IDW Announcements Roll Out
at Wonder Con 2014
Multiple New Projects Coming From Publisher
San Diego, CA (April 21, 2014) – At this year’s Wonder Con in Anaheim, IDW unleashed an impressive array of announcements, bolstering its lineup through the fall of 2014 and beyond. Brand-new titles, miniseries featuring fan-favorite characters, new Artist’s Editions, new television deals, and a first-of-its-kind exclusive creator deal rounded out the action-packed weekend.
IDW has secured the amazing talents of Locke & Key co-creator Gabriel Rodriguez by signing him to an exclusive deal. His work has appeared in IDW comics since the very beginning, and will continue to do so exclusively, with his next project being the hotly anticipated Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland with Eisner Award-winning writer, Eric Shanower.
IDW Entertainment, along with George Lopez and his Travieso Production Company, announced they are developing Wormwood as an animated television series based on the acclaimed IDW title created by Ben Templesmith. David M. Stern (Ugly Americans, The Simpsons) has been tapped to write the pilot episode and serve as an executive producer on the series. Circle of Confusion (Walking Dead) will also executive produce the show. IDW Entertainment will fund development of the series, which will soon be marketed to the networks.
At the Artist’s Edition panel, Special Projects Editor Scott Dunbier showed off some of the amazing art included in the Marvel Cover’s Artist’s Edition and announced that John Buscema’s Silver Surfer (in cooperation with Marvel Comics), and two more projects with Walter Simonson, Walter Simonson’s Manhunter & Other Stories (in cooperation with DC Entertainment), and Walter Simonson’s Lawnmower Man Artist’s Edition portfolio, collecting the entire Stephen King-penned story into a deluxe portfolio, will soon join the IDW Artist’s Edition catalog!
The acclaimed videogame franchise Borderlands is returning to IDW with a brand new miniseries “The Fall Of Fyrestone.” Written by the original game writer Mikey Neumann, the new series promises the dark humor and high-end action that fans love about the videogames.
IDW’s Star Trek comics continue to break new ground and delight fans with two stories that are Star Trek “firsts.” Star Trek #35 starts “The Q Gambit,” which crosses the paths of the omnipotent (and beloved) Q and the crew of the recent 2009 film franchise for the first time. In July, fans will get the chance to see all six Star Trek medical officers ban together for the first time as they fight a mysterious virus in the one-shot Star Trek Special: Flesh and Stone.
Traveling back to the ‘40s, the new miniseries The X-Files: Year Zero by writer Karl Kesel and artists Vic Malhotra and Greg Scott explores the mysterious origins of the department and the strange connections Mulder and Scully now find themselves up against.
A new five-part miniseries set in the world of Judge Dredd focusing on Judge Anderson will debut this August: Judge Dredd: Anderson, Psi-Division, by writer Matt Smith and artist Carl Critchlow, will continue to explore Dredd’s early years in this follow-up to Smith’s Judge Dredd: Year One series.
IDW returns to Konami’s horror masterpiece with Silent Hill Downpour: Anne’s Story. Written by Tom Waltz (Silent Hill: Sinner’s Reward, Silent Hill: Past Life and the Silent Hill Downpour video game), with artwork by Tristan Jones (Ghostbusters, Hoax Hunters). Waltz, further acclaimed for his writing on IDW’s ongoing TMNT revival, will also launch a sci-fi action-adventure epic with artist Casey Maloney, The Last Fall.
The partnership between IDW and 44FLOOD was announced at New York Comic-Con 2013, and this weekend it was made public that the second release from this collaboration is Ben Templesmith’s The Squidder, a new four-issue series coming this August.
Also on the creator-owned front, Angel: After the Fall fan-favorite writer Brian Lynch will launch Monster Motors in July. Announced at “The Greatest Panel in the Known Universe,” the action-comedy features art and cover by Transformers artist Nick Roche.
Transformers: Primacy is coming this August! Writers Chris Metzen and Flint Dille with artist Livio Ramondelli guide us through the war for Cybertron that will shake the world of the TRANSFORMERS to the core, in this, the final chapter of the Cybertron War trilogy.
And finally (for now), IDW’s partnership with Darby Pop Publishing grows with the upcoming July release of Doberman. From the minds of Rob Rosell and Scott Marder, known from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Unsupervised, with writer Jack Lambert and artist Brandon McKinney (Army of Two) the story of Frank Doberman comes to life and he wants a six-pack and vengeance!
TRANSFORMERS Rising Clarification
As you may have heard, there’s a new DeNA game being developed titled Transformers Rising. We wanted to take a quick moment to address some of the misconceptions surrounding it.
