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Artist Jen Bartel on Turning Fan Art Into a Comics Career and Paying It Forward

Artist Jen Bartel may have started out drawing Sailor Moon, X-Men, and Ghostbusters fan art, but now she’s creating covers for some of today’s biggest comic books. Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Josie and the Pussycats, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, just to name a few.

The Weird History Behind Darth Vader's Castle The Weird History Behind Darth Vader's Castle

The galaxy far, far away is having a castle renaissance lately. Reintroduced into the Star Wars canon by Rogue One, the sinister abode of Darth Vader has suddenly become a hot topic, be it through current and upcoming comics, or persistent rumors of its return onscreen. But Vader’s home has a much longer history…

All the Incredible New Comic Series to Cozy Up With This Fall  All the Incredible New Comic Series to Cozy Up With This Fall 

We’re so close to being free from the sweltering heat of summer. Fall is nearly upon us, with its orange leaves, cool breeze, and the saintly scent of petrichor in the air. We’re not scientists, but we’re pretty sure it’s scientific fact that these are the perfect conditions to read a ton of new comics in. Good thing…

Soon You'll Be Able to Read Comics on Your Nintendo Switch Soon You'll Be Able to Read Comics on Your Nintendo Switch

Everyone wants everything to come to the Switch, Nintendo’s beloved portable-hybrid console that’s spent the past year evolving from “that machine you can play Breath of the Wild on” to “No wait let me play everything on this! Including Grandia II!” But now, surprisingly, it’s also becoming a platform to read comics…

For the First Time Ever, Locke & Key Has Been Ordered To Series For the First Time Ever, Locke & Key Has Been Ordered To Series

The long, strange road for IDW’s comic book Locke & Key may finally have its conclusion. For the first time ever, the property has been picked up to series with Netflix ordering 10 hour-long episodes.

IDW Is Making Marvel Kids' Comics, and Maybe That's Not as Weird as It Sounds IDW Is Making Marvel Kids' Comics, and Maybe That's Not as Weird as It Sounds

Yes, Marvel is a huge comics publisher more than capable of making its own comic books aimed at younger kids. Hell, they have a good bunch of them going right now! But a new deal between Disney and IDW Publishing is not the first time the House of Mouse has looked beyond Marvel to target younger comic readers.

A New IDW Comic Is Mashing Up Star Trek and Transformers in the Most Glorious Way Possible A New IDW Comic Is Mashing Up Star Trek and Transformers in the Most Glorious Way Possible

IDW’s Star Trek comics have already played host to some zany pop-culture crossovers, from Doctor Who to the Green Lantern Corps, to, err, Planet of the Apes. But the latest crossover is seeing the original Trek crew meet the Transformers in a very fun way.

The Queen of England Is an Occultist and Blue Collar Workers Own Space in This Week's Best New Comics The Queen of England Is an Occultist and Blue Collar Workers Own Space in This Week's Best New Comics

Our perceptions of the ways things are in the real world often make it difficult to buy into the premises of comics set in worlds that, while like ours, are distinctly different. When you think of words like “occultist” or “space explorers,” you don’t immediately associate them with the Queen of England or working…

Hordes of Demons Are Coming to Destroy Elvis and the FBI in This Week's Best New Comics Hordes of Demons Are Coming to Destroy Elvis and the FBI in This Week's Best New Comics

In times of great need or extreme stress, pretty much everyone’s survival instinct kicks in and we all default to certain coping mechanisms that have gotten us through our entire lives. For some people, that means cooking. For others, it means performing.

Batman: The Animated Series Is Finally Getting the Tabletop Board Game Gotham Deserves Batman: The Animated Series Is Finally Getting the Tabletop Board Game Gotham Deserves

Batman: The Animated Series is one of those shows whose legacy has only grown with time. Now, over 25 years after the series debuted, Batman: TAS is getting a miniatures tabletop board game that will put a smile on anyone’s face, not just The Joker’s.

