WonderCon 2021: IDW Publishing Announces Its Guests, Panel Schedule And Exclusive Merch

by Olly MacNamee

WonderCon will be running online o er this coming weekend and IDW Publishing are one of the first to announce their plans, panels and exclusives you can purchase from their web store. And starting today (March 22nd) with a special “thank you” to IDW’s devoted fans, the web store debuts with hard-to-find con exclusives and autographed merchandise from conventions past, available at special discounts!

Then, beginning Thursday, March 25th, at 1:00pm ET (10:00am PT): IDW’s new convention exclusives for Spring 2021’s hottest comic books become available to order! Featuring new exclusives such as G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, My Little Pony/Transformers II, Sleeping Beauties, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and TMNT: The Last Ronin, featuring cover artwork by Eric Canete, Evan Stanley, Katie Skelly, Sean Galloway, and Kevin Eastman, respectively!

Throughout the event, IDW will also run a special contest for fans to win one of each of IDW’s WonderCon 2021 convention exclusive comic book variants — to enter, simply enter your email address at our WonderCon web store.

Now, onto the panels and more, below:

IDW and SEGA Kick-off a Year-Long Celebration of Sonic The Hedgehog’s 30th Anniversary at WonderCon!

“The creative minds behind IDW’s blockbuster Sonic The Hedgehog comics break down Sonic’s 30th Anniversary in 2021. The team will announce details about the Sonic 30th Anniversary Special comic book with guest appearances by fan-favorite talent who will be bringing new Sonic adventures to stores near you in 2021!
Longtime Sonic contributors Ian Flynn, Evan Stanley, and Bracardi Curry are joined by — in her first appearance ever to discuss her longtime Sonic fandom and new projects — New York Times bestselling author Gale Galligan (The Babysitters Club), who will be writing a Sonic The Hedgehog tale for Free Comic Book Day 2021 and contributing a tale called “Dr. Eggman’s Birthday” to the 30th Anniversary Special!”


  • Bracardi Curry, Colorist/Inker/Cover Artist of Sonic The Hedgehog and Annual 2020
  • Michael Cisneros, Manager of Licensing, SEGA of America
  • Ian Flynn, Writer of Sonic The Hedgehog and Bad Guys
  • Gale Galligan, Writer of 30th Anniversary Special and Sonic The Hedgehog FCBD 2021
  • Evan Stanley, Writer/Artist of Sonic The Hedgehog


  • David Mariotte, Editor of Sonic The Hedgehog

Start time: Friday, March 26, 2021 – 2:00pm ET (11:00am PT)

CLICK HERE to sign up for the Sonic The Hedgehog panel!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin and the IDW TMNT Universe!

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin is the most popular and widely-read TMNT comic of all time. The blockbuster miniseries has engrossed TMNT fans old and new alike . . . and now, with the secret identity of the Ronin revealed to the world, Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz of the Last Ronin creative team are joined by Jennika writer/artist Brahm Revel to provide an incredible deep dive into the character’s past and tragic destiny!
Also, enjoy exciting news about the future of IDW’s TMNT universe, including Jennika, the monthly TMNTseries, and more! Of special note, Tom Waltz will discuss his latest work in the upcoming TMNT Annual 2021: specifically, the official prelude to a major event years in the making… The Armageddon Game!”


  • Kevin Eastman, Co-Creator of TMNT and main creative force behind The Last Ronin
  • Brahm Revel, Writer/Artist of TMNT: Jennika and Jennika II
  • Tom Waltz, Writer of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Co-Writer of The Last Ronin


  • John Barber, IDW Editor-in-Chief

Start time: Friday, Mar 26, 2021 – 5:00pm ET (2:00pm PT)

CLICK HERE to sign up for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles panel!

IDW in 2021 and Beyond!

“Look ahead to everything new from IDW Publishing in 2021! Learn what’s next for Locke & Key, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures, Marvel Action, Transformers, Usagi Yojimbo, Sonic The Hedgehog — and much, much more! There’s nowhere better to get a behind-the-scenes look at IDW than with editor-in-chief John Barber, publisher Nachie Marsham, and guests including Kevin Eastman and Daniel José Older!
In the “IDW in 2021 and Beyond” panel, you’ll get a first look at the quarterly Godzilla: Rivals series of one-shots, debuting with the 50th anniversary celebration of Toho’s infamous Smog Monster with Godzilla vs. Hedorah in June. Also, we’re debuting the new cover to the upcoming Bermuda series by John Layman and Nick Bradshaw, and that’s just for starters!”


  • Kevin Eastman, Co-Creator of TMNT and main creative force behind The Last Ronin
  • Daniel José Older, Writer of Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures
  • Leigh Walton, Publicist and Marketing Director of Top Shelf Productions


  • John Barber, IDW Editor-in-Chief
  • Nachie Marsham, IDW Publisher

Start time: Saturday, March 27, 2021 – 3:00pm ET (12:00pm PT)

CLICK HERE to sign up for the IDW 2021 panel!

Top Shelf’s World of Indie Graphic Novels

“Now in its 24th year, beloved publisher Top Shelf Productions celebrates 2021 with an international superteam of brilliant, quirky cartoonists who combine gorgeous artwork with whimsical storytelling that could only come from these minds. From Mexican food trucks to Scottish truffle farms, middle-grade ocean science to young-reader fantasy, don’t miss this chance to meet the cream of the indie crop!”

  • James Albon, Writer/Artist of The Delicacy
  • Edgar Camacho, Writer/Artist of Onion Skin
  • Kim Dwinell, Writer/Artist of Surfside Girls and The Science of Surfing
  • James Kochalka, Writer/Artist of Johnny Boo and Monkey vs. Robot
  • Christian Slade, Writer/Artist of Korgi


  • Leigh Walton, Publicist and Marketing Director of Top Shelf Productions

Start time: Saturday, March 27, 2021 – 6:00pm ET (3:00pm PT)

CLICK HERE to sign up for the Top Shelf 2021 panel!



All new convention exclusives will be made available to order beginning Thursday, March 25th. IDW is offering free domestic shipment on all orders of $65 or more. Visit IDW’s convention webstore here to place orders — but hurry, these hot comics are only available while supplies last, and the web store closes at midnight PT on Sunday, March 27th!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero: Serpentor Uncoiled One-Shot
Written by Larry Hama, Illustrated by Rod Whigham
Convention Exclusive Cover by Eric Canete
$15.00 US

My Little Pony/Transformers II: The Magic of Cybertron #1
Written by James Asmus and Sam Maggs, Illustrated by Jack Lawrence and Casey Coller
Convention Exclusive Cover by Evan Stanley
$10.00 US

Sleeping Beauties #6
Based on the Novel by Stephen King and Owen King
Written by Rio Youers, Illustrated by Alison Sampson
Convention Exclusive Cover by Katie Skelly
$10.00 US

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #115
Written and Illustrated by Sophie Campbell
Convention Exclusive Cover by Sean Galloway
$10.00 US

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #2
By Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Tom Waltz, Esau and Isaac Escorza, and Ben Bishop
Convention Exclusive Black-and-White Cover by Kevin Eastman
$20.00 US

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