InvestComics Hot Picks #297

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Allow me to reminisce a bit; I need to inform everyone on something very spectacular and drive home a point, if there is one…….

There comes a certain time within a startup business that one can be very proud of their personal achievements. Although there have been several for InvestComics (my fourth child), the ones that stick out are the ones I will cherish and tell myself “Hey you CAN truly make this happen”. Meeting and interviewing the mecca of all comic book legends; Stan Lee, twice! That’s one. Having Mr. Lee utter the words of “InvestComics” on video, forever captured, encapsulated in time, that’s two. Meeting and interviewing my late father’s artist hero (which he never met); Bill Sienkiewicz, that’s three. Starting the InvestComics Publishing Company, that’s number four. Watching the traffic numbers climb to a number you’ve envisioned, and then exceeding it each and every year, that’s five. If I continue I will run out of Microsoft paper, but you get the idea here.

Yesterday one of those pinnacle moments happened again. InvestComics was accepted to write articles for Yahoo!. It’s one of those moments like the aforementioned you pinch yourself and say “wow” this is kinda awesome. I will post on Facebook and the InvestComics website the links to check out. They will be Exclusive articles on Yahoo! From InvestComics. These articles will ONLY appear on Yahoo! and no place else. So be sure to click on the links when they are provided so you can bask in the glory with me. Also, I ask to please share them. The articles are very simple now, but will be enhanced; as did everything else with InvestComics when first started. Here are two links to the very first articles on Yahoo!. InvestComics Top 10 – New Comic Releases and Back Issues for 10/30/13 and InvestComics Top Ten – New Comic Releases and Back Issues for 11/6/13. As stated, these articles will be more in-depth with the next releases. Baby steps…

Thanks to you……the fans…. for making this happen. Thank you for all of your support, none of this is possible without you.

Christmas is officially 24 days away. The InvestComics/Ratchet City Comics giveaway is still on, but we need to get to 3000 LIKES on Facebook in order to award the prize! The winner will receive a CGC Signature Series graded 9.8 Star Wars #1 (2013) Dark Horse comic signed by Brian Wood! Click HERE and SHARE the InvestComics Facebook page everywhere! Be sure to let us know so that you can be entered to win!! Let’s get to 3000!!

InvestComics Hot Picks – New Comic Releases 12/4/13

Just like last week’s InvestComics Hot Picks, not much in the back issue department to check out, but plenty of new issues to check out.

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We start the week off with some first appearances that you may want to check out. Avengers (2012 5th Series) Annual #2013 will introduce Zamira. It’s always nice to make sure as a collector to pick up a first appearance in an Avengers book. Knowing full well that annuals don’t usually account to much, but the way things are rolling these days, you never know. So basically, I don’t care that it’s in an annual. Especially that it’s in an Avengers title. The speculator needs to get this comic. The Arrow series on CW is doing quite well for itself these days. The Green Arrow comic is faring okay though. With the release of Green Arrow (2011 4th Series) #26 this week, look for the introduction of some new villains in these pages. In the bizarre first appearance world of comics this week we have Longshot Saves The Marvel Universe (2013) #3. Check out Hulkvengers, Cosmic Carnage, Wolverine King of Vampires among others. Silly, yet once again you never know!

Batman Superman (2013 DC) #6 has our heroes dealing with Mongul. This big ol’ Thanos/Darkseid wannabe first appeared in DC Comics Presents #27 (1980). Check out that Jim Starlin Cover too! Oh of course Jim Starlin is involved with this cosmic character, hello?!

Having a name like Man-Bat is the equivalent of having the name She-Bat, right?? Well anyways, this week in Detective Comics (2011 2nd Series) #26, John Layman brings the She-Bat to the forefront. Here’s a quick trivia question, you must know the answer in 4 seconds flat. Ready? Where is the first appearance of She-Bat…..1,2,3,4 BZZZZ! Time’s up! The first appearance is in Detective Comics #407 (1971) by legend Neal Adams. Now that’s at least a reason to own the book, right?!

