The Last Ronin Hardcover Achieves Coveted New York Times #TMNT Bestseller Status


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin Hardcover Achieves Coveted New York Times #TMNT Bestseller Status

IDW Publishing places extraordinary order for 100,000 more copies, with huge initial print run of 60,000 expected to sell out after just six weeks

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (August 19, 2022)Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Roninthe heartbreaking revenge story of the last surviving ninja turtle, continues its unparalleled trajectory of success! SDIin partnership with Paramount Consumer Producers, today announced that its hardcover collection, originally released in July, has made the New York Times bestseller list and expects its ambitious 60,000-copy circulation be sold within its first six weeks. of availability.

For those looking to get their hands on the biggest graphic novel release of 2022, fear not! In an unprecedented move by a comic book publisher, IDW has ordered a massive reprint of the hardcover to the tune of 100,000 units, with the first wave of these freshly printed beauties arriving in mid-September.

From a lost 1987 screenplay by TMNT co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter LairdThe Last Ronin tells the story of a single turtle wrapped in a dark and possible future, embarking on a seemingly hopeless mission to seek justice for his deceased family and friends. Eastman’s kinetic layouts, atmospheric illustrations by Isaac and Esau Escorza and Ben Bishopan exciting storyline full of long-standing surprises TMNT scribe Tom Waltzand the bold shades of the colorist Luis Antonio Delgado immediately resonated with fans and critics alike. Launched in October 2020 as a quarterly periodical in a prestige oversized format, The Last Ronin took the comic book world by storm, eventually resulting in over 840,000 individual comic book units in print and figure and statue adaptations.

“When Kevin first offered me to adapt his and Peter’s plan from 1987 to what has become The Last Ronini was pretty sure our story had the kind of evergreen legs needed to be a wildly popular addition to the long and multi-faceted TMNT traditions. But I never anticipated the immense sales and critical acclaim it would generate,” says Waltz. “Its popularity has already gone far beyond my initial expectations, and I count myself lucky to have been able to be part of the incredible team that brought it all together for the many fans and retailers who have so quickly and consistently embraced the Ronin. -to. And the craziest thing is that we’ve only just begun!

Boosted by the extraordinary performance of The Last RoninIDW recently announced a prequel miniseries, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin – The Lost Years, with its first issue slated for release in December. Reunite Eastman, Waltz, and Bishop, and add an artist SL Gallant to the list, The lost years delves deeper into the world of the Ronin verse, adding breadth and scope to one of TMNTthe most voraciously devoured entrees of all time.

“From the very beginning, The Last Ronin has consistently exceeded expectations,” says the editor Nachie Marsham. “Its captivating concept uncovered after three decades, the passion and mastery of craftsmanship as executed by the entire creative team, the unwavering faith of the IDW staff and our Nickelodeon partners in the project, the intense unbridled fan and heartfelt support from retailers, the universally critically acclaimed – it’s been a pleasure to watch The Last Ronin unfold, and I can’t wait for even more readers to have the chance to dive into this story and see what the excitement is all about for themselves!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin
By Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Tom Waltz, Esau and Isaac Escorza, and Ben Bishop
Introduction by Robert Rodriguez
ISBN 978-1-68405-841-9
US$29.99 / C$39.99
224 pages, full color hardcover, 7″ x 11″

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin is available to order from booksellers and retailers specializing in comics. For more details and pre-order options visit Penguin Random House or visit to find a store near you.

About SDI
IDW (NYSE AMERICAN: IDW) is a leading media company that delivers unique and compelling stories and characters across a variety of genres for global audiences across all entertainment platforms. The winner SDI Publication and IDW Entertainment divisions comprehensively evaluate and acquire intellectual property for the development of franchises in comics and graphic novels, television, theater, merchandise and other entertainment platforms, in addition to bringing the storytelling of worldwide fame with our creative partners.

About Paramount Consumer Products
Paramount Consumer Products oversees all licensing and merchandising for Paramount (Nasdaq: PARA, PARAA), a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences around the world. Driven by iconic consumer brands, Paramount Consumer Products’ portfolio includes a diverse lineup of brands and content from BET, CBS (including CBS Television Studios and CBS Television Distribution), Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and Showtime . With properties spanning animation, live-action, preschool, youth and adult, Paramount Consumer Products is committed to creating the highest quality product for some of the world’s most beloved iconic franchises. Additionally, Paramount Consumer Products oversees the direct-to-consumer online business for CBS and Showtime programming products, as well as standalone branded e-commerce websites for Star Trek, SpongeBob, South Park and MTV.

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