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My Office

Superman needs his Fortress of Solitude and Batman has the Bat Cave. We all need a favorite space to relax, reflect, write, read a book, watch a movie or showcase a favorite collectible or souvenir.

Maybe it’s a game room, library or secret space hidden by a moveable bookcase that leads to a man cave.

I’ve always been curious what curios J.J. Abrams keeps close by, what books fill Stephen King’s shelves, what collectibles does Patton Oswald possess, what artwork lines Jim Lee’s walls, how many toys fill John Lasseter’s Pixar office and what movie memorabilia does Steven Spielberg showcase? Perhaps someday I will find out!

The answers would reflect the owner’s personality, interests, accomplishments, etc. Equally as fascinating to me would be how the items were displayed.

So, I thought I would let you into my world and show you my office and give you the nickel tour.

I wanted my Southern California office to reflect my varied interests and showcase some of my favorite things.

I have collected Stephen King books since 1983. He’s my favorite author and I’m also a fan of his son, Joe Hill. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting both authors on numerous occasions and they are wonderful talented friendly people. The bottom shelf of my bookcase is filled with oversized art books featuring the work of Walt Disney, Jack Kirby, Jim Lee, Alex Ross, Todd McFarlane, Charles Schultz and Tim Burton.

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My Funko Pop! Batman collection guards my graphic novels. Batman is my all-time favorite comic book character as reflected in the art, toys and books in my work space.

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Some of my prized collectibles are an original Batman ink commission by Brazilian artist, Rafael Grampa (I also have his Batman Black & White statue), a signed Adam West Batman photo, a signed Drew Struzan Stephen King Dark Tower print and a series of Jock letterpress Batman prints signed by the artist.

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A fun 3D light up replica of Iron Man’s mask appears to be bursting through my wall.

I also collect posters, many of which are from MONDO, a boutique art gallery based in Austin Texas. They release limited print runs of pop culture posters that are lovingly rendered by amazing artists. Some of my cherished prints are based on the Universal Monster movies by Francesco Francavilla, Star Wars by Tyler Stout and The Incredibles by Tom Whalen. Another favorite piece is my Batman Rogues Gallery print set by Olly Moss; With only a few simple brush strokes the UK artist cleverly captures the essence of the Joker, Poison Ivy and the Riddler.

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The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller from 1986 is my favorite graphic novel so I had to pick up this statue of Batman vs. The Joker by Kotobukiya. I was a huge fan of both the original Batman TV show and the Batman Animated series so the 1966 Batmobile and the vinyl Animated Batman figure are prominently displayed.

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Locke & Key Hardcover Slipcase Available On February 5, 2014

If you are like me then you have read, relished and collected the IDW hardcover editions of Joe Hill’s and Gabriel Rodriguez’s graphic novel masterpiece Locke & Key

The 5 published books are lonely on your shelf desperately waiting for the release of the final edition in February.

How about dressing your collection up? The Locke & Key hardcover slipcase ($40) includes a Volume 6: Alpha & Omega hardcover and a cardboard spacer where the other 5 editions will reside.

It’s in stores on February 5, 2014 the same day as Vol. 6 without the slipcase. The award-winning series has come to an end and now it will get the bookshelf treatment it deserves.

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Available Today: Wolverton Station An eBook Short Story From Joe Hill

Available today, you can download a new eBook short story from Joe Hill called Wolverton Station.

The 100 page story is described as follows:

“Saunders made his fortune as a hatchet man for hire and has come to England to do what he does best: chop down the little guys to clear the way for a global firm. But his train north just made an unexpected stop to let on some passengers straight out of the worst kind of fairy tale. Now he’s up to his ankles in blood and finding out just what it really means to live in a dog-eat-dog world…”

The entire first draft was written on various trains, while Hill was in England touring for his novel Horns.

You can purchase the short story for $0.99 HERE and it’s compatible with tablets and eReaders from Apple, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google, Kobo and Sony.

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HO-HO-HOS4A2: A Holiday Party For Joe Hill At River Run Bookstore On December 12, 2013

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Naughty or nice, you’re invited to RiverRun Bookstore to celebrate Christmasland and Joe Hill

On Thursday December 12, 2013 from 7-9PM there will be readings by special guests Jason Ciaramella, Christopher Golden and James Patrick Kelly, as well as a raffle and refreshments, and more. And of course, the King of Christmasland himself – Joe Hill!

