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 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 over 40 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 12 Eisner Awards and 13 Harvey Awards, which are considered to be among the industries most prestigious awards. In 2013 alone, IDW will have published over 900 unique comic book titles, selling over 5 million copies as well as have published over 400 unique graphic novels, selling over 1 million copies. IDW's eBooks sales are up 65% year over year and 1 million copies have been 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 and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount's Star Trek; Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Powerpuff Girls; 2000AD's Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho's Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast's Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; Twentieth Century Fox's X-Files; 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 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, 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 announced two new divisions, IDW Games and IDW Entertainment. IDW Games will specialize in high-quality big-box games developed around several of IDW Publishing's key properties, including Kill Shakespeare 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.