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.
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A Google search for the cartoon made me realize that J. Michael Straczynski created my second favorite villain from the series.

Samhain, if you're asking. With the Boogeyman as the distant first choice.

Anyway, after a bunch of minis culminating in the success of the Infestation crossover, Ray, Winston, Ray, and Egon are getting a regular gig starting in September under Infestation writer Erik Burham, with interiors by Dan Schoening and covers by Nick Runge.

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IDWs massive crossover event, Infestation, is now infecting another group of unsuspecting characters -- those Pygmies we just love to smite from the Pocket God game on iOS! Just like the Transformers, G.I. Joe, Star Trek and Ghostbusters crews, the Pygmies of the Pocket God universe are now being bombarded with legions of the undead!

For those of you not so familiar, Pocket God is a hugely successful game available on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch with over 4 million downloads and 35 free updates! The new Pocket God: Infestation comic is now available for .99 cents, exclusively through the free Infestation Comics app from IDW on the iDevice of choice.

“We're excited to bring out POCKET GOD: INFESTATION,” stated Jeff Webber, IDW's director of ePublishing. “This was a perfect storm of events – Michael Murphey, CEO of iVerse, brought IDW, Ape and Bolt together with the crazy idea of one more universe that needed infesting. POCKET GOD comics have been one of the biggest comics phenomenon of the iOS App Store. By bringing that audience into IDWs INFESTATION event, we are truly exposing comics to millions of Pocket God game fans and potential new comics readers!” Read More...

Zombies are invading the multiverse, and the only people who can stop them are Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning! Wait, that’s not quite right. Abnett and Lanning – affectionately known as DnA – are the architects of IDW’s massive crossover Infestation, which pits zombies against G.I. Joe, Star Trek, Transformers, and Ghostbusters. DnA are taking the writing chores on Infestation #1 and #2, as well as the two issue Transformers mini-series in the middle.

With the crossover just getting rolling, we decided to check in with DnA about how they got involved, why there are more robot vs. robot fights in part one than robot vs. zombie fights, and where Infestation may head next:

Geek: Now that the first issue of Infestation is out there, I think we have a clearer idea how this event is working; but for those that didn't pick it up, give us the lowdown.

DnA: Originating in the ‘IDW’ Universe, the home Universe of CVO, Zombies versus Robots etc, there’s been a deadly viral outbreak. The infestation is making zombies out of organic and inorganic creatures alike! CVO fights to stop this plague, but disaster strikes and it escapes via an interdimensional portal, infecting OTHER iterations of reality... The universes of Transformers, Star Trek, GI Joe and Ghostbusters. Then the REAL fun begins!

Geek: Given the amount of hype for the "crossover" elements of this story, it was surprising to see us start with lesser-known vampire characters. Why was this important?

DnA: We wanted to ground it in a ‘core’ universe, and also in a continuity that we could fully control and mete out evenly (and appropriately) between the other books. It seemed much more unbalanced to start it in, say, GI Joe, and have, say, Star Trek be obliged to play along.

Geek: How much coordination goes into having, essentially, five series telling the same story?

DnA: A lot. It’s not the differences in continuity that present the biggest headaches; it’s crafting something that is malleable enough to suit the very different tones of the brands involved. We want individual stories that are true to the spirits of the universes we’re visiting. Read More...

Welcome to Crossovers We Want to See, a fairly self-explanatory recurring feature in which we pitch the meeting of a pair of characters or teams from different comic companies. Playing editor, we'll dream up writer and artist combinations and basic story points.

Written by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Robert Kirkman

Drawn by Gabriel Rodriguez

IDW's dimension-spanning Infestation zombie pollution finds itself landing in the Walking Dead universe but, it doesn't come alone. A quintet of heroes from other worlds have made the journey as well in an effort to put a stop to it once and for all. Snake Eyes, Spock, Optimus Prime and Egon Spengler find themselves in a strange place—one that seems to have been hit by the zombie infestation far earlier than their worlds—and soon find themselves teamed up with a man who knows just how to handle the undead, Rick Grimes. Rick, his friend Michonne, and the rest of their companions team up with the other dimensional quartet to put a stop to the zombies once and for all.

We know that IDW's Infestation event isn't a crossover in the traditional sense. The characters from G.I. Joe, Transformers, Star Trek and the Ghostbusters universes won't actually be crossing over, though they will be facing the same zombie threat on their respective worlds. Given that this is purely fantasy, we decided to cherry pick our favorite characters from those worlds and the creators of both books, by teaming the dynamic duo of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning with Robert Kirkman and Gabriel Rodriguez. They will be doing the covers for this book and currently do an amazing job on IDW's Locke & Key. The book would probably be a logistical nightmare but, you could probably sell a few thousand copies on the idea of Snake Eyes and Michonne chopping off zombie heads alone.

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This week, IDW launched their mega-zombie crossover "Infestation," which sends the undead masses from their Zombies vs. Robots universe to do battle with four of their licensed properties: G.I. Joe; Ghostbusters; Star Trek; and Transformers.

Beyond the initial total geek-out caused by something that’s only previously existed in your rec room when you had all your action figures fight finally existing in comic book form, it gets the mind racing: what other franchises could IDW tackle in the inevitable sequel? Here are a few ideas:

Doctor Who

When The TARDIS crash-lands, The Doctor and his companion Amy Pond are thankful that they’re safe on Earth… Except this is the parallel Earth of Zombies vs. Robots! In a Doctor Who first, our hero isn’t able to beat the enemy just by explaining to them in a pointed tone that, “I’m the Doctor!” Plus: In this issue, some quirky twee British stuff happens. Read More...

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