IDW Publishing is an American publisher of comic books, graphic novels, art books, and comic strip collections. It was founded in 1999 as the publishing division of Idea and Design Works, LLC (IDW), itself formed in 1999, and is regularly recognized as the fifth-largest comic book publisher in the United States, behind Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and Image Comics, ahead of other major comic book publishers such as Archie, Boom!, Dynamite and Oni Press. The company is perhaps best known for its licensed comic book adaptations of movies, television shows, video games, and cartoons.
|Parent company||Idea and Design Works, LLC|
|Traded as||NASDAQ: IDWM|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||San Diego, California|
|Distribution||Diamond Comic Distributors (comics)|
Penguin Random House Publisher Services (US books)
Diamond Book Distributors (international books)
|Owner(s)||IDW Media Holdings, Inc.|
Idea and Design Works (IDW) was formed in 1999 by a group of comic book managers and artists that met at Wildstorm Productions included Ted Adams, Robbie Robbins, Alex Garner, and Kris Oprisko for an outsource art and graphic design firm. Each of the four was equal partners, owning 25%. With Wildstorm owner Jim Lee selling to DC Comics in 1999, Lee turned that company's creative service department, previously run by Adams, clients over to IDW allowing IDW to be profitable its first year. With these profits, the firm decided to fund a new venture every year. In 2000, they developed a TV show concept, getting as far as a pilot episode. For 2001's project, Adams's Ashley Wood talked to them about publishing an art book, thus starting up IDW Publishing. Una Fanta was published in March 2002. Woods had Steve Niles send Adams some of his rejected screenplays. Adams selected one, 30 Days of Night, and paired him with artist Ben Templesmith for a comic adaptation as a three issue series, beginning in August 2002. With low pre-orders, Adams personally pushed the comic with the distributor and major comic book stores. Soon the title's back issue were hot and were followed up with Wood's Popbot.
In 2007, IDT Corporation purchased a 53% majority interest in IDW from the company's founders, removing Garner & Oprisko, while reducing Adams & Robbins to minority owners collectively at 47%. Then, in 2009, IDT proceeded to increase its interest to the current 76%, reducing Adams & Robbins's interest once again to the current 24%. Then, shortly afterwards, IDT created CTM Media Holdings via a tax-free spin-off. This new company consisted of the majority interest in IDW and CTM Media Group. Eight years later, on April 3, 2015, CTM Media Holdings announced it would continue operations under a new name, becoming IDW Media Holdings, which would continue to consist of the majority interest in IDW and CTM Media Group.
The company's first traditional comic series, 30 Days of Night, created by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith started a seven-figure bidding war between DreamWorks, MGM, and Senator International, with Senator winning and Sam Raimi attached to produce.
IDW Publishing also publishes comics based on the TV franchises Star Trek and CSI. The company's other licensed comics include Topps' Mars Attacks, Sony's Underworld, FX' The Shield, Fox' 24, and Angel; Universal’s Land of the Dead and Shaun of the Dead; and Konami’s Silent Hill, Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid, and Speed Racer. The company has also had success with comic license from toy company Hasbro brands: The Transformers (with Takara), G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, and Jem. Transformers has had as many as five different titles running concurrently.
Beginning in 2008, the company licensed the Doctor Who series from the BBC, launching two concurrent titles: Doctor Who Classics, which reprints colorized comic strips featuring the past Doctors such as the Fourth Doctor and Fifth Doctor originally published in the late 1970's-early 1980's by Doctor Who Magazine, and Doctor Who: Agent Provocateur, an original six-part limited series featuring the Tenth Doctor and overseen and written by TV series script editor Gary Russell. An additional six-part limited series titled Doctor Who: The Forgotten started in mid-2008 by Tony Lee and Pia Guerra, as well as a series of monthly one-shot, self-contained stories. July 2009 saw the beginning of Doctor Who, an ongoing series featuring the Tenth Doctor, written by Tony Lee and illustrated by a rotating art team.
IDW Publishing acquired the G.I. Joe comics license in May 2008 (previously held by Devil's Due Publishing) and released three new series under editor Andy Schmidt, from writers such as Chuck Dixon, Larry Hama, and Christos Gage. Other comics were released in time to tie-in with the summer 2009 G.I. Joe film.
In March 2009, IDW Publishing forged an agreement with Mike Gold's Comicmix.com to publish print versions of Comicmix's online comic books. The agreement stipulates Comicmix must provide two comic books a month to IDW Publishing to publish, as well as graphic novels and trade paperbacks as demanded by the market. The books are published with both the IDW Publishing and Comicmix.com logos on the covers. As of the end of 2009, the agreement has produced print versions of the Grimjack series The Manx Cat; the Jon Sable series Ashes of Eden; Mark Wheatley and Robert Tinnell's pulp hero series Lone Justice; the graphic novel Demons of Sherwood by Tinnell and Bo Hampton; and a graphic novel collecting Trevor Von Eeden's The Original Johnson. A collection of Munden's Bar stories original to Comicmix's website is also forthcoming.
