Tom Waltz Builds Hype for IDW Publishings G.I.Joe A Real American Hero Special Missions on Twitter

If you’re not following Mr. Tom Waltz on Twitter, then you don’t know what you’re missing, as this Gentleman knows how to build HYPE! Just yesterday he shared 3 amazing pieces, all pertaining to the upcoming Special Missions story arch starting with IDW Publishing‘s G.I.Joe A Real American Hero #251. 

While we’re on the topic of #251, I’d like to issue a retraction and off an apology – This past Tuesday I noted that Issue #251 should be on stands on the 25th (yesterday). Please note that  this information was not correct; Issue #251 will be available next week, May 2nd. Apologies for any confusion and/or inconvenience I may have caused. 

Now, back to Special Missions! Tom shared 2 pages from upcoming issues, along with an announcement regarding the cover of issue #255, the special oversized conclusion of the Special Missions arc. Here’s the scoop:

  • In issue #251, Special Missions #1, prepare to give and take fire with Stalker! As noted above, this issue will be on stands May 2nd. 
  • In Issue #252, Special Missions Part 2, the Baroness means business (and then some!) 
  • Issue #255 will have a special Retailer Incentive Cover, a Tri-Fold (gatefold) cover featuring a Plethora of Cobra Baddies! 

As if the Special Missions news wasn’t enough to get you going, Tom also shared some ARAH Goodness in the form of a Top Secret G.I.Joe project coming in September! Keep an eye out for the announcement from IDW Publishing and of course right here on the Island. 

That 255 Tri-Fold <3 We can’t wait to add the Special Missions story arc to our collection, but this special project coming in September has us all sorts of excited! What about you? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!

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IDW Publishings G.I.Joe A Real American Hero 251 Launches Tomorrow

Heads Up, Cobra Island! Don’t forget that tomorrow, IDW Publishing‘s G.I.Joe A Real American Hero will be available at your favorite comic book shop! Issue #251 kicks off a 5 book story arc, Special Missions. Here’s the scoop from IDW – 

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #251—Cover A: Alex Sanchez / Cover B: John Royle

Larry Hama (w) • Alex Sanchez  (a & c) • John Royle (c)

“Special Missions,” Part 1 (of 5). G.I. Joe. Cobra. Two opposing forces. Two powerful war machines, each made more lethal by the undeniable strength of their individual parts. But who and what are those parts? Living legend Larry Hama shares some of their amazing stories in “Special Missions”—one-shot stories featuring a variety of characters and artists to draw them! In this issue, artist Alex Sanchez (Max Ride: First Flight) joins forces with Larry to present G.I. Joe’s Ranger extraordinaire: STALKER!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

  • “Special Missions” will consist of five issues of standalone stories featuring the best heroes and worst villains of G.I. Joe lore, culminating in a special oversized issue #255!

Each issue will feature a 1/10 retailer incentive cover featuring the sketch artwork by Larry Hama upon which each individual story is based! Are you excited for the start of the Special Missions Arc? Join us after the break for discussion already in progress on the Cobra Island Forums!

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The Art of Brian Shearer Volume 1 Kickstarter Campaign Countdown

The Art of Brian Shearer Volume 1 Kickstarter Campaign starting to reach the final countdown, with 4 days left to go in the campaign. It’s been funded and just under $3,000 shy of hitting its stretch goal! 

Brian has worked on comic book titles such as GI JOE, TRANSFORMERS, DOCTOR WHO, STAR TREK, GHOSTBUSTERS and more. Other projects include his creator owned comics WILLIAM THE LASTMURDOCK MADSTONE, and is the co-creator of the graphic novel, VEX. Brian can also be seen on his YouTube channel, talking about the craft of making comics and navigating the challenged of working as a freelancer. There’s 7 different tiers to choose from, ranging from $10 all the way to $450, with some really cool rewards! (well, besides the book, of course!) Rewards include:

  • Sketches inside of the back cover of the book
  • 9×12 Inked Sketch
  • 11×17 print
  • Page from a published book (probably an IDW title such as G.I.Joe or Transformers)
  • 11×17 Color Commission
  • Cover Art
  • Digital Books and More!

Head on over to The Art of Brian Shearer Volume 1 Kickstarter Campaign and get your pledge in! Once you’re done, join us on the Cobra Island Forums and let us know what reward level you’ve pledged in at! 