For clarification, this game is being developed by our sister studio in China, and is in no way affiliated with, or a sequel to TRANSFORMERS: Legends.
There are currently no plans for a US release.
There is no beta testing currently going on. Claims of invitation and access to a Transformers Rising beta are completely fabricated for reasons unknown to us.
This game’s development and existence does not affect or influence TRANSFORMERS: Legends in any way. We have heard a few players suggesting that this game’s arrival will mark the end of TFL, and that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
TRANSFORMERS: Legends is running strong with a bright future ahead of it, and we want to make sure that all of our loyal players are well aware of that.
The TRANSFORMERS: Legends Team”
Dawn of the Autobots started on Wednesday. Megatron has joined the Autobots, and is now captain of the Lost Light in More than Meets the Eye.
Windblade just started. The lead character is apparently a descendant of Cybertron.
Robots in Disguise, written by John Barber and art by Andrew Griffith, is set back on Earth and stars Optimus Prime, Jazz and Sideswipe (among others). The planet is probably not going to have a welcoming reaction to the return of Optimus Prime and the Autobots.
In More than Meets the Eye, written by James Roberts and art by Alex Milne, Megatron is now leading the Lost Light. The book was called "Really crazy, really lot of fun."
Windblade, the four-issue mini series written by Mairghread Scott and art by Sarah Stone, is billed as new reader friendly. Windblade comes into conflict with Starscream. Really fun and Mairghread believes it's an "expressive, hopeful book."
We were reminded that Windblade is the result of a series of polls taken by the fans. She recently made debut in the Dark Cybertron event, along with Nautica and Chromia.
The new book was announced! Primacy, written by Flint Dille and Chris Metzen, and art by Livio Ramondelli. This will be the last part of the trilogy starting with Autocracy and Monstrosity. Dille described it as a war book and "carnage fest." This is the moment where we see the characters become what we're familiar with. Dille teased that Sharkticons and Quintessons might show up.
They mentioned Transformers vs GI Joe, written by John barber and Tom Scioli, and art by Scioli too. Barber says it's probably the craziest book he's worked on. Things get nuts.
As GI Joe corners Cobra Commander, Starscream purses Bumblebee and the story takes off from there. It's pure comics. Guzman said that he had no idea how Tom was going to draw some of the story elements until he sees the pages that get turned in.
GI Joe: The Real American Hero #200 was just released and the series is still going strong. The slideshow showed issue #201 will have a Liefeld cover. Guzman joked that the series probably going to make it to #300.
IDW Publishing is working on a deluxe hardcover anniversary edition of GI Joe #21, The Silent Interlude. IDW is going back and reshooting original art as well as recoloring it.. and adding even more extra material and commentaries.
IDW teased Fall of GI Joe for September 2014. They're not ready to make announcement just yet. Barber claimed it will please a lot of fans.
As for the background on the decision on making Megatron an Autobot, it goes back to September 2011. James Roberts, Phil Jimenez, and John Barber broke down Dark Cybertron at Hasbro. Barber seems to remember Mark Weber (Global Brand Development Manager for Hasbro) suggested Megatron being an Autobot and was shocked Hasbro allowed it.
As for who's leading the Decepticons.. They have lost the war. Lots of Decepticons might defect to Autobot side. Some believe Megatron sold out. Galvatron gathers and forms new Decepticon group on Cybertron with new agenda. Soundwave and Galvatron will lead group, for now.
Attention TRANSFORMERS fans!
Join IDW's Transformers writers, John Barber, James Roberts, and Mairghread Scott on Tuesday, April 22 at 2:00 PM PST for a live panel discussion on the upcoming "Dawn Of The Autobots" event running through all three series; Robots In Disguise, More Than Meets The Eye and Windblade!
They will be answering questions from selected press, bloggers, and YOU! That's right! We will hand select a number of your questions and be sure to source you and your site during our discussion if your question is chosen.
Submit your questions on this FB thread or via Twitter to #TFDawn.
To watch this amazing live panel, click this link on 4/22 at 2:00 PM PST: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPQ_4P-Uuxs
Chevrolet Returns to the Big Screen This Summer in Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction”
Brand has been involved in all four Transformers films
New installment features Chevrolet Camaro, Corvette Stingray, Sonic and Trax
DETROIT – Chevrolet and a Camaro that converts into the iconic Bumblebee will once again turn heads when the Transformers movie franchise returns to screens around the globe in the upcoming “Transformers: Age of Extinction” from director Michael Bay, in theaters June 27.
The latest film also features Chevrolets sold around the world including a Corvette Stingray that converts to Autobot Crosshairs, a Trax and a Sonic outfitted as a Rally Car.
