30 Days Of Night Artist Ben Templesmith Returns To IDW With The Squidder
Ben Templesmith is returning to IDW Publishing with The Squidder, a four-issue miniseries. Templesmith will be writer, artist, letterer and provide covers for the series, which is being published jointly by IDW and 44FLOOD. The Squidder promises a blend of horror, science fiction and fantasy, with a touch of "Squidly" destruction. Templesmith is best known as the artist for 30 Days of Night, which he co-created with Steve Niles. The series was published by IDW and was adapted into a movie. Templesmith's other creations include Singularity 7 and Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, which was recently announced as being adapted into an animated series. "Ben was there at the start of IDW's first comic publishing, so it's great that his return with The Squidder coincides with our 15th anniversary," said Chris Ryall, IDW's Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. "Although, don't get me wrong, a new series from Ben is welcome at any time. And thanks to our partnership with Ben's new venture, 44FLOOD, this just may become a very nice regular occurrence." The Squidder was originally launched via Kickstarter as a limited run graphic novel. The story centers on an old soldier, one of the last of the legendary Squidder Legions, from a forgotten war. The post-apocalyptic world seems to have left him behind, but it remains to be seen if a discarded relic with a death wish and a rebellious Squid priestess can overthrow humanity's tentacled alien overlords. "The Squidder is equal parts Mad Max, Cthulhu creatures, and everything I love about early 90s Dolph Lungren action films," said Ben Templesmith. "All of us at 44FLOOD are excited to be working with IDW to bring our projects into comic book shops and book stores. IDW has some of the best and most dedicated people in all of comics." The Squidder #1 will be released this July.