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Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Fri Dec 27, 2013 10:58 am

The following was posted by Bobby Curnow on the IDW board:


Bobby Curnow wrote:You have uncovered the first hint at our new G mini-series! As you can deduce, it will be in May! More will be said about it in due time, but I will clear up that it has nothing to do with the 2014 movie (not the same design, not the same anything). It's just timed to capitalize on the movie interest.



I really hope Stokoe will be working on it....
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Re: New IDW Godzilla mini-series May 2014

Postby mbozzo » Sun Dec 29, 2013 5:11 pm

I can't wait to read it. :wink:
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Re: New IDW Godzilla mini-series May 2014

Postby klen7 » Sun Dec 29, 2013 6:20 pm

ebirahsmeg1 wrote:I really hope Stokoe will be working on it....
if he is, i'm sure they told him the book would launch in January, just to make sure he hit the deadline :lol:
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Re: New IDW Godzilla mini-series May 2014

Postby Pkmatrix » Mon Dec 30, 2013 3:55 pm

Awesome! I can't wait to see what they come up with. ^_^
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Re: New IDW Godzilla mini-series 2014

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:53 am

Bump :mrgreen:

Mowry, Frank, Curnow, or anyone else lurking from IDW, are there any updates about this new mini-series later this year? Or at least a timeline on when some news will be announced?
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Re: New IDW Godzilla mini-series 2014

Postby klen7 » Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:12 am

i just bumped the editors thread over at IDW... hopefully we'll find something soon, but considering the original plan was to coincide with the movie, and its less than a month away, i think we'll be lucky to see issue 1 by July...

klen7 on the IDW forum wrote:At one point it was mentioned that a new mini would be coming out around the time of the movie. Haven't seen any solicitations yet and the movie is less than a month away, so I was wondering if it is still happening? or if there is any news that can be shared (creative team, concept, etc?)

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Re: New IDW Godzilla mini-series 2014

Postby MekaGojira3k » Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:45 pm

I wonder if that was only the plan when they thought Rulers of Earth would end at 12 issues?
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Re: New IDW Godzilla mini-series 2014

Postby klen7 » Mon Apr 21, 2014 3:40 pm

Bobby Curnow, Godzilla Editor on IDW Forums wrote:It was moved to August. Should be announced in roughly a month's time. I"m excited for it though!
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Re: New IDW Godzilla mini-series 2014

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IDW Announces “Godzilla Cataclysm” Miniseries from Bunn and Wachter [Exclusive]
posted May 16, 2014 in Interviews by Brian Salvatore


We are very pleased to exclusively announce that coming this August, IDW will be publishing a brand new Godzilla miniseries, from the creative team of Cullen Bunn (“The Sixth Gun,” “Magneto”) and Dave Wachter (“Breath of Bones,” “Night of 1000 Wolves”)! And what better day to announce it than the day that Godzilla hits wide release in theaters!

Godzilla: Cataclysm #1 (of 5)
Written by Cullen Bunn
Illustrated by Dave Wachter

Years have passed since the monster apocalypse nearly destroyed mankind. Now it is merely a distant, nightmarish memory for Hiroshi, an elder in one of the few remaining tribes of humans. Little does Hiroshi know that the apocalypse is not over, and that his memories of the past may yet save the future!

We got to chat with Cullen and Dave, as well as debut Dave’s cover (seen above), and two variants, by Bob Eggleton and Mehdi Cheggour.

I’ve been a fan of Godzilla since I was a little kid, watching Godzilla’s Revenge and Godzilla Vs. Megalon over and over again – what were your relationships with the character like before getting this gig?

Cullen Bunn: I am a huge Godzilla fan and have been since I was a child. I have memories of Godzilla going back to when I was very young. When I was four-years-old, I drew a book that I called “Attack of the Monsters” which featured Godzilla heavily. In that book, he breaks out of an iceberg, which leads me to believe that Godzilla Vs. King Kong was one of the first Godzilla movies I saw. I also clearly remember stumbling across Godzilla Vs. Megalon–the airing hosted by John Belushi in a Godzilla suit–and watching it in total awe. My dad also took me to a Godzilla double feature when I was a kid, and it’s one of my fondest memories.

I collected “Godzilla Gang” toys and read the Marvel Godzilla series and still have my Godzilla Shogun Warrior. I love all the movies. Although the Heisei series is by far my favorite, I have an attachment to the original Mechagodzilla and Gigan flicks. I still sometimes where my Godzilla house shoes (which make stomping and roaring sounds) around the house.

So, yeah, I have a strong connection to Godzilla. Working on a Godzilla comic has been on my professional bucket list since before I was a professional.

