Lion Forge Comics Expands Distribution With IDW Publishing
Digital Publisher Behind Airwolf, Knight Rider, and Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier Comics to Launch Print Versions of Licensed and Original Properties
SAN DIEGO and ST.LOUIS – (July XX, 2014) – Since it doesn’t always make sense to bag and board your smartphone to try and preserve your digital comic-book collection, Lion Forge Comics has partnered with award-winning publisher IDW Publishing to introduce its popular digital comics library into the print comics market. Lion Forge is kicking off its print collection with two of its notable licensed titles, Airwolf and Knight Rider, based on the classic NBC Universal television series. The publisher also will release its original series, Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier, inspired by MMA fighter, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Lion Forge and IDW will also publish and distribute print trades of Lion Forge’s other original and licensed collections, including titles from their all-ages and young adult imprint, ROAR Comics, as current digital versions are completed. “We are excited to be entering this creative endeavor with IDW, a company we feel is on the forefront of progressive publishing,” said David Steward II, CEO, Lion Forge. “With IDW’s experience and reputation for innovation, this partnership will exponentially increase Lion Forge’s potential to explore new and unique avenues for our content.” “Lion Forge has made a name for itself in the world of digital comics,” said Greg Goldstein, President, IDW. “Their dynamic library offers readers everything from a super powered Rampage Jackson to reboots based on iconic ‘80s television shows. We welcome the opportunity to showcase daring and talented publishers such as Lion Forge to our increasing audience by offering print versions of their digital books.” Lion Forge also recently partnered with motion comics platform Madefire, bringing their digital content to life with moving panels and explosive sounds. Readers can browse and purchase current original and licensed titles on their tablets and smartphones via the Amazon Kindle Bookstore and through the ComicsPlus app. About Lion Forge Comics Lion Forge is a St. Louis-based transmedia studio with a focus on digital publishing. With both original and licensed titles, including all-ages books from their ROAR Comics division, Lion Forge brings together the brightest talent to acquire and develop content and character franchises within the comic book, television, film and interactive gaming industries. Lion Forge applies cinematic elements to each property to create compelling, story-driven experiences from start to finish, bringing unique entertainment experiences to both traditional and digital marketplaces. For more information, please visitwww.lionforge.com or the Lion Forge Facebook and Twitter pages.
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, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; V-Wars from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; Winterworld, created by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist’s Edition imprint.
IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.