Founded in 1999 by Ted Adams, Robbie Robbins, Alex Garner, and Kris Oprisko, Idea and Design Works (IDW) initially focused on providing artwork and graphic design for a variety of 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 250 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 considered to be among the industries 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. IDW’s eBooks sales are up 65% year over year and XX million copies were sold 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 The 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, 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, among many others. 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 actual original art. While appearing to be in black and white, each page is scanned in color to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art-for instance, 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.
IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Locke & Key is set up at Universal and being developed as a trilogy of films; Warner Brothers is attached to adapt Lore into a feature film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.
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, big- and small-box games developed around several of IDW Publishing’s key properties, including 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.
IDW Publishing’s Current Line Up