Comic-Con: IDW features Taran Killam, Walt Simonson, more

July 20, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.

Taran Killam and Marc Andreyko's upcoming "The Illegitimates" No. 1 has a cover by Jerry Ordway. (IDW Publishing)

Writer-artist John Byrne is telling a new story via photo montages in "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds." (IDW Publishing)

“Saturday Night Live’s” Taran Killam asked the IDW Publishing panel audience on Friday who likes James Bond. A cheer went up.

“This has nothing to do with James Bond,” he said of his upcoming comic series “The Illegitimates.” “This is completely separate from James Bond.”

In the book, which he’s writing with Marc Andreyko, Agent Steele, the world’s greatest secret agent – who is definitely not world-traveling, sleeping-with-female-agents James Bond – is killed in action. His employer, Olympus, turns to five of his illegitimate children to replace him.

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The series was a among a number of upcoming original and licensed projects showcased in IDW’s “Panel to End All Panels,” which was led by editor Chris Ryall.

The horror series “Locke & Key,” an original work by writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez, has been a major success for IDW, and Ryall said that following its upcoming conclusion, Hill will have  a new series, “Wraith,” about a character from his recent novel “NOS4A2,” and Rodriguez will team with Eisner-winning writer Eric Shanower on “Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland,” a new tale based on the early 20th century Winsor McCay classic comic strip.

Shanower said it will feature a new, modern-day child, but Slumberland will be the same as it was. This Nemo isn’t sure becoming a princess’ playmate is “such a hot idea.”

Teaser art for "Ragnarok" by Walt Simonson. (IDW Publishing)

Teaser art for “Ragnarok” by Walt Simonson. (IDW Publishing)

Walt Simonson, well known for his long run on Marvel’s “Thor” in the 1980s, is doing a different take on Norse myth in “Ragnarok.” The writer-artist is tweaking the twilight of the gods by having Thor not be there, which changes the outcome. Thor returns hundreds of years later to find his family dead and his enemies ruling the world.

“It’s called ‘Ragnaraok’ because Ragnarok is not yet over,” Simonson said.

IDW will give its Artist’s Edition treatment to Simonson’s “Star Slammers.” Also getting that deluxe treatment: Sam Kieth’s “The Maxx.” In addition, the company will publish new hardcover collections of that series and some Kieth art books.

Another attention-grabber: The acclaimed, revered and controversial Dave Sim (“Cerebus”) will do an 18-issue series titled “The Strange Death of Alex Raymond.”

For fans of the original “Star Trek” series, familiar faces are being manipulated into a new adventure as John Byrne (“Superman”) uses photo montages for “Strange New Worlds.”

Dave Wohl is bringing a line called Darby Pop Publishing to IDW. Titles include “Indestructible,” about a normal man who people think is a superhero; “City,” with novelist Eric Garcia and artist Tommy Lee Edwards, about a computer programmer who gets a chip in his head that helps detect crime in his metropolis; and “7th Sword,” a post-apocalyptic western sci-fi samurai story from writer John Raffo and artist Nelson Blake II.

Also coming up – new “Doctor Who,” a “24” miniseries and an adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” with a creative team to be named later.

– Blake Hennon | @BlakeHennon

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