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Tickets are $20 and include a paperback copy of the holiday edition of NOS4A2. (If you already have it, you can trade it in for store credit.) Purchase tickets here. Please note that the event is 18+.

RiverRun Bookstore
142 Fleet Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 431-2100

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THE FIRE WIRE Exclusive First Look At The Locke & Key: Head Games Deluxe Hardcover Available On December 3, 2013 From IDW Limited

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After looking at the detailed specs and the mind blowing art of IDW’s Locke & Key: Head Games Deluxe Edition, it very well may be one of the most lavish, gorgeous hardcovers ever produced in the comic book industry. And it should be considering the subject matter; the highly acclaimed series by writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez deserves a keepsake like this or should I say these as there are many choices to pick from.

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So break open your wallets, make some extra space under the Christmas tree and marvel at the Locke & Key: Head Games deluxe hardcover available on December 3, 2013 on idwlimited.com

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This is IDW Limited’s most feature-rich offering to date: each book comes packaged in an exclusive leatherette tray case that also contains a hardcover portfolio of photographs taken by Shane Leonard.

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To fully unlock the secrets of this lavish special edition, you’ll have to pry up the floorboard of the tray case to find an exclusive custom key and journal entries from the Locke family.

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Black and Blue Label buyers will be able to choose original art from an incredible talent pool featuring David Petersen, Tony Harris, Alan Robinson, Jim Mahfood and Langdon Foss.

The pricing and features of the 3 different volumes are as follows:

The Red Edition costs $175 and comes with an exclusive Head Games key. The book is signed by Gabriel Rodriguez, Joe Hill, Shane Leonard, Jay Fotos and Robbie Robbins. This volume also comes with a photo portfolio from Shane Leonard, secret journal pages hidden under a trap door and of course the limited-edition book. 250 copies.

The Black Label Edition contains everything mentioned above except this volume includes an exclusive Echo Key plus original art from:

Langdon Foss $300
Alan Robinson $300
Tony Harris $350

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David Petersen $400

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Jim Mahfood $375

There are 10 unique copies available from each artist.

The Blue Label Edition comes with everything mentioned in the Red Edition plus a Locke & Key cover interpretation and an exclusive Echo Key. Featured artists includes:

Langdon Foss $450

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Alan Robinson $450

Tony Harris $495

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David Petersen $600

Jim Mahfood $525

There are ONLY 3 unique copies available from each artist.

Again, the Locke & Key: Head Games deluxe hardcover will be available on December 3, 2013 on idwlimited.com. Locke On!

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Tales From The Darkside Reboot From Joe Hill In Development At The CW

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The CW Network has teamed with producers Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci and writer Joe Hill for Tales From The Darkside, a reinvention of the 1980s horror/fantasy/thriller anthology series by George A. Romero. 

Hill will write the project, which will keep the original series’ 30-minute format, for a summer run consideration.

Hill, Kurtzman and Orci will executive produce with Heather Kadin, Mitch Galin and Jerry Golod for CBS TV Studios, where Kurtzman and Orci’s K/O Paper Products is based. The project reunites Kurtzman and Orci with Hill, son of horror master Stephen King.

The three previously worked together on Locke & Key, a drama adaptation of Hill’s graphic novel, which went to pilot at Fox.

Tales From The Darkside, which is in the vein of other genre anthology series like Amazing Stories, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits and Tales From The Crypt, had a four-year syndicated run and is owned by CBS TV.

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Preview Joe Hill’s IDW Miniseries Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland

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Charlie Manx, the ghoulish driver of an old 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith who takes children to the holiday hell of Christmasland in Joe Hill’s novel NOS4A2 makes his comic-book debut tomorrow in the first issue of Hill’s IDW miniseries Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland.

“Wraith tells a story about how some escaped prisoners wound up coming to Christmasland with Charlie Manx and what happened to them once they got trapped there,” says Hill, the Locke & Key creator who’s working on the series with artist C.P. Wilson III.

The first issue delves into Manx’s own horror story of a childhood before he became a vampiric menace who uses human souls to gas up his ride.

The series on the whole was Hill’s way of spending more time in Christmasland, the amusement park haunted by monstrous kids only seen a little in NOS4A2, which is now out in paperback.

Preview some variant covers and the first 7 pages of Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland below.

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Maine Magazine Interviews Author Joe Hill

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As soon as the writer Joe Hill began appearing in public, it quickly became clear that he looks an awful lot like that other Maine horror writer, his dad – Stephen King. 

In order to blaze his own trail, Joe decided to drop the “King” from his name. In the years following this bold move, Hill has published a book of short stories, multiple novels, an award winning comic book series and we will soon be seeing a big screen adaptation of his book Horns, starring Daniel Radcliffe as the demon in suburbia.

Joe took a few minutes to chat with Maine Magazine and you can read the interview HERE.

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RADiUS- TWC & Dimension Acquires Joe Hill’s Horns

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Horns has found a home with Dimension and Radius-TWC, which has acquired U.S. rights to the supernatural thriller a month after its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. The deal was for multiple millions, rivaling the largest deals made for the other Toronto films.

Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, Heather Graham, David Morse, Kathleen Quinlan and James Remar star in the film, based on the novel by Joe Hill.

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Keith Bunin wrote the screenplay, in which Radcliffe’s character is blamed for the death of his girlfriend, played by Temple. He then finds a pair of horns growing from his head.

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Red Granite Pictures toppers Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland produced along with Mandalay’s Cathy Shulman and director  Alexandre Aja. A 2014 release is planned with no date set yet.

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THE FIRE WIRE Comic Book Pick of The Week: Locke & Key Alpha # 1

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The finale to Locke & Key! A story so big, it needs two extra-size issues to tell it! 32 pages of story plus bonus material! Only one issue of Locke & Key remains after this!

Available on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013.

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Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez Hope To Secure The Locke & Key Legacy

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The door looks like it’s finally shutting on Locke & Key, at least for the three heroic kids.

Writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez’s award-winning IDW comic book has two more chapters to wrap up the fantasy horror story that started five years and 37 issues ago with teens Tyler and Kinsey Locke and their little brother, Bode, moving to a house full of magical keys after the murder of their father.

Locke & Key: Alpha No. 1 hits comic shops Wednesday with chaos reigning: The villainous Dodge has used the Omega Key to open a gateway to Hell and let his fellow demons into the world to attack the entire graduating class of Lovecraft Academy, which is trapped in the seaside Drowning Cave. Meanwhile, Tyler and his family fight off the living shadows that have invaded their Keyhouse home.

The series is being developed as a possible movie trilogy by Universal Pictures

After finishing the first draft of his upcoming novel The Fireman, Hill wants to “celebrate” by writing a third stand-alone Locke & Key story involving the iconic Keyhouse.

Read more from USA Today HERE.

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Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 Paperback Due On October 15, 2013

NOS4A2 is a spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”

Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.

Includes 15 illustrations by award-winning Locke & Key artist Gabriel Rodríguez. The NOS4A2 trade paperback will be released on October 15, 2013.

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Gauntlet Press To Publish Signed Limited Edition of Owen King’s Novel, Double Feature – Joe Hill To Provide Tip-sheet Artwork For Lettered Edition

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Gauntlet Press has announced that they will publish a signed limited edition of the acclaimed first novel of Owen King: Double Feature.

Here is a synopsis of the book:

“Sam Dolan is a young man coming to terms with his life in the process and aftermath of making his first film. He has a difficult relationship with his father, B-movie actor Booth Dolan—a boisterous, opinionated, lying lothario whose screen legacy falls somewhere between cult hero and pathetic. Allie, Sam’s dearly departed mother, was a woman whose only fault, in Sam’s eyes, was her eternal affection for his father. Also included in the cast of indelible characters: a precocious, frequently violent half-sister; a conspiracy-theorist second wife; an Internet-famous roommate; a contractor who can’t stop expanding his house; a happy-go-lucky college girlfriend and her husband, a retired Yankees catcher; the morose producer of a true-crime show; and a slouching indie-film legend. Not to mention a tragic sex monster. 

Unraveling the tumultuous, decades-spanning story of the Dolan family’s friends, lovers, and adversaries, Double Feature is about letting go of everything—regret, resentment, dignity, moving pictures, the dead—and taking it again from the top. Against the backdrop of indie filmmaking, college campus life, contemporary Brooklyn, and upstate New York, Owen King’s epic debut novel combines propulsive storytelling with mordant wit and brims with a deep understanding of the trials of ambition and art, of relationships and life, and of our attempts to survive it all.” 

Owen will provide the bonus material for both the signed numbered and lettered editions (with some material appearing only in the lettered edition).

His brother Joe Hill will be doing the artwork for the tip-sheet for the book and will be signing only the 52-copy lettered edition.

The publisher will decide if they can also offer the image as a print for those purchasing the lettered edition. We will keep you informed on the progress of the book and let you know when you can place orders.

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Cemetery Dance Magazine Issue 70 To Feature Excerpts From Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep & Joe Hill’s NOS4A2

The new issue of Cemetery Dance magazine will ship next month and it includes excerpts from Stephen King’s new novel (Doctor Sleep) and Joe Hill’s most recent novel (NOS4A2), along with an insightful interview with Hard Case Crime publisher Charles Ardai, who just published Joyland by Stephen King!

This is a massive issue, coming in at 136 pages and featuring some of the very best writers of horror fiction and non-fiction working today.

You can get more info HERE.

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IDW Limited To Release Deluxe Locke & Key: Head Games Book In 2013

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IDW Limited will release a deluxe Locke & Key: Head Games edition later this summer. This is the second book in the series written by master storyteller Joe Hill and illustrated by the uber talented Gabriel Rodriguez.

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Shane Leonard shot the below images which will be included as prints in their own portfolio case inside the oversize limited edition of Locke & Key: Head Games.

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The images wouldn’t be possible without the amazing keys crafted by Israel Skelton and his Skelton Crew Studio.  An exciting extra is that this collectible edition will include an exclusive variant Key House key.

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IDW Brings Top Talent To Boston Comic-Con, Locke & Key Creative Team Descends Upon East Coast

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For its first appearance at Boston Comic-Con, IDW will be bringing the talented creators of Locke & Key and their collaborators, as the celebrated series opens the door on its final chapter, Locke & Key: Alpha.

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Boston Comic-Con will be held at the Seaport World Trade Center on August 3 – 4, and IDW will have some special surprises for the attendees!

Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez will be appearing together for the last time before Locke & Key comes to its climactic conclusion. Joining the series creators will be IDW’s Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall. Shane Leonard, the artist behind Locke & Key’s striking photo-variant covers, will also be in attendance alongside Israel Skelton, the Skelton Crew Studios mastermind behind IDW’s sellout Locke & Key replica keys. Skelton will be bringing a variety of keys including the very limited SDCC Shadow Key and select other works with him for sale at the Skelton Crew booth, next to IDW’s booth.

In addition to the Locke & Key gang, writer Jason Ciaramella (The Cape, Thumbprint) and Hill’s newest collaborator Charles Paul Wilson III (Wraith: Welcome To Christmasland) will also be present for two huge signings with all these amazing creators in one place!

The first signing will be held on Saturday from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm and the next, Sunday from 3:15pm – 4:30pm. To help celebrate the tremendous signing C.P. Wilson III will be bringing some menacing prints with him from the new series Wraith: Welcome To Christmasland!

On Sunday August 4th a special Locke & Key panel will be held from 2:00pm – 2:45pm in the Waterfront Room featuring Hill, Rodriguez and Ryall as they reflect on the series and discuss the imminent harrowing future for the Lockes! A can’t-miss panel at a can’t-miss convention!

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Stephen King’s Family Business – A New York Times Magazine Cover Story

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With five novelists in the family, four of whom have books out this year, the King clan has become a dynasty of storytellers.

Stephen King’s wife Tabby, both of his sons Owen and Joe, and his daughter-in-law, Kelly Braffet all have published books; his daughter, Naomi is a Unitarian Universalist minister.

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As kids, Naomi King, Joe Hill, and Owen King passed the time by reading books out loud to their father and each other, discussing literature, critiquing each other’s work, and playing storytelling games.

This New York Times Magazine cover story takes a look at each member of the King family individually, Read it HERE.

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The Kings in 1979. Clockwise from top left: Tabitha, Owen, Stephen, Naomi and Joe.

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Joe Hill Invites You To a Holiday Party In Christmasland, Step On The Gas And Accelerate Into The Bleak Backroads Of NOS4A2!

In a brand-new limited series that will serve as a prequel to his New York Times bestselling novel, NOS4A2, Joe Hill will be taking readers on a dark plunge into the dizzying world of Christmasland. The first comic that Hill has written since the stunning conclusion of his award-winning masterpiece Locke & Key, Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland is equal parts mystery and horror.

According to Hill, “The world of NOS4A2 is very, very big, and I only had a chance to explore a part of it in the course of the novel. I told the story I wanted to tell, but I also feel there’s a lot more to discover. In NOS4A2, we learn about Charles Talent Manx the iii, who has kept himself alive for over a century by draining an essential life force out of children, warping them into giddy monsters. When he’s done with them—when Charlie has what he wants—he takes them to Christmasland, where they live forever and ever in an eternal Christmas Day. They live for fun and are good at having it, whether they’re playing a game of tag… or a bloody game of scissors for the drifter. In Wraith, we’re going back to Christmasland at an earlier time, to find out what happens when some unlucky grown-ups find themselves on Gumdrop Lane, and Charlie’s children decide to have some fun with them. It’s very much a standalone story, and it’s my intention to craft something that can be loved by people who have never cracked the cover of NOS4A2, while hopefully giving those who liked the book a new Charlie Manx tale to enjoy.”

In Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland, Hill is joined by illustrator Charles Paul Wilson III (Stuff of Legend), who provides interior art and creepy Christmasland-themed covers, as well as by his Locke & Key partner Gabriel Rodriguez, who is providing covers for each issue. Issue 1 (re)introduces the reader to Charlie Manx, his world, and his car, a vintage 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith that runs on human souls instead of gasoline. When a luckless child falls into Charlie’s grasp, her new best friend soothes her with a story: his story. From there, the series introduces a new cast of characters to Christmasland, and fully delves into its wonderfully devilish delights, as the sound of sleigh-bells ring in the background…

“NOS4A2 was Joe Hill’s most accomplished novel to date, and its memorable villain Charlie Manx deserves the additional focus this series will bring,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer. “Joe and CP Wilson III have some nightmarishly clever things planned for this series, from an advent calendar-style cover to some bloody good fun on the interiors as well. The readers are really gonna get taken for a ride in this one.

Joe Hill has made a name for himself as both a successful novelist and comic book author. Frequently publishing short stories and appearing in anthologies, Hill has rapidly become a literary force. His first novel Heart-Shaped Box won the Bram Stoker award for “Best First Novel.” His critically acclaimed comic series from IDW, Locke & Key, was recently optioned for a film by Universal Pictures, and won Hill an Eisner award for “Best Writer.”

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Locke & Key: Alpha #2 Will Have 7 Covers By 7 Different Artists

It all ends here and IDW is pulling out all the stops with 7 different covers done by 7 different artists on the final issue of Locke & Key: Alpha #2.

A door claps softly shut. A key scrapes in a last rusted lock. It ends here: the story of the Locke children and their desperate, tragic battle with the monster set on destroying them… the past. Join artist Gabriel Rodriguez and writer Joe Hill for the final chapter of Locke & Key. The issue will be 48 pages and cost $7.99.

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If you want all the covers IDW will offer a Locke & Key: Alpha #2 Boxed Set

This special deluxe slipcase ($50) includes all seven of the regular covers for the final issue of Locke & Key, a true “murderer’s row” of talents assembled in one illustrated box set!

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The Signed Limited Edition of Joe Hill’s Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows Is Now Available From Subterranean Press

The signed limited edition of Crown of Shadows, the third installment in Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s groundbreaking comic series Locke & Key, is in stock and shipping from Subterranean Press.

Crown of Shadows, the third installment of the award-winning Locke & Key series, co-credits writer Hill and illustrator Rodriguez as “storytellers,” and it’s an apt designation, shown by the seamlessness with which the text and art interact. They are one of the best storytelling teams in comics. After the completion of Crown of Shadows in 2011, both Hill and Rodriguez were nominated for Eisner awards-Best Writer (won by Hill) and Best Penciller/Inker, respectively, and the comic was nominated for Best Continuing Series.

The Subterranean Press edition of Crown of Shadows will include not only the entire graphic novel, but also the scripts for each issue.

The limited edition will include all of the scripts for the miniseries, original full-color endsheets by Gabriel Rodriguez, and a full-color dust jacket by Vincent Chong.

Limited: 250 signed, numbered copies, housed in a custom slipcase: $250

Lettered: 26 signed, lettered copies, housed in a custom traycase, with an original sketch by Gabriel Rodriguez matted in the case: $500

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Breaking News: Universal Pictures Options Joe Hill’s Locke & Key

Universal Pictures has optioned Locke & Key, a fantasy project based on the #1 NYTimes Best selling graphic novel series by acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill and Eisner nominated artist Gabriel Rodriguez.  The series is published by IDW Publishing

Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Bobby Cohen will produce through their Universal-based K/O Paper Products banner. Ted Adams, IDW Publishing’s CEO and Publisher, will also produce.

EVP of Production Jon Mone and Creative Executive Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for the studio, while Ben Kim will handle development for K/O Paper Products.

In Locke & Key, a shattered family attempts to overcome a horrific trauma by moving to their ancestral home in Massachusetts.  Once there, they discover a house filled with supernatural keys that unlock family secrets, pitting them in battle against true evil.

The Locke & Key series has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list multiple times and has garnered several Eisner Award nominations including a win for Hill as Best Graphic Novel writer.  In addition, it has twice won the British Fantasy Award for Best Graphic Novel.

Locke & Key shot a pilot episode which was not picked-up by Fox, but garnered attention from studios.

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Preview Joe Hill’s Thumbprint # 1

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Private Mallory Grennan had done terrible things as an Abu Ghraib prison worker. After being discharged from the army, Mal thought she was leaving her sins behind to start a new life back home. But some things can’t be left behind — some things don’t want to be left behind. By Joe Hill and Jason Ciaramella, the writing team that brought you the Eisner-award nominated one-shot, The Cape, with art by Vic Malhotra. Thumbprint will turn your guts inside out.

Look for this issue to arrive on June 12, 2013. Preview the first 7 pages below.

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Exclusive: First Look At IDW Limited’s Locke & Key – Head Games Signature Plates

IDW Limited has been publishing the most elaborate, gorgeous and lavish hardcover editions within the comic book community, in fact their books surpass the quality and standards you’d find with some of the fantasy and horror collectible publishers.

Later this summer the San Diego based comic book company will release the long awaited second limited editions of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s award winning ongoing series – Locke & Key: Head Games.

This is the sketch plate for the upcoming Head Games Limited-edition.

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Blue Label plates will be cover homages.

The Black Label plates feature Rodriguez’s art and then they’ll be filled in by guest artists. Joe & Gabe have been recommending artists that they would like to work on the project. The first confirmed artist I can tell you is Langdon Foss. You may know him from Anthony Bourdain’s comic “Get Jiro”. He’s got a very vibrant, almost dreamlike style and I can’t wait to see what he does with this.

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This is the original art for reference.

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I will announce more artist names soon. There will be a total of 5 different artists. IDW will be bringing sneak peeks and samples to Comic Con. More information regarding edition sizes, prices and the release date will be announced soon.

What I can share with you is that IDW is pulling out all the stops with the Locke & Key: Head Games Limited Edition! Expect to see sturdy slipcases, an original Israel Skelton key, hidden compartments, gorgeous photographs from Shane Leonard, remarkable signature plates and lots more extras. My thought is that IDW will be taking pre-orders at Comic Con for these limited volumes and the books will sell out extremely fast so you may want to race to the IDW booth first when you hit the convention floor.

Please follow IDW Limited on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest information about IDW limited comics and books!

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Preview Locke & Key Omega # 5

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In the Drowning Cave, the black door is open at last, and for the kids trapped down there, the choice is simple: resist and die, or pass through the door and be lost forever.

In the hole beneath Keyhouse the stones run with blood, the living shadows run riot, and time runs out… as Locke & Key enters its final chapters.

Locke & Key Omega # 5 written by Joe Hill with art by Gabriel Rodriguez will be released on Wednesday June 5, 2013 and you can check out an 7 page preview below.

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Joe Hill Opens Up On Locke & Key

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The story of “Locke & Key” is coming to an end and fans of the IDW Publishing series can’t wait to devour the last two issues and discover the fate of the Locke legacy.

Written by horror savant Joe Hill and illustrated by the architectural hand of Gabriel Rodriguez, “Locke & Key” has been obsession-worthy since the first issue sold out in a single day back in 2008. But simply classifying the series as “horror” is an incomplete description. Combining elements of fantasy, adventure, young adult fiction and romance, Hill manages to spin a tale that is as scary as it is satisfying.

Comic Book Resources News spoke to Joe Hill about the series’ final issues and the writer unlocked some of the mysteries behind the Locke family, his horror movie influences and the little white lie he told to get the book published.

Read more HERE.

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