IDW Publishing is an American publisher of comic books, graphic
novels, art books, and comic strip collections. The company was
founded as the publishing division of Idea and Design Works, LLC (IDW)
and is regularly recognized as the fifth-largest comic book publisher
in the United States. The company is perhaps best known for its
licensed comic book adaptations of movies and cartoons.
2.1 Yoe Books
2.2 The Library of American Comics
2.3 Worthwhile Books and Blue Dream Studios
4 Adaptations in other media
4.1 Upcoming projects
6 External links
Idea and Design Works (IDW) was formed in 1999 by a group of
entertainment executives and artists that included Ted Adams, Robbie
Robbins, Alex Garner, and Kris Oprisko to develop products related to
video games, movies, TV, collectible card games, comic books, and
trading cards. In 2000, Idea and Design Works formed its publishing
IDW Publishing and in 2007, IDT purchased a majority
interest in IDW. Two of the original founders, Adams (CEO and
Publisher) and Robbins (EVP), still actively manage the company, which
has grown into a fully staffed publishing company.
In 2007, IDT Corporation purchased a majority interest in IDW. In
2009, IDT created CTM Media Holdings via a tax-free spin-off. This new
company, later renamed IDW Media Holdings, consists of the majority
interest in IDW and CTM Media Group.
The company's first traditional comic series, 30 Days of Night,
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's second title, Popbot, won two Gold Spectrum
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;
Land of the Dead
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
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
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.
IDW Publishing formed an imprint with
EA Games in late 2009, called EA
Comics, to focus on adaptations of the latter's video games, with
initial titles including
Army of Two
Army of Two and Dragon Age.
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.
In March 2012
IDW Publishing announced it would release new comics
Judge Dredd and The Crow. Also in 2012,
the use of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic for an IDW comic book
In February 2013,
IDW Publishing announced a partnership with Cartoon
Network to publish comics based on the network's television series and
Cartoon Network comics.
On January 6, 2015,
IDW Publishing announced it had acquired Top Shelf
In February 2015, it was announced that
IDW Publishing made a deal
Disney to continue the publication of the following comic books:
Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, and Walt Disney's
In July 2017, Sega announced a partnership with IDW to publish comics
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog beginning in 2018, following the
conclusion/cancellation of the previous series by Archie
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 Comics
Street Fighter x G.I. JOE and Transformers
Archie: The Classic Newspaper Comics
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
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
Polly and Her Pals
Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel Sickles
Star Trek: The Newspaper Comic
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
Walt Disney's Treasury of Classic Tales
X-9: Secret Agent Corrigan
In 2008, the first volume of The Complete Terry and the Pirates
Eisner Award for Best Archival Collection.
Worthwhile Books and Blue Dream Studios
The IDW "Creator Visions" panel at the 2013 New York Comic Con. From
left to right: writers Sidney Friedfertig, Gary Gerani, Adadsam Knave,
Dan Goldman, M. Zachary Sherman, Jeff Kline, and Jason Enright. At the
podium is IDW Vice President of Marketing Dirk Wood.
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
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
Munden's Bar stories original to Comicmix's website is
In 2004, 2005, and 2006
IDW Publishing was named Publisher of the Year
by Diamond Comic Distributors.
Main article: List of
IDW Publishing publications
Adaptations in other media
Konami acquired the video game rights, and minority ownership, in IDW
Publishing’s CVO: Covert Vampiric Operations.[dead link]
30 Days of Night
30 Days of Night has been adapted into a film of the same name in
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.
The motion comic version of Transformers: Movie Prequel titled
Transformers: Beginnings (albeit excluding characters not present in
the movie) is included in the
Syfy announced a television adaptation of Wynonna Earp, which
premiered on April 1, 2016.
In June 2016, 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
Paramount 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
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