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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby klen7 » Wed May 28, 2014 8:48 am

This interview with Chris Mowry was in this week's IDW newsletter

Did you see the new Godzilla movie and if so, what did you think of it?
Does a big dog bark? Of course I saw it! Actually, my editor Bobby Curnow and I were able to go to an advance screening of it, so that was fun, seeing this movie that the two of us had been anticipating for some time now. I liked it a lot and thought that it was the perfect Hollywood rendition of the big guy. My very small nitpicks are all related to some of the sound design decisions such as mixing and a few musical cues. Nothing that would make me dislike the film, though… I thought they did a great job.

So your series, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, is set to release its twelfth issue soon. What can readers expect from this issue?

Well, if you've been following the series, there's been a betrayal of sorts between two races of creatures, one from space, the other from deep beneath our world's oceans. The removal of one of those players cleared the way for the other to start their own plan of attack, but unbeknownst to them, one of their own has made contact with the humans, warning them of their plans to take over the planet. But before humanity can launch a counter-attack, they've got a huge monster problem to deal with; Godzilla is squaring off against four other monsters and not doing too well. So what we'll see is that things may not be what they seem and that it's quite possible that our military forces may use this opportunity to kill two birds (or multiple monsters) with one stone (a coordinated nuclear strike at the bottom of the sea)!

Sounds like something serious is going to go down. Was this issue challenging at all, given that the series is now going to at least #16?

Yeah, there have now been two "endings" for the series, but when those were either being written or just about to be, the series was continued for another four issues or so. So having to try to top the last climax was a bit tough. So what we did here with this issue is just use it as a way to kind of reset our universe so we can focus on some new and fresh ideas for the next arc. Not saying that the same characters or monsters are going away (well, those that survive, that is), but using this issue as a means to just do a very soft reboot of sorts within our own series.

Anything else you'd like to add? Teasers? Shout outs to anyone?

I just got back from the Big Wow! Comicfest in San Jose and met a ton of really nice people. It seems that fans are really liking the book and it's because of them that the series is able to continue. I'm hoping that the movie helps introduce a number of new people into the Godzilla fandom and that they check out Godzilla: Rulers of Earth. Probably some of the best comments I've heard from fans are that they enjoy it because it's "fun" and not something too serious. Basically, it's a book they can follow and know that they'll see some stuff that not only a fan would enjoy, but hopefully the casual reader as well. I mean, who doesn't like giant monsters? Oh, and as a way to say thanks to the fans, I'll tease one thing… a major character (monster) will be appearing soon. One that many people have been waiting for. You'll just have to read it to see who it is though!
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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby MekaGojira3k » Wed May 28, 2014 9:58 am

Really looking forward to today's issue. Not sure if I'll be able to get it today.
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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby Chris Mowry » Wed May 28, 2014 10:50 am

Everything that klen7 said.

For the record, I'm not a fan of the cover. Not for any political/social reasons mind you (I tend to let people decide for themselves what they choose to buy), but for the fact that art like that (the posing and over-sexualizing when there doesn't need to be any) just doesn't do it for me. The shop in question has many RE (retailer exclusive) covers done by that artist and wanted to have a special cover for ROE #12. The shop is great and the owner treats his customers even better. With things like this, we sort of say "what do you want to do and we'll see if it flies with X (licensor)." In this case, I told them that Toho can be quite picky about how Godzilla is drawn, so maybe stick to something like his eye or something.

The topic of using characters from the series never came into question, but I would have opposed if that was the case. I'm a bit surprised at it, but it doesn't bother me too much since it's a cover people have to seek out and not one that is distributed to every shop. So, like all things I guess, it's a choice the consumers will have to make.

But that being said, I'm not a fan of the cover, but a fan of the shop. And I really appreciate the concern and thoughtful responses, klen7. It's always nice (and so refreshing) to see/hear people discuss rather than grab the pitchforks and torches. I'm very happy to hear that you think I'm/we're doing things right in regards to role models, etc. as well. I hate the tropes of female roles (victim, helpless bystander, etc.) as you have described, so with Lucy, I wanted to make sure that she's a player in the events of the book and not just there for set dressing. Or something like that... it's early here in SD. :)

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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby klen7 » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:00 am

Next week IDW is releasing "Godzilla: IDW Era" which sounds like a recap issue

The King of the Monsters is no stranger to comics, but no other company has brought him to the comic page like IDW! Packed with a monstrous amount of artwork, this special edition book takes you through every Godzilla series from IDW featuring work from the creators that helped make IDW's Godzilla the fan-favorite.


So maybe its something that will let people jump on a bit easier. I haven't heard anything about length or how much it covers but at the $3.99 price tag its probably a single or a double issue.
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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby Chris Mowry » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:28 am

It's a standard-sized book (32 pages) that covers all of IDW's Godzilla-related titles with artwork from each series, a description of what the series is about, and a few notes about behind-the-scenes stuff, etc.