If you’re a fan of any Spidey comic these days you will realize that anything is possible with the way a storyline can twist and turn. There may be a similar path this week with Superior Spider-Man (2012) #23. Marvel promises to have the most “cringe-worthy moment is Spider-Man history” happen in this comic. What is worth a statement like that? Well you’ll have to buy the comic to find out. “….In history”, that’s very mighty of them to say isn’t it? Superior Spider-Man #23 is a definite pick-up this week.

Amazing X-Men (2013) #2 features a fan fav Dale Keown variant that’s sold out at Diamond. Possibly a nice CGC Signature Series opportunity here. It’s a $40 variant, so score a 9.8 or higher.                

Inhumanity (2013) #1 variant by Nick Bradshaw is sold out. Inhumans will be a hot commodity for a bit, so be on top of them. Check out last week’s InvestComics Hot Picks #296 for more on the Inhumans.

The popular on-line video game Hawken will get its own comic book this week from Archaia Studios Press; Hawken Melee (2013) #1. It’s almost sold out at the distributor, so be sure to check in on it.

Want to follow the story of three dogs surviving the extinction of the human race in Rover Red Charlie (2013) #1? Sounds a bit over the top right? With proven talent like writer Garth Ennis on this book, one cannot help but see what this is all about.

The latest installment of the Terminator hits this week; Terminator Salvation Final Battle (2013) #1 and the Pete Woods Variant is sold out.

Another zombie book finds its way to the new release shelf this week; Deadworld Restoration (2013) #1. The zombie genre is going to die soon (no pun intended) with too many storylines focusing on dead people that walk around. See last week’s Hot Picks #296 for more on the zombie genre.

What’s not dead on arrival is the new red hot Noir comic from Dynamite Entertainment. Noir (2013 Dynamite) #2 is sold out at the distributor. Look for second prints to follow shortly.

A new creative team will be taking over on Valiant’s Shadowman (2012 4th Series) #13. Be sure to check that out.

There is a “thing” Dynamite Entertainment is doing that is kind of perplexing (not really, they’re making extra cash with these “rare comics”), but maybe cool for the collector/speculator? It’s a question because there is no reasoning behind why they continue to do this to certain comics (other than the cashflow) and they are extremely limited, but we’ll point out a few of them this week. Red Sonja Unchained #4 Cover D High-End Mel Rubi Blood Red Ultra-Limited Cover. There are only 25 of these in existence. The “number” in existence is the running theme here, so check out what applies here for these comics; Dejah Thoris And The Green Men Of Mars #5 Cover G High-End Jay Anacleto Risque Color Ultra-Limited Cover (50 Copies), Lords Of Mars #5 Cover D High-End Mel Rubi Risque Red Ultra-Limited Cover (50 Copies), Black Bat (2013 Dynamite) #7 Cover D High-End Ardian Syaf Black & White Ultra-Limited Cover (50 Copies), and Shadow Green Hornet Dark Nights #2 Cover E High-End Alex Ross Sketch Art Ultra-Limited Cover (25 Copies). I do suppose that if you want to spend a $100 on any of these comics you can, but how exactly do you make your money back on these “investments”? (If you want to call it an investment). Graded CGC Signature Series? How would one sell something that isn’t really in much demand? Getting an Alex Ross sig series on the Shadow Green Hornet Dark Nights #2 is a good start.

Sticking with the Dynamite Comics here, be sure to check out Legends of Red Sonja (2013 Dynamite) #2 with the Frank Thorne exclusive cover. It’s a much cheaper route than the above mentioned. A $3.99 comic limited to comic subscribers at their local comic shops and an initial limited print run. All that for $3.99, not bad.

And finally, from Archie Comics Archie #650 Cover B Variant Fiona Staples World Tour Cover. This awesome variant comes from the red hot series artistry of Saga; Fiona Staples. A $3.99 easy, no brainer pick-up.

