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Review: Strange Attractors

Strange Attractors CoverIn order to set himself up with a cushy job post graduation, Heller Wilson takes on a subject for his PhD thesis at the behest of his advisor. This leads him to meet with Dr. Spencer Brownfield, a disgraced Columbia professor who spent his career researching Complex Theory, the idea that one can use mathematics to predict large-scale outcomes caused by minute changes in environment. At first, Dr. Brownfield seems crazy, but Heller soon discovers that the doctor’s research might be the only thing keeping New York City from destroying itself from the inside out!

I love math. I also like systems. So, when I first heard the pitch of writer Charles Soule‘s new release from Archaia, my ears perked up. The story takes a very complex idea and boils it down in an easy to understand story. Strange Attractors to me is the flip side of those whimsical tales where stories interconnect and coincidences lead to some great thing. Usually those moments are chalked up to fate or luck, but in this story by Soule, we learn maybe things are a bit more manipulated than we think?

To hear Soule talk, not just about the concept of this story but his love of New York City, you get sucked in. You can tell there’s a special place for the Big Apple in his heart, but at the same time, he’s amazed it works at all. He stands in awe of what’s described as “the greatest city on the planet.” This tale gets you to think about the concept of how that city can even function at the level it does. What does it take to take a complex organism like New York City to work? No matter where we live, we’ve experienced the chaos and spiraling breakdowns as simple as a light being out or maybe an accident forcing us to take a different route. Now think of that on the level of a small place lived in by millions. This story takes that concept, and the complex systems and math that underlies it all, and lays it out to a tale of a new age magician. One that doesn’t do tricks as we think of them, but instead is able to manipulate the surroundings around him to end up with a desired result.

We’ve all heard of the Butterfly Effect, think of that, but with acts that go on around us every single day. It’s a magical story with an underlying dread about it as well as the build up to avoid catastrophe draws nearer. The story got me to pause and think about what it takes for my world to function and function smoothly, and it’s amazing that it functions at all, and that’s part of the point of the book. We take for granted all that we do every day, and few stop to realize the complex systems that have to run perfectly for us to not notice even the hint of issues. It also gets you to wonder what chain reactions you might have caused yourself. It has you think and ask yourself why a city like New York was able to recover from 9/11 so quickly while New Orleans struggles to this day post Katrina. What factors go into making that sort of function happen?

The book combines mysticism with mathematics with a dash of Wildstorm’s Ex Machina thrown in. The energy exudes the pages with art by Greg Scott. As things ramp up and processes break down, his art reflects the build up and dread partially through the brilliant use of color.

Strange Attractors is Soule’s love letter to New York, and through this he shows us some of its magic.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Greg Scott Cover: Dan Duncan
Story: 9.5 Art: 9 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Archaia provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Strange Attractors

STRANGE ATTRACTORS

Original Graphic Novel Hardcover
Retail Price: $19.95 U.S.
Page Count: 128 pages
Format: hardcover, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Genre: Sci-Fi
Ship Date: May 15 in comic shops, May 28 wherever books are sold
Rating: T – TEEN (12 and up, may contain mild violence or mild profanity)
Written by Charles Soule
Illustrated by Greg Scott
Cover by Dan Duncan

In order to set himself up with a cushy job post graduation, Heller Wilson takes on a subject for his PhD thesis at the behest of his advisor. This leads him to meet with Dr. Spencer Brownfield, a disgraced Columbia professor who spent his career researching Complex Theory, the idea that one can use mathematics to predict large-scale outcomes caused by minute changes in environment. At first, Dr. Brownfield seems crazy, but Heller soon discovers that the doctor’s research might be the only thing keeping New York City from destroying itself from the inside out! Includes a bonus section of complexity maps created by Robert Saywitz.

Strange Attractors Cover

IDW Publishing launches their new division: IDW Limited

IDW Publishing has announced the launch of IDW Limited, a new division that will specialize in producing high-end, collectible editions of their wide catalog of books. Catering to the loyal and committed fans, IDW Limited books will feature unique elements like original sketches and creator signatures on luxuriously designed packaging not available anywhere else. These top-of-the-line rarities will aim to enhance and expand existing books, providing beautiful reading and collecting experiences fans will be proud to display on their shelves.

The first book offered from IDW Limited will be the four-issue collection of IDW’s best-selling new series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 1, Change Is Constant. The Deluxe Limited Edition will be released in three tiers, each with extremely low quantities available exclusively through the IDW limited website. Fans can expect original signatures from TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, series artist Dan Duncan, and series writer Tom Waltz, as well as unique sketch art from Dan Duncan packaged with each book in a specially hand-constructed, deluxe case.

