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).
Founded in 1999, IDW started as an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels, and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California, and has grown into a fully integrated media company that now includes IDW Games, IDW Entertainment, Top Shelf Productions, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery. Two of the original founders, Ted Adams (CEO & Publisher) and Robbie Robbins (EVP), still actively manage the company, along with IDW’s executive team, which consists of Greg Goldstein (President & COO), Chris Ryall (CCO & Editor-in-Chief), and Matt Ruzicka (CFO), and David Ozer (President, IDW Entertainment).
IDW Publishing is regularly recognized as one of the top four comic book publishers in the US. Over 80 IDW titles have appeared on The New York Times Best Sellers list. In FY2015 alone, IDW published over 500 unique comic book titles and over 250 graphic novels.
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 also publishes comics based on the TV franchises Star Trek and CSI. The company's other licensed comics include Topps' Mars Attacks, Sony's Underworld, FX' The Shield, Fox' 24 and Angel; Universal’s Land of the Dead and Shaun of the Dead; and Konami’s Silent Hill, Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid and Speed Racer. The company has also had success with comic license from toy company Hasbro brands; The Transformers (with Takara), G.I. Joe, My Little Pony and Jem.