Batman and the TMNT are a totally rad bit!

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ISSUE #3 of Dark Knight/Heroes in a Half Shell Crossover Goes Back To Press For a Second Printing! 

It’s another hit as the third issue of the awesome BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES miniseries is going back to press for a new, second printing! Congratulations to James T. Tynion IV and Freddie E. Williams II on their incredible run! Cowabunga!

BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #3 Second Printing will feature a version of the original cover by Freddie E. Williams II with spot color.

In this issue of the miniseries co-published with IDW, the Batcave is overrun with Turtles—and its landlord is not at all pleased about it. But Batman’s going to have to put aside his animosity toward  his uninvited guests because he’s about to have his first run-in with their deadliest enemy, Shredder!

BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #3 Second Printing will arrive in stores on March 16th.

IDW Explores Alternate Timelines In ‘Deviations’!

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IDW Explores Alternate Timelines In ‘Deviations’!

The Five-Week Event Arrives In March
 

San Diego, CA (December 14, 2015) – In a world where the Ghostbusters never crossed streams to save New York… In a world where Shredder was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ sensei… In a world where all your expectations are turned upside down—welcome to the world of Deviations, a weekly event series featuring alternate takes on some of IDW’s most popular books!
 
Starting with the Ghostbusters, readers will be taken to alternate realities of some of the most iconic heroes in comics with weekly one-shots that each highlight a different series. G.I. JOE will follow in the second week, exploring what would happen if COBRA finally won. TheTRANSFORMERS comes next, looking at what the implications would be if OPTIMUS PRIME never died! Then, in X-Files Deviations, having been abducted by aliens, Fox Mulder never returned… and finally, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles one-shot will round out the event.
 
“When one moment changes,” said Chris Ryall, IDW Editor in Chief, “whole universes alter forever. We’re asking the questions fans have been pondering for years—and now we’ll see some answers.”

Both new and familiar faces will make their mark on this warped series as newcomers to the titles join fan-favorite creators!

 In Ghostbusters Deviations, 
Kelly Thompson(Jem and the Holograms) teams up with artistNelson Daniel (Judge Dredd). Paul Allor returns to G.I. Joe, with artwork by Corey Lewis(Sharknife). TRANSFORMERS Deviationswelcomes Brandon Easton(Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven) alongside Transformers: Robots in Disguise artist Priscilla TramontanoAmy Chu (Sensation Comics: Wonder Woman) explores The X-Files alongside Elena Casagrande (Doctor Who) andSilvia Califano (The X-Files: Season 10) on art. Finally Tom Waltz (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) leads Zach Howard (Wild Blue Yonder) into the sewers for the TMNT Deviations
Look for all five Deviations in your comic shop and online every week in March!
 

BERKELEY BREATHED’S BLOOM COUNTY IS BACK!

 IDW TO PUBLISH COLLECTION OF NEW COMIC STRIPS IN 2016

San Diego, CA (October 8, 2015) – For the first time since 1989, Berkeley Breathed is producing new Bloom County comic strips. Featuring all of his beloved characters—Opus, Bill the Cat, Milo, Steve Dallas, and more—the world has never been more ready for Breathed’s biting satire and skewering humor to make a return—and, more importantly, on his own terms, free of the editorial constraints of corporately owned newspaper syndicates. In that spirit, IDW is very proud to announce the publication of the first in a new series of Bloom County Collections, debuting in the Summer of 2016.

“It’s hard to say why, but for me, doing Bloom County has suddenly become… what’s the word…fun,” said Berkeley Breathed, “I’d like to think readers can tell. When the strips are brought together in a book, I think you especially can.”

Breathed’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Bloom County ran from 1980 until 1989, when Breathed walked away from the strip at the peak of its popularity. Then, in the summer of 2015, and with no advance warning, he brought the cast of Bloom County back to an unsuspecting world—via social media—which caused a media frenzy as word of the strips unexpected return spread virally to multitudes of delighted fans.

“As a fan, I was ecstatic when new Bloom County strips began to appear,” said Editor, Scott Dunbier. “As an editor, I’m thrilled to work on this book—thank you, Berkeley!”