Is it daunting to work on something that, as you say, has been on your professional bucket list for a long time? Was there the impulse to have to do “the ultimate” Godzilla story to satisfy your childhood love of the character?

CB: Yes, it was a little daunting. As far as I know, this will be my only chance to write Godzilla, so I want to “do it up right.” There’s always a temptation to overload the story, but I’ve learned from past experiences that it’s just as important to temper those impulses. My initial proposal and outline is a bit like a gigantic block of stone and, like a sculptor, I need to chip away until the perfect story emerges.

Dave, what was your relationship with the property?

Dave Wachter: I remember watching Godzilla movies from an early age when they played on Sunday afternoon television. I’ve always thought Godzilla was awesome, but I can’t claim to be the kind of fan a lot of people are. I’ve only seen most of the movies, not all of them. There’s 4 or 5 I’ve never gotten around to.

The last several years at conventions, it’s rare that the weekend goes by and I’m not asked to sketch Godzilla. I love drawing monsters, especially the giant variety. And destruction, I love making things blow up and fall down. So I’ve been trying to get on a Godzilla book since the new comics started up at IDW. I got the opportunity to do an issue of the “History’s Greatest Monster” series, but that was SImon Gane’s book, and I was just keeping his seat warm. WIth this new series, I hope to make my own distinct mark in Godzilla comics.


Variant Cover by Bob Eggleton
Cullen – with most of the characters that get their name on a title of book, you can get into their motivations, their thought process, their personality. You don’t have that with Godzilla; how do you compensate for that without eliminating so much of the character that it ceases to be a Godzilla book?

CB: I think it’s possible to get into Godzilla’s motivations to some degree, but a lot of that will be up to interpretation by the reader. The movies have always used the human characters to provide a insight into Godzilla. In this series in particular, we use the humans characters as windows into what makes Godzilla tick. What I find interesting, though, is that each of these humans have their own take on the monster. So, you have these differing opinions on what’s going on. Some might be way off base, some might be close to the truth, but only Godzilla himself knows for sure.

Dave – what iteration of Godzilla are you drawing the most visual inspiration from? What, to you, is the “ultimate” Godzilla, visually?

DW: The ultimate Godzilla design is the Heisei version. Despite that, I’m using the Millennium design. One reason is that most of the recent comics have been using the Heisei version, and I wanted ours to stand apart from those. Also, I’ve always been impressed with the Millennium re-design. He’s got those cool, huge jagged spines, interesting patterns in the texture of his skin, and that face has tons of personality. It’s extraordinarily difficult to re-create a classic image, and I thought they struck the perfect balance between making something new, and maintaining the classic elements and character that make Godzilla who he is. When I first saw the Millennium design years ago I thought “Yep, that’s Godzilla.”

What is the one feature of Godzilla, visually, that you think needs to be present and upfront, no matter what?

DW: His size. Godzilla is less animal and more force of nature. When his foot falls, the pavement should crack and crush underneath, the buildings shake and crumble, infernos ignite. Whenever I can, I try to have the viewpoint looking up at Godzilla from below, like the ants that we are.

For readers who aren’t familiar with Godzilla in comics, what do they need to know to pick up this book?

CB: I don’t think you need a lot of back story to enjoy this story. In many ways, it’s set in its own little universe. As the series opens, we provide you with the set up–after the kaiju brawl to end all kaiju brawls, the monsters have essentially destroyed the Earth. Cities are crumbling ruins. The survivors have crawled out of the rubble and dust and radioactive fallout to try to rebuild some semblance of society. The monsters have vanished, but the survivors live in constant fear that they might return.

DW: If you know who Godzilla is, then you’re ready to go.

This book doesn’t seem to have too much connective tissue between itself and the new film. Is it hard to present a book with a familiar title that won’t necessarily be too similar to what the film viewer just saw?

DW: What Godzilla doesn’t crush under his feet, he nukes with his atomic breath. Godzilla is Godzilla, and he’s pissed off. So long as the moviemakers remember that, the audience will see a familiar face in our comic as well. From the looks of it, the new movie is going to be incredible. But I can’t worry about what happens in the movie, we have a really compelling story to tell and it’s my job to do it justice.

CB: Right. The book isn’t connected to the new film. Since I haven’t seen it yet (even though I can’t wait) I couldn’t really approach scripting the series with the new movie in mind. All I could do is try to be true to the core idea of Godzilla. There’s a kernel there–a constant–that’s present in each and every one of the Godzilla stories. As long as I’m true to those basic tenets, I think readers will be able to get on board.

