Founded in 1999 by Ted Adams, Robbie Robbins, Alex Garner, and Kris Oprisko, Idea and Design Works, LLC (IDW) initially focused on providing artwork and graphic design for entertainment companies. In 2000, Idea and Design Works formed its publishing division, 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, including 50 full-time employees and over 350 freelancers. IDW Publishing is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. As measured by Diamond Comic Distributors, IDW Publishing is regularly recognized as the #4 comic book publisher in the US. Over 80 IDW titles have appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list. IDW has won 21 Eisner Awards and 13 Harvey Awards, which are among the industry’s most prestigious awards. In 2013 alone, IDW published over 900 unique comic book titles, selling over 5 million copies, as well as publishing over 400 unique graphic novels, selling over 1 million copies of those. On the digital platform, IDW offers over 3,000 digital comics and graphic novels through app stores and every major eBook retailer, selling over one million eBooks in 2013.
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 Transformers, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony and Littlest Pet Shop; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Powerpuff Girls; 2000 AD’s Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; Activision’s Skylanders; Twentieth Century Fox’s Edward Scissorhands, The X-Files and Millennium; the BBC America smash-hit Orphan Black; Darwyn Cooke’s adaptions of the Parker novels; 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 Publishing is also known for its groundbreaking Artist’s Editions series, which present complete stories with each page scanned from the original art. While appearing as black and white, each page is scanned in color to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the original art, including corrections and blue pencils. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.
Most recently, IDW launched three new divisions: IDW Limited (idwlimited.com), IDW Games (idwgames.com) and IDW Entertainment (idwentertainment.com). IDW Limited specializes in deluxe, high-end collectible editions of our graphic novels, as well as the mass-market Micro Comic Fun Packs; IDW Games specializes in high-quality box games of all sizes, developed around some of IDW Publishing’s key properties, such as Kill Shakespeare, The X-Files and 30 Days of Night.
IDW Entertainment will fund, develop, and oversee brand extensions across IDW Publishing’s portfolio of comics and graphic novels for the global television market. Currently, IDW Entertainment is partnering with Circle of Confusion as Executive Producers on several projects. Entertainment One and Tim Schlattmann are co-Executive Producers for V-Wars; Schlattmann will also write. Xbox Entertainment is teaming up to develop Winterworld, with Mike Sussman writing. Universal Cable Productions is a co-Executive Producer for a live-action television adaptation of Night Mary. JT Petty is writing a television adaptation of Brooklyn Animal Control. George Lopez (Travieso Productions) and writer David M. Stern are partnering to adapt Wormwood into a late night animated television series. Ideate Media Entertainment and writer Max Landis are collaborating to bring Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency to the small screen. Pantheon is also being developed into a television series, with Michael Chiklis as an Executive Producer and Brian Nelson as a writer.
IDW Publishing’s Current Line Up