IDW NYCC News Wrap Up
Oct 08, 2019
With all the exciting news coming out of 2019’s New York Comic-Con, even the most devoted comics fan may have missed a news bite or two! In case you missed it, here are the latest updates from IDW Publishing!
The Clockwork Hero Canto Returns in 2020 with One-Shot Special and New Miniseries
David M. Booher and Drew Zucker’s Canto -- the indie comic book sensation of 2019 -- will return next year with a special standalone one-shot, Canto and the Clockwork Fairies, followed by a five-issue Canto miniseries in Summer 2020.
“For Drew and I, watching readers respond to our little tin hero has been the thrill of our careers,” says Booher. “We always hoped Canto's adventure wouldn’t end at the top of the Emerald Tower, so we couldn’t be more excited to bring readers along as Canto navigates his expansive world and continues to fight for the freedom of his people.”
Alan Robert, Life of Agony Bassist and Artist Extraordinaire, Announces New Beauty of Horror Projects
At the IDW “20 Years & Beyond” panel at New York Comic-Con today, Alan Robert – the creator of the adult coloring book phenomenon The Beauty of Horror and its adorable undead star, Ghouliana – thrilled the audience by debuting an all-new live action trailer for the Halloween-themed recent release, The Beauty of Horror: Tricks and Treats, announcing the next entry in coloring book series, The Beauty of Horror: Creature Feature and revealing the upcoming October 22nd launch of a Kickstarter campaign developing The Beauty of Horror Tarot Card Set for fans to color!
“The mega-success of The Beauty of Horror has surpassed all of my expectations at this point, and Ghouliana’s universe is about to expand in a very big way with all these new products!” says Robert.
Introducing Bermuda, the Brand-New Creator-Owned Comic Book by John Layman and Nick Bradshaw
John Layman, award-winning creator of the New York Times bestselling Chew series, and superstar artist Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine and the X-Men) will debut a new creator-owned comic book series in 2020, entitled Bermuda.
“Bermuda is a story that’s been rattling around in my head for a while, and the type of book I’ve wanted to write for quite some time: high adventure with a jungle hero in a strange, savage land filled with all kinds of dangers and a world that’s both weird and wonderful,” says Layman. “In addition to Chew, my absolute favorite books I’ve ever done have been with IDW – Scarface, Godzilla, and Mars Attacks – so I’m hoping lightning strikes a fourth time with Bermuda!”
It’s the Encore Presentation of 2019’s Most Captivating Story – The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100 Deluxe Hardcover!
Revisit one of 2019’s hottest comic sensations with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100 Deluxe Hardcover, featuring the epic conclusion to the “City at War” story arc, rare artwork pulled from behind-the-scenes sketches and hard-to-find cover variants, and even a complete oral history of the entire record-breaking IDW TMNT series, written by Patrick Ehlers. Written by Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman, illustrated by Dave Wachter and Mateus Santolouco, and showcasing a cover by Dave Wachter, this deluxe hardcover is a must-have item for Turtle mega-fans!
Editor Bobby Curnow says, “Reaching our 100th issue of TMNT is, in a word, surreal. It doesn’t feel like that many because every issue has been so fun to work on – it all goes by so quickly! I’m incredibly proud of the countless hours of hard work that the entire team has put into this book. It’s all paid off in the form of the enthusiasm of the Turtles family at large."
IDW Publishing Announces Appointment of Industry Leaders for Key Sales, Marketing and Operations Roles
IDW Publishing is proud to announce new additions to its executive team, including:
• Rebekah Cahalin as General Manager / Head of Operations
• Tara McCrillis as Director of Design & Production
• Jud Meyers as Sales Director
• Rosalind Morehead as Direct Market Sales Manager
• Anna Morrow as Marketing Director
“It’s been quite a year of change for IDW’s publishing division, and we’re incredibly happy with key roles within the organization being filled by some new and some well-missed faces,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s President, Publisher and Chief Creative Officer. “We have rebuilt the foundation of the entire publishing company in an exciting way, with knowledgeable, experienced, and well-respected people in all of these roles. IDW has long been adept at making good books and now we’ve stabilized the entire foundation for the next iteration in IDW’s ongoing evolution as a publisher of premier comic books, graphic novels, art books, games and more.”