The fifth-generation Camaro converted into Bumblebee in the 2007 film “Transformers,” the 2009 film “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and the 2011 film “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” The latest edition features two Camaros specifically built for the film, one a heavily modified vintage 1967 Camaro SS and the other a futuristic concept Camaro.
“The Transformers movies have been a great partnership for Chevrolet by allowing us to introduce our vehicles to new fans, young and old, around the world,” said Tim Mahoney, chief marketing officer, Global Chevrolet. “Now for the fourth time, you’ll see a Camaro as a heroic Autobot, a fitting role for one of the stars of Chevrolet’s lineup.”
Said LeeAnne Stables, executive vice president of Worldwide Marketing Partnerships for Paramount Pictures: “The Chevrolet partnership with this iconic Michael Bay movie franchise has become one of the longest-running and most innovative movie-brand relationships in film history. This new Chevy campaign will definitely bring new and exciting elements to a global audience of Transformers movie fans around the world.”
In addition to providing vehicles for the production, General Motors’ locations for filming included GM Design at the Warren Technical Center, the Milford Proving Ground and the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant.
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Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at http://www.chevrolet.com.
About Paramount’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction”
Directed by Michael Bay, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION from Paramount Pictures in association with Hasbro, based on the Hasbro’s Transformers™ Action Figures, and written by Ehren Kruger, stars Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Jack Reynor, Nichola Peltz, Sophia Myles, Bingbing Li, Titus Welliver and TJ Miller. The fourth installment in the hit series of the movie re-unites the filmmaking team from the hit franchise, including producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Tom DeSanto & Don Murphy and Ian Bryce; and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. Paramount Pictures will release the film on June 27th, 2014.
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It reached number one in impressive in the "Masterpiece Fan's Choice" poll conducted at the end of last year. Mass release of the masterpiece "Star Saber" has been confirmed.
Development project has finally begun.
Let us show you a drawing of the design study for this first installment of the development diary!
It is a early study sketch, but it's still possible to see the coolness of heroic Star Saber. Further along, elements of mechanical toy are going to be added to this figure, as the level of perfection as a toy is gradually increasing.
The Masterpiece Star Saber mass release has been determined by the vote of everyone.
We will continue to update from time to time the development progress of Star Saber on this page, as we cannot wait for you to also enjoy the process of it getting onto the market, and all information will be stated on this page.
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Vehicle convoy trailer production version!
Revive the track of modern vehicle mode of primary commander convoy!
"Primary convoy is" re-scanning "the track of modern!" Speaking style Transformers
I should be able to realize in the real convoy.
Special content "Convoy, covert action NOW!" updated schedule information in!
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Toy launch countdown event
"Transformers Celebration 2014"
Ikebukuro, May 16 (Fri) held late at night!
It is released shortly before the date of the "Transformers Movie Advanced Series"
From midnight on Friday, May 16, at Toys R Us Babies R Us, Ikebukuro Sunshine City store
Holding of "Transformers Celebration 2014" is decided!
Other set up a special department, counting down toward the launch, a large screen
The Ya screening of opening picture of the past and anime trailer of the movie "Transformers / Lost Age"
We are also planning limited special plan the day.
※ The details information is updated from time to time in HP plans of this place!
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Exhibition of Transformers largest ever
17 (Sun) held determined from (Saturday) "Transformers Expo" 8/9!
Over on Sunday the 17th from Saturday, August 9, at the Pacifico Yokohama (Exhibition Hall B · C)
It is an event of Transformers largest ever in Japan
that the "Transformers TRANSFORMERS EXPO Expo" will be held is decided!
And a huge image of the Transformers world's largest class of grade 7 ~ 9m height, exhibition of the actual vehicle in the movie,
Huge diorama that can experience yourself as if entering into the world of movies as Transformers,
And and 3D projection mapping of topic now,
It's Transformers space experience events of unprecedented scale.
And, April 25 to Friday, "slug G1 color (some plated)" is attached at Lawson Ticket
Will be released in limited quantities a special ticket.
Organizer: NTV, Tomy
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Participated in SUPER GT ". Mach Optimus Prime feat!"
Racing car that you designed in the image of Optimus Prime of the movie scampering in the circuit in the SUPER GT!
Team piloted this car is "Mach vehicle inspection with Transformers 30th!"
This racing car, "movie Optimus Prime is" re-scanning "the Mach!" Speaking style Transformers
I want you to realize Transformers lurking in circuit, the real of such vehicle.
Updated schedule information in a 30th anniversary special site. Come, let's check it out!
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