WonderCon 2019: Celebrating 20 Years of IDW With John Barber, Shelly Bond, David M. Booher, Delilah S. Dawson, B. Dave Walters & Tess Fowler

by Gary Catig

Early Friday afternoon, IDW held a panel at this year’s WonderCon to celebrate 20 years as a publisher. In attendance were EIC and moderator, John Barber, head of Black Crown, Shelly Bond, and creators, David M. Booher, Delilah S. Dawson, B. Dave Walters and Tess Fowler. They all provided a good eclectic mix of titles the comic company has to offer.

Booher has a new series coming out June 26 with Drew Zucker, Vittorio Astone, and Deron Bennet called Canto. Inspired by popular tales like The Wizard of Oz, The Dark Crystal and The NeverEnding Story, the story follows a little tin man who has fallen in love with a tin girl. He embarks on a journey to find a new heart for his significant other in order to save her. Nick Robles provides a variant cover for the first issue while Jorge Corona will provide one in the future.

Star Pig is a new series from Dawson, Francesco Gaston and Sebastian Cheng about an American girl who goes to space camp and experiences a tragedy. She befriends a giant tardigrade and sets out to find her way back home. It is heavily influenced by the 80’s, 90’s and aughts and creates a feeling of nostalgia. Each issue is named after a Weezer song and Dawson wanted a logo that was inspired by Jem. Sara Richard will provide some cover art and the series will be out in July.

Walters and Fowler spoke about their current series, Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish. This labor of love is about a group of seasoned heroes who come out of retirement for one last quest. The story time jumps from present to the past to develop the characters and to show them when they were still adventuring newbs. Walters explored deep into the Forgotten Realms literature so the comic fit in with continuity and it even relates to a big upcoming future event. Some sneak peeks at issue two were also shown.

In other IDW news, season 2 of Sonic the Hedgehog will be coming out along with the second annual which will contain short stories that are cannon. Also, characters, Tangle and Whisper will receive their own series starting with a one-shot in April.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will have a new arc entitled, City at War, which countdowns to the 100th issue. There’s a civil war between Splinter and Karai for control of the Foot Clan.

Following in IDW’s horror roots, a new reimagining of The Island of Dr. Moreau is coming out from Ted Adams, Gabriel Rodriguez and Nelson Daniel. It will explore the moral dilemma of just because you can doesn’t mean you should. The series will be out in June.

Also, in the genre of horror is Road of Bones from Rich Douek and Alex Cormack. It’s about three prisoners who escape a jail in Siberia and everything goes bad.

Finally, it was recently announced that Usagi Yojimbo from Stan Sakai made the jump from Dark Horse to IDW. The first arc under the new publisher will be out in June and will follow a murder mystery that involves Japanese marionettes. This also sparks the first time the series will be regularly colored.

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