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SDCC2015: Everything Revealed By IDW Publishing, Including…ROM?

by on July 14, 2015

IDW Publishing announced a boatload of new comics and releases during San Diego Comic-Con. Fortunately they prepared a summary press release containing all that information in one place.

Most startling on this list is the mention of ROM: Spaceknight, which Marvel has tried and failed to obtain the rights to for years. ROM is a Hasbro property, and Marvel created a comic book based on the toy that spun off into a life of its own and introduced characters still active in the Marvel universe today. Except for ROM. Hasbro still owns him.

Now IDW is mentioning a title simply called “ROM: The Space Knight.” Does this mean a long-overdue reprint of the Marvel series? Is Marvel okay with that being handled by a third party? Or is it a brand-new comic (which isn’t a good idea given that Marvel owns everything else fans loved about the ROM comic except ROM himself)? No one knows but IDW. There’s just the solitary logo and the promise of knowing more in 2016.

Oh right, the list. Here it is…

San Diego, CA (July 14, 2015) – IDW Publishing made waves this past weekend at the 46th Comic-Con International: San Diego with some of the biggest announcements of the show. And though SDCC has come and gone there is still a lot to look forward to with the upcoming IDW releases announced at this year’s show.Everyday of the convention IDW announced a major property that had SDCC attendees and beyond in awe:
Back to the Future (written by Bob Gale, John Barber and Erik Burnham, drawn by Brent Schoonover, Dan Schoening and more) Coming October 2015
TMNT / Batman (written by James Tynion IV, drawn by Freddie E. Williams III) Coming November 2015
TMNT Game Coming 2016
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy (written by Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrot, drawn by Derek Charm) Coming December 2015
G.I. JOE: Cobra World Order (written by Larry Hama, drawn by S.L. Gallant) Coming October 2015

Throughout the week IDW also released teasers for some very exciting all-new series. Watch IDW’s website, Facebook and Twitter as more detail become available.

MICRONAUTS (Coming 2016)
ROM: The Space Knight (Coming 2016)

Street Fighter X G.I. JOE

In TRANSFORMERS news, three awesome new projects were announced at SDCC 2015:
TRANSFORMERS: Sins of the Wreckers (written and drawn by Nick Roche) Coming November 2015
TRANSFORMERS: Redemption (written by John Barber, drawn by Livio Ramondelli) Coming October 2015
TRANSFORMERS: Till All Are One (written by Mairghread Scott, drawn by Sara Pitre-Durocher) Coming 2016

Details for a few new projects were also released last weekend:
Archangel (written by William Gibson and Michael St. John Smith, drawn by Butch Guice) Coming February 2016
Judge Dredd: Mega City Zero (written by Ulises Farinas & Erick Freitas, drawn by Dan McDaid) Coming December 2015
Amazing Forest (written by Erick Freitas & Ulises Farinas, drawn by various) Coming February 2016

On the archival front, Fistful of Blood (written by Kevin Eastman, drawn by Simon Bisley, coming October 2015) and Star Hawks (written Gil Kane, drawn by Ron Goulart) were announced on the Something Old, Something New! (or, The Revenge of the Classic Comic Collections Panel).

And last but definitely not least, IDW earned three Eisner Awards at the 2015 ceremony:
Best Limited Series – Little Nemo: Return To Slumberland (written by Eric Shanower, drawn by Gabriel Rodriguez)
Best Archival Collection/Project – Comic Books – Steranko Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Artist’s Edition (edited by Scott Dunbier)
Best Comics-Related Book – Genius Animated: The Cartoon Art of Alex Toth (edited by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell)

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, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Disney’s classic characters including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Uncle Scrooge; Paramount/CBS’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Zombies vs Robots by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to acclaimed imprints such as the Library of American Comics, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, IDW Artist’s Editions, and Top Shelf Productions.

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; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, and Alex Kurtzman is producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal. 

IDW Entertainment was started in 2014 to fund, develop, and oversee brand extensions across IDW Publishing’s portfolio of comics and graphic novels for the global television market. IDW Entertainment is currently in development with a slate of properties for television including the chilling and realistic vampire thriller, V Wars, by New York Times Best Seller Jonathan Maberry with writer/executive producer Tim Schlattmann (Dexter, Smallville); Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, with writer/executive producer Max Landis (Chronicle); and many others.

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