WonderCon '09 - IDW Panel

Saturday panels at WonderCon saw the IDW kick off to showcase new and upcoming projects at the publisher. Editor Scott Dunbier hosted the panel.

Dunbier began the panel with a brief presentation highlighting ten projects coming from the publisher:

Savior 28 by JM DeMatteis and Mike Cavallaro (ACT-I-VATE). The project begins in March, and as described by Dunbier is DeMatteis’ deconstruction of superheroes.

Captain Canuck - IDW will collect the original series by Richard Connelly and George Freeman, the two hardcover volumes will be scanned from the original art by Freeman. The first volume will ship in June.

Dunbier announced that Presidential Material: Barack Obama is going into its fifth printing, and in June, IDW will release Barack Obama #1, the first of a two-issue miniseries which will start up where Presidential Material ended. The first issue will cover up to the Presidential election, while the second issue will cover the first hundred days. “We’re making an effort to make it a straight, unbiased, factor-only reporting job,” Dunbier said.

From the Ashes by Bob Fingerman, coming in June. The six issue miniseries is a “speculative memoir” that follows Fingerman and his wife Michelle, following them through New York after World War III. “It reads like a crazy, hip, New York Woody Allen apocalypse comic,” Dunbier said.

The Last Resort - written by Jimmy Palmiotti, a zombie comic that takes place in a Club Med style setting.. Covers will be by Amanda Conner and Darwyn Cooke.

Torpedo - collecting the entire work by Enrique Abulli and Jordi Bernet, the comic in oversized hardcovers. The first volume will contain two stories by Alex Toth. The ganger epic will be rewritten from translation by Jimmy Palmiotti, with design by Darwyn Cooke.

The cover to Cooke’s adaptation of Richard Stark’s The Hunter was shown, and Dunbier gave the history of the project, and how he personally had to convince author Donald Westlake that Cooke could faithfully adapt the work. Resistant at first, Westlake was swayed by Cooke’s art, and as a result, Westlake gave Cooke and IDW permission to adapt the work and call the character “Parker,” something Westlake had never done in any of the other adaptations of the novel.

The graphic novel will run 128-138 pages, and be slightly smaller than normal, perhaps 6” x 9”. Dunbier showed the first two pages of the graphic novel, and then held up the first 72 pages of it. The completed version should be in stores in July.

Dunbier announced that IDW will collect The Family Circus beginning with the first strips from 1960. The first volume is due in November. Dunbier said that the project was very personal to him, and he hold Family Circus creator Bill Keane to Norman Rockwell.

Dunbier then announced that IDW will publish The Complete Rocketeer, which will collect all of the Dave Stevens Rocketeer comics, completely recolored by Laura Martin, who was the late Dave Stevens' personal choice for the project. Stevens, who wasn’t happy with the original coloring on the project kept most of the original pages, and knew where the others were if he ever needed them.

IDW will also publish a deluxe version of the collection in an 8” x 12” format which will include over 10 pages of supplemental material that has rarely been seen. “The hope is to make this the book that Dave always wanted it to be,” Dunbier said.

Dunbier then opened the floor to Q&A…

Asked if more Fallen Angel was coming, Dunbier said that while he wasn’t totally familiar with the schedule for the character, more Fallen Angle will be coming.

Dunbier said that IDW is up for collecting Outland and Opus if Berkeley Breathed is up for it, but noted that collecting Bloom County itself will take time, as its projected to run for five volumes.

Both versions of The Complete Rocketeer will ship in October.

Dunbier said that the size of The Hunter was something that Cooke requested to make it look like a paperback from the ‘60s. The book will published in hardcover, run 144 pages (Dunbier was unsure of the length of the story as Cooke is still working on it) and carry a $24.99 cover price. Dunbier noted that Cooke is doing the first four Parker novels, but he is talking to Cooke about two more projects that would be related to the graphic novels.

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