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IDW Publishing’s July 2018 G.I.Joe Solicitations Now Available

The July 2018 G.I.Joe solicitations from IDW Publishing are here! The first month of Summer brings us G.I.Joe A Real American Hero #254,  part 4 of the Special Missions Story Arc, with a focus on Destro! July also brings us G.I.Joe A Real American Hero vs. The Six Million Dollar Man TPB! Here’s the scoop: 

G. I. Joe: A Real American Hero #254 – Cover A: Ferreira / Cover B: John Royle

MAY180642 / MAY180643 – (W) Larry Hama (A) Netho Diaz (CA) Marcelo Ferreira (CA) John Royle

“Special Missions”, Part 4 (of 5). G.I. Joe. Cobra. Two opposing forces. Two powerful war machines, each made more lethal by the undeniable strength of their individual parts. But who and what are those parts? Living legend Larry Hama shares some of their amazing stories in “Special Missions”-one-shot stories featuring a variety of characters and different artists to draw them! This issue, Marcelo Ferreira (Back to the Future) joins forces with Larry to present Cobra’s weapons master extraordinaire: DESTRO!

  • In Shops: Jul 25, 2018
  • SRP: $3.99

G. I. Joe vs. Six Million Dollar Man TP

MAY180645 – (W) Ryan Ferrier (A) S. L. Gallant (CA) John Cassaday

The greatest American heroes go face-to-face with the most dangerous living weapon… Steve Austin! It’s a showdown between ’70s icons-kung-fu grip vs. bionic eye!

Hacked by COBRA, the Six Million Dollar Man has the JOEs in his sights. World peace hangs by a thread and Cobra Commander holds the world’s infrastructure in his venomous clutches! Do the JOEs stand a chance against the bionic man, or is he simply better, faster, stronger?

  • In Shops: Aug 22, 2018
  • SRP: $15.99

Read moreIDW Publishing’s July 2018 G.I.Joe Solicitations Now Available

The Art of Brian Shearer Volume 1 Kickstarter Campaign Update

The Art of Brian Shearer Volume 1 Kickstarter Campaign is in full swing! With just under 2 weeks to go, it’s already surpassed 87% of its funding goal, with just $847 left to go in order to bring this project to life!

Brian has worked on comic book titles such as GI JOE, TRANSFORMERS, DOCTOR WHO, STAR TREK, GHOSTBUSTERS and more. Other projects include his creator owned comics WILLIAM THE LASTMURDOCK MADSTONE, and is the co-creator of the graphic novel, VEX. Brian can also be seen on his YouTube channel, talking about the craft of making comics and navigating the challenged of working as a freelancer. There’s 7 different tiers to choose from, ranging from $10 all the way to $450, with some really cool rewards! (well, besides the book, of course!) Rewards include:

  • Sketches inside of the back cover of the book
  • 9×12 Inked Sketch
  • 11×17 print
  • Page from a published book (probably an IDW title such as G.I.Joe or Transformers)
  • 11×17 Color Commission
  • Cover Art
  • Digital Books and More!

Head on over to The Art of Brian Shearer Volume 1 Kickstarter Campaign and get your pledge in! Once you’re done, join us on the Cobra Island Forums and let us know what reward level you’ve pledged in at! 

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John Royle shares Work in Progress of IDW Publishing G.I.Joe A Real American Hero 257

Today via his Instagram Page, Mr. John Royle shared a work in progress at his cover for IDW Publishing‘s G.I.Joe A Real American Hero #257. The cover features General Hawk, Outback and Rock & Roll (v2) with a transport soaring overhead. From John – 

More work in progress on my next G.I.JOE 257 cover, great Inks Jagdish and now with Wonderful James offredi for his colours , I really enjoyed drawing Hawk and Rock n Roll as I’ve not drawn them on a cover before! 😃 Outback always good to draw! 

What are your thoughts on this cover so far? Get in on the discussion after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!

Read moreJohn Royle shares Work in Progress of IDW Publishing G.I.Joe A Real American Hero 257

The Art of Brian Shearer Volume 1 Kickstarter Campaign Update

 The Art of Brian Shearer Volume 1 Kickstarter Campaign! With just under 3 weeks to go, it’s already surpassed 50% of its funding goal! As such, Brian has added a new stretch goal – When the campaign hits $10K USD, backers can/will receive: 

  • Addition of a Tutorial Section!
  • A Bonus Comic Inside!
  • The Commission Rewards will include one additional character! 