Transformers: Galaxies Shines the Spotlight on Cliffjumper, Arcee, and Ultra Magnus in Character-Defining Story Arcs Throughout 2020
IDW Publishing is proud to announce that the next three story arcs of their Transformers: Galaxies series will be dedicated to some of the most fan-favorite characters from the franchise: Cliffjumper, Arcee, and Ultra Magnus!
Beginning in issue #5, the two-part story “Wannabee” by Kate Leth, Cohen Edenfield, and Alex Milne will explore just how different Cliffjumper is from his similarly-designed (and much more adored) counterpart, Bumblebee. Featuring the Probats and Deathsaurus!
In Transformers: Galaxies #7-9’s "Gauging the Truth" storyline, Sam Maggs and Umi Miyao will explore partner Arcee and Greenlight with an all-new character, Gauge.
Rounding out the first year of Transformers: Galaxies with a storyline running from issues #10 to #12, the “Storm Horizon” arc will focus on Ultra Magnus, featuring the talents of Brandon Easton and Andrew Griffith.
IDW Publishing Welcomes Artist Ángel Hernández to Star Trek: Picard – Countdown
Ángel Hernández joins writers Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson on the official Star Trek: Picard – Countdown comic book miniseries, based on the highly-anticipated CBS All Access program!
Since entering the world of professional comics in 2012, Hernández has kept very busy, working on such titles as Arrow, Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse, Flash, and Earth 2: Society for DC Comics, as well as two Star Trek / Green Lantern crossovers (Spectrum War and Stranger Worlds, respectively), and several different IDW series including Star Trek: Manifest Destiny, Star Trek Discovery: Succession, and Star Trek TNG: Terra Incognita, as well as the 2019 relaunch of The Transformers.
“It's exciting to return to the Star Trek series and work on a project set within the continuity of a new TV series,” says Hernández. “And it’s a great responsibility to work with a character as iconic as Jean-Luc Picard!”
IDW Publishing Officially Continues the Friendship is Magic Story with My Little Pony: Season 10
Beginning in April 2020, IDW Publishing will continue the story of Twilight Sparkle and all your favorite Friendship is Magic characters when they publish the official My Little Pony: Season 10 comic book series! This new series will pick up where the fan-favorite show left off, exploring new parts of Equestria with new friendships… and new villains!
The 35th Anniversary Celebration of Stan Sakai’s Beloved Rōnin Continues with Usagi Yojimbo Color Classics
Building upon the success of the all-new, full-color Usagi Yojimbo comic book series launched in June, IDW Publishing will revisit some of the most memorable adventures of Miyamoto Usagi, the rabbit rōnin, beginning with Usagi Yojimbo Color Classics #1 in January 2020.
The original early issues of Stan Sakai’s acclaimed long-running series will thrill longtime fans and newcomers alike – not only with vibrant new colors, but supported by brand-new bonus content, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Usagi and rare artwork.
Look for Usagi Yojimbo Color Classics #1 – featuring an all-new Chibi Usagi back-up story – in January!
Follow the Story of China’s Most Infamous Moment with Tiananmen 1989, an Original Graphic Novel
In the same vein as the challenging but vital graphic novels Springtime in Chernobyl, Burmese Moons, and After the Spring, IDW Publishing is proud to share the eye-opening, autobiographical story of Tiananmen 1989, by first-hand participant Lun Zhang, French journalist and Asia specialist Adrien Gombeaud, and artist Ameziane.
Slated for release in July 2020, Tiananmen 1989 bears witness to China's infamous June Fourth Incident – otherwise known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre – through the eyes of a young sociology teacher, Lun Zhang, that witnessed it all. As tens of thousands of students and concerned Chinese citizens took to the streets demanding political reforms, the world knew not what to expect…
Many voices and viewpoints are on display, from Western journalists to Chinese administrators, describing how the hope of a generation was shattered when authorities opened fire on protestors and bystanders. Tiananmen 1989 reveals the moment when contemporary China took shape.