“In every way this book has become a big and important thing,” said Ryall. “It really resonates with fans. I don’t think I’ve been to convention in four or five years that I haven’t seen a [‘Locke and Key’] tattoo on somebody’s arm or their back or their neck. It’s really meant a lot to a lot of people.”
To help celebrate the ending of the book, IDW will be publishing variant covers by Bernie Wrightson, Bill Sienkiewicz, Dave Sim, Glen Fabry and Michael Kaluta.
Ryall revealed that Hill and Rodriguez would be doing a couple more “Locke and Key” stories after the finale of the main series in a book called “The Golden Age.” “They’ve done a series of one-shots over the years, some of them have been Eisner nominated, but they haven’t been collected,” Ryall said. “So they’re gonna add a few more to that and we’re gonna collect that in one more book called ‘The Golden Age.'”
“In fact, if you saw Joe [Hill] on twitter this week,” continued Ryall. “He found these old keys from the 1800s that are actually guns. They have littler triggers and fire a shot. Joe said, ‘There’s no way I’m not doing a story with these keys, guys!'”
After “Locke and Key,” both Rodriguez and Hill have new projects coming out through IDW. Hill and artist Charles Paul Wilson III are putting out “Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland” in November. The book tells an early tale of the child-stealing Charles Talent Manx III from Hill’s best-selling novel “NOS4A2.”
Rodriguez is teaming with writer Eric Shanower for “Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland.” When Ryall put the gorgeous cover of the first issue onscreen it elicited audible gasps from the audience.