Friday was a big day for IDW at San Diego Comic-Con with the publishing company holding several panels and making some big announcements (with more still to come), and of note for the horror crowd are two new series, both featuring rather iconic characters…
Garbage Pail Kids:
Toppsâ€™ Garbage Pail Kids, the 1980s sensation, will have readers squirming with delight this winter as the obscene adolescents star in a brand-new comic book series from IDW Publishing.
With the likes of Adam Bomb, Leaky Lindsay, and New Wave Dave populating the Garbage Pail Kids universe, the delightfully deformed and often downright disgusting Kids are set to make their mark on the world of comics, just in time for their 30th Anniversary in 2015!
â€œAs a child of the Eighties, I was at ground zero for the Garbage Pail Kids phenomenon,â€ series editor Denton J. Tipton said. â€œThe profoundly irreverent stickers spoke directly to the rascal inside each and every one of my classmates, and helped us drive our teachers to the brink of insanity. I couldnâ€™t be more happy to be working with some of the giants of alternative comics to push the buttons of an entirely new generation of educators, many of which likely remember when the poo-covered sneaker was on the other foot.â€
Created by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman and a group of avant garde humorists including Mark Newgarden, John Pound, Tom Bunk, and others, the Garbage Pail Kids debuted in 1985 from Topps, as the furor for trading cards was at an all-time high. Like MAD Magazine and Toppsâ€™ own Wacky Packages before it, Garbage Pail Kids succeeded as a tongue-in-cheek send-up of pop culture, depicting quite the opposite of the â€œcuteâ€ approach to all-ages entertainment of the day.
â€œHaving grown up with GPK and sharing my name with the flagship character, I can say itâ€™s no small honor to help shepherd the Garbage Pail Kids into their first ever comic book,â€ said Toppsâ€™ Adam Levine, Head of Outbound Licensing. â€œItâ€™s going to be a real treat to see our friends at IDW flesh out the world of the Garbage Pail Kids so that after 30 years we can finally find out who all of these weird little guys are.â€
Hate cartoonist Peter Bagge, who provided the initial image of all-new character Comic-Con Ron, will be a part of the new series, planned as an anthology of loosely connected stories by a variety of talented creators from around the industry, including some of Toppsâ€™ official â€œGPKâ€ artists.
Additional information, including a full creative team announcement, will be arriving in the coming months so stay tuned.
Just in time for Halloween, IDW Publishing and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products are proud to announce the first in a number of new projects together, with the first ever Edward Scissorhands comic book series.
The long overdue all-new adventures begin in October, with New York Times best-selling author Kate Leth (Adventure Time) on writing duties and Drew Rausch (Haunted Mansion) lending his delightfully spooky style to the interior art. Rounding out the creative team will be acclaimed Locke & Key artist Gabriel Rodriguez, who will provide a stunning and suitably creepy cover for the debut issue.
“Edward Scissorhands is one of those dream projects that only pop up once in a lifetime, so any new story set in its universe demands to be treated with love and reverence,â€ said IDW Editor Sarah Gaydos. â€œWe’ve found a team in Drew and Kate, along with a crew of top cover artists who are not only exceptionally worthy of the task, but are bringing something completely fresh and relevant to the table.”
The 1990 cult-classic film from auteur Tim Burton, Edward Scissorhands ends with the heroine of the story, an aged Kim being asked by her granddaughter, â€œHow do you know heâ€™s still alive?â€ to which she answers, â€œI donâ€™t know. Not for sure. But I believe he is.â€ In the comic book event of fall 2014, IDW Publishing revisits this modern classic two decades after the end of film to finally answer that question.
“I’m overwhelmed with excitement to be writing Edward Scissorhands. As a former (and lifelong) teen Goth, few things are as close to my heart as Tim Burton’s cult classics,â€ said series writer Kath Leth. â€œWe’re taking the story forward in time and telling a bit of a girl detective storyâ€”one of my favourite genresâ€”a bit closer to modern times but still with that eerie, anachronistic touch. It’s a bit creepy, a bit scary, but always full of wonder. Drew and I have so much love for the film, and we like to think it shows. Keep your eyes peeled for easter eggs and plenty of spiralsâ€¦â€
Kimâ€™s granddaughter, Meg, grows up with Edward Scissorhands only being a legend, a bedtime story. But when weird things start to happen in her sleepy little town, it reawakens her curiously and she decides to search out for the mysterious Edward Scissorhands.
“I keep having to remind myself that this is happeningâ€”but if there was ever a team made for telling the further tales of Edward Scissorhands, it has to be Kate and I,â€ said series artist Drew Rausch. â€œNoâ€”seriously, IDW just built us a few months ago from some parts they had lying around. It’s been a little weird. We’re still getting the hang of all this “living” stuff but we promise to deliver a story that’s just as perfectly timeless, chilling and heartwarming as the originalâ€”cross our cookie hearts!”
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