To you, what is the core idea of Godzilla?

CB: I’ve always seen Godzilla as this force of nature (or, more accurately, a force representing abominations against nature). He’s a giant, walking, stomping cautionary tale for how we’re treating the world. At some point, it’s gonna come back and bite us, but we still don’t listen.

Is Godzilla the only kaiju we’ll see in this story?

CB: Not at all. Several other kaiju appear in this story, some briefly, some in much more significant ways.

Dave, What kaiju do you hope to get to draw one day, aside from Godzilla? Is there a Ghidorah lurking in your brain you’d love to get on paper?

DW: Godzilla is king, after that, any other kaiju is a bonus. There are some really great ones I get to work with in this series.


If you had to match the tone of the story to one of the Godzilla films, which one would you say your story most echoes?

CB: The earliest seed for this story was “what if the events of “Destroy All Monsters” went horribly, horribly wrong for humanity. But that’s really not the tone of this movie. I’d say the tone much more closely matches something a little darker, like “Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack” in which the monsters had this much more mystical and spiritual feel. It was a darker approach to Godzilla, the scariest version of Godzilla (to me) since the original.

Dave, visually, what would you say your biggest non-Godzilla influence is for this series?

DW: I’ve been looking at a lot of real world destruction. Researching photos and footage of real city wide devastation, both by nature and that we’ve done to ourselves, from WWII up to the present day. So aside from my usual medley of influences, that’s what I’ve added into the mix.

This is being solicited as a miniseries, but would either of you like to work on Godzilla as an ongoing series? How would the approach be different if you were telling a longer story featuring Godzilla?

DW: If I were to do an ongoing, I wouldn’t be able to maintain the amount of work and detail I’m putting into this series. I’d have to cut back somewhere in order to keep up with a long term schedule. Maybe let someone else take over the coloring duties. But I’m just really happy to be working on this series.

CB: Absolutely! I’d love to tackle a longer Godzilla story.

As far as how I’d approach it differently, it’s difficult to say. As I did with the miniseries, I’d sit down and figure out the major story beats and how to best convey them. With a longer story, the pace could be a little more methodical, but I’d probably approach it the same way.

Finally, what is the one word you can give fans to tease the series?

CB: Apocalyptic!

DW: What’s another word for “apocalyptic”?

Thanks again to IDW, Dave, and Cullen, and make sure to pick up the issue come August!



Sounds and looks very interesting, but to be honest, I wasn't a huge a fan of Watcher's artwork in HGM #6, so not really sure what to expect from him...IMO, he will need to significantly step up his game artwork-wise(and story-wise to boot) as he's got big shoes to fill from the last mini-series ....a rather tough act to follow. Regardless, it should be fun, and although I'm enjoying ROE, it's nice and fresh to see a new mini series, especially one that isn't forced to be connect/play in the same silly/ridiculous continuity established Powell/Marsh in the regular series.
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Re: IDW Godzilla Cataclysm

Postby Pkmatrix » Fri May 16, 2014 9:33 pm

Ah, so they're giving the Post-Apocalyptic Godzilla idea they briefly attempted in KoM another try? Sure, I'm game. Generally I'm not a fan of Post-Apocalypse stories, but I'm willing to give it a try.
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Re: New IDW Godzilla mini-series 2014

Postby klen7 » Sun May 18, 2014 10:44 pm

ebirahsmeg1 wrote:Sounds and looks very interesting, but to be honest, I wasn't a huge a fan of Watcher's artwork in HGM #6, so not really sure what to expect from him...IMO, he will need to significantly step up his game artwork-wise(and story-wise to boot) as he's got big shoes to fill from the last mini-series ....a rather tough act to follow. Regardless, it should be fun, and although I'm enjoying ROE, it's nice and fresh to see a new mini series, especially one that isn't forced to be connect/play in the same silly/ridiculous continuity established Powell/Marsh in the regular series.
Can't blame Wachter for the story last time around since he was just a substitute artist, but i am optimistic that just letting him do his own colors instead of the hyper cartoony colors that Pattison put on everything will give the art a bit more weight. I did think he did better with the people than most of what he have seen in most of these series, and his Mothra was fantastic, but his Space Godzilla was weak. I am completely unfamiliar with Cullen Bunn, so he's the unknown quantity here for me. Anyway, I'm hoping for the best.
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Re: New IDW Godzilla mini-series 2014

