I know I wasn't alone in having a difficult time saying goodbye to David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor in the "Doctor Who" television universe earlier this year. While the first full season with Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor certainly eased the pain, it also helped to have the Tenth Doctor continuing his adventures in IDW's "Doctor Who" comic book series. All that ends this week, however, as the publisher concludes the final arc of Tenth Doctor stories with today's issue #16.

During New York Comic Con, I spoke to "Doctor Who" writer Tony Lee about the impending end of his Tenth Doctor stories and what he has planned for the Eleventh Doctor when the series relaunches in January 2011. IDW also provided us with some new art from the upcoming Eleventh Doctor run.

"When we started doing the Tenth Doctor, we wanted to try and keep it with the Russell T. Davies style of stories, so you had a long arc," Lee told MTV News. "Anyone who's read the ongoing series knows that from issues #1-16 there are things that go all the way through it. When you actually read the final episode, you realize it links completely into the first one." Read More...

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The OutfitEven if you're not familiar with the novels of author Donald Westlake, there's a good chance you've seen at least one of the films based on his crime stories — specifically those involving Parker, the hardboiled criminal who served as the main character in many of Westlake's novels. Liberally adapted by Hollywood for films like 1999's "Payback" with Mel Gibson, Westlake's "Parker" novels are now finding success in yet another medium: graphic novels.

However, while Westlake never shied away from taking Hollywood money for the right to adapt his stories, he always insisted on changing the main character's name to protect his popular creation. All that changed, though, with IDW Publishing's "Parker" graphic novels from writer/artist Darwyn Cooke, which received the author's full blessing before his death in early 2009.

The first of Cooke's beautifully stylized, impressively faithful adaptations of Westlake's "Parker" novels was released last year, and "The Hunter" quickly became one of the most celebrated books of the year, earning numerous awards (we named it the "Best Comic Adapted From Another Medium") in and around the comics industry.

This month saw the release of "The Outfit," the next book in Cooke's "Parker" adaptations, and I spoke to the award-winning creator during New York Comic Con about the appeal of Westlake's stories and his approach to adapting them. Read More...

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GodzillaIt's Day One of New York Comic Con 2010, and we already have one monstrous piece of exclusive news to bring you, Splash Page readers!

The King of the Monsters, Godzilla, will return to the comics world in 2011 with a brand new series, courtesy of a partnership between IDW Publishing and Toho Co., Ltd. And the most famous monster ever to stomp on downtown Tokyo won't be alone when he makes his triumphant return, either — he'll welcome a host of old and new monsters making cameos in the comic.

"We wanted Godzilla to return to comics, but this time we wanted him to have some company," said Chris Ryall, Editor-in Chief for IDW Publishing. "I think fans will be pleased with the monster guest appearances, which will really offer something for every fan of these films. There are the classic characters, but there are also a few surprises, too." Read More...

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True BloodBy Kristen Shalbinski

Has your thirst for "True Blood" been quenched yet? Well, I sure hope not — because HBO and IDW Publishing hosted a little New York Comic Con "True Blood" party last night in honor of the release of the fourth issue in their comic book series, complete with "Fangbanger" drinks, blood-red cupcakes, and yes, a plentiful supply of bottle "True Blood" beverages. (Not an actual blood substitute, by the way.)

Costumes from the television series were also on display, still sporting bloodstains from the show.

After checking out all the "True Blood" goodies, I spoke with the writers from the comic book series, David Tischman and Mariah Huehner. Read More...

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Age of Apocalypse MinimatesNew York Comic Con is right around the corner, and that means we're starting to see some of this year's convention-exclusive comics, toys, and other products hitting the 'net. While I generally don't snatch up every con-exclusive I can get my hands on, there are always a few that catch my eye.

Diamond Comics Distributors just released images of its two NYCC-exclusive offerings, which include a cool, alternate cover to issue #3 of IDW Publishing's "True Blood" comic book, and a set of miniature figures based on the fan-favorite "Age of Apocalypse" X-Men story arc. The one-handed, vicious Wolverine of a bleak, alternate future has never looked cuter!

I've posted images of both items here, as well as the official descriptions from Diamond. Read More...

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The Dog YearsTHE STORY: "Tribes: The Dog Years" by Michael Geszel and Peter Spinetta (W) and Inaki Miranda (A) — IDW Publishing

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: In the not too distant future, a virus breaks out that shortens the human lifespan to 21 years. Two hundred years later, the ranks of humanity have dwindled down to an unlucky few, separated into tribes that live amongst the wreckage of a forgotten civilization.

But when Sundog of the Sky Shadows tribe discovers a stranger that's considerably older than the average lifespan, the young hero embarks on an adventure that could redirect the future of mankind. Read More...

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Locke & KeyIt was only a matter of time before someone in Hollywood caught wind of the mysterious Keyhouse manor — and that someone is Steven Spielberg.

The acclaimed filmmaker is teaming up with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci of "Cowboys & Aliens" fame for a "Locke & Key" television adaptation, according to New York Magazine. Former "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" show runner Josh Friedman has also been tapped as a writer and executive producer on the series. Read More...

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LoreAfter last year's San Diego Comic-Con International, Ashley Wood sold the film rights for "World War Robot" to Jerry Bruckheimer. Keeping his Comic-Con tradition alive, Wood optioned another property coming out of this year's show.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wood and his wife/collaborator T.P. Louise have sold the rights for "Lore" to Mad Chance and Circle of Confusion. Cory Goodman ("Priest") and Jeremy Lott are attached to write the screenplay. Goodman has recently written the screenplay for the remake of David Cronenberg's "The Brood."

The story is said to be about a young man who is reluctantly drawn into a secret order calling themselves Shepherds who are charging with protecting humanity from the monsters and witches of folklore. The producers reportedly view "Lore" as a potential "Men in Black" style action-adventure franchise. Read More...

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30 Days of Night: Dark DaysA few weeks ago, we brought you the news that "30 Days of Night: Dark Days" — the sequel to David Slade's 2007 film "30 Days of Night" — was headed to shelves October 5 on DVD and Blu-Ray. Now we have some brand new images for you to checkout ahead of this weekend's premiere of the "Dark Days" trailer at Comic-Con, and some thoughts from one of the co-creators of the "30 Days" franchise in print and on the big screen.

Based on the celebrated horror comic created by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, "Dark Days" picks up where the previous film left off, with actress Kiele Sanchez taking over the role of Stella Oleson previously played by Melissa George. Ben Ketai directs the new installment of the "30 Days" franchise, based on a script he co-wrote with Niles.

I spoke with Niles to get some thoughts on the next chapter in the "30 Days" universe and get a sneak peek at a few new shots from the film. Read More...

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True BloodIf the "True Blood" television series and the original Sookie Stackhouse novels aren't enough to satisfy your craving for all things Bon Temps, don't worry — series creator Alan Ball is doing bad things to you in comic book form now, too.

Released through IDW Publishing, the first issue of the "True Blood" comic book series arrives in stores later this month, courtesy of a story from Ball and television series writers Kate Barnow and Elisabeth Finch. The issue itself was written by the team of Mariah Huehner and David Tischman with art from David Messina.

Want to know whether or not the first issue is worth sinking your fangs into? All you need to do is hit past the jump for our advanced review of "True Blood" #1! Read More...


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