12-Issue digital-exclusive series comes to iPad, iPhone, Android and the Web courtesy of writers Chris Metzen & Flint Dille
San Diego, CA (January 18, 2012) â€“ IDW Publishing proudly announces a new digital comics event five million years in the making:Â TRANSFORMERS: Autocracy.Released exclusively on digital platforms, this 12-part series will be released on multiple digital platforms as 8-page chapters every two weeks starting January 18th and running through June. Each episode will be priced at 99Â¢.
TRANSFORMERS: AutocracyÂ has ties to the two new TRANSFORMERS comics series based on the iconic TRANSFORMERS brand from Hasbro and launching this month,Â Robots in DisguiseandÂ More Than Meets the Eye. â€œThose series look to the future,â€ said IDW Senior EditorÂ John Barber, â€œbut they have strong ties to the past. AndÂ AutocracyÂ fills in some of the gaps in that past by telling one of the most important stories to ever appear in TRANSFORMERS comics.â€
Before OPTIMUS became a PRIME… he fought for order. Before MEGATRON became a conqueror… he fought for freedom. Before they were enemies… they stood against â€” AUTOCRACY.
AutocracyÂ features the stunning TRANSFORMERS writing debut ofÂ Chris MetzenÂ â€“ SVP, Story and Franchise Development at Blizzard Entertainment and one of the main creative minds behind the companyâ€™sÂ WarcraftÂ®,Â StarCraftÂ®, andÂ DiabloÂ®Â universes.Â MetzenÂ is joined by co-writerÂ Flint Dille, a fan-favorite for his work on the originalÂ TRANSFORMERSÂ animated series.
â€œThis project is a dream come true for me,â€ saidÂ Metzen. â€œIâ€™ve loved the TRANSFORMERS brand all my life â€“ and the chance to take these characters for a drive with my good friend Flint has been an incredible privilege. But I think itâ€™s Livio Ramondelliâ€™s gritty, cinematic vision that really brings this story to life.â€
ArtistÂ Livio RamondelliÂ came to fansâ€™ attention last year with the world-shattering TRANSFORMERS: Chaos series. â€œI feel beyond thankful to be a part of this project,â€ saidÂ Ramondelli. â€œThese two have written a truly epic TRANSFORMERS story for the ages. I canâ€™t say enough good things about Chris Metzen, and we should all feel lucky that Flint Dille is returning to TRANSFORMERS.â€
â€œIDW is very excited to launch this digital-exclusive series,â€ said IDW CEO and PublisherÂ Ted Adams. â€œThe TRANSFORMERS brand has a broad international fan-base, this series will continue to increase the comics audience.â€ TheÂ AutocracyÂ series will help bring these new readers to comic shops, by including a page featuring the Comic Shop Locator service and best-selling TRANSFORMERS collections and comics.
AutocracyÂ can be found in IDWâ€™s Apple iPadâ„¢, iPhoneÂ® and iPod touchÂ®, apps â€“Transformers ComicsÂ andÂ IDW Comics, and on the Web at read.idwpublishing.com. The series is also featured in the Comics by comiXology platform forÂ iOS,Â Android,Â WebÂ and Kindle Fire, and Comics + by iVerse.
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; HBOâ€™s True Blood; the BBC’s Doctor Who; Tohoâ€™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 original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.
As a recognized leader in digital comics, IDWâ€™s digital partners include: comiXology,Â iVerse Media,Â Graphicly,Â Cryptozoic Comics,Â Panelfly,Â Digital Manga,Â Diamond Digital,Â NEC,Â Zero Sum and Smart Ebooks.Â The IDW digital line is available worldwide on top platforms including: Apple iOS apps and iBooks, Android apps,Â Barnes & Noble Nook,Â Amazon Kindle,Â Kobo Vox,Â Sony PSP, Nokia and RIM BlackBerry.
More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.
About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of WarcraftÂ® and the WarcraftÂ®, StarCraftÂ®, and DiabloÂ® franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industryâ€™s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainmentâ€™s track record includes thirteen #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The companyâ€™s online-gaming service, Battle.netÂ®, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.
Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Companyâ€™s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Hub, Hasbroâ€™s multi-platform joint venture with Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) launched on October 10, 2010.Â The online home of The Hub is www.hubworld.com. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.Â Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com. Â© 2012 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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