Wednesday, August 12, 2009

IDW to Reprint Darwyn Cooke's The Hunter

Sold out after two weeks

Second printing available in September

San Diego, CA (August 10, 2009) – After just two weeks on the market, Darwyn Cooke’s exceedingly popular graphic adaptation The Hunter has sold out from the distributor. IDW is pleased to announce that the second printing will be in stores in September, and encourages fans to check with their local retailers now for availability of any remaining copies from the first printing.

With two consecutive weeks on The New York Times best seller list, The Hunter has earned high praise for Cooke’s compelling interpretation of Parker and has been critically lauded nation-wide by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Entertainment Weekly.

“This is a truly amazing book and one that IDW is very proud of,” said Special Projects Editor, Scott Dunbier. “Even though we aggressively overprinted the initial run, the book’s popularity is exceeding even our high hopes and we are thrilled to be on our second printing already. We encourage stores to place their reorders quickly to meet the continued demand for this great book.”

Darwyn Cooke, the Eisner-Award-winning writer and artist of such classics as DC: The New Frontier, Selina’s Big Score, and The Spirit, brings to life one of the true classics of crime fiction: Richard Stark’s Parker. Stark was a pseudonym used by the revered and multi-award-winning author, Donald Westlake.

“I'm thrilled with the response The Hunter has been getting,” said Cooke. “The critics and fans have been extremely kind. That, along with the lightning speed in which it sold out, makes me one happy guy.”

The Hunter, the first book in the Parker series, is the story of a man who hits New York head-on like a shotgun blast to the chest. Betrayed by the woman he loved and double-crossed by his partner in crime, Parker makes his way cross-country with only the thought of revenge burning in his mind.

“To anyone who hasn’t yet picked up a copy, call your local store—they might still have some copies, and if not, they can order one for you!” added Dunbier.

Darwyn Cooke’s The Hunter is now available in stores.
Diamond re-order code MAY090880

About IDW
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. As a leader in the horror, action, and sci-fi genres, 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
Journey To The World Of Dragons!

THQ*ICE Announces Highly Anticipated North American Open Beta Test for Dragonica™ Online

Free-To-Play MMO Offers Members Special In-Game Events, Contests and Giveaways

LOS ANGELES, CA – August 11, 2009 –THQ*ICE LLC today announced the start date for the North American Open Beta Test for Dragonica™ Online (

Beginning August 18th at 2:00 p.m. PDT, THQ*ICE registrants will be able to participate in Dragonica Online’s exciting events and giveaways including:

· Odellia Starter Pack: Players who create a character during the first week of the Open Beta Test will receive a special starter pack for their journey through Dragonica.

· Dragonica Online Loot Hunt: Play Dragonica Online and hunt monsters to receive “Loot Drops” for a chance to win awesome in-game and real world giveaways featuring exclusive Dragonica-themed items and premium prizes.

· Ongoing In-Game Events & Contests: Join the Dragonica Online community and celebrate the launch of the Open Beta Test with even more events and special contests!

“We are committed to delivering quality content to the Dragonica Online community and wanted to celebrate the Open Beta Test by rewarding our members with an opportunity to win exciting giveaways and prizes,” said Aaron Dean, Marketing Manager for Dragonica Online. “The game has already received high accolades from the gaming community and the Open Beta Test will allow thousands more to enjoy its fast-paced, 3D side-scrolling action.”

Players who sign up will receive a free THQ*ICE Passport to play Dragonica Online and will experience a new level of MMO gaming with an amazing community. In addition, players will be able to use their THQ*ICE Passport to access ICE Cash. ICE Cash will be available during the Open Beta Test and can be used to customize players’ gameplay experience.

Developed by Barunson Interactive, Dragonica Online is the first MMO to merge 3D side-scrolling, fast-paced combat and a hilarious, yet devastating, skill system. Players can join the quest to vanquish the threat of evil, explore a fantastical world rife with monsters to battle, overcome challenges and discover new adventures.

