There’s so much cool stuff being announced at SDCC this week I can’t possibly comment on all of it. Here’s the first of many articles listing different press releases from one publisher or another…
Expect a bunch more info on each of these as we get it!
IDW Unveils RAGNARÖK by Walter Simonson
A New Series From The Legendary Creator, Plus Star Slammers Collected!
San Diego, CA (July 19, 2013) – IDW publishing is proud to announce an all-new creator-owned series by Walter Simonson! Ragnarök will explore Simonson’s beloved Norse mythology, as well as much, much more. Coming in 2014, Ragnarök will be written and drawn by Simonson, and will feature iconic deities and classic tales with the devastatingly beautiful artwork that is synonymous with Simonson.
“Scott Dunbier and I first talked about me working on a creator-owned book involving the Norse gods 15 years ago, but as many of my former editors can tell you, I’ve always regarded deadlines as useful fictions,” said writer/artist Walter Simonson, “So here we are… finally! All I can say is that I’ve loved the stories of the Viking gods since I was eight. I am thrilled that with IDW’s help and support, I’m launching an ongoing series of stories built around a new vision of some old friends. And enemies.”
In addition to the brand-new series, Simonson and IDW are very pleased to announce high quality collections of Simonson’s sci-fi favorite, Star Slammers. Originally appearing in 1983, Star Slammers featured intergalactic mercenaries-for-hire who went into the business of war, and became the most successful businessmen of all time. Completely re-mastered and re-colored, the Star Slammers will be more deadly than ever! In addition to the re-mastered Star Slammers, a special Artist’s Edition of the series is planned, one that will be every bit as lovely as lovely as Simonson’s Harvey and Eisner Award-winning Thor Artist’s Edition. As with all Artist’s Editions, Star Slammers will come in an oversized hardcover format, featuring exquisite scans of Simonson’s original pages.
“My last experience with an Artist’s Edition was so positive,” said Simonson, “how could I possibly refuse when asked to do the Slammers!”
A preeminent figure in the comics community, Walter Simonson has contributed defining runs on multiple top-tier characters. His legendary runs on Thor, Fantastic Four, and Orion are considered classics of the form. Working with The Hero Initiative, helping comic creators in need of assistance, Simonson continues to inspire through his efforts on and off the page. In 2010 Simonson was presented with the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award.
With Simonson’s newest projects, IDW is fully committed to honoring the past works of Simonson and making his newest venture his most anticipated!
SNL AND IDW COZY UP FOR “THE ILLEGITIMATES”
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’S TARAN KILLAM MAKES HIS COMIC DEBUT!
San Diego, CA (July 19, 2013) – Saturday Night Live star Taran Killam teams up with critically-acclaimed, Harvey and Eisner nominated comic-book WRITER Marc Andreyko(Manhunter, Torso, Captain America and Bucky) to reveal just who The Illegitimates are! Announced this week on IDW Publishing’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con International, the explosive new series hits this winter!
When the world loses its greatest (and most promiscuous) super-spy, Jack Steele, a secret international espionage organization has no choice but to call in a new team to save the world, The Illegitimates! With no knowledge of the bond that ties the team together, The Illegitimates are thrust into a seedy world filled with crime, lust, and double-crosses. Each member of The Illegitimates is forced to use their unique skills to overcome their personality clashes and come together as a team.
“When Taran pitched me the high concept, I was hooked! To work with a dear friend on a brilliant idea shaving my cake and eating it, too! I couldn’t be prouder of The Illegitimates!” said enthused co-writer, Marc Andreyko.
Taran Killam says, “One of my favorite genres is the Secret Agent. This comic follows the concept of the super-spy-man-slut to it’s logical conclusion. A funny jumping off point that quickly becomes deadly serious. You’re getting five spies for the price of one! Each with their own personality, perspective and specialized elite espionage-combat skill set. You know, typical dysfunctional family stuff.”
Killam and Andreyko are joined by a super-team of their own with art by Kevin Sharpe (Army of Darkness), and covers provided by the legendary artist Jerry Ordway, as well as Sharpe himself!
“The Illegitimates is one of those high concepts ideas that makes you wonder why no one else ever told this story before,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “But I’m glad they didn’t, since Taran and Marc’s take on this idea is such a well-executed one. Of course an agent with a license to kill might be more concerned with staying alive through the course of his mission than paying attention to what can happen during his many conquests around the world, but that doesn’t mean those trysts won’t still have lasting repercussions, as they do here. The Illegitimates is a very fun, action-packed series we’re very happy to have under IDW’s banner.”
By adding another great creator-owned book to the slate, it’s clear that for fans of adventure comics with a twist, the place is to go is IDW!
Rodar y Rodar To Adapt Alan Robert’s ‘Crawl To Me’
“The Orphanage” Producer And Director Victor Garcia To Film In Spain
San Diego, CA (July 19, 2013) – The Orphanage producer Rodar y Rodar has teamed up with Crawl to Me creator Alan Robert and his producing partners Jeff Mazzola (Descent) and Chris White (My Super Psycho Sweet 16 franchise) to adapt the critically acclaimed IDW Publishing graphic novel.
Victor Garcia, who helmed the upcoming Gallows Hill (starring Twilight’s Peter Facinelli), is in the director’s chair for the character-driven psychological horror film with a screenplay penned by TJ Cimfel and David White. Glenn Allen, Co-Founder/VFX Producer of Emmy-award winning Brainstorm Digital (Boardwalk Empire) is on board as VFX Supervisor. Producers aim to shoot interiors on a sound stage in Spain, where Rodar is based, and exteriors in Canada.
In 2011, the Crawl to Me comic book miniseries, written and illustrated by Robert, was published by award-winning IDW. The series was later collected into a graphic novel and sold out within days of its January 2012 release. IDW followed up its success with three more editions: an oversized hardcover Evil Edgar Edition, and two more top-shelf versions through their IDW Limited division.
The film takes place in an isolated country town during the frigid winter months. It centers on a young family as they cope with a series of disturbing events that force them to question their relationship, their faith and their very existence.
“Being a part of the process in making this film a reality has been an amazing journey for me,” said Robert. “We’ve built a team of incredibly talented people around this project who are all super passionate about telling this story. The dark subject matter is extremely delicate and had to be handled right. It is in excellent hands.” Robert recently announced his fourth partnership with IDW to publish his next horror series The Shunned One in 2014.
More to come….