Invest wisely,

Jay Katz

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Archaia Announces Partnership with Meteor to Publish ‘Hawken’ Graphic Novel

For Immediate Release

HAWKEN and Archaia Get Graphic Together

Graphic Novel Will Explore the Rich World Behind the Eagerly Anticipated,
Free-To-Play Mech Game

SEATTLE, WA (EMERALD CITY COMICON/March 31, 2012) – Meteor Entertainment and Eisner Award-winning publisher Archaia Entertainment have teamed up to produce and publish a hardcover graphic novel for HAWKEN, Meteor’s upcoming First-Person-Shooter (FPS). HAWKEN is already generating major online buzz as a fan-favored underdog within the gaming community. Produced by Adhesive Games, an independent game studio based in Pasadena, HAWKEN has been praised for groundbreaking gameplay and visuals that rival
most AAA console titles. HAWKEN is the first title from indie publisher Meteor Entertainment.

Meteor is holding a panel at Emerald City Comic Con in their hometown of Seattle, WA on Saturday, March 31st from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM in Room TCC 102 in the Washington State Convention Center. Representatives from both Meteor and Archaia will share more details about their publishing partnership and hint at some big announcements for Archaia’s next appearance in Chicago, IL at C2E2, in Chicago April 13-15, 2012.

HAWKEN is the story of a post-apocalyptic, human-colonized planet that has been industrialized to the point of collapse. This crumbling world is the setting for a hunt for vital resources and a brutal battle for survival. Writing the graphic novel for Archaia is Jeremy Barlow, whose recent work on the Mass Effect 3 comic books made him an easy choice for another high-profile games-to-comics translation. In addition to Barlow’s script, Archaia is assembling a team of popular artists, including Moritat (Elephantmen, Transmetropolitan), Stefano Gaudiano (Daredevil, Amazing Spiderman), and Khang Le (Flight), with more names to be announced at C2E2.

Eisner Award-nominated Flight writer/artist and Adhesive Games co-founder Khang Le crafted HAWKEN’s vast mythology, which was later extrapolated alongside DJ2 Entertainment, a new LA-based production company that specializes in transmedia brand development.  “It’s amazing to look around and see so many trusted friends
behind HAWKEN. With 1.2 million views on YouTube and 250,000+ users already registered for our 12/12/12 beta release, it’s hard to believe how far we’ve come,” said Le. “Just goes to show that, with a great team behind you, anything is possible.”

The graphic novel is set to release in March 2013 following the 12-12-12 beta release of HAWKEN the game. While the game showcases the visually stunning and high action FPS experience, the graphic novel will expose the world’s vast mythology and explore the key characters and events motivating the war in-game. Reading the
graphic novel is designed to not only serve as a narrative counterpart to the game, but also enrich the gaming experience with secret clues and codes that unlock special features in-game. “We wanted to do something special in publishing, but we needed a partner with enough artistic integrity and proven quality to pull it off,” said Mark Long, game veteran and CEO of Meteor Entertainment.

The Meteor-Archaia partnership was facilitated by Joe LeFavi of Quixotic Transmedia, who spearheads business development for Archaia’s Black Label division, a unique development pipeline designed to work alongside entertainment brands eager to launch and expand into publishing. “What excited us most about Hawken was their determination to revitalize, if not redefine, how people see and appreciate mechs,”said LeFavi, who will serve as executive editor and Archaia’s transmedia producer on the book. “Boasting influences from Blade Runner and Tekkonkinkreet to Nausicaä and Ghost in the Shell, Hawken is a breathtaking portrait of a war-torn world where greed is good, war is life, and survival is for the few with the most ammo. To find such a gritty and grounded vision of our future was inspiring. Sure, the game is gorgeous and really fun, but Meteor isn’t simply creating a great game. They’re creating an entire universe fans can enjoy and explore for years to come.”

About Archaia
Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 50 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Return of the Dapper Men, Gunnerkrigg Court, Awakening, The Killer, Days Missing, Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, The Engineer, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels. Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. Archaia was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year according to Ain’t it Cool News, Graphic Policy and Comic Related, and was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations. Archaia has also successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media.

