Archive for August 26th, 2008

The Book To Pick Up Tomorrow

August 26, 2008

Listen up, folks. I’m officially decreeing that you must pick up a copy of Ben Templesmith’s Art of Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse available beginning tomorrow. Ben doesn’t need me to hawk his wares — his talent speaks for itself — but here’s the official press release…

Ben Templesmith’s “Art of Wormwood” coming from IDW

IDW Publishing will release Ben Templesmith’s Art of Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse on August 27. The book collects all the notable art plus a large amount of sketches, unpublished ideas and never-before-seen paintings from his semi-regular, off-beat serial Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse. It includes an original Wormwood short story.

Templesmith’s visual approach, which has been described as “daring, horrific, and sometimes just plain perverse” has gained a cult following for his work in graphic novels including 30 Days of Night, Fell, Wormwood,Gentleman Corpse and more recently Welcome to Hoxford. He has said he is influenced by the science-fantasy cosmos of H.P. Lovecraft’s Old Ones and the work of H.R. Giger. Templesmith’s black sense of humor, his delicate yet vigorous style, his nuanced but bold use of color, and knack for finding just the right detail to make a panel or page come to life have given Wormwood a huge fan base.

“Wormwood is really just me having fun and trying to throw in as many disgusting perversions of my old childhood influences. I call it my riff on Doctor Who, if it were more demonologically oriented and written for very juvenile adults with a sick sense of humor”, says Templesmith.
TPB * FC * 96 pages * 8-1/2″ x 11″ * $19.99 * ISBN: 978-1-60010-327-8

Ben Templesmith’s Art of Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse S&N HC
Is a special hardcover edition is strictly limited to 500 copies and comes with a numbered tip-in plate signed by artist Ben Templesmith.
HC * FC * 96 pages * 8-1/2″ x 11″ * $49.99 * ISBN: 978-1-60010-330-8

Ben Templesmith’s Art of Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse S&N HC
This deluxe limited edition hardcover is strictly limited to only 100 copies. Each copy will include an all-new, hand-drawn Wormwood sketch by artist Ben Templesmith.
HC * FC * 96 pages * 8-1/2″ x 11″ * $100 * ISBN: 978-1-60010-331-5

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. As a leader in the horror, action, and sci-fi genres, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry including: television’s #1 prime time series CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Paramount’s Star Trek; Fox’s Angel; Hasbro’s The Transformers, and the BBC’s Doctor Who. IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. In April 2008, IDW released Michael Recycle, the first title from its new children’s book imprint, Worthwhile Books. More information about the company can be found at

Having worked as an editor on the earlier Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse issues I can honestly tell you that it is some of the most beautifully twisted art that I have ever seen — whimsical in a horrific kind of way. No bookshelf will be complete without this tomb prominently displayed. Now, if one of the limited edition signed and numbered edition hardcover copies were to fall off of a truck and find its way to me that would be very awesome.