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TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2008

IDW PUBLISHING ANNOUNCES NEW TITLES

At last weekend's Comic-Con Internaitonal, IDW Publishing announced plans to expand its line creator-owned and licensed comic books and graphic novels.

Among the titles coming in 2008 and 2009, with descriptions from IDW, are:

PARKER

Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Darwyn Cooke brings four original graphic novels to IDW. Based on the series of novels by Richard Stark (pseudonym for renowned crime fiction author Donald Westlake), the first book will be released in mid 2009.

LOCKE & KEY II

Novelist Joe Hill announced a follow-up to his first series. The series, which has been optioned by Dimension Films, will return in December with the next chapter of the storyline, Head Games. Gabriel Rodriguez will once again be handling art chores on the series, which will ultimately include 24 more issues and then culminate in a concluding graphic novel.

ANGEL

Writer Brian Lynch spoke of plans for the series beyond the ongoing storyline. After the Fall, which picked up where Joss Whedon's TV series left off, will became Aftermath in #17, and see the cast of characters dealing with the huge repercussions to come out of #16's. Novelist Jennifer Armstrong will join Lynch in this latest chapter. Additionally, John Byrne will present a stand-alone Angel mini-series next year, Angel: Blood and Trenches, telling a tale of Angel's experiences during World War I.

SIR APROPOS OF NOTHING

Writer Peter David brings his novel series to comic books for the first time with a five-issue mini-series telling all-new stories and featuring art by Robin Riggs.

TERMINATOR SALVATION

Tying in with next summer's blockbuster movie, IDW will present a new prequel series from writer Dara Naraghi and artist Alan Robinson. They tell a story set years after Judgment Day, setting the stage for the big-screen battle to come. Jeff Mariotte and Don Figueroa will present a weekly adaptation of the movie, too.

PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL

Celebrating this year's historic Presidential race, IDW will release Presidential Material: Barack Obama and Presidential Material: John McCain, two separate issues that tell each candidate's life story leading them up to accepting the nomination for President. J. Scott Campbell provides covers for each issue, both of which will also be combined into a special flip-book. Obama's story will be presented by Jeff Mariotte and Tom Morgan, and Andy Helfer and Stephen Thompson will tell McCain's tale. The two issues will also be offered as downloadable comics through uClick.com.

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SAVIOR 28

Writer J.M. DeMatteis and artist Mike Cavallaro offer up a unique exploration of superheroes, American politics and pop culture. Savior 28 unfolds over 70 years and follows a tragic super-powered being through a history tied very closely to the changing fortunes of America itself.

EPILOGUE & DARK DELICACIES

Writer Steve Niles announced his upcoming vampire-superhero tale Epilogue, created with artist Kyle Hotz. Niles will also edit a graphic miniseries called Dark Delicacies in accordance with retail store Dark Delicacies' Del Howison, presenting comic book adaptations of short horror tales by acclaimed horror novelists.

G.I. JOE

G.I. Joe godfather Larry Hama will write IDW's reboot of the franchise. The series, which debuts with a specially priced issue in October, will launch in earnest in January, the first salvo of many G.I. Joe-related shots to be fired from IDW next year. In addition to the Hama/Robert Atkins series, there will be movie-universe comics, including a special prequel series that leads into the G.I. Joe movie, and many other projects as well.

GHOSTBUSTERS: THE OTHER SIDE

The Ghostbusters return to comic books courtesy of writer Keith Champagne and artist Tom Nguyen. The Other Side sees the team run afoul of legendary, and ghostly, gangsters who deal with the situation in the way they know best -- they rub 'em out, sending the team to limbo.

THE TRANSFORMERS

With the big-screen sequel coming next summer, IDW will again tell a tale that leads into the film. Transformers: Destiny will be a five-part prequel story beginning in December. The Movie Sequel miniseries team of Chris Mowry and Alex Milne will re-pair for this story. Meanwhile, Simon Furman, who will pen the sequel's comic adaptation, will also write the first-ever Dinobots miniseries, and will tell the long-awaited origin of the Transformers in Transformers: The 13 in 2009. All Hail Megatron writer Shane McCarthy announced a new Spotlight on the character Blurr, as well as the news that the first-ever IDW-created Transformer will be appearing in the pages of All Hail Megatron. The character, Drift, is slated to become a new Hasbro toy in 2009, too.

STAR TREK

In addition to his upcoming Romulans: The Hollow Crown tale, writer/artist John Byrne will continue to dwell in the Star Trek universe with his 2009 series with the working title of Crew, which looks at the shakedown mission of an early Federation starship and features many familiar faces throughout. IDW will also present an epic tale that leads into the J.J. Abrams-directed movie due next summer. Abrams and screenwriter Roberto Orci will contribute to the comic book story, too.

UNDERWORLD: RISE OF THE LYCANS

Underworld screenwriter and actor Kevin Grevioux will write a two-part tale that leads into the third installment of the popular Underworld film series. The comics will debut in November.

VIOLENT MESSIAHS, LOVE AND CAPES, TORPEDO, THE DREAMER

All-new presentations and collections of these series will be released in late 2008 and early 2009.

SKATE FARM Creator Barzak brings the next volume of his popular Skate Farm graphic novel series to IDW in 2009.

ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS: KAMPF

In 2009, Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood will tell a tale of total war in the latest installment of their ongoing Zombies vs Robots series of mini-series.



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