The End Begins in LOCKE & KEY: Ω!

The last arc of the acclaimed horror series begins this November!

San Diego, CA (September 13, 2012) – As Thornton Wilder once said, “All good things must come to an end, but all bad things can continue forever,” a quote that seems eerily appropriate for LOCKE & KEY. While at times frighteningly dark and brutally violent, Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s Eisner-winning series has also sailed on winds of high fantasy and elaborate mystery, striking a mesmerizing balance and attracting a fervent and dedicated audience. While new issues may cease to appear before too long, the unique and vivid memories will live on in fans’ minds and shelves forever.

“Locke & Key is the most fun I’ve ever had writing anything. It’s been a Catherine’s Wheel that throws off story possibilities instead of sparks and a part of me thinks I could live in Keyhouse forever. But I made a promise to the reader in the first issues, that one day ‘all doors would be opened,’ and that time is now,” said writer and co-creator Hill. “Time to open the door that leads to the end of our story and step through. Hopefully readers will like what’s waiting for them on the other side.”

After thirty-odd issues the decisive battle for Keyhouse must be fought; debts and spirits must be settled. LOCKE & KEY: Ω, beginning this November, is where the Locke family’s story, so masterfully begun in WELCOME TO LOVECRAFT, reaches its conclusion.

“Locke & Key has been a journey into pain, wonder, horror, magic, fear, courage, failure, love, hate, and hope. To get lost in this mythology and drama has given me the chance to develop visuals and narrative in a way I could never have imagined possible. Mostly because of the collaborative effort with best friends and artists with passion, creativity and insanity unleashed. Guys, what a ride!,” said artist and co-creator Rodriguez. “But we’ve always been heading to a conclusion that will finally see the light at the end of this last journey. I’m as eager and excited as any reader to open the last door, reveal the final mystery, and unveil the fate of our beloved characters. Be warned – unexpected turns and terrible surprises ahead!”

“We’re building toward a conclusion that Joe’s had in mind since WELCOME TO LOVECRAFT,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief and Locke & Key’s editor. “And while some of the story elements have shifted along the way, I can’t remember ever seeing a long-running series that’s had the complete story so fully developed from the start. I can’t wait for people to see it. But I recommend everyone pick up two copies of this series, since the issues are gonna end up stained with tears when readers see what’s going to happen to these beloved characters.”

“And, just because this is the end of the Locke family’s story doesn’t mean it’s the very end of Locke & Key,” Ryall added cryptically…

LOCKE & KEY: Ω #1 (of 7) is 32 pages, FC, $3.99 and will be available in November. Diamond Code: SEP120289

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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; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coasts Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, and Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, while Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.

IDW Publishing Wins Five Prestigious Eisner Awards

Honors include Best Writer/Artist and Best Archival Collections

Most Awarded Publisher for 2011

San Diego, CA (July 24, 2011)—At the 2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, IDW Publishing garnered five of the esteemed honors, the most for any one publisher during this year’s ceremony and the most in company history. With awards spanning from Best Writer/Artist to Best Archival Collection/Project – Strips, the breadth of IDW’s incredible array of books were showcased throughout the evening.Acclaimed author Joe Hill was lauded as Best Writer for LOCKE & KEY, which was recently the basis for a FOX Television pilot and was screened exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con. Launched in 2007, IDW’s best-selling LOCKE & KEY series has garnered praise since its inception, and MTV recently called it “the best comic book that’s currently being published, period.”

After launching to huge praise at San Diego Comic Con in 2010, IDW’s inaugural Artist’s Edition book, DAVE STEVENS’ THE ROCKETEER, was recognized with two Eisner Awards, for Best Archival Collection/Project – Comic Books and Best Publication Design. This amazing edition is edited by Scott Dunbier and designed by Randall Dalhk.

Fan-favorite creator Darywn Cooke was awarded Best Writer/Artist for THE OUTFIT, the second installment in the acclaimed graphic novel adaptation series, Richard Stark’s Parker. The first book in the series, THE HUNTER, won the 2010 Eisner for Best Adaptation from Another Work.

Under IDW’s imprint, The Library of American Comics, ARCHIE: THE COMPLETE DAILY NEWSPAPER STRIPS, 1946-1948 was honored with the Best Archival Collection/Project – Strips award. ARCHIE features the classic work of Bob Montana and the first editor credit for the company’s chief operating officer, Greg Goldstein.

LOCKE & KEY comics and graphic novels are available in comic and book stores.

THE OUTFIT ($24.99, hardcover, 160 pages) is available in comic and book stores.

DAVE STEVENS’ THE ROCKETEER: ARTIST’S EDITION ($100, hardcover, 136 pages, 12” x 17”, black and white) is available in comic stores.

ARCHIE: THE COMPLETE DAILY NEWSPAPER STRIPS, 1946-1948 ($39.99, hardcover, 328 pages) is available in comic and book stores.

