Official Press Release
San Diego, CA (February 19, 2008)-Veteran artist and fan-favorite John Byrne is returning to his roots with the publication of a new superhero comic in the form of IDW Publishing’s (www.idwpublishing.com) FX. Hitting the stands in March, this six-part series tells the story of a new hero for the ages. Struck down by a mysterious accident, Tom Talbot awakens to find that playing pretend has suddenly become all too real: He now has power limited only by his imagination. Comic legend Byrne provides the cover art and interior pencils and inks for the entire series created and written by Wayne Osborne.
“Byrne is back doing superhero comics, only this time he’s doing it for us,” says Chris Ryall, publisher and editor-in-chief of IDW Publishing, referring to the acclaimed art that Byrne created for comics, such as Marvel Comics’ X-Men and Fantastic Four and DC Comics’ Superman.
The first six FX issues follow the adventures of Tom, who has a mysterious accident that gives him an unusual power-whatever he pretends to do actually happens. “If he makes an airplane noise and puts out his arms, he can actually fly,” says Osborne. “It’s how kids play, but when he pretends, it actually happens.”
Osborne chose to do this story as a tribute to all of his favorite comics and as a nod to a long tradition of comic heroes. “He’s a hero because he does the right thing, simply because it’s the right thing to do, and he has fun while he’s doing it,” explains Osborne. “He’s a hero for all ages-for those who have a little bit of a kid still inside them and for kids themselves. If you are a kid, I wanted it to inspire you to pretend to be him for a little while. If you are an adult, I wanted it to help you remember what it was like to be a kid.”
The FX cast also includes Silverback, “a proverbial talking comic book gorilla,” says Osborne; Jack, who is Tom’s best friend; and Vicki, who stumbles on Tom’s secret because of her ability to read minds. “Vicki figures out Tom’s secret while he is daydreaming, and she gets sucked into the adventure,” adds Osborne.
ABOUT IDW PUBLISHING
IDW PUBLISHING is a division of Idea and Design Works, LLC, a revolutionary creative service company with a wide range of clients. Among its best-selling titles are Hasbro’s THE TRANSFORMERS; Paramount/CBS’s STAR TREK; and Fox’s ANGEL. IDW’s 30 DAYS OF NIGHT film from Sony Pictures was released in October 2007 and was the #1 movie in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at www.idwpublishing.com.