Friday, March 19, 2010

COMIC NEWS: April Issue Welcomes IDW Publishing as Diamond's Newest Premier Publisher

The new issue arrives in comic shops March 31, spotlights products on sale beginning June 2010, and will be the first PREVIEWS in which IDW appears in the Premier Comics section of the catalog.

As announced today by Diamond Comic Distributors, IDW Publishing has become the first publisher to advance to “premier” status since the classification was implemented in 1996. The comic book home of best-selling properties G.I. JOE, TRANSFORMERS, Angel, Locke & Key, and more, IDW will now appear in the Premier Comics section of PREVIEWS, the comic shops’ catalog, with Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics, and Marvel Comics.

With the April PREVIEWS, IDW marks its new status with redesigned solicit pages, debuts its very first – and currently classified – Gem of the Month, and provides new details about James Patterson’s The Murder of King Tut #1, a series based on the writer’s best-selling novel that’s already received mainstream media attention.

Another New York Times best-selling author, Janet Evanovich will present her fans of her Barnaby novels the next story in the series with Dark Horse’s TROUBLEMAKER BOOK 1 graphic novel, featured on April PREVIEWS’ back cover. Written by Janet and Alex Evanovich and illustrated by JoĆ«lle Jones, Troublemaker reunites race car mechanic Alex Barnaby and driver Sam Hooker for a new adventure. A free preview can be found on at

April PREVIEWS Editorial Features:
FLIPside Feature
“Comics from Another World” – More and more, mainstream fiction writers are putting their mark on graphic novels as well. Authors Janet Evanovich, James Patterson, Stephen King, Jane Yolen, and Charlaine Harris are (More)

PREVIEWS Next: April Issue’s Features
just a few that are helping publishers reach new audiences and introduce them to fascinating worlds. The April catalog highlights the many contributions these mainstream authors have made and continue to make to graphic literature.

Featured Theme
“Summer Escape” – Throughout this edition of PREVIEWS, a special Sci-Fi/Fantasy icon designates some outstanding comics and graphic novels from the two genres that should appeal to those looking for a read that can help them escape from the norm this summer.

David Peterson – This month’s creator feature spotlights David Peterson, the creator, writer, and artist behind Archaia Studio Press’ Mouse Guard. Peterson shares his current comic reading list with PREVIEWS fans.

Sneak Peeks
In March, comic fans are given a glimpse of DC Comics/Vertigo’s Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story graphic novel as well as Image Comics’ The Bulletproof Coffin #1, Dynamo 5: Sins of the Father #1, and Dust Wars #1, and Meta 4 #1.
Plus: Staff Picks, our Top 100 Comics and Bestseller Charts, and much more!

April PREVIEWS’ Gems of the Month

The Gems of the Month from April’s catalog include: Dark Horse Comics’ Predators #1 and Buzzard #1, DC’s Superman #700, a classified book from IDW, Image’s The Bulletproof Coffin #1, Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man #634, and Wizard Entertainment’s Wizard #226.

All this and more is waiting in the April issue of PREVIEWS, which hits your local comic shop on Wednesday, March 31st at a cover price of $4.50. Ask your comic shop retailer on how you can qualify for a free issue. Pre-orders are due to your comic shop by April 10th for merchandise in this issue.

For a sneak peek at this issue’s Gems, Featured Items, and more head on over to

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