Wondercon’15: Pre-Show Comics, Comics, and Robots


Comics Beat snuck a peek of some exhibitors on the floor before the opening of Wondercon and this is what we saw.


CTM Media Holdings To Become IDW Media Holdings 


IDW’s “parent company”—actually a holding company consisting of a travel brochure publisher and IDW—has become renamed IDW Media Holdings, and IDW’s Ted Adams will be the CEO. While the entire backstory is a little convoluted, as I understand it with my unfrozen caveman business writer mind, IDW took on an investor years ago, IDT Corporation, […]


Next Games and IDW launch new Compass Point: West comic


Finland—home of saunas, heavy metal, fish pies…and mobile games. Next Games is one of Finland’s newest game studios and they’ve recently launched Compass Point: West, a 3D game set in the Wild West which ties together mobile game play, card collecting, and now a comic book from IDW. Yee haw!


IDW Announces a Miracleman Artifact Edition: Buy Responsibly


Miracleman, a character with one of the most fascinating back stories in comics chronicled in our own Poisoned Chalice pieces is getting an Artifact Edition from IDW. The collection was announced this morning from Comics Alliance, and contains 144 pages of sheer Alan Moore awesomeness. The hardcover is solicited as being $95, and features an orientation […]


Sales Charts: IDW’s Orphan Black #1 is best selling title for February

Orphan Black #1

What th–!!?? IDW’s Orphan Black #1, following the mysteries of a cloned woman, was the #1 comic of February, according to the figures released today by Diamond. While details of the crate haven’t been released yet, its suspected that the comic is part of the March Loot Crate offering. With 350,000 subscribers (and growing) this has become something of a cottage industry for comics like Rocket Raccoon #1 and Star Wars #1.


IDW moves to historic location, opens comic art gallery


DC isn’t the only comics company moving office—IDW just announced a move to a former Navy barracks within the historic NTC in Liberty Station in Point Loma. And they’re adding the San Diego Comic Art Gallery to their office space, to be opened in June. The move is both for expansion and to make IDW […]


Scribd aims to become to become THE streaming app for comics with Marvel, IDW, Valiant and more


WHO will be the Netflix/Spotify of comics? Several companies have been trying to offer all you can eat comcis buffets, but a lack of top content has been holding them back. But Scribd just made a major play announcing a $8.99 a month plan that allows you access to 10,000 comics, including top titles from Marvel, IDW/Top Shelf, Archie, Dynamite and Valiant. Scribd has been around for a while as en embeddable pdf reader, and already offers over a million ebooks and audiobooks on a subscription basis, so this makes a lot of sense.


IDW and Hasbro renew pact


When I first got this email, I read it as “Ended their relationship, and I was like WHA–???!?!? But no no, the correct title is “IDW And Hasbro Celebrate 10 Years By Extending Their Relationship ” which makes a ton of sense. Books like Transformers, GI Joe and My Little Pony have become mainstays for IDW and often damn good comics, like the epic TRANSFORMERS VS GI JOE that Tom Scioli and John Barber turned into a critical hit.


The Worldly Magic of Hugo Pratt’s Corto Maltese


Under the Sign of Capricorn by Hugo Pratt IDW/Eurocomics, $29.99 _________________________________________________ As the year turns, IDW’s EuroComics imprint debuts with the first of twelve projected volumes of Hugo Pratt’s beloved Corto Maltese. For these elegantly produced trade paperbacks, Pratt’s literate, witty, exceedingly well-researched and beautifully drawn stories are translated by Simone Castaldi of Hofstra University […]


IDW starts publishing Disney Comics


IDW sort of hinted at this back at NYCC, when they announced an Artists Editions of the Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck by Don Rosa. At the retailer meeting, Dirk Wood said, in that special way of his, something along the lines of “There will be more coming from IDW and Disney.” which at the time was a pretty clear indication there would be…more.

And so there is, and they mentioned it again in the fall but no one noticed. And now they just slyly let it out in the April Solicitations.


Simon Pegg to co-write Star Trek 3


It has only been over a month since Roberto Orci walked away from the director’s chair on the upcoming Star Trek threequel, with Fast & Furious series director Justin Lin taking over the job not long after. With Orci’s script for the film (which he co-wrote with John D. Payne and Patrick McKay) being tossed, […]


Farrago teams with IDW for free comics


In the post Amazology world. many digital comics apps and companies have sprung up trying to stake their claim in this growing world. Farrago Comics is an app for iPad and android that offers a range of free comics. As suggested by their motto “Comic Book Freedom!” the idea is to provide a manageable app for sampling and reading—which isn’t a bad one given today’s crazy quilt of digital platforms. Revenue is provided by ads, as it is with many apps. Up until now they were offering mostly Golden Age and indie comics, but they’ve just sign up with IDW to offer some fan fave #1 from the likes of Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith, Jonathan Maberry, Chris Roberson, Ashley Wood, etc.


IDW signs with WME for representation


IDW Entertainment, the production arm of the company, has signed with the WME talent agency for representation. WME will represent all film and television projects for IDW, which was formerly repped by Circle of Confusion. THR has a bit more on the deal:


UPDATED: IDW acquires Top Shelf, from Alan Moore to Zander Cannon


Well, bam, 2015 is off to a rousing start, with news breaking this morning that San Diego’s IDW has acquired Atlanta/PDX’s Top Shelf, with Top Shelf’s Chris Staros to remain as Editor in Chief, while partner Brett Warnock retires from comics to run a food and nature blog. Top Shelf will remain as a separate line at IDW, while Leigh Walton, Chris Ross and Zac Boone will all stay on at the new imprint.


The IDW Discovery Sale is a Hidden Gem Amongst a Slew of Discounts


By: Alexander Jones We just reported on a huge Boxing Day sale across Comixology, but there is one $9.99 collection to rule them all (aside from the Star Wars sale today–that thing is crazy!) The IDW Recent Hits/Discovery sale features a total of 20 great comics for half of the price. The best part, is […]


Don Rosa’s Life and Time of Scrooge McDuck gets Artist’s Edition from IDW


An oversize artist’s edition of Don Rosa’s devoutly worshipped The Life and Time of Scrooge McDuck? You’ll have to wait until April, true believers. Rosa’s epic biography of heroic skinflint McDuck is considered a modern classic, and in Scandinavia, it is mandatory for homes to have a small shrine to it.* This volume will take […]