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    First Look: Matt Frank`s Cover for Godzilla: Complete Rulers of Earth Vol. 1 TPB

    Source: Matt Frank Official Site: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Bobby Curnow


    Godzilla: Complete Rulers of Earth Vol. 1 TPB. Image courtesy of Matt Frank. © 2016 Toho Co., Ltd.

    IDW Publishing Godzilla artist Matt Frank has offered SciFi Japan readers an exclusive preview of his cover artwork for the Godzilla: Complete Rulers of Earth Vol. 1 Trade Paperback, collecting issues #1–12 of the Godzilla: Rulers of Earth series. IDW`s trade collections generally reuse cover artwork from the comics, and their solicitations for Godzilla: Complete Rulers of Earth featured Matt Frank`s "Godzilla vs Zilla" cover from Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #2. Frank explained how he swayed the publisher into going with an original illustration... "I begged and pleaded to do a cover for the collected edition, although IDW had already decided they wanted to do something different than usual, so it initially wasn`t needed. I still requested at least a spot in the book for a pinup, which I was granted. Once I drew it up, and had Paul Hanley flat it and Gonçalo Lopez color it, IDW was apparently so pleased with it that they went ahead and made it the cover!" "I`m especially happy about this," he added, "because Rulers was a legitimate highlight of my career and my life up to this point, so I`m very proud to get in at least one last cover!" Godzilla: Complete Rulers of Earth Vol. 1 TPB Story: Chris Mowry and Matt Frank Writer: Chris Mowry Artists: Matt Frank, Jeff Zornow Inks Assist: Mostafa Moussa Colors: Rhonda Pattison and Priscilla Tramontano Letterer: Shawn Lee and Chris Mowry Editor: Bobby Curnow Cover: Matt Frank Godzilla returns, and the world will never be the same! Giant monsters are appearing across the globe and leaving complete devastation in their wake. But who -- or what -- might be behind their attacks? It`s up to Commander Steven Woods and his Counter-Kaiju Reaction forces to hold the monsters at bay, while young Lucy Casprell and her scientific research group, the Kaiju Watchers, attempt to find the truth behind the invasions. Tentative In-Store Date: June 2016 Pages: 280 Cover Price: $29.99 ISBN: 978-1-63140-626-3

    Rejected cover art concepts by Matt Frank. Images courtesy of Matt Frank. © 2016 Toho Co., Ltd.

    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; HBO`s True Blood; the BBC`s DOCTOR WHO; Toho`s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio. IDW`s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Warner Brothers and Barry Sonnenfeld are attached to adapt LORE into a feature film starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, with Michael Bay`s Platinum Dunes and Sony bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.

    About Toho Co., Ltd.

    Founded in 1932 and headquartered in Tokyo, Toho Company, Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of twenty-eight Godzilla motion pictures, based upon a character the company unleashed on the world back in 1954, and masterpiece films directed by Akira Kurosawa. Toho has been the number one distributor of motion pictures in Japan (both domestic and foreign) for eight consecutive years since 2003. The company is also, throughout Japan, the leading producer of theatrical works and one of the largest owners of office buildings and theaters.

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