IDWP is an award-winning publisher of comic books, original graphic novels, and art books. Founded in 1999, IDWP has a long tradition of supporting original, powerful creator-driven titles. In 2002, IDWP published 30 Days of Night by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith followed by other horror titles that helped kickstart a resurgence in horror-comic publishing across the industry. Since then, IDWP has significantly diversified its publications. Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez’s Locke & Key, Jonathan Maberry’s V Wars, Beau Smith’s Wynonna Earp, Alan Robert’s The Beauty of Horror adult coloring books, and Darwyn Cooke’s graphic novel adaptations of Richard Stark’s Parker novels are just a few of the hundreds of award-winning titles published since its inception.
IDWP owns Top Shelf Productions, an award-winning critically acclaimed publisher of graphic novels. Top Shelf Productions is renowned for publishing works of literary significance including the #1 New York Times and Washington Post bestselling trilogy, March, by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. March is the only graphic novel to have won the National Book Award and is one of the most taught graphic novels in schools. In July 2019, Top Shelf Productions released George Takei’s graphic memoir, They Called Us Enemy, which debuted at #2 on the New York Times Paperback Nonfiction Best Sellers list and as a #1 bestseller on Amazon. Both titles are now perennial bestsellers and considered two of the finest non-fiction graphic novels. Other iconic Top Shelf Productions titles include Kim Dwinell’s Surfside Girls, Jeff Lemire’s Essex County and The Underwater Welder, Hannah Templer’s Cosmoknights, and Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's From Hell.
In addition to its core of creator-driven franchises, IDWP has also partnered with the owners of major licensed brands to publish many successful licensed titles, including Paramount Global’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Star Trek; Hasbro’s Dungeons & Dragons, and My Little Pony; Sega’s Sonic The Hedgehog; and Toho’s Godzilla. These licensed titles bring with them diverse built-in audiences and build cache and retailer support for IDWP. With licensed franchises, IDWP’s strategy is to focus not only on licenses that have eager, built-in fan followings, but also ongoing licensor support through other channels, such as toys, animation, and film. This strategy enables IDWP to expand its audience reach and to pursue sub-license opportunities with foreign publishers. IDWP also collaborates with other comic book publishers to co-publish certain titles, including Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Locke & Key/The Sandman Universe: Hell & Gone (with DC Comics), Rick & Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons (with Oni Press, Inc.) and Godzilla vs. Power Rangers (with Boom Studios).
IDW Originals, launched in July 2022, is a line of original comics and graphic novels from a diverse lineup of writers and artists creating content across all genres and for all age groups. IDW Originals works with top-tier talent including New York Times bestselling writers like Scott Snyder on Dark Spaces: Wildfire, Stephen Graham Jones on Earthdivers, and G. Willow Wilson on The Hunger and the Dusk, in addition to up-and-coming talent with the goal of creating the bestsellers of tomorrow. IDW Originals is also focused on creating IP that can be exploited across multiple media platforms.
IDWP is also home to Artist’s Editions, which publishes oversized deluxe hardcovers featuring scans of original art printed at the same size they were drawn with the distinctive creative nuances that make original art unique. Some of the standout Artist’s Editions titles include Jim Lee’s X-Men, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, Todd McFarlane’s Spider- Man, David Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil Born Again and Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer.
Many of IDWP's titles are available worldwide through foreign licensing with 642 titles available in approximately 62 territories in approximately 24 languages. In 2020, IDW launched a new initiative to release key titles as Spanish-language graphic novels in the North American market with the release of Spanish-language editions of They Called Us Enemy, Red Panda & Moon Bear, Locke & Key and Sonic the Hedgehog.