IDW Publishing is an American publisher of comic books, graphic novels, art books and comic strip collections. The company was founded as the publishing division of Idea and Design Works, LLC (IDW) and is regularly recognized as the fourth-largest comic book publisher in the United States.
Idea and Design Works (IDW) was formed in 1999 by a group of entertainment executives and artists that included Ted Adams, Robbie Robbins, Alex Garner and Kris Oprisko to develop products related to video games, movies, TV, collectible card games, comic books and trading cards. 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.
In 2007, IDT Corporation purchased a majority interest in IDW. In 2009, IDT created CTM Media Holdings via a tax-free spin-off. This new company consists of the majority interest in IDW and CTM Media Group.
The company's first traditional comic series, 30 Days of Night, created by Steve Niles & Ben Templesmith started a seven-figure bidding war between DreamWorks, MGM and Senator International, with Senator winning and Sam Raimi attached to produce.
IDW Publishing acquired the G.I. Joe comics license in May 2008 (previously held by Devil's Due Publishing) and released three new series under editor Andy Schmidt, from writers such as Chuck Dixon, Larry Hama and Christos Gage. Other comics were released in time to tie-in with the summer 2009 G.I. Joe film.
IDW Publishing also publishes comics based on the CBS TV franchise CSI. The company's other licensed comics include Topps' Mars Attacks, Sony's Underworld, FX's The Shield, Fox's 24 and Angel; Hasbro's Transformers, G.I. Joe and Jem and The Holograms, Universal's Land of the Dead and Shaun of the Dead, and Konami's Silent Hill, Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid and Speed Racer.
In March 2012 IDW Publishing announced it would release new comics based on Judge Dredd and The Crow. Also in 2012, Hasbro licensed the use of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic for an IDW comic book series.
In February 2013, IDW Publishing announced a partnership with Cartoon Network to publish comics based on the network's television series and reprint older Cartoon Network comics.
In February 2015, it was announced that IDW Publishing made a deal with Disney to continue the publication of the following comic books: Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney's Comics and Stories.
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