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IDW, Toho International Stomp Into ‘Godzilla’ Deal

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A publishing program is underway for “Godzilla.”

IDW and Toho International have announced a multi-year publishing program that will bring Godzilla and dozens of monsters from the “Godzilla” live action films to a wide selection of publications and merchandise.

IDW will have worldwide distribution for Toho’s “Godzilla” comic book, graphic novel, gaming and merchandise program, with the exception of some parts of Asia. Beginning in spring 2021, Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah and dozens of kaiju will stomp their way across IDW’s line of comic books, graphic novels, trade collections, art books, coloring books, journals, tabletop games and puzzles. The publishing program — available in print and digitally — will represent a comprehensive range of content for both young readers and adult audiences.

"We’re very excited to work with Toho to build a comprehensive array of stories and products that Godzilla fans everywhere can enjoy,” says Nachie Marsham, publisher, IDW. “Their library of characters are quite literally titans of pop culture, and we can’t wait for people to get their hands on what we’re creating in close partnership with Toho. There will truly be something for everyone, from casual fans to people who live and breathe these amazing creatures."

The debut “Godzilla” project of 2021 will be a five-issue miniseries by writer Erik Burnham, artist Dan Schoening and colorist Luis Antonio Delgado. The comic book will be aimed at middle grade readers and hits stores with its first issue in April.

“IDW has been such a fantastic partner in bringing Godzilla characters to life through high-quality graphic storytelling, and we’re excited to take our relationship to the next level,” says Lora Cohn, managing director, Toho International. “By expanding beyond comics with wide-ranging books, games and more, we’re sure that our iconic kaiju will leave monstrous marks on these products that consumers across the globe, young and old, will never forget.”

The new licensing deal builds upon IDW’s prior comic publishing relationship with Toho. In March 2011, IDW launched its “Godzilla” comic book program with “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.” Through 2016, IDW published 10 “Godzilla” comic book series of varying lengths, collected in a series of trade paperback collections.

Godzilla products from IDW will be available everywhere pop culture products are sold, including comic book specialty shops, bookstores, department stores, specialty chain stores, and digital retailers.

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