Some of the Best Titles to Get Your Hands on This Free Comic Book Day Some of the Best Titles to Get Your Hands on This Free Comic Book Day

Merry Free Comic Book Day Eve, comics fans! Yes, the most wonderful time of the year for receiving wonderful free comics is nearly here—in fact, it’s tomorrow, May 5. FCBD 2018 is jam-packed with tons of wonderful (and did we mention, free?) books for you to pick up, so here’s a selection of what’ll be on offer.

Somehow, Jaxxon the Ridiculous Green Space Rabbit Has Made It to the New Star Wars Canon Somehow, Jaxxon the Ridiculous Green Space Rabbit Has Made It to the New Star Wars Canon

Jaxxon the Lepi smuggler is one of the most infamous excesses of the old Star Wars expanded universe—the rabbit in Flash Gordon cosplay that was bound to come up whenever you mentioned the weirdness of the EU. For decades, he’s been the butt of fan jokes... but now he’s officially back in the canon. He’s still kinda…

Rick and Morty Are Going to Save the Universe With a Game of Dungeons & Dragons Rick and Morty Are Going to Save the Universe With a Game of Dungeons & Dragons

Even though playing games is typically how Rick and Morty end up putting the multiverse in jeopardy, the dimension-hopping duo are about to embark upon the journey of their lives with the help of a tabletop classic. This August, IDW and Oni Press are partnering to publish a four-issue, limited series from writers…

Report: Hulu Has Passed on the Locke & Key Pilot, But It's Being Shopped to Other Streaming Services [Updated] Report: Hulu Has Passed on the Locke & Key Pilot, But It's Being Shopped to Other Streaming Services [Updated]

Locke & Key is an incredible horror comic from writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodríguez that just can’t seem to catch a break for an adaptation. The most recent television pilot has apparently been passed over by Hulu, but for fans of the Locke family drama, there’s still hope another streaming giant could pick it…

In the New Star Trek: The Next Generation Comic, a Mirror Universe Double Agent Stalks the Enterprise In the New Star Trek: The Next Generation Comic, a Mirror Universe Double Agent Stalks the Enterprise

After IDW recently gave The Next Generation its first proper stint into the beloved Mirror Universe, its newest Trek comic offers a follow up that honestly, kinda sounds like it’s going a bit by the way of Star Trek: Discovery.

The Long-Unfinished Image TMNT Comic Is Finally Getting Its Ending at IDW The Long-Unfinished Image TMNT Comic Is Finally Getting Its Ending at IDW

The third volume of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic, published in the mid-‘90s, has a weird history. Now considered non-canonical by the Mirage Comics run of classic Turtles books, the dark series came to an untimely end when it was canceled before a conclusion could be written. Now, decades later, that…

New Star Wars Comic Shows Rose Reacted to Meeting Poe as All of Us Would New Star Wars Comic Shows Rose Reacted to Meeting Poe as All of Us Would

It turns out, Finn wasn’t the first Star Wars hero that Rose Tico fangirled over. As shown in the latest The Last Jedi prequel comic, Rose had a chance encounter with none other than Poe... and it went just about how you’d expect. Come on, people, it’s Poe Dameron.

All the Most Spectacular New Comics Coming in 2018  All the Most Spectacular New Comics Coming in 2018 

A new year is upon us, filled with new opportunities and new hopes... and lots of new comics for you read instead of fulfilling those new opportunities and hopes. Unless they were “read more comics,” because boy howdy, do we have some new series we’re looking forward to in the first few months of the year to show you!

The Next Ghostbusters Comic Will Unite Every Ghostbuster Ever The Next Ghostbusters Comic Will Unite Every Ghostbuster Ever

Over the last year, the Ghostbusters comics have started to slowly connect a whole multiverse of supernatural-hunting scientific heroes. At first with team-ups between the classic team and the ghostbustin’ class of 2016, but now it’s getting even bigger, and every Ghostbuster is coming along for the ride.

Here Are Your Shiny, Free Comics for Free Comic Book Day 2018 Here Are Your Shiny, Free Comics for Free Comic Book Day 2018

Free Comic Book Day might be five months away, but you can already start preparing for all the free comics you’ll be able to read right now. Today, we got the official announcement of the top tier of free books that will be available to celebrate comic book nerd Christmas in May.

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