Postby MekaGojira3k » Wed May 21, 2014 9:46 am

klen7 wrote:
ebirahsmeg1 wrote:Sounds and looks very interesting, but to be honest, I wasn't a huge a fan of Watcher's artwork in HGM #6, so not really sure what to expect from him...IMO, he will need to significantly step up his game artwork-wise(and story-wise to boot) as he's got big shoes to fill from the last mini-series ....a rather tough act to follow. Regardless, it should be fun, and although I'm enjoying ROE, it's nice and fresh to see a new mini series, especially one that isn't forced to be connect/play in the same silly/ridiculous continuity established Powell/Marsh in the regular series.
Can't blame Wachter for the story last time around since he was just a substitute artist, but i am optimistic that just letting him do his own colors instead of the hyper cartoony colors that Pattison put on everything will give the art a bit more weight. I did think he did better with the people than most of what he have seen in most of these series, and his Mothra was fantastic, but his Space Godzilla was weak. I am completely unfamiliar with Cullen Bunn, so he's the unknown quantity here for me. Anyway, I'm hoping for the best.


His art made that issue, visually anyway, my favorite issue.

I'm looking forward to this because we've not gotten a post-apocalyptic Godzilla story. KOM showed the apocalypse happening, but due to awful writing/pacing it never lived up to much.
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Re: IDW Godzilla Cataclysm

Postby klen7 » Wed May 21, 2014 12:38 pm

So what i hear you saying is that KoM canceled the Apocalypse?
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Re: IDW Godzilla Cataclysm

Postby klen7 » Fri May 23, 2014 9:12 am

Here is Wachter's take on G'14

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Re: IDW Godzilla Cataclysm

Postby The Great MM » Mon May 26, 2014 9:17 am

I can't wait for this. I've ALWAYS wanted to see how Godzilla would act in a post apocalyptic setting. I also wonder how long it will take for IDW to debut the Mutos, in this comic or not.
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Re: IDW Godzilla Cataclysm

Postby klen7 » Mon May 26, 2014 9:25 am

The Great MM wrote:I also wonder how long it will take for IDW to debut the Mutos, in this comic or not.

The IDW license doesn't cover anything from the Legendary movies. They cant use the new design or the Mutos, etc. Toho is treating Godzilla from 54-04 as the "classic" license so they are two separate entities. In theory IDW could license the new Godzilla as well but Legendary has its own comic imprint (in direct competition with IDW ) that they are trying to get off the ground... and so far their only successes have been PacRim and Godzilla
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Re: IDW Godzilla Cataclysm

Postby klen7 » Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:13 am

Here is another piece of art from Wachter, this time covering the Godzilla design that he will drawing in Cataclysm

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Re: IDW Godzilla Cataclysm

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Re: IDW Godzilla Cataclysm

Postby MekaGojira3k » Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:46 pm

Woo more Biollante :D
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Re: IDW Godzilla Cataclysm

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Thu Jun 19, 2014 8:45 am

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Godzilla: Cataclysm #2 (of 5)
Cullen Bunn (w) • Dave Wachter (a & c)
An angry Godzilla returns to do battle once again! With Biollante and Mothra awakening both fears and hopes in humanity, only Hiroshi has a glimpse at the terrible truth! Will his village survive the monsters terrible onslaught?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
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Re: IDW Godzilla Cataclysm

Postby canofhumdingers » Fri Jun 20, 2014 2:40 pm

So when does this start coming out? Has the first issue hit shelves yet?
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Re: IDW Godzilla Cataclysm

Postby Benjamin Haines » Fri Jun 20, 2014 3:35 pm

canofhumdingers wrote:So when does this start coming out? Has the first issue hit shelves yet?


Issue #1 comes out in August.
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Re: IDW Godzilla Cataclysm

Postby canofhumdingers » Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:40 pm

Cool, thanks
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Re: IDW Godzilla Cataclysm

Postby mr.negativity » Tue Jun 24, 2014 1:02 pm

CBR:
Bunn Takes a Scorched Earth Approach to IDW's "Godzilla: Cataclysm"
Karl Keily wrote:The king of the monsters returns to comics this August in IDW Publishing's "Godzilla: Cataclysm," a five-issue miniseries by "Sixth Gun" writer Cullen Bunn and artist Dave Wachter. "Cataclysm" arrives on the alpha predator's 60th anniversary, which also saw his return to theaters in director Gareth Edwards' "Godzilla" earlier this year.

Bunn recently chatted with CBR News about "Cataclysm," revealing which fan-favorite monsters are tagging along for the ride, what's coming up in "The Sixth Gun," whether he sees Godzilla as a force for good or evil and more.

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Re: IDW Godzilla Cataclysm

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Thu Jul 03, 2014 5:44 am

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Seriously, WTF? :?: :!:

Good to see Manda though...
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