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    Godzilla Returns To IDW This Summer

    Comic Book Publisher Announces Trade Paperback Collections Author: Keith Aiken Source: IDW Publishing Special Thanks to Justin Eisinger, Bobby Curnow, Matt Frank and Chris Ryall

    Matt Franks cover art for Godzilla: Complete Rulers of Earth Vol. 2. Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2019 Toho Co., Ltd.

    More than two years after publishing their last Godzilla comic IDW Publishing has signed a new licensing deal with Toho. Their first release will be the Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters trade paperback, collecting all twelve issues of the 2011 series that launched IDW’s Godzilla program. Written by Eric Powell (The Goon), Tracy Marsh and Jason Ciaramella with artwork by Phil Hester (Green Arrow) and Victor Santos, Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters was the first American Godzilla comic book series to also feature additional Toho monsters such as Rodan, Mothra, Anguirus, Gigan and Mechagodzilla. The collected edition is scheduled for July, runs 304 pages, and retails for $29.99. "Kingdom of Monsters was originally published as three paperbacks," explained Justin Eisinger, IDW`s Editorial Director for Graphic Novels & Collections. "We are now binding up all three books into one volume. It has never been collected like this." The following month see the long-delayed release of Godzilla: Complete Rulers of Earth Vol. 2. The first volume was released in July 2016, with the second originally solicited for January 2017 then canceled when IDW`s original Godzilla license expired in late 2016. This trade paperback includes issues #13-25 of the Chris Mowry, Matt Frank (Godzilla: Rage Across Time) and Jeff Zornow run, concluding the series. Godzilla: Complete Rulers of Earth Vol. 2 runs 280 pages and retails for $29.99. Listings for it and Kingdom of Monsters can be found on Amazon and other retailer sites. In addition to these two titles, IDW is again offering their trade paperback collections of Godzilla: Oblivion (120 Pages, $19.99) and Godzilla: Rage Across Time (120 Pages, $19.99). As for new material, “We don’t have anything immediately to announce, but we’re eager to do more Godzilla comics,” said Bobby Curnow, Group Editor at IDW Publishing.

    Eric Powell artwork for Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters. Image courtesy of IDW Publishing. © 2019 Toho Co., Ltd.

    About IDW Publishing

    Founded in 1999, IDW started as an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels, and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California, and has grown into a fully integrated media company that now includes IDW Games, IDW Entertainment, Top Shelf Productions, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery. IDW Publishing is regularly recognized as one of the top four comic book publishers in the US. Over 80 IDW titles have appeared on The New York Times Best Sellers list. In 2015 alone, IDW published over 500 unique comic book titles and over 250 graphic novels. 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 TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, MY LITTLE PONY, and JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS; Paramount/CBS’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Toho’s Godzilla; Twentieth Century Fox’s The X-Files; Sony’s Ghostbusters, Temple Street Productions’ Orphan Black; multiple monthly Disney titles; and many more.

    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-nine 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 annually 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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