IDW Limited books are offered in multiple tiers so that fans can select the degree of collectability that is important to them. Each print run is hand-numbered and strictly limited. All three tiers include a signature plate signed by the book’s creators. In addition to signatures, collectors can expect the following:

  • Red Label Edition is limited to 175 copies, features a custom cover, is housed in a limited edition slipcase and paired with an artist’s portfolio containing a unique, spot-color sketch of one of the Ninja Turtles done by series artist Dan Duncan.
  • Black Label Edition is limited to 25 copies featuring the IDW Limited custom cover and is housed in a hand-built traycase, along with an artist’s portfolio containing a multi-color illustration of two classic TMNT characters by series artist Dan Duncan.
  • Blue Label Edition, the rarest tier being offered, is limited to only 10 copies!  For this special version, series artist Dan Duncan will be creating full-color illustrations of the entire Turtle team in action. Each book is packaged with the IDW Limited cover inside a hand-built tray case.

In addition to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, fans can also expect a complete line of limited edition books and merchandise of their favorite titles including Transformers, G.I. Joe, Alan Robert’s Crawl To Me and menton3’s Monocyte this fall, and many more to follow.

TMNT: CHANGE IS CONSTANT DELUXE LIMITED EDITION (RED-$125.00/BLACK-$250.00/BLUE-$350.00; 192 pages; 9” x 12”; hardcover) is now available for pre-order.

Preview – Xenoholics #3

Xenoholics #3

story JOSHUA WILLIAMSON, art SETH DAMOOSE, cover DAN DUNCAN
Price: $3.50

“ALIEN GONE WILD!”
It’s an all out war between the Men in White and the Grey Aliens for possession of the Xenoholics! As our heroes continue on the run, they start to uncover the truth about their abductions. Secrets are revealed as this hot new series continues!

Debut Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comic Sells Out

Official Press Release

Debut Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comic Sells Out

Second printing with new cover coming in October

[Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 Cover]Just one week after the much-anticipated launch of IDW Publishing’s TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1, the highly praised comic is sold out from the distributor. IDW Publishing and Nickelodeon launched this new series on August 24th in comic stores throughout North America to rave reviews, leading to a run on the issue. While IDW is currently sold out, Turtles fans are encouraged to check with their local retailer for copies of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 and to inquire about the second printing.

“The response to the debut issue of the series has been phenomenal,” said Greg Goldstein, IDW’s chief operating officer. “We are grateful to all the old and new Turtles fans who are supporting this series so strongly, and will be delivering the second printing as soon as possible.”

“WOW! What a wonderful welcome back,” said co-creator Kevin Eastman. “Although this never could have been possible without such amazing and creative teams at Nickelodeon and IDW to work with, NONE of it would have been possible without the love and support of such amazing TMNT fans!”

IDW’s TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES offers a brand-new take on the original series, led by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman and co-writer Tom Waltz (Silent Hill: Past Life, Infestation: Outbreak). Phenomenal newcomer Dan Duncan brings the Turtles to life with dynamic interior art, while Sam Kieth and Walter Simonson provide eye-catching covers for issues 1 and 2, respectively. For issues 3 through 5, Fred Hembeck will pay homage to classic covers. Eastman also provides layouts for Duncan‘s art, as well as variant covers. The second printing of this sought-after debut comic up will feature a new variant cover by Eastman.

“When I first started working on IDW’s TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES with Kevin Eastman, Dan Duncan, and the rest of the IDW and Nickelodeon TMNT crew, I was excited and very optimistic about the possibilities. I mean, all the pieces were in place for a successful reboot,” said co-writer Tom Waltz.  “But to have fans and retailers jump onboard in such huge numbers — and in such a positive fashion — has far exceeded even my own lofty expectations for our ongoing series.  It’s already been an exciting ride and I couldn’t be happier or more thankful.  And, knowing what we have lined up for future issues, I can honestly say the best is yet to come!”

This first TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES series features new and exciting storylines that maintain the “turtle power” core beloved by millions of fans. Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael reunite to bring their ninja aptitude and teenage attitude to these action-packed adventures. The first arc tells the origin story of the Turtles and introduces a new villain, the fearsome mutant alley cat, Old Hob. Featuring a cast of familiar characters, including Master Splinter, April O’Neill, Casey Jones, and true to the spirit of the original comics created by Eastman and Peter Laird, the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES are bigger and badder than ever, and ready to rock old and new fans alike.

In addition to this all-new series, IDW will also offer TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION. Beginning in October with volume 1, THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION offers over 300 pages of the best of the Turtles’ underground roots, including Mirage Studio’s issues 1 through 7, and the Raphael one-shot by Eastman and Laird.

