IDW Publishing’s Greg Goldstein Talks Turtles, Jem, Ponies, and the 2019 Transformers Comic Reboot has released an SDCC interview with IDW Publishing president and publisher Greg Goldstein, who took on the role from founder Ted Adams last year. Read on for the interesting news and reveals!
Doubtlessly the most exciting piece of news for Transformers fans is the news that a rebooted ongoing Transformers continuity is coming in 2019. This is the first official confirmation of a full-on reboot, rather than unconnected miniseries and one-shots like the upcoming Bumblebee: Win If You Dare graphic novel and Star Trek vs Transformers series.
Though no reputable sources ever indicated it, rumors were swirling for a while that IDW would be losing the Transformers license at the end of the year, so the news that the partnership between IDW and Hasbro will doubtless come as a relief to fans. Indeed, Goldstein alludes to these rumors, noting that Hasbro and IDW have a continuing and positive relationship and that fans shouldn’t extrapolate from an absence of information.
Another fascinating, and unexpected, piece of news is short but sweet: “Jem will be back”. Though IDW’s Jem and the Holograms comics, reimagined by Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell, have received critical acclaim, after the short-lived fizzing-out of the Jem: Dimensions anthology series earlier this year the franchise’s future at IDW seemed in doubt.
Other elements that Goldstein talks about include IDW’s long-running Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, soon to celebrate its 100th issue and the 35th anniversary of the brand; John Lewis’s autobiographical civil rights story March and its upcoming sequel, Run, from Abrams Books; and IDW’s success in the book market with titles like My Little Pony, Star Trek and True Blood. He also extensively discusses IDW’s relationship with Marvel Comics through their upcoming line of licensed Marvel titles and “Artist’s Edition” releases of older series – something that might give fans of ROM: Spaceknight and Micronauts who want to see collections of their classic Marvel series fresh hope.

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