Brian has worked on comic book titles such as GI JOE, TRANSFORMERS, DOCTOR WHO, STAR TREK, GHOSTBUSTERS and more. Other projects include his creator owned comics WILLIAM THE LASTMURDOCK MADSTONE, and is the co-creator of the graphic novel, VEX. Brian can also be seen on his YouTube channel, talking about the craft of making comics and navigating the challenged of working as a freelancer. There’s 7 different tiers to choose from, ranging from $10 all the way to $450, with some really cool rewards! (well, besides the book, of course!) Rewards include:

  • Sketches inside of the back cover of the book
  • 9×12 Inked Sketch
  • 11×17 print
  • Page from a published book (probably an IDW title such as G.I.Joe or Transformers)
  • 11×17 Color Commission
  • Cover Art
  • Digital Books and More!

Head on over to The Art of Brian Shearer Volume 1 Kickstarter Campaign and get your pledge in! Once you’re done, join us on the Cobra Island Forums and let us know what reward level you’ve pledged in at! 

Read moreThe Art of Brian Shearer Volume 1 Kickstarter Campaign Update

The Washington Post Talks G.I.Joe and Dawn Moreno with Larry Hama

There’s a new article in the Washington Post that focuses on Dawn Moreno, the new Snake Eyes from IDW Publishing‘s G.I.Joe A Real American Hero! David Betancourt sat down with the godfather of G.I.Joe, Larry Hama, to discuss the smash hit of the new character. From the article – 

“There is definitely a lot of power in donning the mantle. If Dawn had been just another female ninja, nobody would have cared. It’s the whole idea of Snake Eyes living on inside her that makes her stand out enough for readers to give her continuity a try,” Hama said. “Once their eyes are on the page, you have to present a character they can get into, and a story line to back it all up. Otherwise, it’s just a gimmick like an alternate cover or an imaginary story.”

You can read the piece in its entirety here: ‘G. I. Joe’s’ Latina Snake Eyes is a hit with fans and her creator

Thanks go to Tom Waltz for the heads up! What are your thoughts on the article? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums

Read moreThe Washington Post Talks G.I.Joe and Dawn Moreno with Larry Hama

The Art of Brian Shearer Volume 1 Kickstarter Campaign Update

There’s a new scoop to share from the Art of Brian Shearer Volume 1 Kickstarter Campaign! With just under a week in to the campaign, it’s already surpassed 50% of its funding goal! As such, Brian has added a new stretch goal – When the campaign hits $10K USD, backers can/will receive: 

  • Addition of a Tutorial Section!
  • A Bonus Comic Inside!
  • The Commission Rewards will include one additional character! 

Brian has worked on comic book titles such as GI JOE, TRANSFORMERS, DOCTOR WHO, STAR TREK, GHOSTBUSTERS and more. Other projects include his creator owned comics WILLIAM THE LASTMURDOCK MADSTONE, and is the co-creator of the graphic novel, VEX. Brian can also be seen on his YouTube channel, talking about the craft of making comics and navigating the challenged of working as a freelancer. There’s 7 different tiers to choose from, ranging from $10 all the way to $450, with some really cool rewards! (well, besides the book, of course!) Rewards include:

  • Sketches inside of the back cover of the book
  • 9×12 Inked Sketch
  • 11×17 print
  • Page from a published book (probably an IDW title such as G.I.Joe or Transformers)
  • 11×17 Color Commission
  • Cover Art
  • Digital Books and More!

Head on over to The Art of Brian Shearer Volume 1 Kickstarter Campaign and get your pledge in! Once you’re done, join us on the Cobra Island Forums and let us know what reward level you’ve pledged in at! 

Read moreThe Art of Brian Shearer Volume 1 Kickstarter Campaign Update

G.I.Joe A Real American Hero Anniversary Edition Launches Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Get hyped, G.I.Joe fans! In celebration of the release of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #250, IDW Publishing is taking us on a special trip back to where it all started in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #1! America’s elite counter-terrorist strike force—code-named G.I. JOE—is the most fearsome rapid-deployment team of all and stands ready to fight—anywhere, any time… any way!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #1: Anniversary Edition

Larry Hama (w) • Herb Trimpe & Bob McLeod (a) • Guy Dorian Sr. & Sal Buscema (c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

  • To help celebrate the 250th issue of I. Joe: A Real American Hero, read the story that started it all!
  • Reprinting the classic comic!

Will you be adding the Anniversary Edition of G.I.Joe to your collection tomorrow? Sound off after the break on the Cobra Island Forums!

Read moreG.I.Joe A Real American Hero Anniversary Edition Launches Wednesday, April 4, 2018