About Meteor Entertainment
Based in Seattle, Meteor Entertainment is a newly formed video game publisher focused on building out a top tier roster of talent to successfully publish F2P games globally, with an emphasis on compelling content and setting the standard for customer service and community engagement.  Meteor’s 12/12/12 launch of HAWKEN,
created by Adhesive Games, will be its first tentpole title. To learn more about Meteor Entertainment visit <>  and be sure to check out

About DJ2 Entertainment
Based in Santa Monica, California, DJ2 is an independent, multi-platform production company that develops and produces content for theatrical, television, mobile and videogame platforms. DJ2 is also a full service management company representing a roster of top writers, actors, directors, artists and creatives. Leveraging decades of experience and outstanding industry relationships with film and TV studios, comic publihers, talent agencies, game developers and game publishers, DJ2  provides a one stop shop for project development, career guidance and management.

About Quixotic Transmedia
Quixotic is an entertainment consultancy that specializes in transmedia brand development, formulating innovative strategies and turnkey creative solutions that inspire brands to unearth their cross-platform potential. As the business of storytelling continues to evolve, Quixotic Transmedia is committed to serve as a
trusted guide for brands eager to develop, produce, and promote their ideas across multiple forms of media. Here we provide a friendly and informed perspective on the transmedia space, enabling our clients to overcome the bewildering learning curve and seize the many opportunities of this ever-evolving marketplace. Our unique
process is designed to educate brands on how to produce rich content incorporating media both new and old, utilize emerging technologies and social media as dynamic storytelling and marketing tools, and open an array of accessible entry points that engage fans on multiple levels. In support of this mission, Quixotic has fostered a
vast network of quality vendors in every facet of the industry, ensuring that clients make the right friends and align their brands with industry pioneers capable of bringing their ideas to life. Learn more about how you can change the way that you share stories with the world at


John Ostrander

The Power of Ostrander Commands You!*

Interview with fan favorite John Ostrander by David Paul

Anyone following InvestComics and reading our reviews surely knows by now that I previously hated Star Wars. Until I yielded to my curiosity about what Dark Horse was doing and discovered, “Hey, I’m a hypocrite!”

John Ostrander is part of the reason I now find myself looking forward to Star Wars. If you’ve read Star Wars: Legacy you understand perfectly. Ostrander has contributed to expanding the world of Star Wars that others may not have considered. As a result, readers have been pretty happy.

So yeah. I’m all for it. I know you are too. However, the thing that gets me excited about having a chat with John Ostrander is GrimJack. I promise I’ll get to the “good stuff”. But first…


John, so nice of you to let us shamelessly promote you and your current work. *jab-jab*


I’m here to shamelessly hype and even pander. Let’s get this bucket in the well!


Let’s start out with little Johnny. Who did you read when you were growing up and what was the moment you knew you wanted to write comics?


Little Johnny’s first exposure to comics was in Catholic grade school and the comic was called “Treasure Chest”. Each issue had several features and I remember especially Chuck White and something called ‘1976: Pettigrew for President” which was set in the then far off future of the Bicentenniel year. They left a big impression on me as did the nuns with their rulers.

I read my DCs when I was younger but always had to steal a chance to read them as my mother had read Wertham’s “Seduction of the Innocent” and believed it. The only comics I was (officially) allowed to read was Dell or Gold Key or Classics Illustrated (which provided the veneer of my being well read). However, I did get two giant sized Harvey books of Will Eisner’s THE SPIRIT and that seriously warped me. Oh and Gold Key did some specials of ROCKY AND HIS FRIENDS which should be reprinted ASAP.

My first Marvel was SPIDER-MAN 49 and I was hooked on all things Marvel (well, except maybe Millie the Model). I knew for sure that I wanted to write comic books professionally when Mike Gold (an old friend and then founder of First Comics) offered to pay me money to do so. Big motivator – money.


You started writing for comics back when the indies were still called Underground. Not ashamed to admit that GrimJack was/is one of my favorites. So thank you for that.




You’re quite welcome. Not ashamed to admit I was delighted to warp sensitive young minds such as your own with that series. By the way, Underground comics were definitely different than indies. Underground were characters and comics such as Snappy Sammy Smoot, Fritz the Cat, and the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. Not exactly the same as the Rocketeer, Sable, American Flagg or GrimJack all of whom were indies.


If you were casting for a live action movie adaptation of GrimJack who would you cast? I know you’ve thought about it!


