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IDW Publishing Goes Exclusive with Penguin Random House for the Direct Market

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IDW Publishing and Penguin Random House Publisher Services (PRHPS) have announced an exclusive worldwide multi-year sales and distribution agreement for IDW’s newly published and backlist comic book periodicals, trade collections, and graphic novels to the Direct Market comic shops beginning June 1, 2022. The new agreement complements and expands their current partnership, in which PRHPS sells and distributes IDW’s tradebook frontlist and backlist to bookstores.

Penguin Random House recently opened a new distribution facility focused on the Direct Market supply chain. The facility, a one-million square-foot warehouse located in Hampstead, Maryland was opened in tandem with the company’s fulfillment headquarters in nearby Westminster.

Direct Market retailers will be able to order IDW products directly from PRH or through Diamond as a wholesaler under Diamond’s terms.

IDW is the latest publisher to sign with PRHPS. Marvel is the most high-profile announcing the shift in March of this year. IDW signed with PRHPS to handle the trade bookstore market in 2016 and began distribution in 2017.

Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, Daniel José Older, Cavan Scott, and Charles Soule Explore Star Wars: The High Republic with IDW

IDW Publishing has announced the upcoming December release of Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures Annual 2021, a one-shot comic book that – for the first time ever – welcomes Lucasfilm’s entire team of High Republic lead story architects to share tales from their favorite corners of the galaxy in one place!

Claudia GrayJustina IrelandDaniel José OlderCavan Scott, and Charles Soule are the celebrated comic book and prose authors behind Star Wars: The High Republic, the sprawling new era in the Star Wars saga that depicts the height of the Galactic Republic, centuries before the Skywalker Saga, when the new threat of the Nihil emerge in the Outer Rim.

Partnered with exceptional comic artists including Sam BeckJesse LonegranJason LooYael Nathan, and Stefano Simeone, the five story architects will each shine a spotlight on fan-favorite heroes from their respective Star Wars projects in this 48-page, full-color anthology, aimed at middle grade readers.

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures Annual 2021 will be available with two cover variants for fans and retailers to enjoy: Cover A by Stefano Simeone and Cover B by Jason Loo.

Preview: Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures – The Monster of Temple Peak #2 (of 4)

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures – The Monster of Temple Peak #2 (of 4)

(W) Cavan Scott (A/CA) Rachael Stott
In Shops: Sep 15, 2021
SRP: $4.99

Follow former Jedi turned saber-for-hire monster hunter Ty Yorrick in this adventure-packed High Republic miniseries by Cavan Scott and Rachael Stott!
Ty begins the trek up Temple Peak, but the mountain’s hungry creatures and slippery edges put her rusty Force skills to the test. Dangerous monsters, cliffs, and battles are second nature for Ty, though. But dealing with people? Well, that may be the hardest part of her mission…

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures - The Monster of Temple Peak #2 (of 4)

Preview: Star Trek: Year Five #24

Star Trek: Year Five #24

(W) Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly (A) Silvia Califano (CA) Stephen Thompson
In Shops: Sep 15, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Their journey has taken them to the edge of the known universe and beyond. They’ve faced down impossible odds, conquered incredible enemies, and now, here in the shadow of home, their mission will come to an end… and nothing will ever be the same. The crew of the Enterprise will put it all on the line in the grand finale of Star Trek: Year Five from showrunners Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly (Gotham City Garage, Green Arrow) and artist Stephen Thompson (Satellite Falling, Die Hard: Year One).

Star Trek: Year Five #24

Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #44

Sonic the Hedgehog #44

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Bracardi Curry (CA) Gigi Dutreix
In Shops: Sep 15, 2021
SRP: $3.99

MISSING: Belle the Tinkerer-doll-like look, blue eyes, made of wood, usually wears a green hat, and is known for being clumsy.

The search for Belle begins! Sonic and the Chaotix search far and wide for their new friend as she fights to escape. But will that be enough, or have the bad guys already won…? And where have the Zeti gone? Find out the conclusion to “Zeti Hunt”!

Sonic the Hedgehog #44

Preview: Bermuda #3 (of 4)

Bermuda #3 (of 4)

(W) John Layman (A/CA) Nick Bradshaw
In Shops: Sep 15, 2021
SRP: $4.99

Bermuda must get to the north shore of Triangle, the island that is at ground zero of a bizarre dimensional portal-it’s a two-day ride via passenger lizard… or it’s a half-day walk if you’re willing to sneak through Soldier’s Bay. But the men who live in Soldier’s Bay are crazy, well-armed, and don’t tolerate trespassers. And they’re only slightly less dangerous than the giant, poisonous spiders that surround the encampment. Odds are, Bermuda is going to regret taking this shortcut…

Bermuda #3 (of 4)

Around the Tubes

Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story

It’s new comic book day! What are you all excited for? Sound off in the comments below. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Comicbook – AWA Teams with New York City to Encourage Vaccinations with Comic Book Program – Good to see this.

ICv2 – IDW Publishing Posts Sales Increase, Profit – This is a good thing.

Kotaku – I Just Read 1,025 Chapters Of One Piece, And It’s A Damn Masterpiece – That’s a lot. How do you all like the series?

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Do you have what it takes to be a PARA-PROFESSIONAL? – Free comics!


CBR – Mao Vol. 1
AIPT – Maw #1
Geek Dad – Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story
Screenrant – Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story

Preview: Usagi Yojimbo #22

Usagi Yojimbo #22

(W) Stan Sakai (A/CA) Stan Sakai
In Shops: Sep 15, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Usagi and Yukichi have left Lord Hikiji’s province so their troubles are behind them… or so they thought! They meet up with Kitsune, the street performer/thief, who brings her own troubles. Kitsune has stolen a ledger recording bribes by a gang leader to local politicians. Usagi wants to turn it over to the area magistrate but she wants to sell it back to the mob leader. However, both plans change when Kitsune’s protégé, Kiyoko, is kidnapped!

Usagi Yojimbo #22

Preview: Star Trek: The Mirror War #0

Star Trek: The Mirror War #0

(W) David Tipton, Scott Tipton (A/CA) Carlos Nieto
In Shops: Sep 08, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Get caught up with the Mirror Enterprise-D before its crew-helmed by Jean-Luc Picard-faces new threats and challenges in the upcoming Mirror War event!

Following the failure of the attempt to steal ships from the Prime Universe, Picard and the Mirror Crew are called back to Earth to report to the Emperor personally… so long as they can survive the trip!

Star Trek: The Mirror War #0
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