IDW Publishing Releases New 'CSI' One-shot: 'Thicker Than Blood'

Official Press Release

San Diego, CA (April 29, 2003) On the heels of its very successful CSI: Crime Scene Investigation miniseries, IDW Publishing will release the special 48-page one-shot CSI: Thicker Than Blood.

CSI: Thicker Than Blood is written by Jeff Mariotte, noted novelist and comic book writer/editor, whose works include the award-nominated Desperadoes as well as novels set in the worlds of Angel, Star Trek, and others. As an additional bonus, Mariotte will sign every first printing copy of CSI: Thicker Than Blood.

This will come at no extra cost to the retailer or the consumer. IDW Publishing carries on their tradition of giving the consumer every extra possible in content, art, and quality production values. The art team of Gabriel Rodriguez and Ashley Wood, who have proven their ability to capture the nuances of America's #1 TV show in the first CSI miniseries, is on board for this one-shot as well.

"I hear from fans all over the country who wish that I could come and do signings in their towns, and I try to be as available as I can," writer Jeff Mariotte said. "But I can't get everywhere. This way, anyone who picks up a copy of the one-shot's first printing can have it signed. Like the rest of the country, I love CSI, and I worked to bring as much care to this one-shot as I do to any licensed fiction I write."

CSI: Thicker Than Blood has more twists and turns than human intestines. The story deals with a missing Elvis impersonator, a powerful mobster with death threats coming his way as well as some of the trickiest clues ever left at the scene of the crime. The Las Vegas CSIs may be up against their most bizarre case yet.

IDW Publishing's VP of Sales and Marketing Beau Smith added, "The first CSI miniseries went well beyond our sales expectations. The direct market, as well as a new horde of non-traditional comic book buyers, really made the series a hit. With Thicker Than Blood we're hoping to capture even more readers from the mass market, to open the door for more projects like CSI to happen."

CSI: Thicker Than Blood is a prestige format, 48-page comic book on sale in July from IDW Publishing, under license from CBS Consumer Products, with a cover price of $6.99.

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 sequel, Dark Days; Ashley Wood's Popbot; Paul Lee and Adam Huntley's Lurid; Beau Smith's Wynonna Earp; Janet Harvey's Jungle Girl; and the art books Uno Fanta, Dos Fanta, Art of Armitage and The Art of Sam Kieth. Columbia Pictures has optioned the movie rights to 30 Days of Night with Sam Raimi attached to produce.

CBS Consumer Products, a division of CBS Enterprises, manages the Worldwide licensing, merchandising and video activity for CBS Enterprises and King World Productions, Inc.

For more information about CSI - go to the CBS Website and click on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

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