Friday, June 17, 2016

IDW Publishing


Style Classification: Licensed Properties; Creator Owned Content

Notable Works: (currently) Transformers; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Godzilla; Wynonna Earp


Founded in 1999 in San Diego, IDW has grown into the fourth largest producer of comics in the United States. They have one of the most successful stables of well-executed licensed property divisions in the industry, cornering the market on original stories from the Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Godzilla, Transformers, X-Files, Star Trek, and even Dungeons and Dragons universes.

On the creator-driven division, they have signed exclusive deals with the likes of Kevin Eastman, half of the creative team of TMNT. They publish a wide variety of content that shows how the market has changed, like Time Looper (about a lesbian time-traveling bureaucratic underling) and Wynonna Earp (about a supernatural division or marshals whose star is the eponymous Wynonna). This cowgirl werewolf- and vampire-hunter has been green-lit for a television show on SyFy.

Publishing hundreds of original comics and graphic novels a year, to go along with their line of novels, video games, and other various television and digital content, IDW is a force in the industry, for sure.

They won an Eisner Award for their recent "Little Nemo's Return to Slumberland" limited series, a re-imagining of Windsor McKay's classic surreal work from the '20s and '30s.

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