Interview: IDW’s Ted Adams “No 10-year-old is hanging out in the bookstore section at Target”

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[IDW publisher Ted Adams is one of the most personable executives in the industry, and one of the most forward looking when it comes to expanding to new markets. As IDW celebrates its 15th anniversary, we chatted with Adams about the structure of the company, his background and how IDW has explored new outlets and products including digital, mass market and merchandising. One of IDW's biggest recent success stories in their "Micro Fun Packs"—little goodie bags sold at mass market checkout areas which include a mini comics, stickers, foldout posters, and POG-like collectibles—an unusual move into merchandising for a comics publisher but one he thinks will drive readers back to comics shops. IDW's successes also includes creator owned books like 30 Days of Night and Locke and Key and one of the industry's best archival programs with the Library of American Comics and Yoe Books. Given his background in the maw of the "indie comics era" working at Eclispe, Dark Horse and Image, Adams has been able to put what he calls his entrepreneurial spirit to work on taking advantage of the expanding audience for comics. And he's not done yet. Many thank to IDW's Rosalind Morehead for setting up this interview.]

Nice Art: first look at a page of Walt Simonsons’s Ragnarök

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Walt Simonson’s new book from IDW is coming out this summer and the pitch is as simple as it is irresistible. It’s called Ragnarök, and it is Simonson’s take on the original Norse Mythology. Considering what he did with this raw material in his beloved run on Thor, this should be a treat.

Five days of Valentines: Weird Love

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Tweet This is a teaser for an upcoming book called Weird Love, edited by Craig Yoe about which you will learn more today, I believe,

Stephen Mooney Wraps Up Half Past Danger’s First Volume [Interview]

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TweetStephen Mooney’s miniseries Half Past Danger comes out in a big hardcover edition today, published by IDW. It’s a story of heroes versus dinosaurs, with Nazis, femme fatales and even the odd ninja thrown in, all written and drawn in incredible fashion by Mooney as his first creator-owned and made project. I spoke to Mooney last year […]

Mimi Yoon defends her Powerpuff Girls cover

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Tweet And down the rabbit hole we go…artist Mimi Yoon has defended her “grown up Powerpuff Girls” cover for the comic that was withdrawn after some complaints online. The cover—showing adult versions of the girls drawn in a very tame version of a more fetishy, girlie style that Yoon often uses—was criticized for being an […]

In The Dark Heads to IDW for Hardcover Collection

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TweetCurrent and future comic book hero Rachel Deering’s anthology In The Dark – which had a very successful Kickstarter campaign last year – will be coming to IDW in April.

Former DC PR vet David Hyde launches Superfan

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TweetFormer DC VP of publicity David Hyde is back and he’s got his own PR firm, Superfan. Initial clients include D&Q, cartoonist Dan Goldman and novelist Samuel Sattin, according to PW. Hyde’s initial clients include acclaimed Montreal-based graphic novel house Drawn & Quarterly where he is working on campaigns for cartoonist Art Speigelman (Co-Mix) and […]

Nice Art: CP WIlson III’s Wraith Covers

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TweetSometimes you get in a piece of art that needs to be shared asap. Like this, @cpwilsoniii's amazing Wraith 5 cover. pic.twitter.com/Yv5EBuzQqu — Chris Ryall (@chris_ryall) November 21, 2013 In this case I must totally agree with IDW e-i-c- Chris Ryall here. Wilson is perhaps best known for Th3rd World Studios The Stuff of Legend, […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 11/21/13: We must all go to Columbus now

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Tweet§ Bill Kartalopoulos went to the The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum opening and he thought it was pretty awesome. Another major holding is the International Museum of Comic Art Collection, a large and diverse body of comics artwork and related materials in multiple formats and genres originally collected by Mort Walker for his […]

NYCC ’13 Panel Recap: Editors on Editing with Scott Allie, Chris Ryall and Warren Simons

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TweetUnder the watchful eye of Buddy Scalera, the editors-in-chief for Dark Horse, IDW and Valiant gathered to advise writers and artists on how to break into the industry – offering an invaluable look at the comics industry from the editorial perspective. Scott Allie, Chris Ryall and Warren Simons are some of the sharpest people in […]

David Hedgecock joins IDW as Managing Editor

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Tweet Sounds like IDW is ramping up their publishing, if the addition of David Hedgecock—formerly CEO at APE Entertainment—is any indication. Hedgecock has joined IDW as Managing Editor, where he will help oversee and coordinate editorial activities as well as work to develop new talent and special projects. “IDW is a powerhouse of creative energy […]

IDW opens a TV division as sales grow by 35%

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While IDW’s flag was planted by the film adaptation of 30 Days of Night, since then they’ve been more in the licensed comics business, with a few hits like Locke and Key, which bounced around the development wheels of Hollywood. Well, looking to be more proactive, they’re opening a TV division, the LA Times reports. David Ozer, formerly of Starz Media and an executive producer on The Walking Dead, will run the division, called IDW Entertainment

NYCC ’13: IDW announces Darwyn Cooke to Illustrate prose Parker novels

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Tweet Following his beautiful and admired comics adaptations of three of Richard Parker’s books in comics format, Darwyn Cooke will be illustrating deluxe hardcover editions of the original prose short stories and novels by Donald E. Westlake, IDW announced today. Cooke will design the series and provide illustrations, with the first book, THE HUNTER, to […]

My Little Pony leads to their big sales for IDW: 1 million copies

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Tweet There can’t be that many bronies, can there? IDW has announced that they have sold 1 million copies of their My Little Pony comics, launched late last year. An interview with IDW’s Ted Adams at ICv2 reveals the secret weapon: outside comics shop distribution including Hot Topics and the holy grail of all comics […]

INTERVIEW: Rachel Deering on her Horror Anthology ‘In The Dark’

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TweetRachel Deering is a writer and letterer best known for her horror projects like Anathema, a werewolf story which was successfully funded through Kickstarter and has gone on to receive pretty unanimous acclaim. You may also recognise her name from other comics like Amelia Cole, and the Womanthology project. She’s returned to Kickstarter this month for […]

The Powerpuff Girls are back today! And here are all the retail variant covers

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TweetBlossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup are back! The proto riot-grrls of Saturday morning were created by Craig McCracken for the Cartoon Network back in 1998, and created an immediate sensation. While the show hasn’t been on the air in a while, IDW is bringing them back in a new comic written and drawn by Troy Little […]