IDW Publishing and "Popbot" Offer Fans Bonus DVD with Second Collection

Official Press Release

San Diego, CA (December 17, 2004)-Popbot fans will be treated to a special DVD included inside Popbot Collection Book 2, arriving at comic shops later this month.

Ashley Wood's Popbot has a rabid following of fans. So rabid, in fact, that last year IDW entered into a partnership with Sideshow Collectibles to develop a Popbot polystone statue. The statue, a prototype of which debuted last summer at Comic-Con International in San Diego, makes its debut in February 2005. But before that, fans can take a close look at the statue through a free DVD included inside the second Popbot collection.

The second Popbot Collection was originally solicited as just containing the second act of Popbot, the wonderfully warped epic from the mind of Ashley Wood. But the early response to Sideshow's statue-which also features Kitty, too-was so promising that IDW and Sideshow assembled this special DVD for inclusion in the book at no extra cost.

On the DVD is an extended close-up look at the statue, as well as some behind-the-scenes comments from IDW Publishing President, Ted Adams, Sideshow Collectible's VP of Creative Services, Tom Gilliland, Popbot statue sculptor James Hakola, and, of course, Ash himself. All of the interviews are contained within a special episode of Geee Bob, hosted by none other than Popbot co-star "Andy Warhol."

The creation of a statue based on the vision of Ash Wood is something that many thought could never be done successfully. Now, people can see not only the successful end result, but also the craft and collaboration that went into creating such a product.

Popbot Collection Book 2, a full-color, 154-page trade paperback with bonus DVD, will be available at the end of December, order # OCT042788.

IDW PUBLISHING is a division of Idea + Design Works, LLC, a revolutionary creative service company with a wide range of clients including The Upper Deck Company, Electronic Arts, Ultima Online, WizKids, Cartoon Network, Sony Online Entertainment, Nickelodeon, and many more. IDW Publishing focuses on a small number of high-quality titles. Among them are CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith's 30 Days of Night and its sequels, Dark Days and Return to Barrow; Ashley Wood's Lore; CVO: Covert Vampiric Operations; Beau Smith's Wynonna Earp; and Steve Niles' Wake The Dead. Columbia Pictures has optioned the movie rights to 30 Days of Night, with Sam Raimi attached to produce. Konami is producing a video game based on CVO: Covert Vampiric Operations. Dimension Films has optioned the movie rights to Wake The Dead and Hyde. Paramount Pictures has optioned the movie rights to Aleister Arcane.

Since its inception in 1994, SIDESHOW COLLECTIBLES has been a specialty manufacturer of licensed and proprietary collectible products that reflect a passion toward creating unique, highly sought after figure collectibles, as well as film prop replicas and fine art collectibles. The Sideshow artisans are renowned sculptors, experienced model makers, painters and costumers, whose collaborative efforts result in intricately detailed likenesses of popular characters, including film and television monsters, villains, heroes and mystical creatures of fantasy, as well as legendary figures from history. Sideshow artisans have regularly distinguished themselves for their ability to achieve a level of authenticity seldom seen in the figure collectible arena.

Sideshow is the premier source for highly collectible figures, statues, busts, framed art, prop replicas and film-study maquettes. Sideshow products are available online at: sideshowcollectibles.com, sideshowfineart.com, as well as through specialty and collectible shops, comic book stores, other specialty retailers and via collectible web sites worldwide.

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