This week Titan Comics, a British comics publisher with a growing slate of US offerings, announced that they will be taking on the Doctor Who comics license in 2014. They have not yet announced creative teams but plan to in the near future, assumably along with more information about the release dates. Most interesting to Who fans, however, is the fact that Titan will not only publish the adventures of the Twelfth Doctor but also standalone adventures of the Tenth and Eleventh doctors.
The official press release states:
In the universe of Doctor Who, regenerations bring not only a new Doctor but often a fresh look and feel to the series … and BBC Worldwide is bringing that same approach to Doctor Whocomics as it signs a new deal with Titan Comics. The deal will open up the world of Doctor Who and provide fans with new stand alone adventures featuring the Tenth Doctor, Eleventh Doctor and after the new series launch, the Twelfth Doctor. Creative and production teams will be announced in the coming weeks and the first comic books will be released in 2014.
Previously, comics publisher IDW had held the license for 6 years beginning in 2008 and closed out their run with an oversized special written by Paul Cornell and drawn by Jimmy Broxton. IDW’s Chief Creative Officer and Editor-In-Chief Chris Ryall commented on the end of the license earlier this year, saying “We’ve been extremely proud to be the American home to new Doctor Who comics these last six years. We feel like we’ve said a great many things with our comics–so now it feels like a good time to letDoctor Who comics regenerate along with the coming new Doctor on the TV series.”
Due to Titan’s strong UK presence but less powerful US business, some American fans have expressed concerns that their comic shops will not carry these new comics. This is a good time to remember that the best way to make sure you get the comics you want is to start a pull list with your local comic shop or set up a digital subscription. Since comics distributed to comics shops are almost always nonreturnable, shops have a hard time taking risks on smaller publishers. Granted, ordering lots of Doctor Who comics seems like a no-brainer, but it’s always better to make sure you get what you want than risk missing out on an awesome new comic.
(via Comic Book Resources)