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In 2012, award-winning comics writer Mark Waid and writer/producer John Rogers launched Thrillbent, a digital comics webportal and an experiment in new-media comic-book publishing. Their mission statement: “To challenge 75 years’ worth of accepted ‘rules’ about what comics are and aren’t.”
The commitment to this challenge continues as Thrillbent and IDW Publishing partner to bring these unique digital comics to print starting spring 2015. Over the past two years, Thrillbent has worked with more than 60 creators to publish nearly 20 ongoing digital-only series that span all genres, from horror to humor to high adventure. Slated for print release under this partnership will be Empire Volume Two and Insufferable, both written by Waid.
Empire Volume Two is co-created by artist Barry Kitson and Insufferable by artist Peter Krause. Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief said “We’re very happy to be partnered with Mark, John Rogers and all the other great Thrillbent creators to help bring their work to comic fans in this way.” The partnership should be a neat one to look, given Waid’s relationship to print comics.