Comic Book News
Dr. Who, Transformers and Speed Racer part of IDW Publishing new titles
By M&C News Aug 2, 2007, 11:09 GMT
IDW Publishing, the San Diego-based publisher of comic books and graphic novels, announced plans to expand their line of high-quality creator-owned and licensed titles with many new titles announced at this year’s Comic Con International.
Among the titles coming in 2007 and 2008 are:
Doctor Who: comics based on the newest iteration of the long-running BBC television show (now airing in the U.S. on the Sci Fi Network), as well as newly colored reprints of classic Doctor Who comics, featuring art by comics industry legend Dave Gibbons, will begin at the end of 2007. The creative team for the new comics will be Gary Russell, a Doctor Who TV show story editor, and artist Nick Roche.
The Transformers: In addition to the full slate of Transformers comics already published by IDW, the publisher will create new Transformers Movie Sequel comics, expanding the story in the smash-hit big-screen release. IDW’s Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall will co-write the comics with writer Chris Mowry.
Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now: Acclaimed science fiction writer and BoingBoing.net co-founder Cory Doctorow appeared at IDW’s panel to discuss a new six-part series that will see six of the Lotus Award-winning author’s short stories adapted to comic books. The series will feature covers from artists such as Sam Kieth, Scott Morse, Paul Pope, Ben Templesmith, and Ashley Wood.
Joe Hill’s Locke & Key: Best-selling horror writer Joe Hill will create and write an all-new fantasy-horror series for IDW entitled Locke & Key, featuring Beowulf’s Gabriel Rodriguez on art.
Angel: After the Fall: This new Angel series picks up where Season 5 of Joss Whedon’s fan-favorite TV show left off. Whedon and writer Brian Lynch are co-plotting the all-new adventure that explains what happened after the finale of the show, with Lynch scripting, Franco Urru handling art chores and Tony Harris and Urru providing covers for the series. The series will be ongoing, delivered in multi-part story arcs with one-shot spotlight issues filling in additional story gaps between arcs.
Yr. Pal, Harlan: IDW will present a collection of legendary writer Harlan Ellison’s letters, which promises to be full of writing as humorous and enlightening as it is scathing and impassioned.
Speed Racer: The classic animated series will give way to an all-new animated show at the end of 2007, and IDW will present new comic book series based on both versions of the show, as well as offering collected versions of past Speed Racer comic book efforts.
Igor: IDW will provide a prequel series as well as an adaptation of the coming Exodus Film Group’s upcoming CG-animated feature, Igor. The film, which will be distributed by the Weinstein Company and released wide on October 24, 2008, is a playfully irreverent comedy that brings a new twist to the classic monster genre, and features voice work from Steve Buscemi, John Cusack, Arsenio Hall, Eddie Izzard, and many others.
More information about these projects, including creative teams and specific release dates, as well as other projects discussed at the convention, will be released soon.