I have thought way too much about it for way too long. I’ve considered who to cast from A listers to B movies to TV series. My main goal out of a GJ movie would be someone who would sell a lot of tickets and spawn at least two sequels with the attendant commercial tie-ins and make me LOTS of money.

Okay, more seriously – actually, I was serious but anyway – I think Viggo Mortensen would do a great Gaunt and so would Daniel Day Lewis. Back when GJ first started, Tim Truman and I liked Jack Palance. Hugh Jackman could do it although he may be too good looking. On the small screen, Edward James Olmos would do well. I’ve also always liked Wes Studi as a possible Gaunt.


Yeah, the only way Hollywood execs would green-light the project with that above short-list would have to be getting Jackman in the beret. But I think Lewis could still knock it out of the park. Anyway! So much has changed since you first started. Your career has seen a lot of success with those changes. Both mainstream and indie. Can you tell us what it’s been like for you, adapting over the years?


Work is work really. The rules change a little from publisher to publisher but actually, most days, I have less problems with continuity on STAR WARS than I would, say, on X-MEN or BATMAN. The biggest change is and will be comics going digital. That will be a game changer with creators potentially able to get their creations out to the public without necessarily going through existing publishers.


Think back to the young writer you once were. Ever imagined it could have been the way it is now, enjoying the kind of success you are now?  I mean, we all know you own a house in every country on the planet.


And every planet in the solar system. Seriously, success waxes and wanes. I’m mostly interested in telling a good story. I like to think that, in that respect, I am a success. For me, being a success is continuing to make a living off what I love to do – tell stories.


Modern tech is having an effect on comics, no doubt. When you approach a new story are their special considerations toward the artist in scripting?


I don’t always know who the artist will be for a given story but I prefer it when I do. It may take a few issues but I try to learn what the artist does well and maybe not so well and what he or she really likes doing and slant the story towards that as best I can. But ultimately, it really is all about the story. You do what’s right for that.


I think it’s safe to say you’re a Star Wars geek. You’ve got like, what? 15 series titles to your credits? Something like that? You’ve made a serious contribution to how readers think of Star Wars now.


I’ve deforested small sections of the planet with my output, yes.


Editors and publishers like to spin titles their way. But I want to know how you pitched this new series to Dark Horse. What’s “Agent” about for you?


I really DID pitch it as “James Bond meets Star Wars” but it’s more than that. This book is a chance to see familiar faces and settings from a different perspective. If the Empire is evil, can you be a good person and still work for it? IS Jahan Cross a good person? Certainly, he thinks so but who thinks of themselves as evil? The readers will have to make up their own minds.


When you were scripting this did you have a specific artist in mind?


No. My esteemed editor, Randy Stradley, found our artist. I think the art looks great.


Okay, so big question here: you a James Bond fan? Because I’m pretty sure I picked up on a little scene very reminiscent of classic Bond.


A fan but not of every movie nor of every Bond. I have my faves and my. . .lesser faves. Top ones? From Russia With Love, Casino Royale, Goldfinger and in that order. My two favorite Bonds? Sean Connery and Daniel Craig.


It’s curious to me that you can skip around throughout the time-line in the Star Wars universe. You spent a lot of time defining the future of that universe but what’s your personal favorite time and setting to write in?


Honestly? It’s whatever era I’m currently working in. Right now it’s 3 years before A NEW HOPE (the setting for AGENT OF THE EMPIRE) and 24,000+ years BBY which is the setting for DAWN OF THE JEDI that Jan Duursema and I are doing and will be out in February 2012 hype hype hype.


It’s my honor to inform you that the geeks have chosen you as their new Star Wars god. That’s right. Lucas is out, you’re in. But in all seriousness, you write a LOT of Star Wars. You’ve written for other franchises, but is there a franchise you haven’t gotten your hands on yet that you would absolutely love to – and what would you do with it?


I really want to know what happens NEXT in Joss Whedon’s FIREFLY/SERENITY series. It has overtones of the Civil War here in America and what happened in the West afterwards. I’m a big fan of that in general and the Whedon series in particular. I’m not sure where I would take it but the nice thing about comics is that the Special Effects budget is unlimited, I’d also love to do a BLACK ADDER comic, keep the comedic tone and take it into the world of superheroes and villains.


