We have Eric Shanower on! It was amazing to talk to him and we can’t explain how excited we are for this episode. It was such a pleasure to talk to him and we hope you enjoy!
“An all-new, all-ages series full of magic and whimsy from award-winning creators Eric Shanower (Adventures in Oz) and Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key)! Spinning out of Winsor McKay’s brilliant early 20th century strip, Little Nemo in Slumberland sees King Morpheus’ daughter, in the Royal Palace of Slumberland, select her next-playmate: Nemo! Only Nemo has no interest in being anyone’s playmate, dream or no dream!”
As you can see, the art is amazing and Gabriel Rodriguez is absolutely fantastic at bringing the world from 1905 back to life! To hear what we think of the book, tune in on the next episode!
ERIC JAMES SHANOWER was born in Key West, Florida, on October 23, to James Lowell Shanower and Karen Elizabeth Shanower (nee Hietanen). The family soon moved to Hawaii, where they lived on the islands of Kauai–where Eric’s sister, Elizabeth Edna Shanower, was born–and Oahu. The Shanower family subsequently lived in Monterey, California; Laurel, Maryland; Norfolk, Virginia; Port Angeles, Washington; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and Novato, California.
Early in life Eric showed interest in drawing and in creating stories. At six years of age he discovered the series of Oz books by L. Frank Baum (and others) and decided to continue the Oz series with his own books. He began with amateur efforts, producing several illustrated manuscripts during the next decade. After graduation from Novato (California) High School, he attended the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in Dover, New Jersey. On the day after graduation, he received his first professional comics assignment, lettering an issue of the comic book Warp, published by First Comics.
Via Eric’s Website
Founded in 1999, IDW started as an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels, and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California, and has grown into a fully integrated media company that now includes IDW Games, IDW Entertainment, Top Shelf Productions, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery. Two of the original founders, Ted Adams (CEO & Publisher) and Robbie Robbins (EVP), still actively manage the company, along with IDW’s executive team, which consists of Greg Goldstein (President & COO), Chris Ryall (CCO), Matt Ruzicka (CFO), David Hedgecock (Editor-in-Chief), and David Ozer (President, IDW Entertainment).
IDW Publishing is regularly recognized as one of the top four comic book publishers in the US. Over 80 IDW titles have appeared on The New York Times Best Sellers list. In FY2015 alone, IDW published over 500 unique comic book titles and over 250 graphic novels.
Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, MY LITTLE PONY, and JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS; Paramount/CBS’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Toho’s Godzilla; Twentieth Century Fox’s The X-Files; Sony’s Ghostbusters, Temple Street Productions’ Orphan Black; multiple monthly Disney titles; and many more.
Creator-driven titles include Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith’s 30 Days of Night, Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke & Key, and Beau Smith’s Wynonna Earp. Kevin Eastman and Gabriel Rodriguez are both exclusive to IDW Publishing and recent titles from them include Fistful of Blood, Little Nemo in Slumberland, and Onyx.
IDW Publishing is also home to acclaimed imprints such as; The Library of American Comics, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio; and the multiple award-winning IDW Artist’s Edition line which includes Frank Miller’s Daredevil, Jack Kirby’s Kamandi, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen, Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, and many more. In 2015, IDW acquired Top Shelf Productions, an award-winning publisher of graphic novels. Top Shelf is known for publishing works of literary sophistication, including the #1 New York Times and Washington Post Best Seller March by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell and the authorized graphic-novel adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
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