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On the opening day of the New York Comic Con, IDW announced Infestation, a massive, four license event to take place next year. Using the zombie outbreak in IDW’s Zombies Versus Robots series as a jumping off point, the zombie infection moves out to other universes, namely the Transformer, Star Trek, GI Joe, and Ghostbusters realities.

I heard a bit about this a couple of weeks back after a chance encounter at the Vancouver Dan Aykroyd signing, and I’m glad to hear more details. Starting in January (with the first Infestation book, penned by Dan Abnett – Abnett and Ghostbusters go back a long way, all the way back to Marvel’s Real Ghostbusters comics in the UK) and ending in April, the books are linked by the zombie invasion, but do not directly interact with one another. So, no Egon / Mr. Spock team-ups for all you fan-fic aficionados out there.

“Without giving too much away, I can say that we start in the IDW universe with a zombie outbreak of epic proportions. The threat is contained (or is it?), but not before it infests other realities – the realities of our licensed books,” Waltz told CBR. “The individual series will show just how our intrepid heroes – folks like Optimus Prime, Dr. Peter Venkman, Mr. Spock, Baroness, and so many others – face down this new and obviously shocking threat, and their desperate efforts to stop it before it can completely consume – both literally and figuratively – their realities.”

Schmidt added that the key to getting licensors on board was a matter of having the right conversations. “It’s all about conversation. And a lot of conversations with a lot of creators, between the editors internally, and with each licensor separately,” Schmidt said. “This isn’t the kind of thing you pull together over night. It’s a logistical nightmare, but hopefully also a lot of fun for everyone.”

A January start means that anyone interested in picking up the books should watch the coming issue of Previews catalog.

IDW released some covers from the series, which make it pretty clear that as expected, there will be multiple covers for the issues. The Ghostbusters “chapter” will be penned by Erik Burnham and illustrated by Kyle Hotz.

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