There's even a few pieces of never-before-seen artwork, too. It's really intended for people that may be seeking out Godzilla stuff due to the new movie, but have no idea where to start with IDW's comics. So for the die-hard collectors out there, they may not find anything worthwhile about it, but I think it's a great book to pick up especially if you're looking to get a glimpse of IDW's Godzilla library.
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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby MekaGojira3k » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:18 am

Oh neat. I hope my local shop is ordering it.
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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby klen7 » Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:31 pm

Yeh, I'm not sure if I have an order in for this or not. Guess i'll find out next week. Glad to see IDW taking steps to get new readers jump on points.
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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby MekaGojira3k » Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:55 am

klen7 wrote:Yeh, I'm not sure if I have an order in for this or not. Guess i'll find out next week. Glad to see IDW taking steps to get new readers jump on points.


I'm glad the series has gone on long enough that they need to give new readers a jump on point. :D
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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby klen7 » Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:55 pm

So i picked up the IDW Era issue and thought it left me wanting. Really they should just turn the thing into a free website and link to it from the main IDW homepage (then maybe Godzilla will finally have a decent presence there...).. anyway, it didn't really offer recaps so you can't use it to bring people up to speed, it seemed more like solicits for each series to try to convince people to check out each and every series.

There were a few things that made me roll an eye, like "Did you know KoM had a different name originally?" and then not stating what the original name was (Monster World) or spending one of the few sentences it talked about HGM (not referenced as "History's Greatest Monster" anywhere, only confusingly as "Godzilla") to boast of the first appearance of Baragon (i guess that counts as an appearance??)....or in the rare instance that there is artwork that hasn't been widely published (like EJ Sus character sketches) they are displayed in the tiniest of thumbnails. argh!

Overall I'd rank this as a missed opportunity more than anything. It is nice to have a lot of the cover art included and the intro letter from Mowry gives interesting insight (its a shame they didn't get at least a blurb like that from some of the other writers).. but for $4, this could be a skip for anyone that has been keeping up with the series
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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:16 pm

Here is a review of the IDW Era issue:

Written by Mike Ford, this comic covers the IDW Godzilla issues from Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #1 through Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #12. The comic is like a trip down memory lane for the past few years and has interesting reprinted art inside... but just can't shake off the shackles of feeling like a cash grab.

The publication opens with a one page forward by writer Chris Mowry. Chris did the story for Godzilla Legends #4 and the current Rulers of Earth run. This is the highlight of the comic, as it's a joy to read Chris' reaction and efforts to have IDW get the license. Kind of a shame they didn't try to do that for the other writers involved. It would have been nice to hear reflections from Eric Powell and Duane Swierczynski as well to give the issue a bit more meat.

What follows are small, broadly informative pieces written on each series by Mike Ford. I say broadly informative as most of the detail included could have been written by anyone who has read the comics themselves. Very little behind the scenes info is given, despite the cover's claim. While I do appreciate Mike's enthusiasm for Godzilla: The Half-Century War, because one has to admit its an amazing body of work, the contents in general for all the comic runs read like solicits. In fact, this feels like a small chapter on IDW from a larger Godzilla book, rather than a stand alone piece.

In terms of the cover, it features great artwork by Matt Frank. It features Godzilla firing his atomic ray as he destroys Wondercon below... or at least that's what the original cover was depicting when it was used as an alternate for Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #1. Sadly this comic doesn't even feature an original cover, as that seems like bare minimum effort that would have been expected. What is used looks great though, and one of the more dynamic solo-monster covers by artist Matt Frank.

Overall, I can't think of a reason to purchase this. The forward by Chris Mowry is a solid read, but that's one page of 29. It doesn't really provide enough details to fill in gaps, for fans looking to use this to jump into IDW's run currently by getting backstory. It also doesn't offer behind the scenes info to make it worthwhile to people who have kept up with all the comics and no original art. Bottom line is that it's a jack of all trades, master of none, and better left skipped since it retails for $3.99 and isn't anywhere near the value of a normal comic from the publisher.


Sounds like they missed alot of opportunities to make something truly interesting. As TK's review stated, there should have been more "behind the scenes" stuff, such has concept drawings, unused artwork, and more interviews with the likes of Layman, Stokoe, Swierczynski, etc. Overall, it sounds fairly lame and an easy pass...
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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby klen7 » Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:30 am

One of the things i have criticized IDW on it's handling of Godzilla series so far, is that trades fall so far behind the ongoing, that there is no way for people to catch up and become monthly readers, and since the series lives or dies by the monthly numbers it seemed like an inevitably slow death by attrition... well according to the most recent IDW Weekly, Rulers of Earth TPB 3 and Issue 13 both come out next week. so i think that's a pretty good step in the right direction.

