Tom Beland is back with Chicacabra

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True Story, Swear to God’s Tom Beland is back with a new book, Chicacabra, to debut from IDW this June. It’s billed as a humourous series of graphic novels, about a Latina girl who turns into a monster — and yes the title is a play on the legendary creature the Chupacabra.

“She Has to Adapt Right Now” Mairghread Scott and Sarah Stone on Transformers: Windblade [Interview]

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Next month sees a launch which The Beat has been following on and off for the last few weeks. A new Transformers miniseries will be launching at IDW in April, chronicling the introduction of Windblade. A female Transformer – causing raised eyebrows from fans who think Transformers are genderless despite being obvious blatant big male […]

Inaki Miranda’s TRIBES to be re-released in deluxe edition this June

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TRIBES the Dog Years is a SF graphic novel about a world where no one lives past the age of 21, that originally came out a few years ago. Written by Mike Geszel and Peter Spinetta, it featured gobsmacking art by Spanish artist Inaki Miranda, as seen on the book’s FB page. Paul Pope called […]

IDWs Ted Adams Interview Part 2: What’s up for Little Nemo, WinterWorld, Ragnarok and V Wars.

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[Concluding our conversation with IDW publisher Ted Adams, we get into digital, new books for 2014 and IDW's plans for getting into the TV business. Read part one here. ]

Interview: IDW’s Ted Adams “No 10-year-old is hanging out in the bookstore section at Target”

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[IDW publisher Ted Adams is one of the most personable executives in the industry, and one of the most forward looking when it comes to expanding to new markets. As IDW celebrates its 15th anniversary, we chatted with Adams about the structure of the company, his background and how IDW has explored new outlets and products including digital, mass market and merchandising. One of IDW's biggest recent success stories in their "Micro Fun Packs"—little goodie bags sold at mass market checkout areas which include a mini comics, stickers, foldout posters, and POG-like collectibles—an unusual move into merchandising for a comics publisher but one he thinks will drive readers back to comics shops. IDW's successes also includes creator owned books like 30 Days of Night and Locke and Key and one of the industry's best archival programs with the Library of American Comics and Yoe Books. Given his background in the maw of the "indie comics era" working at Eclispe, Dark Horse and Image, Adams has been able to put what he calls his entrepreneurial spirit to work on taking advantage of the expanding audience for comics. And he's not done yet. Many thank to IDW's Rosalind Morehead for setting up this interview.]

Nice Art: first look at a page of Walt Simonsons’s Ragnarök

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Walt Simonson’s new book from IDW is coming out this summer and the pitch is as simple as it is irresistible. It’s called Ragnarök, and it is Simonson’s take on the original Norse Mythology. Considering what he did with this raw material in his beloved run on Thor, this should be a treat.

Five days of Valentines: Weird Love

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This is a teaser for an upcoming book called Weird Love, edited by Craig Yoe about which you will learn more today, I believe,

Stephen Mooney Wraps Up Half Past Danger’s First Volume [Interview]

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Stephen Mooney’s miniseries Half Past Danger comes out in a big hardcover edition today, published by IDW. It’s a story of heroes versus dinosaurs, with Nazis, femme fatales and even the odd ninja thrown in, all written and drawn in incredible fashion by Mooney as his first creator-owned and made project. I spoke to Mooney last year […]

Mimi Yoon defends her Powerpuff Girls cover

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And down the rabbit hole we go…artist Mimi Yoon has defended her “grown up Powerpuff Girls” cover for the comic that was withdrawn after some complaints online. The cover—showing adult versions of the girls drawn in a very tame version of a more fetishy, girlie style that Yoon often uses—was criticized for being an inappropriate […]

Angry Birds comics coming from IDW

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One of the worlds biggest franchises is getting its own comics series, as IDW has announced it will publish Angry Birds comics starting in June.

Jeff Parker and Paul Tobin are among those crafting the tales of Red, Chuck, Bomb, Stella, Matilda, King Pig and so on. The deal is being run on Rovio’s end by Jukka Heiskanen, Rovio’s Editor-In-Chief of Comics.

In The Dark Heads to IDW for Hardcover Collection

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Current and future comic book hero Rachel Deering’s anthology In The Dark – which had a very successful Kickstarter campaign last year – will be coming to IDW in April.

Former DC PR vet David Hyde launches Superfan

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Former DC VP of publicity David Hyde is back and he’s got his own PR firm, Superfan. Initial clients include D&Q, cartoonist Dan Goldman and novelist Samuel Sattin, according to PW. Hyde’s initial clients include acclaimed Montreal-based graphic novel house Drawn & Quarterly where he is working on campaigns for cartoonist Art Speigelman (Co-Mix) and […]

Nice Art: CP WIlson III’s Wraith Covers

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Sometimes you get in a piece of art that needs to be shared asap. Like this, @cpwilsoniii's amazing Wraith 5 cover. pic.twitter.com/Yv5EBuzQqu — Chris Ryall (@chris_ryall) November 21, 2013 In this case I must totally agree with IDW e-i-c- Chris Ryall here. Wilson is perhaps best known for Th3rd World Studios The Stuff of Legend, […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come – Craig Yoe and Jeffrey Brown Interview Special

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Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s interview special, Heidi interviews comics historian, author, editor, and publisher Craig Yoe, author of the acclaimed Secret Identity and head of the Yoe! Books imprint as well […]

NYCC ’13 Panel Recap: Editors on Editing with Scott Allie, Chris Ryall and Warren Simons

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Under the watchful eye of Buddy Scalera, the editors-in-chief for Dark Horse, IDW and Valiant gathered to advise writers and artists on how to break into the industry – offering an invaluable look at the comics industry from the editorial perspective. Scott Allie, Chris Ryall and Warren Simons are some of the sharpest people in […]

David Hedgecock joins IDW as Managing Editor

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Sounds like IDW is ramping up their publishing, if the addition of David Hedgecock—formerly CEO at APE Entertainment—is any indication. Hedgecock has joined IDW as Managing Editor, where he will help oversee and coordinate editorial activities as well as work to develop new talent and special projects. “IDW is a powerhouse of creative energy and […]