Founded in 1999 by Ted Adams, Alex Garner, Kris Oprisko, and Robbie Robbins, 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, which has grown into a fully staffed publishing company, including over 20 full-time employees and 150 freelancers. As measured by Diamond Comic Distributors, IDW Publishing is regularly recognized as the #4 comic book publisher in the US.
IDW Publishing was named Publisher of the Year in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008 by Diamond Comic Distributors. In 2007 and 2008, IDW was recognized by License! Global magazine as one of the “Top Global Licensees,” the only comic book company to appear on the list. IDW’s titles are regularly nominated for creative awards including Harvey and Eisner Awards.
IDW Publishing currently publishes a wide range of comic books and graphic novels including titles based on Angel, Doctor Who, GI Joe, Star Trek, Terminator: Salvation, and Transformers. Creator-driven titles include Fallen Angel by Peter David and JK Woodward, Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, and a variety of titles by writer Steve Niles including Wake the Dead, Epilogue, and Dead, She Said.
Artists Ashley Wood and Ben Templesmith are both exclusive to the company and their titles include Lore, Popbot, Sparrow, Swallow, Zombies vs. Robots (Wood) and Groom Lake, Singularity 7, Welcome to Hoxford, and Wormwood (Templesmith). Both Wood and Templesmith have been nominated for multiple Eisner Awards.
In 2002, IDW's first comic book miniseries, 30 Days of Night, started a seven-figure bidding war between three movie studios. The movie was released in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 movie its opening weekend. Other IDW titles that are being developed for entertainment include: Locke & Key (Dimension Films), Snaked (Richard Saperstein), The Vanishers (Cartoon Network), and Wake the Dead (Holding Pictures).
Dean Mullaney’s Library of American Comics is an imprint of the company and includes the titles The Complete Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy, The Complete Little Orphan Annie, The Complete Terry and the Pirates, and Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel Sickles. In 2008, the first volume of The Complete Terry and the Pirates received an Eisner Award for “Best Archival Collection.”
Scott Christian Sava’s Blue Dream Studios is also an imprint of the company and titles in the line include Dreamland Chronicles, Ed’s Terrestrials, Gary the Pirate, Hyperactive, My Grandparents are Secret Agents, and Pet Robots.
Another imprint of IDW, Worthwhile Books, focuses on character-driven children’s books. Michael Recycle, a story about a super-hero who teaches a town how to recycle, is one of the company’s best-selling titles. Other titles in the line include Vigfus the Viking, written by the Golden Globe Award winning writer David Sacks and Brian Ross, The Town of Zack, written by the Emmy Award winning writer Dava Savel, Seamus McNamus, written by the People’s Choice Award winning writer Rob Kurtz, and Carl the Frog, written by Shrek 2 writer David Weiss.
In 2007, IDT purchased a majority interest in IDW. The original founders of the company continue to be minority owners and Adams and Robbins still actively manage the company.