Also... and i hope i dont jinx it... i wasn't expecting issue 13 this month since they released the Era issue, which means RoE has been doing a great job avoiding missed deadlines and delays (which is another area that hurts monthly sales)

So that's all good news as far as i am concerned, at least now if the series fails horribly, I won't be able to blame IDW's business side... or at least i will only be able to blame the lack of advertising (it's not even a property listed on the main site's Catalog of IDW series...)
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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby tbeasley » Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:12 pm

One of my main critiques about the on-goings is that they almost don't foresee the trade paperbacks. Around 4 issues are usually collected, so IDW needs to make sure those 4 issue arcs are complete stories that at the same time push the main story along. So far it's just been a collection of monster fights, leaving some side stories and characters hanging. It's not really a problem reading the issues individually months apart, but having them collected it can turn very unsatisfying. You feel like you don't get your money's worth. I'm a big fan of the Hellboy/BPRD comics and I love the way those writers approach those stories. It's why those handful of characters are the only ones I've ever followed, they're very 'reader friendly' for those outside of comics.
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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby MekaGojira3k » Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:48 pm

tbeasley wrote:One of my main critiques about the on-goings is that they almost don't foresee the trade paperbacks. Around 4 issues are usually collected, so IDW needs to make sure those 4 issue arcs are complete stories that at the same time push the main story along. So far it's just been a collection of monster fights, leaving some side stories and characters hanging. It's not really a problem reading the issues individually months apart, but having them collected it can turn very unsatisfying. You feel like you don't get your money's worth. I'm a big fan of the Hellboy/BPRD comics and I love the way those writers approach those stories. It's why those handful of characters are the only ones I've ever followed, they're very 'reader friendly' for those outside of comics.


Rulers of Earth has worked that way. There are individual 4 part arcs that build for the larger 12 issue story.
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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby kpa » Thu Jun 19, 2014 3:25 am

SciFi Japan has an exclusive preview of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #13.

http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2014 ... e-preview/

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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Thu Jun 19, 2014 8:55 am

Just looked at the previews and the monster copyright logos...good to see the Gargantuas, Ebirah, and Baragon making a return. Having said that...I have one question:

The reason for GINO appearing yet again in this comic is because....? Seriously, there is something drastically wrong with this world when Shere Khan/Scar makes more appearances in these books than the likes of Gorosaurus, Megalon, Gabara, King Seasar, Megaguirus, *insert an infinite number of TOHO kaiju that fans would rather see over GINO*...other than a few kids like that "Frankenstein babies suck! I want Bagan!" troll on TK, I don't know anyone who's clamoring for GINO to appear in these comics...
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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby klen7 » Thu Jun 19, 2014 9:37 am

^ We just finished a big arc, so i'd expect 13 to be one part recap and one part "resetting the chess board" for a new story... Could be GINO is just part of a flashback, but if the writers still have a story for him i won't complain.. although if they are listening to bizarre fan requests I would like an atmospheric horror miniseries about a meganuron invasion of a small mining town.
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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby klen7 » Fri Jun 20, 2014 12:19 pm

Hurray for everything this cover implies
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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby MekaGojira3k » Fri Jun 20, 2014 7:31 pm

I'm still very convinced that when Godzilla reappears in Issue 13 it'll actually be MechaGodzilla in disguise.
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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby Benjamin Haines » Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:36 pm

Toho Kingdom updated their IDW sales data. After sales steadily declined from October to January (issues 5-8), Godzilla: Rulers of Earth saw consistently increasing sales through issue #12 in May, which surged past 7,000 issues for the first time since issue #3.

The new movie probably made that possible. It's too bad IDW didn't release Godzilla: Cataclysm or another new title last month. It probably would have had the biggest debut since Kingdom of Monsters #1 if it came out the Wednesday after the new film.
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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby klen7 » Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:30 pm

^ So apparently the increase in numbers is due to the additional covers (there were 1000 copies of the retailer exclusives) so if you disregard that one store, the number dropped by 27 from issue 11... so its pretty much still at plateau level :?
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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby klen7 » Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:59 am

I only caught the last 5 minutes of the comics panel since it was at the same time as one of the main guests, but here are a few tidbits I picked up during that short time.
-For RoE, up through 17 is scripted with a plan for 20, as long as numbers continue.
-Mechaghidorah will make an appearance
-Chris Mowrys ultimate goal for RoE is to make it to issue 25 (the longest running G comic)
-Original monsters are coming.
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Gigan will be the remover of Ghidorahs middle head


Hopefully someone who was at more of the panel can add more details
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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby kpa » Fri Jul 18, 2014 4:39 am

SciFi Japan has an exclusive preview of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #14 from IDW. The issue goes on sale next week.

http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2014 ... e-preview/

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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Sat Jul 19, 2014 9:42 am

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Government experiments with new forms of energy bring unintended consequences... in the form of SpaceGodzilla! Before he returns to Earth, he'll have to do battle with an unexpected foe! Meanwhile, Godzilla has his hands full with a monster he's never fought before!


So there is going to be an issue # 17...any word on how many issues this has been extended for?
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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby klen7 » Sat Jul 19, 2014 7:41 pm

As of G-Fest the word was that series will continue as long as the numbers remained consistent. They had up through 20 planned out... There were some other details in my post above
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Re: IDW Godzilla Previews

Postby kpa » Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:52 pm

November is Artist’s Edition month at IDW. SciFi Japan has details, including an exclusive preview of Jeff Zornow’s cover for the Artist’s Edition of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #18.

http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2014 ... ion-month/
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