Follow Berkeley Breathed and IDW Publishing’s Facebook pages for more announcements in the coming months.

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About IDW
IDW Publishing is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Disney’s classic characters including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Uncle Scrooge; Paramount/CBS’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Zombies vs. Robots by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to acclaimed imprints such as the Library of American Comics, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, IDW Artist’s Editions, and Top Shelf Productions.

IDW Entertainment launched in November 2013 to distribute productions globally and to develop film and television properties based on IDW’s extensive catalog.  Three projects are set up: “Wynonna Earp,” a property distributed globally by IDW Entertainment and licensed to Syfy in the U.S.; “Brooklyn Animal Control”, a property created by JT Petty and produced by David Goyer, has a pilot order at USA; and Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, with writer/executive producer Max Landis at BBC America. IDW Entertainment’s development slate of properties includes the chilling vampire thriller, V Wars, by New York Times Best-Seller Jonathan Maberry with writer/executive producer Tim Schlattmann (“Dexter,” “Smallville”); political conspiracy series, Cobb, with writer/executive producer Thania St. John (“Chicago Fire,” “Covert Affairs”); supernatural action series, Pantheon, with co-creator Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”); Wormwood by Ben Templesmith with writer David M Stern (“The Simpsons, Ugly Americans); among others.

IDW also has several active theatrical projects in development.  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film; and Alex Kurtzman is producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.

The World Will Always Need G.I. Joe

Karen Traviss Leads A Bold New Series

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San Diego, CA (August 27, 2014) – Acclaimed British military science-fiction author Karen Traviss reignites the G.I. JOE franchise with an all-new series. Filled with the kind of gritty realism fans of the author have come to expect, this new take on G.I. JOE is guaranteed to please followers of the classic property and comic readers experiencing it for the first time.
 
The world has changed and so must G.I. JOE—lead by Scarlett, the once-revered G.I. JOE team faces an unthinkable reality where Cobra has become an unlikely peacekeeping taskforce. Utilizing real-world dangers and politics, this is a G.I. JOE comic the likes of which has never been seen.
 
“Karen understands the world of men and women in the military,” says IDW Senior Editor John Barber. “She gets what their reality is like—which is why she’s held in such high regard by veterans, as well as fans of character-driven action.
 
Traviss guides an all-star squad of talent on this monthly series starting with fan-favorite artist Steve Kurth on interior art. With a keen eye for design, Jeffery Vereggeprovides striking covers to the series. The first issue will feature a subscription variant cover by Cliff Chiang.
 
“When John [Barber] asked me to write the series, it was one of those spooky coincidences,” said Traviss. “I’d literally just finished writing a scene for my new novel,GOING GREY, where two of the characters – vets now serving as private military contractors – discuss whether having G.I. Joe and Action Man as boys, influenced their choice of career. G.I. Joe is still that iconic after 50 years, because it’s about people, and it’s never shied away from the human reality of warfare. I’m genuinely delighted to have the chance to work on the franchise.”
 
Look for this new series to infiltrate comic shops this September, and follow IDW Publishing onfacebook.com/idwpublishing and @idwpublishing for more news and updates! 

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IDW Celebrates Its 15thAnniversary At The 2014 Eisner Awards!

IDW Celebrates Its 15thAnniversary
At The 2014 Eisner Awards!

IDW Publishing Takes Home The Most Awards!

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San Diego, CA (July 26, 2014) – Celebrated annually at San Diego Comic Con International, the 2014 Eisner Awards, held last night, continued IDW Publishing’s 15th anniversary year! IDW Publishing and the Library of American Comics are proud to announce a total of seven combined awards! Thank you to the judges and all of our esteemed nominees for helping us celebrate this anniversary year at the Eisners!
 
Winning the award for Best Comics-Related Book wereDean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell, of The Library of American Comics, for their riveting and thorough exploration into the life and works of Alex Toth inGenius Illustrated. Additionally, Mullaney took home the award for BestPublication Design!

