During yesterday’s IDW Publishing panel at WonderCon, the company had a number of announcements including sci-fi miniseries “Star Pig.” Written by Delilah S. Dawson (“Sparrowhawk”) with art by Francesco Gaston (“Bloodstrike,” “Ms. Marvel”), the comic explores the life of a late 21st-century teen named Vess, who is sent off to an orbiting space camp for the summer. After a shuttle accident, an enormous “cosmic water bear miraculously rescues Vess and her precious retro Discman,” and they journey together “to the classic tunes of Vess’ 1990s-heavy playlist.”
In an exclusive with Syfy Wire, Dawson calls the book a “mishmash of the ‘80s, ‘90s, and ‘00s through the lens of a teen girl who never really felt at home in her own time – but who might yet find her place among the stars.” You can view unlettered artwork at the link. “Star Pig” #1 arrives in stores this July.
A new two-issue miniseries, “H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau,” was also announced at the panel. IDW founder/writer Ted Adams will team with artist and “Locke & Key” co-creator Gabriel Rodriguez, to breathe new life into the 19th century science fiction classic, says The Hollywood Reporter. The new book will feature a gender swapped protagonist, under the new name of Ellen Prendick.
Artistically, the comic will be told entirely with double-page spreads. Rodriguez described it as “a format that builds a rich world for the characters and presents the mystery and terror in a thrilling and concise way.” Adams discusses the relevance of the classic story today, saying “it addresses the subject of the thin line that separates men from beasts and the question that all scientists should ask themselves: ‘Just because we can do something, does that mean we should?’” Issue #1 of “H. G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau will also be released in July.