Category Archives: IDW
Spoiler alert! The latest and greatest Biff Bam Popcast is up. In this edition, Glenn Walker, JP Fallavollita, Emily McGuiness, Jason Shayer and Andy Burns talk Star Trek Into Darkness, what we liked (lots), what we didn’t (more than we thought) and much more.
As well, we take a look at the gorgeous new IDW hardcover, Star Trek: The John Byrne Collection. As mentioned in the popcast, IDW continue to knock it out of the park with their licensed properties and this book is no exception. Take a look inside during the popcast and then order your own copy here.
Picture it. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 1982. A young, burgeoning comic book fan has a Sunday tradition with his father where they travel to the local 7-11 or IDA Drugstore after their day together and pick up a book for the youngster to read. On one occasion, this comic collector was in the IDA a few days early with his mother and found what looked to be a very exciting first issue of something called…G.I. Joe. Knowing that he’d have to wait a few days to get the hugely important title, the child hit the issue amongst a group of unrelated magazines, hoping upon hope that no other collector would find the hidden gold. Come the next Sunday, child and father walk in to the I.D.A. Father watches with a grin on his face as the child magically pulls out the prize.
And that,my friends, is how I scored the first issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero!
It’s an amazing time for G.I. Joe fans. Not only will the long awaited film G.I. Joe: Retaliation hit theatres at the end of March, but IDW has relaunched their comic series (while also maintaining a second series, written by longtime G.I. Joe scribe Larry Hama). Written by Fred Van Lente and illustrated by Steve Kurth, the first issue is the perfect jumping on point for die hard fans and newcomers to the franchise. Fred Van Lente was kind enough to talk to Biff Bam Pop via email about the new series, characters he’s looking forward to writing and much more!
Andy Burns: Congrats on a stellar first of issue of G.I. Joe! First things first – can you tell us how you wound up working on the title?
Fred Van Lente: Thanks. My understanding is you have IDW editor-in-chief Chris Ryall to thank for that. Ryan Dunlavey and I published The Comic Book History of Comics with them, so the relationship was already there. One day G.I. Joe/Transformers editor John Barber called me up and asked me if I wanted to take over the book, and history was made. Or unmade. One of the two.
Andy Burns: There’s a huge history behind the franchise – from Marvel’s legendary run to the Devil’s Due stories through to the great work that IDW’s been doing the last few years. As a writer, is there any intimidation at all working on a series that has a devoted fan base with high expectations?
Fred Van Lente: It’s not really useful as a writer to be intimidated by anything when you’re coming on a big franchise. You’ve been hired by the licensor to bring your own unique spin on the property, so that’s what you should do. Gosh knows if people don’t like my particular take on G.I. Joe they’ve got lots of others to choose from! It’s the joy of the brand Hasbro’s created, really.
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This Will Make You: Happy! #1 But You’ll Need A Loan For Joe Kubert’s Tarzan Of The Apes: Artist’s Edition On The Wednesday Run – September 26, 2012
Image Comic, one of the “independent” publishing companies, keeps on knocking new comic book series’ out of the park! Their titles have been making the headlines across the top of Wednesday Run columns throughout 2012 – and today, September 26, is no different.
But there are two picks to choose from this week. One that will be sure to put a smile on your face (it’s in the title of the new series, after all) and one that you might have to mortgage your house in order to purchase (but worth every penny of interest you’ll have to pay)!
Choice is a good thing, right? Check them out after the jump!
One of the most well respected artists working in sequential art forum on one of the most beloved comic book character story arcs to ever see print.
If there was only one reason to run to your local comic book shop today, this is it: David Mazzucchelli and Daredevil: Born Again Artist’s Edition.
Please, allow me to gush throughout my explanation.
I can still remember the summer of my thirteenth year. I was part of a group of close friends that bought and read comic books. We weren’t collectors, necessarily. Well, maybe some of us were. What we did do, as I’m sure many kids did, was trade comics with each other. We’d trade ones that we had already flipped through for ones that we really wanted to read. We’d sit on our porches, huddled over our piles of monthly periodicals: Fantastic Four, Batman, Team America, Scalphunter, talk about movies hockey players and offer a random comic book issue for another that enticed.
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The Comic Book History of Comics is a treasure that any comic book fan will want to own; a detailed homage to the absolutely unique story of comics, in comic book form! And thanks to Biff Bam Pop, you can win a copy of your very own.
From the award-winning team of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey, this collection out from IDW offers something truly special for comic book fans. The Comic Book History Of Comics includes all the most important figures in comics/manga history: Jack Kirby, R. Crumb, Harvey Kurtzman, Alan Moore, Stan Lee, Art Spiegelman, Osamu Tezuka and many more.
We know Biff Bam Pop readers are serious about comic books, so we’re giving away one copy of this epic history of the comic book industry to one of YOU! Read the rest of this entry
Biff Bam Pop’s The Comic Stop Exclusive Interview: Chris Ryall and Tom Waltz Talk IDW’s New KISS Comic!
A brand new KISS comic is coming???
I’m there, just like I have been for the band (or brand, depending on your point of view) since the summer of 1996, when I first saw the original line-up at their make-up clad best (I did see the band on their 1992 Revenge tour, and while it was good, it’s just not the same as Klassic Kiss). Every since the Alive! Worldwide tour, I’ve been a member of the KISS Army, collecting figures and comics, and buying and rebuying their albums in various configurations.
So when I say I’m stoked that KISS is teaming up with IDW for a new comic books series, you know I’m not foolin’. What’s even more exciting is the fact that the forthcoming series is in the hands of two diehard KISS fans, IDW Chief Creative Officer and Editor-In-Chief Chris Ryall and Senior Staff Writer/Editor Tom Waltz. The duo talked to me via email about the new series, how it ties in to the KISS comic mythology and so much more. So put on your favourite KISS album (I’m hitting play on Sonic Boom) and let’s get this place…hotter than hell!
This week at The Comic Stop, I’ve got two titles for you. One is based on a popular film franchise, the other should become one at some point in the near future. Read on: