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Friendship is Magic on the Printed Page

Back from San Diego Comic Con with sore feet and lots of stuff to tell you about!

First up: Among the many things at SDCC dedicated to My Little Pony — Friendship is Magic was the news that IDW Publishing will release a brand-new full-color MLP-FIM comic book series, starting up in November. The lead artist for the series is Andy Price, who since the announcement of the comic has been answering a flood of questions over on his Deviant Art page. According to him (and IDW, whom your trusty ed-otter spoke to at the con), the series will feature brand-new in-canon stories of the inhabitants of Equestria, not adaptations of the existing TV episodes. Various artists have been commissioned to create the covers for each issue. Mr. Price made it a point to note that his art for the series will be all hand-drawn and hand-colored. Check out his site or the IDW site for more news on a release date for the first issue.

image c. 2012 IDW Publishing

Werewolf One-Shot

Bane of the Werewolf is a new one-shot black & white comic by Rob E. Brown, released by Silver Phoenix Enterprises. A gypsy vagabond discovers that the truth of his lycanthropic nature has been hidden from him — and, he discovers that an evil hunchback is out to hunt him down.

The Gwaii Collection

The first set of issues of The Gwaii by Sean O’Reilly and Pedro Del Gado have been released in a new full-color hardcover collection by Arcana Studio. Tanu is a young sasquatch lost in the great Canadian wilderness when his mother is captured by Fearsome Creatures.  To get her back, he’ll have to use all his skills as he faces frightening mythological beings.

Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day is an annual event where comic book publishers put out special full-color mini-comics for distribution free to the public at various specialty and comic book stores. This year the big day is Saturday, May 2nd, and once again there are anthropomorphic comics to be found if you go looking. Boom! Studios is offering Disney/Pixar’s Cars by Alan J. Porter and Albert Carreres, which gives us a sneak-peak at the premier issue of the new Cars comic book series — and tells us the origin of Lightning McQueen! Cartoonapalooza from Ape Entertainment brings us (among other things) the further adventures of Go-Go Gorilla and the Jungle Crew. Archie Comics present a special introduction to the world and history of Sonic the Hedgehog with Sonic the Hedgehog: Evolution of a Hero (by Ian Flynn and Tracy Yardley). From Gemstone Publishing comes a special double-issue, featuring an excerpt from Don Rosa’s The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck as well as selected pages from Mickey and the Gang: Classic Stories in Verse. Owly and Friends is a triple-treat from Top Shelf Productions, featuring new stories of Owly by Andy Runton, Johnny Boo by James Kochalka, and Korgi by Christian Slade. Th3rd World Studios presents a special preview of their new series The Stuff of Legend (by Mike Raicht, Brian Smith, and Charles Paul Wilson III). It’s “a dark fantasy adventure in which a group of toys fight an unseen war to save their human master from every child’s worst nightmare: The Boogeyman!” Whew. Wildcard Ink brings us new adventures in Toyland with the Gumby Two-in-One by Andrew Joseph, Shepherd Hendrix, and Ken Hooper. Perhaps the biggest news of the day: To celebrate its 25th anniversary (!), Mirage will be publishing a special free re-print of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles issue #1 from 1984 (by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, of course!). Look for all of these at your favorite comic book store on the first Saturday in May.  But look quickly — you know they’re going to go fast!

Bad Dog

New from Image Comics: Deadpool writer Joe Kelly returns with Bad Dog, a new full-color comic series illustrated by Diego Greco. The story: Wendell is a “vertically challenged”, gutter-mouthed ex-preacher with a hair-trigger temper.  His partner, Lou, is a werewolf who despises people so much he refuses to shift back into human form. Together they’re the most drunken, f@*ked-up pair of bounty hunters ever to stumble their way across America.

Archibald Returns

He’s little, he’s wirey… he’s solving murder mysteries! Specifically, his brother. It’s Archibald the Ardvaark, returning to a new adventure in Archibald Chases the Dragon, a new one-shot two-tone comic book, with a story by Dara Naraghi and art by Grant Bond. This time, the search for his brother’s killer takes Archibald to Little China, in search of the mysterious “Compassionate Wind of Death”… while visions of deadly red dragons haunt his dreams. The comic is published by Shadowline.