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IDW Publishing Launches First-Ever Digital-Only TRANSFORMERS Comic Series, AUTOCRACY

12-Issue digital-exclusive series comes to iPad, iPhone, Android and the Web courtesy of writers Chris Metzen & Flint Dille

IDW Publishing proudly announces a new digital comics event five million years in the making: TRANSFORMERS: Autocracy. Released exclusively on digital platforms, this 12-part series will be released on multiple digital platforms as 8-page chapters every two weeks starting January 18th and running through June. Each episode will be priced at 99¢.
TRANSFORMERS: Autocracy has ties to the two new TRANSFORMERS comics series based on the iconic TRANSFORMERS brand from Hasbro and launching this month, Robots in Disguise and More Than Meets the Eye. “Those series look to the future,” said IDW Senior Editor John Barber, “but they have strong ties to the past. And Autocracy fills in some of the gaps in that past by telling one of the most important stories to ever appear in TRANSFORMERS comics.”

Before OPTIMUSbecame a PRIME... he fought for order. Before MEGATRON became a conqueror... he fought for freedom. Before they were enemies... they stood against — AUTOCRACY.
Autocracy features the stunning TRANSFORMERS writing debut of Chris Metzen – SVP, Story and Franchise Development at Blizzard Entertainment and one of the main creative minds behind the company’s Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® universes. Metzen is joined by co-writer Flint Dille, a fan-favorite for his work on the original TRANSFORMERS animated series.

“This project is a dream come true for me,” said Metzen. “I’ve loved the TRANSFORMERS brand all my life – and the chance to take these characters for a drive with my good friend Flint has been an incredible privilege. But I think it’s Livio Ramondelli’s gritty, cinematic vision that really brings this story to life.”

Artist Livio Ramondelli came to fans’ attention last year with the world-shattering TRANSFORMERS: Chaos series. “I feel beyond thankful to be a part of this project,” said Livio. “These two have written a truly epic TRANSFORMERS story for the ages. I can’t say enough good things about Chris Metzen, and we should all feel lucky that Flint Dille is returning to TRANSFORMERS.”

“IDW is very excited to launch this digital-exclusive series,” said IDW CEO and Publisher Ted Adams. “The TRANSFORMERS brand has a broad international fan-base, this series will continue to increase the comics audience.” The Autocracy series will help bring these new readers to comic shops, by including a page featuring the Comic Shop Locator service and best-selling TRANSFORMERS collections and comics.

Autocracy can be found in IDW’s Apple iPad™, iPhone® and iPod touch®, apps – Transformers Comics and IDW Comics, and on the Web at read.idwpublishing.com. The series is also featured in the Comics by comiXology platform for iOS, Android, Web and Kindle Fire, and Comics + by iVerse. 






Debut Issues of New TRANSFORMERS Ongoing Series Sell Out!

Second printing for both series in stores Feb. 22nd

Following the much-anticipated comic launch of the two new ongoing TRANSFORMERS series, TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE #1 and TRANFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #1 have sold out from the distributor. The rapid sell-out marks an extremely successful re-launch following the special TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME issue in December. TRANSFORMERS fans are encouraged to check with their local comic retailer for copies of the TRANSFORMERS series and to inquire about the second printings.

“The response to these two series has been phenomenal,” said IDW Senior Editor (and TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE writer) John Barber. “We’ve got a lot of new eyes on the TRANSFORMERS comics, and the response from new readers—and from TRANSFORMERS fandom—has been extremely positive.”

Under license from Hasbro, both series expand the TRANSFORMERS comic universe into exciting, unexplored territory with never-before-seen action, new threats and new villains that both current readers and those new to the series will enjoy. Written by James Roberts with art and covers by Nick Roche, TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE sends  TRANSFORMERS characters on an epic quest to the farthest reaches of the galaxy and beyond. TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, written by Barber, with art and covers by Andrew Griffith, follows BUMBLEBEE and his fellow AUTOBOTS’ struggle to maintain control of a world without OPTIMUS PRIME.

These debut issues are also available online at http://read.idwpublishing.com. For Transformers app for your iPad or iPhone, visit  http://itunes.com/apps/idwpublishing/transformerscomics. For Transformers on Android or Kindle Fire, visit http://comixology.com.

TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE #1 2nd Print ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) is available in stores Feb. 22nd. Diamond order code DEC118133.

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #1 2nd Print ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) is available in stores Feb. 22nd. Diamond order code DEC118134.

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