Joe Palooka MMA First Historic Issue!
Cover Art by Jace McTier
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"I am Joe Palooka"
Oil on board by Jace McTier

Augusta, GA (December 13, 2012) – In yet another sign of the massive mainstream popularity of MMA and
the UFC, IDW, one of the largest publishers of comics in America, whose top-selling comic book titles
include G.I. Joe, Transformers, True Blood, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Godzilla, and the award-winning
30 Days of Night has signed a deal to publish the first full-length MMA comic book ever, JOE PALOOKA.

Issue #1 of this groundbreaking comic book series will be available online and in comic book stores
nationwide this December 19, 2012. The Augusta Book Exchange will be holding a special signing with
cover artist Jace McTier from 10am. till noon on the same day.  Plans for international distribution including
the creation of multi-language versions of the series are also underway.

”This represents a huge moment for me, and is a culmination of a real team effort,” stated JOE PALOOKA
creator Joe Antonacci. “To sign on with a tremendous publisher like IDW and to have the opportunity to
bring JOE PALOOKA to comic book and MMA fans worldwide is a tremendous opportunity.  We’re also
proud to have sponsored many UFC fighters and plan to expand our relationship with them by having UFC
fighters appear in the comic book as well.”

“Team Palooka is bringing a ton of fire and energy to this book and we think it’ll really strike a chord with
comic fans and MMA fans alike” said IDW’s Chief Creative Officer and Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall.

The JOE PALOOKA comic series tells the story of Joe Palooka, an MMA fighter who travels the world
desperately trying to clear his name while fighting to earn a spot in the legendary “Legion of Combat,” fight
series that features team matches between fighters representing countries such as the U.S., the U.K., Brazil,
Russia, Japan, China, and other nations.

The MMA comic book will also feature cover art by sporting artist Jace McTier. “I’ve been drawing comic
book art since I was a child and am very excited to work with Team Palooka and IDW in the revitalization of
the classic comic character - JOE PALOOKA. Having studied the fight game under the direction of the great
trainer Angelo Dundee, I am also honored to be a part of the evolution of the Palooka character with the
fusion of all the Martial Arts.” - Jace McTier

"From the moment I saw how vividly Jace captured fight action in his boxing paintings, I knew I needed him to
do a Palooka cover for our fans.  Well he's done three, and based on preview images alone his work is the
talk of the comics world.  I could not be happier." – Joe Antonacci.

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About Jace McTier
Hailed as the next Leroy Neiman, Jace McTier’s bold color and powerful use of impasto ranks him among
today’s leading sporting artists. With work collected by such clients as Angelo Dundee and George Foreman
to corporate work, his paintings have benefited many through print and original sales. His recent project
includes a joint venture with the Press On Fund and Jack Nicklaus to aid in finding a cure for childhood

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San
Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some
of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I.
JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coasts Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and
the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel
Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic
reprints, and Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry
Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, while Michael Bay‘s
Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.

About Team Palooka
“Joe Palooka” and “Legion of Combat” are MMA comic books that feature action adventure stories as well
as compelling MMA fight action. Created by professional ring announcer Joe Antonacci, the books are being
written and drawn by an all-star team of talent known as Team Palooka. The team includes Mike Bullock as
the chief writer and Fernando Perniche (both of “The Phantom fame”), who are bringing the exciting stories
of Palooka and the LOC to life.

For more information on “Joe Palooka” and “Legion of Combat,” please visit

You can also “like” the Palooka Facebook fan page at

Follow Joe Palooka on Twitter @TeamPalooka
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