IDW Publishing To Debut New Releases at Comic Con, including 30 Days of Night and Gene Simmons
Pioneering projects cross over from comics to the big- and small-screen
San Diego, CA (July 5, 2007) – IDW Publishing, publisher of some of today’s most innovative and ground-breaking comic books, will be debuting a number of much-anticipated new releases at this year’s Comic-Con (July 26-29 at the San Diego Convention Center)—all of which also bridge the gap between comic books and the moving pictures of film or TV:
· Comic-Con attendees will be the first to see artist Ben Templesmith’s first go-it-alone “30 Days of Night” project with the release of “30 Days of Night: Red Snow”—just before the original “30 Days of Night” story hits movie theaters in October
“30 Days of Night” co-creator Steve Niles will be previewing his new 30 Days of Night title, “Beyond Barrow,” with art by industry legend Bill Sienkiewicz.
“30 Days of Night” Co-Creator Steve Niles Debuts New Project at Comic-Con
Writer Steve Niles, one of the most acclaimed comic book writers responsible for the resurgence in the popularity of horror comics, will be appearing at Comic-Con and showing a preview of his latest title, “30 Days of Night: Beyond Barrow.”
Niles will be working with award-winning artist Bill Sienkiewicz on this title. “Beyond Barrow” revisits the scene of the original “30 Days of Night,” and introduces an entirely new threat to that town’s denizens.
Gene and Nick Simmons Release New Work at Comic-ConEarlier this year, IDW Publishing partnered with rock-legend Gene Simmons, of KISS fame, to create the Simmons Comics Group, an imprint within IDW’s stable of comics. Now, at Comic-Con 2007, “Nick Simmons’ Skullduggery” will be debuted. This comic, which will debut in its entirety later this year, is written and illustrated by Nick Simmons, Gene Simmons’17-year-old son and star in his own right—thanks to the smash-hit “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” on the A&E Network. The exclusive comic will also preview pages from the line of Simmons Comics Group titles, too. Gene and Nick Simmons are both available for interviews on Friday during Comic-Con.“Beowulf” Preview Released at Comic-Con“Beowulf,” the ancient epic poem, will receive its most spectacular adaptation of all this November, in the form of a major motion picture from Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., and Shangri-La Entertainment, with an all-star cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Crispin Glover, and Angelina Jolie. In turn, the spectacular new motion picture has inspired a comic book adaptation from IDW Publishing. In four weekly installments in October, writer Chris Ryall, who is also IDW Publishing’s publisher and editor-in-chief; artist Gabriel Rodriguez; and colorist Jay Fotos—the creative team also behind “Clive Barker’s The Great and Secret Show”—will release an adaptation of the movie, working directly from the screenplay written by Neil Gaiman & Roger Avary. And, as a special bonus, Paramount Pictures will hand out more than 200,000 copies of an exclusive 8-page “Beowulf” promo-comic book at Comic-Con, which will preview the miniseries to come.
Comic-Con Panels of Note:
· IDW Publishing Panel
– Friday, July 27, 11:30am-12:30pm, Room 4
This panel will present an overview of IDW Publishing’s upcoming projects, including an “Angel: Season 6” comic by Joss Whedon and Brian Lynch, as well as updates on the upcoming “Star Trek” and “Transformers” series, and a special announcement of a new title or two, too. Participants include: science fiction writer and co-founder of boingboing.net, Cory Doctorow; publisher of IDW Publishing, Chris Ryall; comic writer Mike Baron, screenwriter Brian Lynch, and more.
· 30 Days of Night Panel
– Time and date TBA
This panel will include some filmmakers, as well as people involved in creating the comics. Participants include: the comic’s creators, Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, and actors and filmmakers yet to be announced.
– Saturday, July 28, 10:30am-11:30pm,Room 2
This panel will be an overview of IDW Publishing’s “Star Trek” projects. Participants include: “Star Trek” editor Dan Taylor and “Klingons” and upcoming “Star Trek: The Next Generation” writer Scott Tipton.
· Hasbro / IDW /Cartoon Network: Transformers
– Saturday, July 28, 11:45am-1:15pm, Room 6A
This panel will be an overview of upcoming toys, movie-related projects, and comic books connected to Transformers.
Participants include: IDW’s Publisher/Editor-in-Chief and Hasbro and Cartoon Network personnel to be announced.
· Great American Comic Strips
– Saturday, July 28, 1:30-2:30pm, Room 4
This panel will discuss the process and projects related to archival reprints of comic strips like Dick Tracy, Terry and the Pirates and Little Orphan Annie.
About IDW Publishing
IDW PUBLISHING is a division of Idea and Design Works, LLC, a revolutionary creative service company with a wide range of clients. Among their best-selling titles are Hasbro’s THE TRANSFORMERS; Fox’s ANGEL, Konami’s METAL GEAR SOLID, and FALLEN ANGEL. IDW’s 30 DAYS OF NIGHT film is in development and will be released by Sony Pictures in October 2007. IDW has films in development at Dimension Films and Paramount Pictures, as well. More information about the company can be found at www.idwpublishing.com. Information on the Simmons Comics Group line of comics can be found at www.Simmons-Comics.com.