[Concluding our conversation with IDW publisher Ted Adams, we get into digital, new books for 2014 and IDW’s plans for getting into the TV business. Read part one here. ]
[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.]
Stephen 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 […]
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down the rabbit hole we go…artist Mimi Yoon has defended her “grown up Powerpuff Girls” cover for the comic that was withdrawn after some complaints online.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 inappropriate […]
One of the worlds biggest franchises is getting its own comics series, as IDW has announced it will publish Angry Birds comics starting in June.
Jeff Parker and Paul Tobin are among those crafting the tales of Red, Chuck, Bomb, Stella, Matilda, King Pig and so on. The deal is being run on Rovio’s end by Jukka Heiskanen, Rovio’s Editor-In-Chief of Comics.
Former 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 […]
Sometimes 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, […]
Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s interview special, Heidi interviews comics historian, author, editor, and publisher Craig Yoe, author of the acclaimed Secret Identity and head of the Yoe! Books imprint as well […]
Under 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 […]
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 and […]
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
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 go […]
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 sales: […]