IDW and Nickelodeon have a long-term commitment to revitalize the universe of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES comics and graphic novels. It’s all part of a larger initiative to bring Turtles to a new generation of fans, starting with these new storylines that recapture the magic of the original Turtles comics and continuing in 2012, when Nickelodeon will premiere a new CG-animated version of the wildly popular Turtles franchise.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) is now available in comic stores throughout North America.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION, VOLUME 1 ($49.99, hardcover, 312 pages, black and white, 9” x 12”) will be available in comic and book stores throughout North America in October. ISBN 978-1-61377-007-8.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

The Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Return to Comics

Official Press Release

The Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Return to Comics 

New Series Launches Today with TMNT Co-Creator Kevin Eastman

[Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cover A]San Diego, CA (August 24, 2011)—IDW Publishing and Nickelodeon today announced that the debut issue of the first TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES comic series, featuring the beloved “Heroes in a Half Shell,” is now available in comic stores throughout North America. The TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES are back in action and ready to fight off evil once again, with an impressive creative team led by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman!

Starting today, IDW’s TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES offers a bra[Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cover B]nd-new take on the original series, led by Eastman and co-writer Tom Waltz (Silent Hill: Past Life, Infestation: Outbreak). Phenomenal newcomer Dan Duncan will bring the Turtles to life with dynamic interior art, while Sam Kieth and Walter Simonson provide eye-catching covers for issues 1 and 2, respectively. For issues 3 through 5, Fred Hembeck will pay homage to classic covers. Eastman will also provide layouts for Duncan‘s art, as well as variant covers.

This first TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES series features new and exciting storylines that maintain the “turtle power” core beloved by millions of fans. Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael reunite to bring their ninja aptitude and teenage attitude to these action-packed adventures. The first arc will tell the origin story of the Turtles and introduce a new villain, the fearsome mutant alley cat, Old Hob. Featuring a cast of familiar characters, including Master Splinter, April O’Neill, Casey Jones, and true to the spirit of the original comics created by Eastman and Peter Laird, the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES are bigger and badder than ever, and ready to rock old and new fans alike.

[Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cover D]In addition to this all-new series, IDW will also offer TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION. Beginning in October with volume 1, THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION offers over 300 pages of the best of the Turtles’ underground roots, including Mirage Studio’s issues 1 through 7, and the Raphael one-shot by Eastman and Laird.

IDW and Nickelodeon have a long-term commitment to revitalize the universe of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES comics and graphic novels. It’s all part of a larger initiative to bring Turtles to a new generation of fans, starting with these new storylines that recapture the magic of the original Turtles comics and continuing in 2012, when Nickelodeon will premiere a new CG-animated version of the wildly popular Turtles franchise.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) is now available in comic stores throughout North America[Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cover C].

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION, VOLUME 1 ($49.99, hardcover, 312 pages, black and white, 9” x 12”) will be available in comic and book stores throughout North America in October. ISBN 978-1-61377-007-8.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s Doctor Who; Toho’s Godzilla; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.

About Nickelodeon Consumer Products
Nickelodeon Consumer Products manages the world’s number-one TV-based licensing business, representing leading properties such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer, and managing merchandising for Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTVN International, and Spike TV.

Nickelodeon, now in its 32nd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does.  The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 16 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com.  Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

IDW Publishing Announces San Diego Comic-Con Signing Schedule

Official Press Release

IDW Publishing Announces San Diego Comic-Con Signing Schedule

All-Star Signings at booth #2643!

Joe Hill! Ashley Wood! Steve Niles! Gabriel Rodriguez! Anne Rice! Kevin Eastman! Eric Powell! George R.R. Martin! Walter Simonson! J. Scott Campbell! Jonathan Ross! And many more!

[Mighty Thor Cover]San Diego, CA (July 14, 2011)—Once again making a splash at Comic-Con, IDW Publishing today announced the company’s action-packed signing schedule, featuring exclusive appearances with such fan-favorite talent as George R.R. Martin, Walter Simonson, Anne Rice, Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez, Ashley Wood and Kevin Eastman.

“Try and find a booth with more talent in it in San Diego, you won’t!” exclaimed Dirk Wood, IDW’s director of retail marketing, responsible for the impressive signing roster. “We really went all out this year, and while I’m personally already exhausted just thinking about it, fans are going to love being at the IDW booth.”

IDW kicks off Comic-Con with a special Walter Simonson event during preview night, celebrating the launch of the WALTER SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION with Simonson on hand to sign the SDCC exclusive variant.

