‘Mad Max’ + Cthulhu + Dolph Lungren = “The Squidder”

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We’ve been following this book since its announcement and Kickstarter campaign with 44FLOOD, but IDW will be releasing Ben Templesmith’s new tentacle-filled series. The book will be released as a 4-issue miniseries, and then collected. It remains to be seen what the release schedule will be, but Templesmith has said in the past that he can not do monthly comics. My hunch is they will wait until it’s all complete and release it then on a monthly basis. If you’re a fan of Lovecraft or 90s action flicks, this is one to keep your eye on.

From the press release:

San Diego, CA (May 28, 2014) – This July, IDW Publishing and 44FLOOD come together again to release an all-new four-issue series, The Squidder, from famed comic artist Ben Templesmith. Templesmith returns to IDW as a triple threat with a series in which he writes and provides story, art, and lettering, as well as the primary covers. The Squidder mixes action, horror, science fiction, and fantasy elements with a touch of “Squidly” destruction.

Templesmith first gained renown as the artist responsible for the singular style of 30 Days of Night, which he co-created with noted horror-master, Steve Niles, and that went on to well documented success as a major motion picture. Templesmith has previously written and drawn the series Singularity 7 and multipleWormwood: Gentleman Corpse miniseries.

“Ben was there at the start of IDW’s first comic publishing, so it’s great that his return with The Squiddercoincides with our 15th anniversary,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “Although, don’t get me wrong, a new series from Ben is welcome at any time. And thanks to our partnership with Ben’s new venture, 44FLOOD, this just may become a very nice regular occurrence.”

The Squidder, which was the focus of a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign for a limited graphic-novel edition of the story, centers on an old soldier, one of the last of the legendary Squidder Legions, from a forgotten war. The post-apocalyptic world seems to have left him behind, but it remains to be seen if a discarded relic with a death wish and a rebellious Squid priestess can overthrow humanity’s tentacled alien overlords.

The Squidder is equal parts Mad Max, Cthulhu creatures, and everything I love about early 90s Dolph Lungren action films,” said Ben Templesmith. “All of us at 44FLOOD are excited to be working with IDW to bring our projects into comic book shops and book stores. IDW has some of the best and most dedicated people in all of comics.”

Templesmith has returned to his roots to do the tentacle/Cthulhu-orientated book he’s always promised, and IDW is proud to release another stunning and original project with an artist so important to the foundations of the company.