Visit IDWPublishing.com 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 IDWPublishing.com.

IDW Honored with 12 Eisner Nominations

IDW Honored with 12 Eisner Nominations
Nominations include Best Continuing Series and Best Archival Collection

 

San Diego, CA (April 7, 2011)—With today’s announcement of the 2011 nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry awards, IDW Publishing and its team of stellar creators and editors have been honored with twelve separate nominations, the most in company history. Showcasing the company’s wide range of projects, six separate books and series received nominations.

“These many nominations covering the breadth of IDW’s diverse product line are so gratifying to see,” said Ted Adams, IDW co-founder and chief executive officer. “We strive hard every month to produce books that run the gamut of comic book fans’ interest, and it’s nice to see a spotlight shined on so many of these books.”

Recently the basis for a FOX Television pilot, IDW’s acclaimed series LOCKE & KEY tops the company’s nominations with four separate nods. Created by best-selling prose author Joe Hill, with art by Gabriel Rodriguez, LOCKE & KEY is up for Best Continuing Series, Best Single Issue (Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom #1), Best Writer (Joe Hill) and Best Penciller/Inker (Gabriel Rodriguez). Hill is also a member of the creative team for THE CAPE, nominated for Best Single Issue, along with Jason Ciaramella and Zack Howard.THE CAPE cover

“I’m really gratified by all the nominations and especially the nods for LOCKE & KEY and THE CAPE,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s chief creative officer and the editor of both nominated comics. “Anything that brings more focus to these two great series makes me happy. We really believe in LOCKE & KEY, which is why it’s the focus of our Free Comic Day issue this year, and we’re very high on its chances to get picked up as a TV series. And THE CAPE has gone from a little sold-out one-shot to an all-new series this June, so I love the idea of these nominations bringing more attention to the great work the creators are doing on both of these comics.”

THE OUTFIT coverTHE OUTFIT, the second installment of Darywn Cooke’s graphic novel adaptation series, Richard Stark’s Parker, is nominated for Best Writer/Artist (Darywn Cooke) and Best Lettering (Darywn Cooke). The first book in the series, THE HUNTER, won the Eisner for Best Adaptation from Another Work in 2010.

“I’m very happy that Darwyn has once again been recognized by the Eisner voting committee,” said editor Scott Dunbier. “He’s a terrific writer and artist and never gives less than his all—congrats, my friend!”

After launching to huge praise at San Diego Comic Con in 2010, IDW’s inaugural Artist’s Edition book, DAVE STEVENS’ THE ROCKETEER, is recognized with two Eisner nominations, for Best Archival Collection/Project – Strips and Best Publication Design. This amazing edition is edited by Scott Dunbier and designed by Randall Dalhk.DAVE STEVENS' THE ROCKETEER: ARTIST'S EDITION cover

IDW’s archival imprint, the Library of American Comics, again dominates its category with three nominations. The inaugural volume of POLLY AND HER PALS COMPLETE SUNDAY COMICS received nods for both Best Archival Collection/Project-Strips and Best Publication Design. POLLY AND HER PALS COMPLETE SUNDAY COMICS, Volume 1 is edited by multiple award-winner Dean Mullaney and designed by Mullaney and Lorraine Turner.

Rounding out IDW’s twelve nominations is ARCHIE: THE COMPLETE DAILY NEWSPAPER STRIPS, 1946-1948. Recognized in the category of Best Archival Collection/Project – Strips, ARCHIE features the classic work of Bob Montana and the first editor credit for the company’s chief operating officer, Greg Goldstein.

POLLY AND HER PALS, VOL 1“I’m glad our efforts at the Library of American Comics continue to be recognized,” said creative director Mullaney. “These are our ninth nominations in our first four years. I’m particularly proud that tribute this year is being paid to the incredible cartooning of Cliff Sterrett and Bob Montana.”

LOCKE & KEY comics and graphic novels are available in comic and book stores.

LOCKE & KEY: KEYS TO THE KINGDOM #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) is available in comic stores.

THE CAPE ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) is available in comic stores.

THE OUTFIT ($24.99, hardcover, 160 pages) is available in comic and book stores.

DAVE STEVENS’ THE ROCKETEER: ARTIST’S EDITION ($100, hardcover, 136 pages, 12” x 17”, black and white) is available in comic stores.ARCHIE: THE COMPLETE DAILY NEWSPAPER STRIPS, 1946-1948 cover

POLLY AND HER PALS COMPLETE SUNDAY COMICS, Volume 1 ($75, hardcover, 176 pages, 16” x 12”, color) is available in comic and book stores.

ARCHIE: THE COMPLETE DAILY NEWSPAPER STRIPS, 1946-1948 ($39.99, hardcover, 328 pages) is available in comic and book stores.

Visit IDWPublishing.com 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 IDWPublishing.com.