February 2020, Clover Press plans to give life to Kevin Eastman’s Totally Twisted Tales! This collection from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman will be published in Clover’s proprietary new Graphic Novella format, which is an upgrade to the traditional trade paperback at an inviting price point. This hell-bent-for-leather collection features stories ripped from yesterday’s nastiest headlines!
Kevin Eastman’s Totally Twisted Tales is 96 pages of dark and twisted depravity from the clinically insane minds of Kevin Eastmanand Simon Bisley! The novella features three full-length stories featuring guys, girls, monsters, mutants, superheroes, slackers and lowlifes – as well as one VERY fast rat!
Diamond Comic Distributors has announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Clover Press to exclusively distribute their products to comic book specialty store markets worldwide. Diamond was also awarded the rights to exclusively distribute Clover Press’ new releases to the North American book market under the banner of its sister company, Diamond Book Distributors.
Located in San Diego, California, Clover Press is a boutique publishing company focused on graphic novels and prose books. Headed by IDW founders Ted Adams and Robbie Robbins, the company is looking forward to working with established creators on original graphic novels and a series of prose books featuring new covers and illustrations by some of the best artists working in the comics field.
Creators who have projects in the works with Clover Press include Kevin Eastman, Jonathan Maberry, Craig & Clizia Yoe, Charles Holland, Sara Richard, Steve Niles, Damien Worm, Arvind Ethan David, Eric Shanower, Shaun Harris, Erik Burnham, John K. Snyder III, Beau Smith, Melanie Scrofano, Jorge Coehlo, Grady Hendrix, Robert Atkins, Nancy Holder, Gyula Nemeth, Eugenia Koumaki, Pete Von Sholly, Diana Greenhalgh, and Gabriel Rodriguez. More creators and specific information on their projects will be available as they’re scheduled.
Clover’s first book, The Royal Book of Oz, will ship in April 2020. An all-new edition of the classic novel by Ruth Plumly Thompson features a cover, new Oz maps, and six new illustrations by Eisner Award nominated artist, Sara Richard. Oz historian Eric Shanower, an Eisner Award winning writer and artist, is providing an afterword that provides biographical information on Thompson and an overview of how she came to write the book.
Released in 1921, The Royal Book Of Oz was the 15th in the Oz series and originally credited as the last written by creator L. Frank Baum (he passed away in 1919). In reality, it was the first book in the series written by Ruth Plumly Thompson.
Clover Press is currently running a Kickstarter for a new edition featuring all-new illustrations by Eisner Award-winning artist Sara Richard. It will also feature an afterword by Eisner Award-winning artist and writer Eric Shanower.
The Royal Book Of Oz is the FIFTEENTH book in the Oz series and it’s the source material for The Return to Oz movie.
In 1920 William F. Lee, one of the partners of the Oz book’s publisher, approached Thompson to continue the Oz series. She eventually took over as the new “Royal Historian of Oz,” the “official” title of each writer of the Oz series. It wasn’t until the 1960s that Thompson was given credit and listed as the author of the book.
The Kickstarter features pledges where you can get pins, signed editions, art prints, a lunch box, and more. It runs until September 27 at 5pm EDT and already passed the halfway point of its $15,000 goal.
IDW co-founders Ted Adams and Robbie Robbins have launched Clover Press, a new publishing joint venture with IDW Media Holdings, the parent company of IDW Publishing. Adams and Robbins launched IDW 20 years ago. Adams stepped down as CEO of IDW in 2018 and remains a stockholder in IDW Media Holdings. Robbins is an EVP and Art Director at IDW.
Clover Press will focus on the book market and direct-to-consumer prestige format publications as a “new, progressive, eclectic, boutique publisher.”
In the announcement, the focus of the publisher is said to be “progressive projects,” “creator-owned endeavors,” and “celebration of classic works from authors and artists.”
Also joining Adams and Robbins is Elaine LaRosa, Adams’ longtime assistant, and Nate Murray who will oversee Clover Press’ sales. The publisher will use freelance editorial and production staff.