New ‘Locke & Key’ story to debut in San Diego

‘Locke & Key: Nailed It!’ gets a convention exclusive preview at next month’s Comic-Con International.

Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriquez’s Locke & Key came out as a series of miniseries between 2008 and 2013, wrapping up with the Omega and Alpha issues that brought the story to a close. Or so it would seem …

Both IDW Publishing and Rodriquez have teased this month plans to reopen the doors to the Keyhouse, and now a list of exclusives being offered by IDW at Comic-Con International next month reveals a new comic: Locke & Key: Nailed It!

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IDW announces new publishing venture, Clover Press

IDW Publishing co-founders Ted Adams and Robbie Robbins will run the boutique publisher.

IDW Publishing co-founders Ted Adams and Robbie Robbins will lead a new publishing venture, Clover Press, focused on “on the book market and direct-to-consumer prestige format publications as a new, progressive, eclectic, boutique publisher.”

“Growing IDW Publishing with Robbie – from where it was 20 years ago to where it is today – has been an incredible ride,” says Adams. “Now with the company in excellent hands, it’s time to focus our attention on new projects. Our small team at Clover Press will be working on outside of the box projects that we are excited about, and we look forward to exploring new markets and getting more beautiful books out into the world.”

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Rodríguez + Adams re-imagine ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’

Announced at WonderCon, IDW will release the story in two parts, starting in July.

For a while now artist Gabriel Rodríguez has been teasing his next project, and at this weekend’s WonderCon IDW announced what it is — a new take on The Island of Dr. Moreau written by IDW founder Ted Adams.

According to the press release, Adams and Rodríguez will present “an all-new interpretation” of the H.G. Wells classic, replacing the protagonist with a female lead. They’ll be joined by colorist Nelson Dániel and letterer Robbie Robbins on the two-part series.

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‘Usagi,’ ‘Giant Days,’ ‘Octopus Pie’ among NCS divisional nominees

The National Cartoonists Society announces the divisional nominees for the 71st Annual NCS Reuben Awards.

The National Cartoonists Society has announced the 2016 NCS Divisional nominees for the 71st Annual NCS Reuben Awards, which annually recognize creators of comic strips, animation, illustrations, comic books and more. The winners will be announced May 27, and the nominees for their biggest award, the Reuben itself, should be coming later this month.

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Gabriel Rodriguez draws a ‘Sword of Ages’ — and writes it, too

Five-issue series starts in October.

Locke & Key artist/co-creator Gabriel Rodriguez is going solo with his next series — Sword of Ages, a retelling of the Excalibur myth.

Announced at WonderCon, the new creator-owned series will be “an epic, five-issue space fantasy,” according to the press release from IDW Publishing. “The everlasting legend of the Sacred Sword is born through young warrior Avalon’s brutal clashes with rising tyrants in a world of fantastic creatures, ancient civilizations, alien forces and true magic.” Lovern Kindzierski will color his art for the project.

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IDW and Hasbro bring ‘Clue’ to comics

Paul Allor and Nelson Dániel team for an “at times completely bonkers” five-issue miniseries based on the board game.

IDW’s partnership with Hasbro has brought everything from My Little Pony to Transformers to ROM and Micronauts to the publisher, and now that line of books is getting a Clue. A five-issue miniseries based on the iconic board game will debut in June.

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