Other signing highlights include Anne Rice (Servant of the Bones) on Thursday, George RR Martin (Doorways) on Friday, Michael McMillian (True Blood: Tainted Love) on Friday and Saturday, and Kevin Eastman and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles party on Saturday. Plus, Eisner nominated Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key), Comic-Con guest Ashley Wood, and comics historians Dean Mullaney and Craig Yoe will all be headquartered at the IDW booth #2643 throughout the convention.

See the full, all-star list below!

Wednesday July 20th Preview Night

OPEN – 8:00  SPECIAL EVENT! Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s Edition
Book Release Featuring IDW Guest of Honor –
Walter Simonson (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)

[Servant of the Bones Cover]Thursday July 21st

10:00 – 11:00 All-Ghouls SchoolMarc Sumerak, Brian Miller (Get a free limited signing card!)
11:00 – 12:00 Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s EditionWalter
Simonson
(*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
12:30 – 2:00 Servant of the BonesAnne Rice (Check out the show exclusive Comic!)
(Signing items limited – See employee for details)
[The Cape]2:00 – 3:00 Code Word: GeronimoCapt. Dale Dye, Dr. Julia Dye (Get a free limited
signing card!)
3:00 – 4:00 Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s EditionWalter
Simonson
(*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
3:00 – 4:00 Tribes: The Dog YearsMichael Geszel, Inaki Miranda
4:00 – 5:00 The Rocketeer Adventures Tommy Lee Edwards, Jonathan Ross, Mike Allred
5:00 – 6:00 Locke & KeyJoe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusive
hardcover! And don’t miss the debut of The Cape #1 by Joe Hill!
)

Friday July 22nd
[Popbot Cover]
10:00 – 11:00 DoorwaysGeorge R.R. Martin
(Signing items limited – See employee for details)
11:00 – 12:00 IDW Special GuestAshley Wood (*Check out Ash’s multiple exclusives!)
11:00 – 12:00 True Blood Michael McMillian, Marc Andreyko, MariahHuehner, J. Scott Campbell, Joe Corroney
(Get a free limited signing card!)
12:00 – 1:00 Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s EditionWalter
Simonson
(*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
12:00 – 1:00 Love and CapesThom Zahler
1:00 – 2:00 Doctor WhoTony Lee, Kelly Yates, Matthew Sturges, Mark
Buckingham, Brian Shearer
(Get a free limited signing card!)
1:00 – 2:00 *Special Announcment! New Series Signing – Chris Roberson
(Get a free limited signing card!)
[Locke & Key Cover]2:00 – 3:00 Locke & KeyJoe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!
And don’t miss the debut of
The Cape #1 by Joe Hill!)
2:00 – 3:00 G.I. JOE Mike Costa (Get a free limited signing card!)
2:00 – 3:00 Yoe Books! 3D Comics! Craig Yoe
3:00 – 4:00 TorpedoJordi Bernet
3:00 – 4:00 *Special Announcment! New Series Signing Menton3, Kasra
Ghanbari
(Get a free limited signing card!)
4:00 – 5:00 Star Trek Mike Johnson, Tim Bradstreet, Roberto Orci (Get a free limited
signing card!)
4:00 – 5:00 All-Ghouls School Marc Sumerak (Get a free limited signing card!)
5:00 – 6:00 Celebrating the upcoming major motion picture Dorothy of Oz! – Roger[Dorothy of Oz Cover] S. Baum,
Denton Tipton
(*Get a free comic!)
5:30 – 7:00 Presenting The Cast of the upcoming Chiller movie Remains! – Miko Hughes,
Evalena Marie, Grant Bowler & co-creator Steve Niles

(*Get a free poster!)

Saturday July 23rd

10:00 – 11:00 Tank GirlRufus Dayglo
10:00 – 11:00 Kill ShakespeareAndy Belanger
11:00 – 12:00 Silent HillTom Waltz, Menton3
11:00 – 12:00 Angel YearbookChris Ryall, Scott Tipton, Brian Lynch
12:00 – 1:00 Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s EditionWalter Simonson (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
[Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cover]12:00 – 1:00 Horror Hour with Steve Niles! Steve Niles, R.H. Stavis, Fiona Staples
1:00 – 2:00 Launch Party! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kevin Eastman, Dan Duncan, Tom Waltz
(*Get an exclusive SDCC TMNT Ashcan!)
1:00 – 2:00 Celebrating the upcoming major motion picture Dorothy of Oz! – Roger S. Baum, Megan Hilty,
Amy Mebberson, Denton Tipton
(*Get a free comic!)
2:00 – 3:00 JerichoDan Shotz, Robert Levine, Matt Federman, Tom Davidson &
Special guest – Cast member Brad Beyer!

