Last week IDW announced a 2024 relaunch for their TMNT ongoing book, and confirmed Jason Aaron was being hired as head writer. This week they’ve followed up that announcement with the reveal of the four artists that will be working on the title.
A couple days ago we reported on IDW’s “final” issue of TMNT with a lot of “stuff in quote marks” as we already knew that wasn’t the end of it. Before then, news had broke of Turtles owner Paramount striking a new extended deal with IDW for further years of comics. What we didn’t know was what IDW had planned from that point, but as of this evening we do.
If you read the newspost we put up last week about IDW and Paramount renewing their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles license agreement, you’d be forgiven to be a bit skeptical about the claim that the upcoming 150th issue of the current TMNT series will be its last. Nevertheless, the event being promoted feels pretty apocalyptic and “final” and it’s described as a “conclusion of the ongoing series.”
IDW has been the home of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for quite some time now. The TMNT got their start in the comics, after all, 40 years ago as a humble black and white indie release. Now a new deal between IDW and Paramount assures their current gig will continue for quite some time to come.
In case you haven’t checked in for a while, ComiXology is dead. The decay has been slow, so this might not surprise everyone, but allowing itself to be bought by Amazon was the biggest mistake it ever made. All ComiXology purchases have now been absorbed into Kindle, which no comics reader wants to use as its interface is buggy and awful for this sort of medium.
Comics and collectibles publisher IDW has announced their plans for NYCC this year. Look for booth HB905 in the Artists’ Alley for book signings with the top talent on their payroll including Kevin Eastman, G. Willow Wilson, Scott Snyder, and others yet to be revealed. There will be giveaways all day at the booth, as well as live sketchings, art displays and portfolio reviews.
You likely know all about Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts cast, but how much do you know about their creator? Top Shelf Productions, a division of IDW, has released a new biography of the man his friends called “Sparky,” but it’s unlike any other biography on the market. This one is told through the medium he forever affected — the form of a comic strip.
Kevin Eastman’s The Last Ronin, a TMNT story set in a hypothetical dark future where Michelangelo is the last living Turtle, was a huge hit for publisher IDW. It made the New York Times bestseller list and drove the company to introduce expansions like a prequel called Lost Years and even a book consisting of just the covers. Now it’s time for the next step, as Eastman and IDW announce The Last Ronin II. Turns out the Ronin wasn’t so “last” after all!
There may not be a lot of movie news coming out of SDCC this year…but there will be plenty of comics! The likes of Disney and Universal panels will be replaced by panels showcasing what the convention was meant to be about in the first place. Comics publisher IDW has a lot planned, and they laid it all out for us today.
If there’s one sentence I never expected to type in my lifetime, “official crossover between Ninja Turtles and Stranger Things” is certainly it. Up to this point any comic offshoot of the popular TV series (the latter one) has been strictly canon, often to the detriment of the comics themselves. They often explore nooks and crannies of the existing seasons that aren’t as interesting as the main events and feature barely any of the familiar cast. Was there ever a demand for a miniseries set entirely in Russia that explains how a Demogorgon got there? No, there was not. Give us Eleven, you cowards.
Last year IDW started an anthology series of horror stories they call Dark Spaces. Each volume will contain one standalone character-driven story created by writers and artists that are fresh to the industry. Today IDW announced the second miniseries, Good Deeds, will be published later this spring. It follows the first mini in the series, Wildfire.
The question of how long Godzilla has been around depends on what canon we’re accepting. Originally he was the product of atomic radiation, which means he could not have existed in the 1500s — but in IDW’s upcoming miniseries he is much older, which allows him to be encountered by old-school, peg-legged, yarrrr-ing pirates. That’s the premise behind Godzilla: Here There Be Dragons.