11:55am PT by Graeme McMillan
IDW Announce Three Pop Culture Mash-Up Series
Okay, so this year’s San Diego Comic-Con showed the first live action meeting of Batman and Superman, but when it comes to less obvious pop culture mash-ups—Angry Birds and Transformers, say, or Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—you’ll have to turn to the comic book announcements from the show.
IDW Publishing announced three projects that pair pop icons at this year’s Comic-Con: Angry Birds/Transformers, which spins out of the already-announced Rovio mobile game and into a series by John Barber and Marcelo Ferriera; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters, in which New York’s finest paranormal investigators track down the truth behind rumors of pizza-loving martial artists that live in the sewers (Tom Waltz and Erik Burnham write, with Dan Schoening illustrating); and Star Trek/Planet of the Apes, a co-production with BOOM! Studios that brings the crew of the Enterprise to an alternate Earth where apes rule supreme, courtesy of Scott and David Tipton, with art by Rachael Stott.
IDW is no stranger to such cross-franchise combinations. In addition to 2012’s Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who series and the previous year’s Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes series co-published with DC Entertainment, the publisher has also been responsible for two Infestation events that bring together multiple properties including G.I. Joe, Star Trek, Dungeons and Dragons and more.
Additionally, the publisher released a number of comics last year pairing Topps’ famous Mars Attacks property with franchises including Popeye, The Real Ghostbusters, Transformers, 2000AD’s Judge Dredd and even KISS—yes, the band.
More information about the individual projects will be released in the months ahead, according to the publisher.