IDW has been awarded the license for Astro Boy comics based on the movie, and plans two comic miniseries tied to the film, according to IDW Editor in Chief Chris Ryall.  Although plans are still in flux due to the long lead time before the film (which will be released on 3,000 screens next October, see “Astro Boy on 3,000 Screens”), current plans include a four-part prequel and a four-part adaptation of the film.  Pending approval, the first issue of the prequel miniseries is slated for May 2009.


The look of the books will be tied to the film, but presentation (manga-style or American, formats, etc.) are yet to be determined according to Ryall. 


Imagi Studios has announced that Jazwares will be the master toy licensee for the film, joined by licensees American Greetings for greeting cards, stationery, gift wrap, and party goods; Penguin for books; and D3Publisher for game software.  Mass market products will focus on six to 14-year-olds.


Dark Horse has the classic manga rights in the U.S.; Right Stuf has the classic anime.


Vocal cast includes Kristen Bell (see “Veronica Mars in Astro Boy”).