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EXCLUSIVE: IDW Emphasizes ‘Creator-Driven’ Comics with Five New Series in August

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EXCLUSIVE: IDW Emphasizes ‘Creator-Driven’ Comics with Five New Series in August

IDW Publishing may be primarily known for its vast roster of licensed comics — “My Little Pony,” “G.I. Joe” and “Transformers” among the current crop — but the company has also had notable hits with original series over the years, like “30 Days of Night” and “Locke & Key.” The publisher looks to emphasize that aspect of the company in August with the five-week “Creator Visions” event, with one new “creator-driven” series launched each Wednesday of the month. CBR has the exclusive first details.

Things start with a new volume of “The Adventures of Augusta Wind,” from writer J.M. DeMatteis and artist Vassilis Gogtzilas, slated to be the “five-issue conclusion” of the all-ages fantasy story that started at IDW in 2012. The following week sees the debut of a new “Atomic Robo” series from Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener, the five-issue “Atomic Robo and the Temple of Od.”

“Jackboot & Ironheel” follows in week three, a four-issue series written and illustrated by “2000 AD” veteran David “Max” Millgate. It’s about a football player (soccer if you’re in the states) who winds up in the midst of World War II. James Kochalka‘s “Superf*ckers” returns for the fourth week of August, for its first monthly five-issue miniseries. Each issue will have a back-up story by an acclaimed indie creator, starting with Jake Lawrence of “Teen Dog” fame.

The fifth week of August is slated to see the release of “Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me,” a five-issue comic book adaptation of the celebrated 1952 crime novel. The series will be written by journalist Devin Faraci and illustrated by Vic Malhotra.

Full solicitation text and cover art follows; check back early Wednesday for IDW Publishing’s full August 2016 solicitations.

The Adventures of Augusta Wind, Vol. 2: The Last Story #1-SPOTLIGHT

J.M. DeMatteis (w) • Vassilis Gogtzilas (a & c)

Beginning the five-issue conclusion of this epic, all-ages fantasy! With a malevolent entity about to un-tell every story ever told, erase every character ever imagined (including you!), it’s up to Augusta Wind, Mr. Snabbit, the Omniphant and Upton Snuff to stop the Story Killer and save the Storiverse. But weird worlds, bizarre creatures and terrible dangers await them-and victory is not assured!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The Adventures of Augusta Wind, Vol. 2: The Last Story #1-Subscription cover

J.M. DeMatteis (w) • Vassilis Gogtzilas (a & c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

· From the imagination of Eisner Award-winner J.M. DeMatteis-creator of the celebrated all-ages fantasies Abadazad, The Stardust Kid and Imaginalis.

· With mind-blowing art from Vassilis Gogtzilas, critically-acclaimed, visionary artist of The Bigger Bang.

· For fans of Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, A Wrinkle in Time and The Chronicles of Narnia.

· Part of IDW’s five-week Creator Visions event! Five creator-driven books, launched in five straight weeks!

Atomic Robo and the Temple of Od #1 (of 5)-SPOTLIGHT

Brian Clevinger (w) • Scott Wegener (a & c)

The year is 1938 and a viral weapon is being developed that will rival even Tesla’s lightning weapon designs! Cue Atomic Robo, Jack Tarot, secret government agencies, moon men, magical arctic circle elves, jetlagged aliens, elderly rights activists, youngling laborers, and the manifestation of human hope to help save the day!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Atomic Robo and the Temple of Od #1 (of 5)-Subscription cover

Brian Clevinger (w) • Scott Wegener (a) • Giannis Milogiannis (a & c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

· Atomic Robo blows things up in a blast-from-the-past adventure!

· Part of IDW’s five-week Creator Visions event! Five creator-driven books, launched in five straight weeks!

Jackboot & Ironheel #1 (of 4)-SPOTLIGHT

Max Millgate (w & a & c)

EDDIE NEALE had his future planned, shooting balls into the net for West Ham United F.C, but thanks to WORLD WAR II, now he’s shooting NAZIS as an R.A.F tail-gunner! Shot down, he finds himself captive in castle LUNGOTZ LUFTZIG where he’ll face his biggest opposition yet…his own DESTINY!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Jackboot & Ironheel #1 (of 4)-Subscription cover

Max Millgate (w & a & c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

· From regular Judge Dredd contributor and Sinister Dexter co-creator Max Millgate comes a new, horrific twist on the annals of world history!

· Part of IDW’s five-week Creator Visions event! Five creator-driven books, launched in five straight weeks!

Superf*ckers Forever #1 (of 5)-SPOTLIGHT

James Kochalka (w) • James Kochalka, Jake Lawrence (a) • James Kochalka (c)

The Superf*ckers are back in their first-ever monthly comic-book series! James Kochalka’s loveably profane heroes return in Superf*ckers Forever, an event series like no other!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Superf*ckers Forever #1 (of 5)-Subscription cover

James Kochalka (w) • James Kochalka, Jake Lawrence (a) • Ryan Ottley (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

· The first-ever Superf*ckers comic-book series!

· Back-up stories by acclaimed indie creators in ever issue. Up first: Jake Lawrence!

· Variant covers by acclaimed indie creators on every issue! Up first: Ryan “Invincible” Ottley!

· Jack Krak is *still* the mother*cker!

· Part of IDW’s five-week Creator Visions event! Five creator-driven books, launched in five straight weeks!

Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me #1 (of 5)-SPOTLIGHT

Devin Faraci (w) • Vic Malhotra (a & c)

Jim Thompson’s sinewy, brutal, and beloved novel comes to life as a five-part graphic noir! Adapted by writer Devin Faraci (The Fade-In) and illustrated with gut-punchingly vivid art by Vic Malhotra (Murder Book).

In THE KILLER INSIDE ME, Thompson went where few have dared, giving us a pitch-black glimpse into the mind of the American serial killer years before Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, and Brett Easton Ellis’s American Psycho, in the novel that will forever be known as the master performance of one of the greatest crime novelists of all time.

Lou Ford is the deputy sheriff of a small town in Texas. The worst thing most people can say against him is that he’s a little slow and a little boring. But, then, most people don’t know about the sickness-the sickness that almost got Lou put away when he was younger. The sickness that is about to surface again.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me #1 (of 5)-Subscription Variant

Devin Faraci (w) • Vic Malhotra (a) • Robert Hack (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

· Foreword by Stephen King!

· Variant covers by Robert Hack (Mean Streets).

· “Probably the most chilling and believable first-person story of a criminally-warped mind I have ever encountered.” -Stanley Kubrick

· Part of IDW’s five-week Creator Visions event! Five creator-driven books, launched in five straight weeks!

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