braniac/Spock slashfic ready now.
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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...

IDW announces reprints of the original series as well as new comic based on the upcoming movie!

A hugely emotionally harrowing interview is the one Miramax conducted with The Crow creator James O'Barr for the DVD release of the Brandon Lee-starring 1994 film. Whatever your thoughts on the character or the mostly pretty good movie it spawned (it's sincere to a maudlin fault, I think), you'll find in that interview that all of the hurt and pain of the subsequent works come from a real place for O'Barr. Read More...

Bi-weekly Transformers! Dead Joes! Dark Elves! Magic!

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Not a miniseries! Not a one-shot! Vampires will be on the prowl every 30 days starting in the Fall.
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MTV Geek chats with the writer/artist behind Parker: The Hunter and The Outfit about adapting Richard Stark as well as some of his own upcoming work.

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That's right—I called out The Secret of the Ooze. What are you gonna do about it?

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