ROM Returns As A Regular Sci-Fi Series from IDW
May 8, 2016
 One of the best reasons to have gotten out yesterday and hit up your local  Free Comic Book Day was the new #0 issue of IDW’s ROM comic book.   ROM the Space Knight,  as you recall was a popular electronic action figure from Parker Brothers in 1979 that went on to start in his own Marvel comic book in the 80’s.   Now he is back thanks to IDW and sporting his original look!
Issue 1 toy variant cover

Issue 1 toy variant cover

Vince Brusio over at DIAMOND PREVIEWS have done a an interview with ROM writer Chris Ryall.  We have a snip it of it below as well as the cover and 2 variant covers to the first issue.

Who doesn’t like to reminisce over their revered retro playthings? How can you resist stepping out of your regular routine to do a time warp, where all the time was yours to imagine yourself far away in worlds where they need you? For some of us, those adventures were acted out with toys. And for those growing up in the 70s, one of the coolest toys was ROM. Now Chris Ryall gives us an exclusive interview to tell us that his reverence for the Space Knight has finally paid off in that IDW Publishing will launch ROM #1 (MAY160373) for an ongoing series starting in July 2016.


PREVIEWSworld: If you could geek for a moment about this project, what would you say about its production that gives you the most joy? Is it seeing the finished art? Having the creative freedom to come up with new adventures? Let us peek behind the publishing curtain.

Chris Ryall: I’d say it’s two-fold, or maybe three-fold. One is just knowing that we’re bringing ROM back like this, and sharing the work with Bill Mantlo’s brother and caretaker, Michael, as well as taking to Sal about it and having him involved. And then there’s the idea of working up the stories with Christos and David, creating new characters and universe around ROM, and plotting out his story. I’ve written a lot of titles for IDW but never done an ongoing series, so the idea of setting up subplots in the way we’ve been doing is a lot of fun. And seeing initial fan reaction and seeing the fan anticipation is also really nice.

But really, there’s still no comparison to seeing your words come to life through an artist’s pen. That will always be my favorite part of comic-book collaborations: seeing pages starring ROM, knowing we’re bringing back ROM in such a nice way thanks to David’s talents, as well as all the great people doing covers for the book. It’s as good as it gets.


You can read the rest of the interview here.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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