2:00 – 3:00 GhostbustersNick Runge (Get a free limited signing card!)
3:00 – 4:00 Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s EditionWalter[Archie Celebration Cover]
        Simonson (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
3:00 – 4:00 TransformersMike Costa, John Barber (Get a free limited signing card!)
4:00 – 5:00 Godzilla: Kingdom of MonstersEric Powell (Get a free limited signing card!)
4:00 – 5:00 True BloodMichael McMillian, Marc Andreyko, Mariah
Huehner, Joe Corroney
(Get a free limited signing card!)
5:00 – 6:00 Locke & Key Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusive
hardcover! And don’t miss the debut of
The Cape #1 by Joe Hill!)
5:00 – 6:00 Devil’s ConcubinePalle Schmidt
6:00 – 7:00 Zombies vs RobotsAshley Wood, Chris Ryall (*Check out the exclusive
hardcover!
)
6:00 – 7:00 Archie Celebration!Victor Gorelick, Jon Goldwater, Mike Pellerito,
Dan Parent, Craig Yoe

Sunday July 24th

[Amazing 3D Cover]10:00 – 11:00 Kill ShakespeareAndy Belanger
11:00 – 12:00 True BloodMarc Andreyko, Mariah Huehner, Joe Corroney (Get a free limited signing card!)
11:00 – 12:00 The Last Unicorn Peter S. Beagle
12:00 – 1:00 Suicide GirlsMissy Suicide, Brea Grant, Zane Grant, Cameron
Stewart, David Hahn

12:00 – 1:00 Eternal DescentLlexi Leon
1:00 – 2:00 Miss Fury & The Library of American Comics! Trina Robbins, Dean Mullaney[True Blood Cover]
1:00 – 2:00 Yoe Books! 3D Comics!  Craig Yoe
1:00 – 2:00 Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s EditionWalter
        Simonson (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
2:00 – 3:00 TorpedoJordi Bernet
2:00 – 3:00 Tribes: The Dog Years Michael Geszel, Inaki Miranda
3:00 – 4:00 Doctor WhoTony Lee, Kelly Yates, Matthew Sturges,
Mark Buckingham, Brian Shearer, Amy Mebberson
(Get a free limited signing card!)
3:00 – 4:00 Tank GirlRufus Dayglo

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Make Triumphant Return to Comics

Official Press Release

The Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Make a Triumphant Return to Comics

New “Heroes on a Half-Shell” Series Debuts in August with TMNT Co-Creator, Kevin Eastman

[Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 cover A]San Diego, CA (May 20, 2011)—IDW Publishing and Nickelodeon today announced that the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic series, featuring the beloved “Heroes in a Half-shell,” will premiere in August 2011. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be back in action and ready to fight off evil once again, with an impressive creative team led by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman!

Starting in August, IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will kick off with a brand new installment of the original series, led by Eastman and co-writer Tom Waltz (Silent Hill: Past Life, Infestation: Outbreak). Phenomenal new-comer Dan Duncan will bring the Turtles to life with dynamic interior art, while Sam Kieth and Walter Simonson provide eye-catching covers for issues one and two, respectively. Eastman will also provide layouts for Duncan‘s art, as well as variant covers.

This first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series will feature new and exciting storylines that maintain the “turtle power” core beloved by millions of fans. Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael reunite to bring their ninja aptitude and teenage attitude in these all-new, action-packed adventures based on the original series. The first story arc will tell the origin story of the Turtles and introduce a new villain, the fearsome mutant alley cat, Old Hob. Featuring a cast of familiar characters, including Master Splinter, April O’Neill, Casey Jones, and true to the spirit of the original comics created by Eastman and Peter Laird, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are bigger and badder than ever, and ready to rock old and new fans alike.

IDW and Nickelodeon have a long-term partnership to offer an all-new installment of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics and graphic novels. IDW’s new comics are part of a larger initiative to bring Turtles to a new generation of fans, starting with these new storylines from the original series that recapture the magic of the original Turtles comics. Additionally, in fourth quarter 2012, Nickelodeon will premiere a new CG-animated version of the wildly popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.
[Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles connected cover art]
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in comic stores throughout North America in August 2011. Diamond order code JUN11 0370.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s Doctor Who; Toho’s Godzilla; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio; and is the print publisher for EA Comics.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.

About Nickelodeon Consumer Products
Nickelodeon Consumer Products manages the world’s third largest licensing business, representing leading properties such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer, and managing merchandising for Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTVN International, and Spike TV.

Nickelodeon, now in its 32nd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does.  The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 16 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com.  Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

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