Man, we have seriously got to make that happen! Both Firefly and Black Adder. Not sure how popular the latter franchise is here in the states but it would be so worth it. But on a more serious note: when the aliens take over and appoint you their liaison and make you personally responsible for acquiring human flesh to satiate their furious appetites who will be the first to be sacrificed?


Grover Norquist. The jerks who did the mortgage derivatives and tanked our economy. Sports coaches who mess around with children. Actually, anyone who messes around with kids. Most of the talking heads and pundits in the media except Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert and sometimes Bill Mahr. And Rachel Maddow and Keith Olberman. Yes, I’m a flaming liberal. And proud of it.



Future GrimJack plans?


I’m going to wear the new GJ beret that fan Margie Helmuth made for me and that looks KILLER on me. I’d love to do more STORIES when Tim Truman has the time (he’s been working on his new HAWKEN series with his son, Ben Truman, and I am so JEALOUS). Maybe I should try to write a GrimJack novel.



John, thanks so much. Best of luck with everything!


We now return you to your regularly scheduled mind already in progress.


Star Wars: Agent of the Empire is on sale THIS Wednesday from our friends at Dark Horse. Buy it. Own it. Love it!


Hawken Takes Flight with IDW

Tim Truman returns to the Weird West with all-new miniseries
Starting in November

[Hawken Cover]San Diego, CA (July 13, 2011)—Continuing the assent to San Diego Comic-Con, IDW Publishing today announced HAWKEN, an all-new, six-issue comics series illustrated and co-created by comics legend Tim Truman, best known for his reinvention of Jonah Hex and Hawkman, as well as his groundbreaking work on Scout and Grimjack. HAWKEN will be scripted by Ben Truman, who co-developed the series with his father.HAWKEN tells the story of aging gunman Kitchell Hawken and his bloody, one-man vendetta against the Tucson Ring, a brotherhood of arms merchants and corrupt politicians who once employed him.

“Hawken has been many things in his day,” said Tim Truman. “Scout, tracker, scalp-hunter, raider, hired gun… But mostly, he’s been a nasty son-of-a-bitch.”

In each issue, the team will reveal new pieces of the character’s past. “Suffice it to say that after a lifetime spent doing some very bad things, Hawken had one last shot at redemption. The Ring took it away. Just what a any good Western revenge epic needs. However, in HAWKEN, that’s where things get strange.”

Strange indeed. Hawken has unusual companions on his war trail: The ghosts of every person he’s ever killed, cursed to assist the old man against their wills. “In many ways, it’s not the ghosts who haunt Hawken. It’s Hawken who haunts them. They try to trip him up at every turn.”

Renowned for depicting hard-scrabble, violent heroes, Tim admits that the new book ups the ante. “Folks would be hard pressed to find a character as ruthless and pissed-off as Kit Hawken. He has good reasons for his rampage, and believe me, a rampage it is. For once, the bad men have truly messed with the wrong guy.”

Scripter Ben Truman, who also works as an educator in Tucson, described the project starting almost by accident. “My parents were visiting here in Arizona, and while driving through Sunset Crater Park I asked Dad if he’s ever seen any accounts where a man had survived a scalping. Somehow, that kicked it off. Hawken grew from the landscapes of each new place we visited: His name in Flagstaff, his past in Bisbee, the curse in Tempe, his vendetta in Tombstone. By the time we left San Xavier Mission, the first issue was plotted. A year later, we signed a contract with IDW. We all hope this story will grab people like it did us.

“HAWKEN takes people to unexplored corners of the Wild West, paying homage to spaghetti westerns and the like.” Along the way, the creative team grabs familiar Old West themes by the throat and twists them inside out.

“When I first heard about this project, I jumped at the chance to work with an industry legend,” says editor Denton J. Tipton. “Tim continues to produce at the highest level, and working with Ben has pushed him even harder to exceed expectations. And they surely don’t disappoint with HAWKEN.”

HAWKEN #1 (of 6, $3.99, 32 pages, duo-tone) will be available in stores in November 2011.

Visit to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

About IDW Publishing
IDW 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 and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio; and is the print publisher for EA Comics.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at