For Best Archival Collection/Project-Strips Dean Mullaney earned the top honor for his work as editor on Tarzan: The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips, Vol. 1

The unrivaled line of Artist’s Editions, spearheaded by IDW’sScott Dunbier, again proved to be a critic pleaser at this year’s awards. With three Artist’s Editions nominations in the category for Best Archival Collection/Project – Comic Books, Will Eisner’s The Spirit Artist’s Edition, took home the eponymous award!
 
For his drop-dead gorgeous adaptation of Richard Stark’sParker: Slayground, Darwyn Cooke earned (both) his sixth (and seventh) Eisner Award(s) with IDW! For Best Adaptation From Another Medium (and Best Lettering), the fourth adaptation of the acclaimed series by Cooke, joins The HunterThe Score, and The Outfit, as Eisner award winners. 
 
Showing off her talents across the industry, Jordie Bellaire was awarded Best Colorist for her staggering body of work in the past year, including IDW’s series The X-Files: Season 10!
 
Always thrilling to receive an award from the premier award show in the comic industry, this year’s Eisner Awards are an honor among such great talent and work! Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners!

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2013: A Comic Book Comeback

By Robert “Rob Base” Greenwood

Most sites do a year-in review (or the best of), but this time, I want to talk about the feeling of nostalgia and the return of comic book royalty.

With the massive success of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon show,

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it was only fitting that someone would make a comic based on it and IDW  knocked this series out of the park; not only making a tie-in comic, but continued the stories of TMNT past history.

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While, for the purist trading all the past works from Mirage and Archie comics, this is truly a come back in all its forms, making Turtle power and kicking bad guys back sides fun and entertaining once again.

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Next brings me to something I didn’t expect to ever see done. Once again, IDW comics grabs a property by the neck and brings in a winner with the remastered issues of The Maxx. That’s right, IDW and Sam Kieth have brought The Maxx to a new generation of fans and all Sam did was punch up the color palette.

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The remastered editions are not the “Star Wars” of the comic book world. All they have done is given the comic a prettier paint job and said this is what it is and we like that way!

I am so pleased with this series and I hope it finds and inspires a new audience.

IDW isn’t the only comic book company making good on history. Some do it by reinventing the way we look at comics.

Dynamite, for the better part of a few years, has taken pulp fiction icons and gave them a home to be heroes in.
But most recently, its crossover books are just amazing. With The Kings Watch leading the charge

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and  DC crossing paths with IDW on a Spirit/The Rocketeer,

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the past worlds collide and tell some fun and action packed stories.

If 2014 can continue this trend, then we are in a wonderful time for modern comic books.

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Review:The worlds of Sam Kieth (art book)

By Robert “Rob Base” Greenwood

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Sam Kieth is notably known for his groundbreaking comic book, the Maxx. It’s been 20 years since the Maxx’s debut in his own title. Yet fans still clamor for Kieth’s unique art style and storytelling.

The art book seems more like an autobiography than an art book, but you still get to see Kieth’s thought process as he creates his art.

Overall, this is a hard book to judge due to the fact that if you are not a fan of Sam Kieth, The Maxx or his art, there is nothing in this amazing collection that will convince you to buy it.

Coming in as a fan, I am giving this book a personal 5/5 and hope that everyone will take the time to see what I see in this truly talented artist.

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Review:Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures vol. 5

By Robert “Rob Base” Greenwood

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Back in the 1980’s, no one property dominated televisions and TV more than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles did. No comic company personally could tell the animated adventures of the turtles in book form better than Archie comics taking the Turtles from your TV to the comics.

What made these issues so great was the inclusion of all the wacky figures that may or may not have shown up in the cartoon show.

IDW collected issues 17 to 20 of the Archie comics. Within that series,  there’s an awesome adventure with the Turtles and April hanging with Man Ray. At times, it feels like a public service announcement but these books were geared toward the youth of the late 80s and early 90s.

Overall, if you have kids and/or you had own these issues as a kid, I give this collection a solid 3/5. It’s fun, it reminds me of a bygone day that maybe we can relive via nostalgia.

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