Rated ‘E10+’ for Everyone over the age of 10, fans can register for the Open Beta Test online at, follow us on Twitter at or friend us on Facebook at


THQ*ICE LLC is an online games operator specializing in casual massively multiplayer online (MMO) games. As a joint venture between THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and ICE Entertainment Inc., THQ*ICE combines THQ's product development and retail publishing expertise with ICE Entertainment’s technology and service operations experience. THQ*ICE is dedicated to building an online platform of high quality games and premium content featuring free-to-play, micro transaction models. Dragonica Online and its respective logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ*ICE LLC in the U.S.

All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

THE ANCHOR joins Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE in BOOM!’s growing line-up of blockbuster original ongoing series!

Five page stand-alone preview available online and in the back of IRREDEEMABLE #5

AIN'T IT COOL NEWS lauds THE ANCHOR as "...fantastic..."

Retailers — be sure to clear racks on either side of THE ANCHOR for the safety of lesser books

August 10th, 2009 - Los Angeles, CA - Freak of nature! Hulking outcast! God’s own leg-breaker! This October, BOOM! expands their line-up of original ongoing series with the debut of THE ANCHOR — written by Eisner Award-nominated Phil Hester (GREEN ARROW, SWAMP THING, THE COFFIN, FIREBREATHER, THE DARKNESS) and drawn by red hot artist Brian Churilla (REX MUNDI, THE ENGINEER, CREEPY).

THE ANCHOR tells the story of “God’s own leg-breaker” — the one man standing between heaven and hell who can keep evil in its place… and told only the way Hester and Churilla know how to tell it.

To celebrate, BOOM! has eschewed doing a ritual sacrifice, and has instead launched, which includes a 5 page stand-alone preview and has released a trailer for THE ANCHOR on YouTube here:

BOOM! has also placed the 5 page stand-alone preview in the back of IRREDEEMABLE #5, available on stands now for 99 cents!

Pre-release buzz from the preview has been tremendous, leading AIN’T IT COOL NEWS to comment: “The action is amplified by the fantastic pencils of newcomer Brian Churilla, who reminds me of a mix between Mike Mignola and Eric Powell. Speaking of Powell, fans of his monster stomping THE GOON comic will definitely want to check out this book when it hits the shelves.”

“I'm thrilled to bring THE ANCHOR to BOOM!” said THE ANCHOR writer Phil Hester. “I've never had such enthusiastic support and savvy promotion for any of my creator owned properties.”

“THE ANCHOR’s not your average crossover of the month stuff,” said writer Phil Hester. “It's quirky, dark, violent, and most importantly unique. It’s for the discerning reader who wants something more than spandex and zombies from their comics. I hope by this time next year THE ANCHOR will be in the comic book dictionary under 'hit'.”

"Brian's artwork alone will make this project a winner. He's a superstar on the rise and we were lucky to nab him," Hester continued. "It's like Kirby, Wood, Kelly, and Mignola had this monstrous love child capable of producing comics with an equal inspiration from each. Mind blowing."

“We’re bringing in the best at BOOM!,” said BOOM! Studios Marketing Director Chip Mosher. “I love comics and I love seeing great comics get made. THE ANCHOR is an awesome series that combines supernatural thrills with traditional action kills, making THE ANCHOR the perfect choice for even the most picky of pull lists.”

THE ANCHOR #1 will ship with two covers by Brian Churilla and Rafael Albuquerque with a 50/50 split, and features a 1 in 10 incentive cover by Brian Churilla, carrying a Diamond Order Code of AUG090716.

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.
The Empire Muggs Back: Star Wars Art for a "Mighty" Good Cause

Collectors and fans alike have a chance to own one-of-a-kind "Star Wars" art pieces while giving to a good cause with The Empire Muggs Back. Lucasfilm asked artists, comic book creators, toy designers, and celebrity fans to get out their markers, paint brushes and glue guns and transform blank Mighty Muggs (donated by Hasbro) into custom art depicting their favorite characters, creatures, ships and scenes from the "Star Wars" saga.

Some of the many artists participating include "The Clone Wars" director Dave Filoni, "Fanboys" director Kyle Newman, actress Jaime King, Go-Go's guitarist Jane Wiedlin, model makers from "Robot Chicken," graffiti artist Urban Medium, and tattoo artist Karen Roze.

All art pieces are auctioned by The Make-A-Wish Foundation. The auction ends Aug. 14, 2009.

More info and auction link: