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Locke & Key: Keyhouse Compendium

Now a Netflix original series! This new edition collects all six volumes of the critically acclaimed series into one massive compendium.

Named a “modern masterpiece” by The A.V. Club, Locke & Key tells a sprawling tale of magic and family, legacy and grief, good and evil. Acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times-bestselling author Joe Hill (The Fireman, Heart-Shaped Box, NOS4A2) has created a gripping story of dark fantasy and wonder–with astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez–that, like the doors of Keyhouse, will transform all who open it. 

Following their father’s gruesome murder in a violent home invasion, the Locke children return to his childhood home of Keyhouse in secluded Lovecraft, Massachusetts. Their mother, Nina, is too trapped in her grief–and a wine bottle–to notice that all in Keyhouse is not what it seems: too many locked doors, too many unanswered questions. Older kids Tyler and Kinsey aren’t much better. But not youngest son Bode, who quickly finds a new friend living in an empty well and a new toy, a key, that offers hours of spirited entertainment. But again, all at Keyhouse is not what it seems, and not all doors are meant to be opened. Soon, horrors old and new, real and imagined, will come ravening after the Lockes and the secrets their family holds.

You can pre-order the massive 984 page hardcover HERE for $125 and it will be released on October 20, 2020.

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IDW To Publish Locke & Key/Sandman Prequel, In Pale Battalions Go

Before Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke & Key/Sandman comic comes out later this year, they have a prequel planned.

The new Locke & Key story. “In Pale Battalions Go” is a two-parter that will set up the Locke & Key/Sandman Universe crossover. It’s also a key storyline in World War Key 0: The Golden Age, another upcoming project.

Joe Hill shared, “I was a little anxious about returning to Keyhouse for a real, no-bullshit, ongoing storyline. Then I got going and the story took off. The first issue was the easiest, most frictionless writing I’ve done all year (I haven’t started the second issue yet, so no idea how I’ll do with the dismount). I guess I’m more comfortable writing tales set in this world than I am doing any other kind of make-believe, and maybe that’s no surprise. I’ve lived in Lovecraft, Massachusetts for almost 15 years now. I know the territory.”

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IDW Publishing And DC Comics Announce Locke & Key And Sandman Universe Crossover Event For October 2020

Today on social media, IDW Publishing announced a fall crossover event that will feature both Locke & Key and The Sandman Universe. Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez will debut Locke & Key: Hell And Gone in October 2020.

The key featured in the promotion image is none other than the key to Hell, made famous by Neil Gaiman and Mike Dringenberg’s 1990 Sandman story arc “Season of Mists.”

Launching with the “Welcome to Lovecraft” arc in 2008, Hill and Rodriguez’s Locke & Key followed the Locke siblings, as well as their mother — who return to their ancestral home of Keyhouse following the murder of their father. The comic book has since been adapted into a Netflix series, which dropped its 10-episode first season earlier this month.

Meanwhile, published under DC Comics‘ Black Label — previously DC Vertigo — the Sandman Universe was launched in 2018 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Gaiman’s original Sandman comic book series for Vertigo Comics (which is also headed for a Netflix adaptation).

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Locke & Key Comic Creators Discuss The Changes From Book To Screen

This past weekend, season 1 of Locke & Key premiered exclusively on Netflix. But the story of the Locke family and their house full of magical keys did not begin life as a TV show; a few years ago, it was still just a comic series by writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. 

Originally published in six volumes from 2008-2013, Locke & Key was a magically engaging comic series that invoked classic fantasy stories like Sandman and The Chronicles of Narnia while still coming up with fresh ideas. It has often made a great recommendation for people interested in comics.

The TV show version of Locke & Key very much represents the characters and themes of the comic series, but also changes up some details in the adaptation process. Entertainment Weekly caught up with Hill and Rodriguez to discuss the show, its relation to the comic, and the origins of Keyhouse. Read the interview HERE.

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Watch The Locke & Key Trailer Based On The Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez Graphic Novel

Netflix has released the official trailer for the long-awaited series adaptation of Locke & Key, featuring the Locke siblings as they try to solve the terrifying mystery that comes with their new house. Based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s fantasy horror graphic novel of the same name, the series will be making its debut on February 7, 2020, exclusively on Netflix. 

In Locke & Key, after their father is murdered under mysterious circumstances, the three Locke siblings and their mother move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, which they discover is full of magical keys that may be connected to their father’s death. As the Locke children explore the different keys and their unique powers, a mysterious demon awakens — and will stop at nothing to steal them. From Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Meredith Averill (The Haunting of Hill House), the series is a coming-of-age mystery about love, loss, and the unshakable bonds that define family.

The series will star Connor Jessup (American Crime) as Tyler Locke, Emilia Jones (Utopia) as Kinsey Locke, Jackson Robert Scott (It) as Bode Locke, Sherri Saum (How to Get Away with Murder) as Ellie Whedon, Darby Stanchfield (Scandal) as Nina Locke, Griffin Gluck as Gabe, Laysla De Oliveira as Dodge, Petrice Jones as Scot, Thomas Mitchell Barnet as Sam Lesser, Steven Williams as Joe Ridgeway, Kevin Alves as Javi and Asha Bromfield as Zadie.

The IDW Publishing Locke & Key comic book franchise, co-created by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, has garnered both awards and acclaim during its ten-year run. It has been translated into dozens of languages across the globe and has sold millions of copies worldwide.

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Locke & Key Dog Days One-Shot Comic Due In October

Two new stories by creators Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez-“Nailed It” and “Dog Days”-plus a behind-the-scenes tease of the coming TV series, and a 5-page preview of an all-new series by Hill and artist Martin Simmonds, too.

The IDW one-shot comic will be in shops on October 16, 2019.

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Gabriel Rodriguez Launching New Creator-Owned Comic Sword of Ages

IDW Publishing has been proud to publish award-winning artist Gabriel Rodriguez’s work over the years, and it is with great honor and excitement to announce that he will be launching his first creator-owned series as writer and artist, Sword of Ages, in October.

Rodriguez’s history with IDW is nearly as long as the company’s comic-publishing history itself; he broke into American comics as the artist on multiple CSI miniseries, and moved from movie adaptations such as Land of the Dead and Beowulf to an extended adaptation of Clive Barker’s epic novel, The Great and Secret Show. But it was work on the award-winning Locke & Key, co-created by Joe Hill, that really vaulted Rodriguez into the artistic stratosphere.

Rodriguez then followed the initial conclusion of Locke & Key with the Eisner award-winning miniseries Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland with co-creator Eric Shanower; Onyx with co-creator Chris Ryall; and last year’s Tales from the Darkside, again pairing Rodriguez with Joe Hill.

Sword of Ages will mark Rodriguez’s comic book debut as the sole creator on a series. He’ll be joined on the title, planned as a series of miniseries, by acclaimed colorist Lovern Kindzierski.

“I’ve been daydreaming about this world, these characters, and this tale for over two years. It’s admittedly daunting to fully write and draw a story of my own for the first time,” said Rodriguez. “It’s both an incredible opportunity and a tremendous responsibility so you want to try your best to make it right. Therefore, I’m pouring everything I love about comics into it; mythology, adventures, and appealing human stories. From the myths of Hercules, Gilgamesh, and King Arthur to stories from Bradbury, Moorcock, Foster, and Jodorowsky/Moebius, I want to make this my love letter to fantasy/sci-fi adventures. To have the chance to finally do this story with my friends from IDW Publishing, teaming with my longtime friend and editor Chris Ryall, and collaborating with coloring artist legend Lovern Kindzierski is beyond my wildest dreams as I would never dare to dream an opportunity as amazing as this exists.”

Sword of Ages presents an all-new vision of the Excalibur myth in the form of an epic, 5-issue space fantasy. The everlasting legend of the Sacred Sword is born through young warrior Avalon’s brutal clashes with rising tyrants in a world of fantastic creatures, ancient civilizations, alien forces, and true magic.

“I’ve been Gabriel’s editor for over a decade now, as well as his creative partner on a couple of his series,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer, “so I’ve been lucky enough to have a first-hand view of Gabriel’s amazing progression as an artist over the years. Gabriel’s long been a valued member of IDW’s family and it’s a thrill to see him come into his own as a writer and world-builder as well as one of the most diligent and talented artists working in comics.”

Sword of Ages will be released this October!

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Joe Hill’s Locke & Key Returns With One-Shot Small World

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Get ready to unlock your mind for new Locke & Key” comics, because series creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez are sending us all back to Keyhouse in their new one-shot from IDW Entertainment, “Small World.”

Check out the cover reveal, find out what’s new in the tiny new world Rodriguez and Hill are crafting and learn what’s next for the “Locke & Key” television series.

“Locke & Key,” which ended its monthly run in 2013, is one part supernatural thriller, two parts puzzle box, and topped off with a heaping amount of good old-fashioned horror. The first six books were centered around the Locke kids and their ancestral home, a winding New England manor in which a number of magical keys are hidden, keys that can unlock doors that lead to wherever your heart desires, can turn you into a ghost and even drill into another person’s mind. Naturally, as with all things magic, there are evil forces at work trying to harness the power from the keys. It’s up to the children of the Locke family to solve each little mystery as it’s revealed by Keyhouse.

Back in 2011, Fox conjured a pilot for a TV series with Mark Romanek directing and a script by Josh Friedman. Despite being praised by critics after the pilot was leaked on the Internet, “Locke & Key” wasn’t ordered to series and any hopes of exploring the mysteries of Keyhouse on screen was lost to the ether. Until now:  Recently, IDW Entertainment announced that it wants to give a “Locke & Key” TV show another go, but this time with Hill himself writing the pilot.

But TV takes forever and  in order to quench the fans’ hunger for more “Locke & Key” now, IDW will be releasing “Small World” in December. The one-off comic goes back in time to tell a new story from one of the many keepers-of-the-keys in the Locke family, Mary Locke ( one of Rodriguez’s all-time favorite characters to draw).

The LA Times spoke with Hill (both over the phone and via email) and Rodriguez about returning to their spooky series with “Small World,” and Hill elaborated on his big plans for the new pilot. Read the interview HERE.

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Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez Journey To The ‘Darkside’ This June

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Locke & Key fans will have reason to celebrate this summer when Joe Hill (NOS4A2, Wraith) and Gabriel Rodríguez (Onyx) unleash their latest horror series on the world. Tales from the Darkside sees the Eisner Award-winning team reunite on a comic-book revival of the horror anthology TV series of the same name.

The four-issue series will feature Hill’s re-imagining of Tales for a contemporary take on the cult classic. Structured to have the scope of Locke & Key while exploring a vast, underlying mythology, Tales aims to unfold a cohesive universe made up of each individual issue. According to the creative team, these stories will draw inspiration from the TV series that it has spawned from while also taking a meta approach to the material.

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Hill elaborated further on what his vision for the series is and what fans can expect from the too-good-for-TV story structure:

“This is the show that could’ve been,” says Hill. “The original Tales from the Darkside was a fun, bleak little spin on the Twilight Zone style anthology. My idea is to give readers a little more. Every story is meant to stand alone, but gradually, you will come to see how they all connect, to tell a single larger story.”

While Rodríguez will provide cover art for the series, joining the team will be Charles P. Wilson III (The Wraith) who will contribute variant covers.

“The universe that Joe is building here is wholly unique while still doing justice to the original show,” said Tales from the Darkside editor Michael Benedetto. “And having Gabriel collaborating with him again is the best we could have possibly hoped for. These guys have a proven track record, and this series will only serve to build on their reputations as excellent storytellers and masters of horror and suspense.”

Prepare to enter the ‘Darkside’ this June at your local comic shop!

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Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke & Key: Shades of Terror Adult Coloring Book

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From IDW Publishing in December. Color yourself a fan!

Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s wonder-filled world of Locke & Key produced gorgeous, detailed pages of comic book art… and the best of those illustrations is collected here for your coloring enjoyment! Written by Joe Hill with art by Gabriel Rodriguez.

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