Dark Horse welcomes you to the all-ages steampunk world of Steam, arriving May 2020!
Writer Drew Ford, artist Duane Leslie, and colorist Eva de la Cruz bring you the story of Arlo, a young boy who escapes his abusive guardians on Earth, through an intergalactic portal to the steam-powered planet of Pother. There he discovers his long-lost father inadvertently helped a powerful corporation from Earth in their efforts to deplete the planet’s resources.
Now Arlo must set things right by joining a small group of resisters from Pother, as they work to both remove this dangerous organization from their world and protect the planet’s indigenous beings. Through this epic adventure, Arlo discovers his self-worth and perhaps even his life’s ultimate destiny.
Steam arrives in comic shops on May 27, 2020, bookstores on June 9, 2020, and retails for $14.99.
Drew Ford, known for putting together dozens of archival reprint collections, such as the Eisner Award nominated The Puma Blues by Stephen Murphy & Michael Zulli, and U.S.S. Stevens: The Collected Stories by Sam Glanzman, now runs his own imprint at IDW called It’S Alive!, where he continues his mission of bringing lost and forgotten graphic novels and uncollected comic book runs back into print! Saving the history of comics one book at a time!
Ford is Kickstarting to publish Tanith Lee’s The Silver Metal Lover graphic novel adaptation by Trina Robbins. Originally published in 1985, it has never been reprinted in any form. This new edition will have a new cover and afterword by Colleen Doran, a new foreword by Gail Simone, and a new intro by Trina Robbins herself. All of this will be printed at 8.5″ x 11, full color, on glossy paper, all tucked inside a beautiful hard cover.
The graphic novel tells an intimate story of a young girl’s first love…who just happens to be a robot!
Many exciting rewards are being offered, including signed copies of the book, exclusive prints from Colleen Doran, sketches by comic book pros, and even original pages of comic book art by Trina Robbins!
It’s Alive! Like a bolt of lighting, It was announced at San Diego Comic-Con that a new publishing deal has struck and IDW Publishing
is excited to present the most electrifying new imprint of the year, It’s Alive!
IDW’s newest publishing partner, Drew Ford, brings with him first-rate taste and years of experience putting together dozens of graphic novel and comic book reprint collections for Dover Publications. He left his post there to launch his own imprint It’s Alive! with plans to continue his mission of saving the history of comics, one collection at a time. That goal has led Ford to acquire reprint rights to several exciting graphic novels.
That goal has led Ford to acquire reprint rights to several exciting graphic novel and comic book projects, and has now signed with IDW to solicit and distribute the titles produced by his new imprint, making those collections much more accessible to a larger audience. Ford has utilized Kickstarter in order to fully fund the restoration that each of these new collections deserves, with the campaign for Red Range by Joe R. Lansdale and Sam Glanzman being a recent success having raised nearly $20,000. This will be the first title published under the new imprint followed by Trina Robbins’ Dope.
It’s Alive! joins other notable imprint partners that have come to define IDW’s diverse award-winning content including Top Shelf Publications, Yoe! Books, and the Library of American Comics. It’s Alive! Plans to publish 5-6 titles in 2017 with each title raising its money for publication via Kickstarter.
One of the people I’ve gotten to interact over the years on the PR end of things in the comic industry is Drew Ford who up until recently was handling promotion for Dover Publications. A few months back Ford began informing me that he’d have new contact info, which indicated he was moving on from the position, though there was no formal announcement.
Now Ford’s next step is clear as he’s announced It’s Alive, a new imprint focused on “getting long out of print comics and graphic novels back in print.” The imprint will also publish new English translations of foreign material as well as “unique original projects.”
To kick things off, the publisher will be releasing a series of limited edition signed and numbered prints, and other unique collectibles.
First up, they have released the first ever limited edition print from comic book legend Sam Glanzman. The image on the print is the cover to KONA #17, which was illustrated by Glanzman back in 1966. Each print will be embossed with the artist’s initials, and will be signed and numbered by Glanzman himself. The edition is limited to 50, and they are being sold ONE PER CUSTOMER. You can get yourself one now.
Expect more announcements and plans soon and Ford has promised a “big announcement about a new hard cover edition of a graphic novel illustrated by Sam Glanzman, which has been out of print for over 17 years!”