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#NYCC14 IDW Publishing’s The Next Big Thing

Scott Tipton, Jonathan MaBerry, Joe Harris, Sarah Gaydos, Kete Leth, Gabriel Rodriguez, and Jim Zub gathered yesterday at NYCC to talk about 2015.

Star Trek Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive. Scott and David Tipton writing, and they wanted to ensure that it made sense to both worlds. The optimism of Star Trek meets the nihilism of Planet of the Apes. Starfleet arrives in hopes to fix the planet, they want to help, but the apes aren’t ready to accept. They have the approval of the Heston estate, so Charlton vs Shatner.

The X-Files catches everyone up on season 10. Harris talked about wrapping up his latest myth arc, and teased the arrival of a special guest star. The special guest will tie into a new project, “Millennium.” Harris is taking the reigns on Chris Carter’s other series, and he wants to improve on the ending that spins out of The X-Files. Menton3 on covers and Colin Lorimer on interiors.

Kate Leth talked about “Edward Scissorhands.” Her first ongoing project with IDW, she grew up on the property, called the movie perfectly complete. She called it a Nancy Drew teen girl mystery project that also stars Edward Scissorhands. The series takes place years later staring the granddaughter of the original protagonist.

Gabe Rodriguez talked briefly about Little Nemo. Wants to help people recover their inner child and enjoy whimsy again. He believes they captures the magic of the original strip. They showed off some of his art, and his perspective work is staggering.

Jonathan Maberry is about to start his second arc on V-Wars. It’s bloody and completely based on science, it has nothing to do with the supernatural, and he spoke really highly of the incredible visual team. The character Joe Ledger from Maberry’s novels is crossing over into his series, and V-Wars is currently in development for TV with the head writer of Dexter behind the project.

Rot and Ruin is a series of four novels from fourteen years after the zombie war. The comic series takes place between novel two and three in the series, but you don’t need to know the novel to write about the series.

Zombies Vs Robots is coming back in January with art by James Stokoe teased. The first issue will have short stories by Ryall, Steve Niles, and Brian Wood. They nuked the entire planet in issue #2 and the series takes place in the aftermath of that. New robots, new humans, and a new reason for being.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency comic series was announced, Tony Akins will be taking the reigns of the art. The initial sketches are incredible and have a feeling of Doctor Who. Ryall says it’s a huge writing challenge, the loose non-traditional elements do come around.
IDW is moving to expand their relationship with Marvel to bring huge rereleases of the artist editions. They want make huge strides in their releases with the mega publisher, they want to bring older books out of print.



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