Rest in Peace, Herb Trimpe

I’m very sad to report that according to multiple sources, former G.I. Joe comic artist and writer Herb Trimpe has passed away.

Any fan of G.I. Joe has an intimate and immediate connection with Mr. Trimpe, serving as the artist for the beginning of the world-changing G.I. Joe comic series, and playing a role throughout that same series for much of its run.

Even above and beyond that, Mr. Trimpe was the artist that originally brought Wolverine to life and had a long and established comic career.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Trimpe’s family and friends.

GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #212

This exciting new installment in the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero mythos has kicked off in impressive fashion.

Check out my full review below!

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Exclusive Jem/Cold Slither cover for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #212 at JoeCon!

IDW Publishing is teaming up with Toy Federation & Plastic Empire to produce a JoeCon 2015 exclusive cover for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #212 featuring Cold Slither and Jem and the Holograms.

It’s a really fun idea and a great looking cover for IDW’s retro G.I. Joe title.  Thanks to Plastic Empire on Twitter for the reveal!

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Previews for IDW Publishing G.I. Joe #7 and Real American Hero #212

A busy G.I. Joe day at the comic shops tomorrow with two issues hitting.  The seventh issue of the mainstream G.I. Joe title lands as well as the next stage in the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero mythology.  Exciting issues for fans both new and old.  Check out the previews below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #212—The Death of Snake Eyes: Part 1

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

G.I. JOE faces a force unlike anything they’ve ever encountered before… and the only way to control it is by reviving Serpentor, the Cobra Emperor himself! But bringing him backs sets into motion drastic events that lead to the death of the original Ninja Commando! The Death of Snake Eyes begins here in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #212!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • G.I. JOE’S GREATEST VILLAIN RETURNS!
  • Variant Sketch Cover by Larry Hama!

G.I. Joe #7

Karen Traviss (w) • Steve Kurth (a) • Jeffrey Veregge (c)

THE FALL OF G.I. JOE! Entrenched in a war-torn Eastern European nation, the G.I. JOE team collides with separatists, ex-teammates, locals, and COBRA. Politics collides with boots on the ground in one of the most unforgettable G.I. JOE epics of all time!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Karen Traviss (Halo, Gears of War) and Steve Kurth (Ultimate Iron Man, AvX Consequences) continue their redefining run!
  • Hard-hitting, real-world intrigue!

IDW Publishing to appear at Emerald City ComicCon this weekend

IDW-Publishing-LogoThis weekend marks another annual ECCC, which is consistently emerging as one of the go-to Conventions in the country, and IDW Publishing will be in attendance.

In pouring over their list of guests and panels, there is nothing specifically G.I. Joe related, however when you consider solicitations for this year are showing a drastically reduced footprint of G.I. Joe titles, it certainly seems like a topic that will, and should, be discussed.

I did reach out to Editor in Chief Chris Ryall about G.I. Joe, and while he had no public comment, he did assure me that there are plans in place for G.I. Joe going forward.

IDW will be partaking in a couple of different panels that may hopefully shed some light on that G.I. Joe situation:

Friday, 1:00 – 2:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)

IDW: 2015 and Beyond—IDW invites you to join in their first big panel of 2015! Join VP of Marketing Dirk Wood, Editor-in-Chief/Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall, alongside editor Sarah Gaydos, Erik Burnham of Ghostbusters fame, and Jody Houser, writer of the hit Orphan Black comic for a spirited chat filled with announcements, hijinks and Q&A!

Sunday, 4:00 – 5:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
IDW Presents: The New Class of Licensed Comics—Transformers, Adventure Time, Star Trek, Orphan Black, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic… What do these comics all have in common? They’re all licensed comics, and although some may STILL look down on them, they’re also home to some of the best talent telling the best stories around. Come hear about the good (and the sometimes challenging) aspects of working on books like these, from host Editor Sarah Gaydos (Star Trek, Disney, Edward Scissorhands), with special guests Kate Leth (Bravest Warriors, Edward Scissorhands), Corinna Bechko (Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, Once Upon a Time), Jody Houser (Orphan Black), Editor Shannon Waters (of BOOM!), Chris Roberson (Aliens, Star Trek), and Gabriel Hardman (Planet of the Apes, Star Wars).

You can read the full press release after the break.

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Preview for IDW Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra #3

Mike Costa and Paolo Vilanelli continues to do the impossible, and make me fully invested in a Snake Eyes solo book…the latest issue of Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra hits comic shops tomorrow, check out the preview below.

G.I. JOE: Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra #3 (of 5)

Mike Costa (w) • Paolo Villanelli (a & c)

As STORM SHADOW leads the Arashikage clan closer and closer to capturing the former COBRA COMMANDER’s son, SNAKE EYES must race ahead and bring the target to COBRA before it’s too late. But what will SNAKE EYES do once G.I. JOE gets involved?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • A story of moral dilemmas, hard choices…and Ninjas!

Heartbreaking essay recalls the life — and death — of G.I. Joe artist Jeremy Dale

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’ve held a copy of Jeremy Dale’s work in your hands. As one of the primary artists of the 25th Anniversary Comic Pack comics, Dale left his legacy on the G.I. Joe world, putting Hama’s words to pictures throughout several comic pack-ins during the 25th Anniversary line.

Mr. Dale unexpectedly passed away several months ago, leaving the comics community in stunned silence.

Not many details have been revealed about his untimely death, but now, one of his closest friends, Joe Peacock has written an emotional essay about the common flu that quickly became uncommon and took his friend far too soon.

Check out the essay on Medium.com.

Also, this weekend at South Carolina ComicCon, we will be paying tribute to the life and work of Jeremy Dale with a Drink and Draw on Saturday, March 21, from 7PM until whenever at Quest Brewing Company. Whether or not you can draw, you can most certainly drink. Come on out and celebrate with them.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #211

The latest issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero hit comic shelves yesterday, and as we’ve come to expect, it’s full of action and a lot of fun art by the incomparable SL Gallant.

Larry continues to craft an action-packed story, though I have to admit…  I’m wondering where we’re going here.

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IDW G.I. Joe Solicitations for June, 2015

Well, this is a surprisingly short list.

I think we all knew that Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra and Transformers and G.I. Joe were both limited series, but this still seems like an abbreviated month for IDW G.I. Joe comics.

As of this point, the only G.I. Joe comic slated for release in June is G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #215.

That’s it.

Is this another momentary break, or a sign of some longer lasting gap for G.I. Joe at local comic shops?  Let’s see what we can find out…  until then, check out the solicitation for Real American Hero #215 below.

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #215

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

“The Death of Snake Eyes,” Part 4. As a hero falls, a new one must rise to take his place. G.I. JOE mourns Snake Eyes and prepares for what comes next…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #215—“The Death of Snake Eyes,” Part 4—Subscription Variant

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Antonio Fuso (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • The end of SNAKE EYES!
  • G.I. JOE will never be the same!
  • Variant Sketch Cover by Larry Hama!

Preview for IDW G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #211

Serpentor’s resurrection… Throwdown’s first mission… Revanche and
the Blue Ninjas. It all feels like it’s coming to a head, and you can
check out the latest installment at your local comic shop tomorrow.
Take a look at the preview of this latest issue below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #211

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

THE RETURN OF SERPENTOR! G.I. JOE’s plan to control an unknown force goes awry, and the former Cobra Emperor now commands a powerful weapon that even G.I. JOE might not be able to stop. The reign of SERPENTOR begins again in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #211!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

Bullet points:

  • SERPENTOR returns and neither G.I. JOE nor COBRA can stop him!
  • Variant Sketch Cover by Larry Hama!