We had a separate announcement over the exclusive rights to publish work from 44Flood, a very unique artistic collective which recently had the first issue of Memory Collectors published by IDW. But along with that announcements comes a number of others…
First, we find out that IDW is taking two of their biggest franchises and crossing them over… again. We once again have the Transformers meet up with the Real American Hero, G.I. Joe, in an ongoing series launching next summer! 2014 is an anniversary year for both toy franchises so making this announcement now is a big deal. It’s just fortuitous that both of the franchises also have some great comics emerging from them. This ongoing series sounds like it’s going to be a real treat, especially as the full press release makes it sound like the Joes could end up going to Cybertron! Check out the full details!
Along with creating some amazing individual issues, IDW is also well known for their artistic editions. They have some great hardcover books and bring a lot of classics to the forefront that many of us otherwise would never have seen! In collaboration with DC Entertainment, we are now getting an artist’s edition from two major artists. First, we have Dave Gibbons covering Watchmen, which brings the seminal graphic novel pages to view by us mere mortals. But what I’m personally looking forward to is the artistic edition of Jack Kirby’s New Gods! Who wouldn’t want to own this? In case you’re wondering what an artistic edition is, IDW puts it quite clearly:
While appearing to be in black and white, each page was scanned in color to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art-for instance, corrections and blue pencils. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.
Yeah. Really. Do I think I’ll be the only one ordering the Kirby collection for sure, and considering the Gibbons one? Probably not. The full information is available over at IDW.
Shortly after that announcement, we had another Artistic Edition book announced, this time from Marvel Entertainment. This time, we have not one but two Jim Steranko editions being released! The first is based upon Steranko’s seminal work on Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. whereas the second one completes the Fury run and with a Nick Fury and Captain America run. With the recent energy surrounding the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, and with Steranko’s scathing comments about the first episode, it will be interesting to see his run on Fury et al collected again into a gorgeous reprint. Some sample images and more information is available over at IDW.
But IDW was not content to stop there! The final Artist’s Edition announcement is a big one… and one that everyone will know. Comic fans know Steranko and Kirby, but not everyone is a comic book fan. But everyone is a Peanuts fan. Yes, Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the gang are getting the artist’s edition touch from IDW as well, and this is the first time that a comic strip has been given that treatment. This is one for the comic fans of all mediums, whether you’re into comic books or simply having a piece of your childhood to relive in a gorgeous hardcover book. The full details are available here.
Last, but not least, we have the news that IDW and Darwyn Cooke have renewed their relationship and Cooke will provide artwork to the prose works of Donald Westlake’s “Parker” series of books. Cooke has been involved in all of IDW’s graphic novel adaptations, and continuing that relationship gives a nice sense of consistency for those long-term fans. IDW provides the full information on their news page!