Thursday, November 19, 2009


November 19th, 2009 - Los Angeles, CA - BOOM! Studios is proud to announce that Mandalay Pictures has optioned the film rights to action-thriller series UNTHINKABLE!

“Our partners at Mandalay are the best in the business,” says BOOM! Studios CEO Ross Richie. “Cathy Schulman won the Oscar for CRASH and Peter Guber’s a legend in the business. We couldn’t be happier!”

UNTHINKABLE is created and written by Mark Sable (GROUNDED, FEARLESS) and with sensational art by Julian Totino Tedesco (THE REMNANT). The five-issue series to be collected in trade paperback soon, centers around best-selling author Alan Ripley, recruited just after 9/11 to join a government think tank of America’s most imaginative minds to think of nightmare scenarios and crippling terrorist attacks on U.S soil. Years after the think tank is disbanded, attacks Ripley envisioned begin to happen and only he can stop whoever is behind the destruction.

Other BOOM! titles that have been optioned include, TALENT, TAG and 2 GUNS by Universal, NORTH WIND by Davis Entertainment, and STATION by CBS Films.

About BOOM! Studios
BOOM! Studios ( is a unique publishing house specializing in high-profile projects across a wide variety of different genres from some of the industry's biggest talents, including Philip K. Dick's DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, The Henson Company's FARSCAPE, and the original Mark Waid series IRREDEEMABLE. BOOM! recently launched its youth imprint, BOOM Kids!, with Pixar's THE INCREDIBLES, CARS, and TOY STORY, as well as Disney's THE MUPPETS. This year, BOOM! Studios celebrates its fourth anniversary.

Second printing of new ongoing TRANSFORMERS comics
available December 2nd

San Diego, CA (November 19, 2009) – The new TRANSFORMERS comics era has begun! After just one day in stores, The TRANSFORMERS #1 is already sold out through Diamond, and IDW Publishing will rush its inaugural ongoing comic to a second printing. Under license from Hasbro, Inc., the second printing of The TRANSFORMERS #1 will be available in comic stores on December 2nd, featuring a new cover by series artist Don Figueroa.

The first ongoing TRANSFORMERS comic series in five years, The TRANSFORMERS is a must-read for old and new fans. The TRANSFORMERS #1 starts the series off with two huge events – the death of IRONHIDE and subsequent resignation of OPTIMUS PRIME, the heroic leader of the AUTOBOTS.

“Launching an ongoing series based on a world-wide franchise like Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS brand is not something we take lightly,” said Andy Schmidt, IDW’s TRANSFORMERS editor. “We know we have to make every issue count so that our readers are getting a great read every time and that our retailer partners are assured that they’ve got a product they can sell month after month. And this second printing is evidence that Mike and Don have succeeded at delivering exactly that.”

The TRANSFORMERS is helmed by Mike Costa (G.I.JOE: COBRA) with art and covers by returning, artistic dynamo Don Figueroa. The ongoing series is also the launching point for two new miniseries, TRANSFORMERS: BUMBLEBEE and TRANSFORMERS: Last Stand of the WRECKERS, debuting in December and January, respectively.

The TRANSFORMERS #1 (second printing, 32 pages, $3.99) will be available on December 2nd. Diamond order code #OCT09 8086.

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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; Fox's Angel; the BBC's Doctor Who; and television's #1 prime time series CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for ComicMix.

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

Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at © 2009 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserv
Hey folks,
The final two chapters are both now available for purchase on your Amazon Kindle. You can download all of em at this link:

Also, as mentioned previously, you can pre-order the Hard Cover collection of Tumor right now in a couple of different places. On Amazon here: or, from your local comic shop by printing the order form at

The hardcover is clocking in at approximately 225 pages and will contain all eight chapters, an introductory essay by crime maestro (and up and coming Marvel superstar) Duane Swierczynski, a brand new short story about when Frank first met Detective Polish, an extended essay on Frank Armstrong's Los Angeles, a sketch gallery, a reference photos to final art gallery, and a long form interview with me about the book. Plus maybe a few more odds and ends. Best of all? It's only $15!

Now comes the part where I ask for your help. Here's how comics work. If you don't specifically go out of your way to tell your local comic shop owner or even your bookstore owner or manager about the book and that you want to read it, I almost guarantee you it will not get ordered. Independent Books, generally speaking, are too many and too hard to guage for most independent businesses to take a risk, unless they know that it's worth it. So please. Tell your shop owners, talk to your friends, tweet, status update, hell, even jump on Myspace and tell everyone and anyone who may enjoy this book all about it, and, that they can even try it for free online at

Thank you as always, this has been a remarkable experiment, and, sales of the Hard Cover pending, a very successful one.