In 2010, IDW Publishing released the sequel to Michael San Giacomo's "Phantom Jack" Image Comics series with "Phantom Jack: The Nowhere Man Agenda." The graphic novel is notable because it features the death of the main character, a reporter who can turn invisible.
September 6, 2011, for the 10th anniversary of 9/11, IDW Publishing teamed up Charlie Foxtrot Entertainment and released the graphic novel Code Word: Geronimo, written by retired Marine Corps Captain Dale Dye and Julia Dye, drawn by Gerry Kissell with inker Amin Amat. Code Word: Geronimo reached #22 on Diamond Comics top 100 list its first month after release. During that same year, the company has published its first crossover series Infestation.
In March 2012 IDW Publishing announced it would release new comics based on Judge Dredd and The Crow. Also in 2012, Hasbro licensed the use of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic for an IDW comic book series. The company also published Infestation 2.
In February 2015, it was announced that IDW Publishing made a deal with Disney to continue the publication of the following comic books: Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, and Walt Disney's Comics and Stories.
In 2016, IDW launched the Hasbro Reconstruction initiative to present a shared universe of Hasbro brands, which was later known as the Hasbro Comic Book Universe. The first event was Revolution, followed by First Strike on 2017.
In July 2017, Sega announced a partnership with IDW to publish comics based on Sonic the Hedgehog beginning in 2018, following the conclusion/cancellation of the previous series by Archie Comics.
In 2017, IDW launched new imprint called Black Crown, handling creator-owned comics.
IDW has several imprints that they have developed or acquired:
- Black Crown
- Blue Dream Studios
- EA Comics
- The Library of American Comics
- Top Shelf Productions
- Worthwhile Books
- Yoe! Books
- The Art of Ditko
- The Creativity of Ditko
- Barney Google: Gambling, Horse Races & High-Toned Women
- The Carl Barks' Big Book of Barney Bear
- The Complete Milt Gross
- Dan DeCarlo's Jetta
- Dick Briefer's Frankenstein (The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics)
- Felix the Cat’s Greatest Comic Book Tails
- The Golden Collection of Klassic Krazy Kool Kids Komics
- The Great Treasury of Christmas Comic Book Stories
- Krazy & Ignatz: Tiger Tea
- Bob Powell's Terror (The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics)
- Popeye: The Great Comic Book Tales by Bud Sagendorf
- Zombie (The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics)
The Library of American ComicsEdit
- Street Fighter x G.I. JOE and Transformers
- Alex Toth
- Archie: The Classic Newspaper Comics
- Bloom County
- Bringing Up Father: From Sea to Shining Sea
- Chuck Jones: The Dream that Never Was ("Crawford")
- The Complete Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy
- The Family Circus
- King Aroo
- Al Capp's Complete Li'l Abner
- The Little King
- The Complete Little Orphan Annie
- "LOAC Essentials" (including Baron Bean, The Gumps, and Polly and her Pals)
- Miss Fury
- Polly and Her Pals
- Rip Kirby
- Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel Sickles
- Star Trek: The Newspaper Comic
- Steve Canyon
- The Complete Terry and the Pirates
- Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Daily Newspaper Comics
- Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Sunday Newspaper Comics
- Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies: The Complete Disney Classics
- Walt Disney's Treasury of Classic Tales
- X-9: Secret Agent Corrigan
In 2008, the first volume of The Complete Terry and the Pirates received an Eisner Award for Best Archival Collection.
Worthwhile Books and Blue Dream StudiosEdit
IDW Publishing launched two new imprints in 2008: Worthwhile Books, part of their children's books division, and Scott Christian Sava's Blue Dream Studios, previously a separate self-publishing venture.
Adaptations in other mediaEdit
30 Days of Night has been adapted into a film of the same name in 2007, starring Josh Hartnett and Melissa George, directed by David Slade, and produced by Spider-Man director Sam Raimi. It is distributed by Columbia Pictures.
Dimension Films has an option on two Steve Niles/IDW Publishing properties: Wake the Dead, with X2 screenwriter Michael Dougherty attached to write, and Hyde, with Mike Fleiss (The Bachelor, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) attached to produce.
- In June 2012, Deadline reported that Hideo Nakata will direct the film adaptation of The Suicide Forest for Vertigo Entertainment.
- USA Network announced a pilot for Brooklyn Animal Control produced by David Goyer.
- Paramount Pictures has an option on the Steve Niles/IDW Publishing property Aleister Arcane. In June 2016, Variety reported that Jim Carrey will star in Eli Roth's film adaptation of Aleister Arcane for Amblin Entertainment.
- October Faction created by Steve Niles received a 10 episode series order from Netflix on September 28, 2018 with High Park Entertainment producing in association with IDW Entertainment, who would also distribution the series internationally.
- Darkness Visible by Mike Carey is being developed as a TV series
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