Comic-Con: IDW Publishing to Reprint Forgotten Comics with 'It's Alive!' Imprint

The new line, which will bring long-lost classics back to print, begins with a Trina Robbins adaptation of a 1919 Sax Rohmer novel.
Trina Robbins/IDW Publishing

Ahead of tonight's Preview Night for San Diego Comic-Con, local comic company IDW Publishing has announced the founding of a new imprint aimed at preserving some of the lesser-known parts of comic book history.

The new imprint, called It's Alive!, will see former acquisitions editor at Dover Publications Drew Ford head up a line of restored reprints of classic material that has been out of print for some time (and, in many cases, forgotten by most). The line's first title will be a comic book adaptation of Sax Rohmer's 1919 novel Dope by Trina Robbins, which will be re-released with a new foreword by C. Spike Trotman and afterword by Colleen Doran.

In a statement, IDW chief creative officer Chris Ryall said that the publisher had "long been impressed by the books Drew has produced in the past… He's beautifully packaged very worthwhile but long-out-of-print material into amazing artifacts. We're all very excited to partner with Drew to help him continue to bring back into print such essential works that could otherwise be lost to history."

It's Alive! will become IDW's third imprint dedicated to preserving classic comic works, alongside Craig Yoe's Yoe! Books and the Library of American Comics, which concentrates on newspaper strips.

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