IDW to debut digital series THE POUND for free

by Jeff

ThePound-001 IDW to debut digital series THE POUND for freeMedia Release — IDW Publishing and Frozen Beach Studios today announced the launch of the latest supernatural thriller comedy by Frozen Beach, entitled THE POUND. Created by Stephan Nilson and Charles Pritchett, THE POUND will be available digitally, and a collection of the entire five-issue series will be released in September 2011. To introduce readers to this exciting new series, THE POUND #1 is currently available for free through the IDW Comics iPad and iPhone app and will be available through the Sony Digital Comics store for PSP on June 1, 2011.

Rated five out of five stars by Kitty’s Pryde, THE POUND follows Cleveland Animal Control Specialists Scott Allison and Howard Lynch, who have lost their jobs due to budget cuts and decide to start their own private stray animal retrieval business. At first it’s business as usual – retrieving a mother raccoon and her newborn litter from a crawlspace or removing bats from basements – but everything changes the night they receive a call about a large dog running loose in the halls of the high school.

“Being an advocate for digital comics, with over 70% of my monthly pull list in that format, I felt it was time to back my words with action,” stated Stephan Nilson, writer and co-creator of THE POUND. “Everyone working on THE POUND wanted to deliver a top-notch, original content comic series digitally first. Doing it through IDW Publishing’s store front, with its wide reach, is the perfect place to distribute our book to the world.”

Reviews continue to pour in for THE POUND. Comics Bulletin called it an “easy recommendation.” Still on the Shelf called it a “fun read.” Comic reviewer Todd H. Latoski praised THE POUND for “some of the best dialogue I have read in a long, long, LONG time.”

Underpaid, under-equipped and in way over their heads, Scottie and Howie take it upon themselves to help rehabilitate monsters looking to join society, and stop a plan to turn all Clevelanders into werewolves. For a more in depth look into the character of Howie, follow him on Twitter (@Howie_Lynch) as he continues to tweet exclusive introductions into the comic series.

The first issue of THE POUND is available online for free starting today, through the IDW Comics app for iOS devices, followed by issue #2, for sale starting on May 10, 2011. THE POUND #1 will be available for free for the Sony PSP on June 1, and Issue #2 will be available for sale the same day.

THE POUND #1 (of 5) is now available digitally through the IDW Comics app.

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