(San Diego, July 7, 2008) IDW Publishing is proud to present unexpected happenings and exciting news at this year’s Comic-Con. The Con runs from Thursday July 24 to Sunday July 27th, and throughout the show, IDW (booth #1705) will be offering a number of Con exclusive comic books and other items listed below that are only available during the show. IDW’s two panels will run down upcoming projects and feature special guests and surprise announcements.
Among the guests signing at IDW’s booth will be Comic-Con Guest of Honor Joe Hill, who will be signing copies of Locke & Key and a special L&K slipcase edition alongside the book’s artist, Gabriel Rodriguez.
Eisner award-winning creator Darwyn Cooke (DC’s The New Frontier) will be announcing an all-new project through IDW and signing an exclusive signature card when he speaks at IDW’s panel on Saturday July 26.
Exclusive IDW creators Ashley Wood (debuting his new World War Robot book) and Ben Templesmith (premiering Welcome to Hoxford in the form of an exclusive ashcan) will be appearing at the booth as well. Creators of titles like Angel: After the Fall, Igor, Ghost Whisperer, The Transformers, Fallen Angel, and many others will also be signing at the IDW booth. A full signing schedule will be released in the days leading up to the con and on display at the booth during the show.
IDW will be hosting two panels this year, too:
All Hail the Transformers (Friday, July 25 4:00–5:00 PM)
TF Editor Denton J. Tipton hosts a panel of Transformers creators including writers Shane McCarthy (All Hail Megatron), Chris Mowry (The Reign of Starscream), Marty Isenberg (TF Animated), artists Alex Milne (The Reign of Starscream), Marcelo Matere (TF Animated), Klaus Scherwinski (TF Spotlight: Wheelie) and more. Advance art, surprise announcements, pints of Energon all around! As if that wasn’t enough, all this will be topped off with a sneak peek of the new G.I. Joe comic! Room 2
IDW Publishing: Ideas and Dreams 2008 (Saturday, July 26, 11:00–12:00 PM – )
IDW Publisher Chris Ryall presides over a superstar panel including writer/Con Guest of Honor Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key), Ben Templesmith (Welcome to Hoxford), Darwyn Cooke, writers Brian Lynch (Angel: After the Fall), Steve Niles (Epilogue), IDW Special Projects Editor Scott Dunbier, and a special 30 Days of Night presentation from FEARnet.com plus some special announcements of all-new projects, too! Room 3
A list of the exclusive items being offered at IDW’s booth is as follows:
Darwyn Cooke’s Special Project signature cards
Eisner-winning writer/artist Darwyn Cooke presents his first title for IDW, a graphic novel that will be announced on Wednesday evening. Cooke will be talking up the project at IDW’s Saturday panel, and will even be offering T-shirts displaying the project during his signings at the IDW booth. Cooke will be signing exclusive signature cards after the panel and throughout the rest of the show at the IDW booth. – Free, limited to 250 copies.
Welcome to Hoxford Ashcan
Eisner Award-nominated artist Ben Templesmith presents the first look at his all-new, horrific series, Welcome to Hoxford, in this 16-page Ashcan featuring eight pages of story and exclusive character bios and artwork. Templesmith will be signing the Ashcan throughout the duration of the show.
– $10, limited to 1,000 copies.
Locke & Key slipcase
Comic-Con guest of honor Joe Hill will be signing copies of his hit comic Locke & Key at IDW’s booth. Two exclusive cardboard slipcases signed by Joe and containing issues 1-3 and issues 4-6 will be available only at Comic-Con. Artist Gabriel Rodriguez will be signing at the IDW booth, too.
– $15 each, limited to 100 copies of each slipcase
Zombies vs Robots statue
Warbot Bertie from Ashley Wood and Chris Ryall’s Zombies vs Robots comes to glorious life in the form of this 14-inch, fully articulated, statue-esque toy designed by the sexy artist/painter Wood himself! Strictly limited to 100 copies at the show, with Ash on hand to autograph each one.
– $350, limited to 100 copies
World War Robot Comic-Con edition
Ashley Wood created a special cover for his latest tale of battle and ‘bots, World War Robot, exclusively for San Diego Comic Con! Get your hands on this 12” x 12”, 48-page edition at the Con, and then come by the IDW booth and have it signed by Wood.
– $11.99, limited to 300 copies
World War Robot Poster
Get this gorgeous 24” x 36” reproduction of Ashley Wood’s painted World War Robot cover art and have him sign the exclusive piece throughout the duration of the con.
– $10, limited to 500 copies
Spike: After the Fall #1 Comic-Con edition
The debut issue of the prequel to IDW’s sold-out smash hit Angel: After the Fall will be offered with a special Comic-Con exclusive vellum cover. Writer Brian Lynch will be signing copies at the IDW booth.
– $5, limited to 2,000 copies
Angora Napkin promo
Award-winning creator Troy Little (Chiaroscuro) presents a huge, and free!—ashcan debuting his latest creation, Angora Napkin. This special 48-page comic will be available at the IDW booth until we run out!
– Free, limited to 1,000 copies
Blue Dream Studios All_Ages Super Ashcan
Get a sneak peek at six new All-Ages books from IDW and Blue Dream Studios. Robots, Aliens, Pirates, Dinosaurs, and more abound in this colorful ashcan filled with Saturday Morning Animated Fun! Join the award-winning creator, Scott Christian Sava, at the IDW booth for signings and sketches and more!
– Free, limited to 1,000 copies