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AnnaMaria White On IDW's Holiday Offerings (PR)
posted November 24, 2009
 

The holiday season officially kicks off on Thursday, bringing weeks of crowded malls and long lines. To help our customers hold on to their holiday cheer, IDW has a great lineup of books for everyone on your gift list, from classic reprints to the hottest brands, all available online or at your local store.

The holidays are all about family, for better or for worse. For nearly fifty years, creator Bil Keane has captured the humor of family life with The Family Circus. The endlessly curious, often too clever children and their loving, long-suffering parents capture the essence of every family. Delight someone on your holiday list with The Family Circus Library Volume One, a beautiful hardcover collection, featuring the first two years of this famous strip in chronological order, plus a thoughtful essay written by Keane's son, Christopher, accompanied by many pieces of pre-Family Circus art and family photographs.

The pop-culturalist in your life will love The New York Times bestselling The Bloom County Library, Volume One, featuring the unique amalgam of contemporary politics and fantasy that earned creator Berkeley Breathed the Pulitzer Prize. Volume One offers every daily and Sunday strip in chronological order, all told with hilarious humor and many reprinted for the first time, plus hilarious and insightful commentary from Breathed, himself.

For the classic collector, pick from three eras of comics with these brilliant new collections: The Complete Rocketeer, Rip Kirby and The Art of Ditko.

The Complete Rocketeer offers just that -- the very first complete collection of this beloved strip, available in two different formats, both newly recolored. The Complete Rocketeer features both "The Rocketeer" and "The Rocketeer: Cliff's New York Adventure" in a handsome hardcover collection. In addition to the comics themselves, The Rocketeer: The Complete Deluxe Edition features 100 pages of Dave Stevens art, including many pieces that have never before been published.

Rip Kirby Volume One features beautiful reprints that allow readers to see, for the first time, the full detail of Alex Raymond's brush work. Rip Kirby Volume One includes a biographical and historic essay by Brian Walker, plus an introduction by Raymond biographer Tom Roberts.

Give the gift of comic history with The Art of Ditko, a beautifully designed, oversized format retrospective on the art and influence of Steve Ditko. Comics legend Stan Lee provides a glowing introduction, while P. Craig Russell, John Romita, and Jerry Robinson each offer their own insights into this enigmatic and incredible creator. In addition to these one of a kind essays, The Art of Ditko also introduces fans to the very best of Ditko's rare and striking work.

This summer's mega-hit movies are also acclaimed comics, and great holiday gifts.

For the Star Trek fan on your list, pick up Star Trek Countdown and give the gift of plot enhancement.

Know some one who loved the TRANSFORMERS movie? IDW knows the perfect gift. TRANSFORMERS: Alliance and TRANSFORMERS: Defiance give fans an in-depth look at the characters in the movie and the situation on Earth. TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen movie adaptation transcribes the blockbuster movie into a fan-favorite graphic novel.

The G.I. JOE fans in your life will love IDW's series of classic reprints, offering recolored collections of the comic strip that inspired a generation. Classic G.I. JOE Volume One beginning with the very first JOE issue, and the series will expand on December 9th, with Volume Six, offering never before reprinted issues.

All of these great books and more are available at your local store and online at IDWPublishing.com.

The Art of Ditko ($29.99, 208 pages) will available in stores and online on December 9th. ISBN 978-1600105425.

The Bloom County Library Volume One ($39.99, 288 pages) is now available in stores and online. ISBN 978-1600105319.

The Family Circus Library Volume One ($39.99, 240 pages) is now available in stores and online. ISBN 978-1600105487.

Classic G.I. JOE Volume 1 ($49.99, 320 pages) is now available in stores and online. ISBN 978-1600103456.

Classic G.I. JOE Volume 2 ($19.99, 240 pages) is now available in stores and online. ISBN 978-1600103797.

Classic G.I. JOE Volume 3 ($19.99, 240 pages) is now available in stores and online. ISBN 978-1600104231.

Classic G.I. JOE Volume 4 ($19.99, 240 pages) is now available in stores and online. ISBN 978-1600104622.

Classic G.I. JOE Volume 5 ($19.99, 236 pages) is now available in stores and online. ISBN 978-1600105197.

Classic G.I. JOE Volume 6 ($19.99, 240 pages) will be available in stores and online on December 9th. ISBN 978-1600105456.

Rip Kirby Volume One ($49.99, 320 pages) is now available in stores and online. ISBN 978-1600104848.

The Complete Rocketeer ($29.99, 144 pages) will be available in stores on December 16th. ISBN 978-1600105388.

The Rocketeer: The Complete Deluxe Edition ($75.00, 248 pages) will be available in stores on December 16th. ISBN 978-1600105371.

Star Trek Countdown HC ($21.99, 104 pages) is now available in stores and online. ISBN 978-1600106392.

TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen Movie Adaptation ($17.99, 104 pages) is now available in stores and online. ISBN 978-1600104558.

TRANSFORMERS: Alliance ($17.99, 104 pages) is now available in stores and online. ISBN 978-1600104565.

TRANSFORMERS: Defiance ($17.99, 104 pages) is now available in stores and online. ISBN 978-1600104572.


About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro's The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount's Star Trek; Fox's Angel; the BBC's Doctor Who; and television's #1 prime time series CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for ComicMix.

IDW's original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.

About The Library of American Comics
The Library of American Comics, an imprint of IDW Publishing, was established in 2007 to preserve the long and jubilantly creative history of the American newspaper comic strip in archival, hardcover editions. To date, every LoAC release has been nominated for an Eisner or Harvey Award and the imprint's inaugural series, Terry and the Pirates, won the Eisner in 2008. Creative and Editorial Director Dean Mullaney has been an influential force in the comics field since 1978, when he published the first graphic novel for the comics specialty market (Sabre by Don McGregor and Paul Gulacy). His pioneering efforts, as founder and publisher of Eclipse Comics, brought about many milestones to the field, including creator copyright ownership, the first line of Japanese manga in English translation in 1988, and the first digitally-colored comic book. More information about The Library of American Comics can be found on IDW's website -- www.idwpublishing.com -- and that of the imprint itself -- www.libraryofamericancomics.com.