IDW Publishing is teaming with Activision Blizzard to bring the hit collectible toy video game series, Skylanders, to comics for the very first time. The series will be written by Ron Marz with art from Mike Bowden and David Baldeon. The first issue will be a prequel to the storyline of Skylanders Trap Team and give fans a look at the origins of some of the Skylanders characters.
The series will debut with print and digital editions of Skylanders #0 at San Diego Comic-Con. The issue will contain a 16-page introductory story, plus character guides and back up info.
“We are thrilled to be combining Skylanders, the pioneer of the toys to life video game genre, with IDW, one of the industry’s leading comic-book publishers in the U.S.,” said Ashley Maidy, vice president of global licensing and partnerships at Activision. “The comic-book series will offer fans a glimpse into the backstories of their favorite Skylanders characters, expanding on the universe that they’ve embraced so enthusiastically in the franchise’s short history. To explore the world of Skylands beyond the game is an opportunity we know our fans have long been awaiting, and we couldn’t be more excited to see this manifested through a comic series.”
Skylanders will also be a new addition to IDW’s line of Micro Comic Fun Packs this fall, which will be available in comic book stores and mass market retail outlets.
“The idea behind creating a Skylanders comic book series resonates strongly with us on so many levels – the storyline and audience appeals to the comic book world and feels like a seamless relationship,” says David Hedgecock, IDW’s Managing Editor and Editor of the Skylanders series. “We’re honored to be the publisher of choice to introduce the world of Skylanders into the comic-book landscape.”
Skylanders #0 will be released during San Diego Comic-Con 2014.