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IDW Debuts Collection of Disney Comics Starting This April

Multi-tiered Publishing Plan Brings Classic Characters To New Audiences

IDW Publishing is proud to announce that they will debut a new collection of Disney Comics beginning in March 2015 with the publication of Don Rosa’s Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck Artist’s Edition, followed by four extra-length comic series launches in April, May, June, and July.

April sees the debut of Uncle Scrooge #1, which will feature the best tales from creators around the world starring the iconic tycoon adventurer. Donald Duck #1 launches in May, Mickey Mouse #1 in June, and in July, Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories will maintain the original numbering and launch with #721 as the first IDW issue.

The chance to bring Disney comics to fans, both old and new, is a fantastic opportunity. We cannot wait to get these into the hands of readers! – Sarah Gaydos, IDW editor

All four premiere issues will offer 48 pages of content for $3.99, with subsequent issues offering 40 pages per issue for that same cover price.

It’s the best bargain in the business,no wonder it’s attracted Scrooge McDuck! And we’ll be attracting a big following, too—with stories by epic talents like Romano Scarpa, Daan Jippes, Casty, Giorgio Cavazzano, and Al Taliaferro. – David Gerstein, IDW archival editor

Each issue will feature two regular covers, as well as a unique cover that places the characters in different environments that feature theme park attractions—including April’s Adventureland-themed cover—and other very familiar settings and costumes.


If you aren’t already an avid collector, you will be!

April 2015 – Adventureland
Uncle Scrooge #1 (48pg)

May 2015 – Tomorrowland
Uncle Scrooge #2 (40pg)
Donald Duck #1 (48pg)

June 2015 – So special we cannot tell you yet!
Uncle Scrooge #3 (40pg)
Donald Duck #2 (40pg)
Mickey Mouse #1 (48pg)

July 2015 – Fantasyland
Uncle Scrooge #4 (40pg)
Donald Duck #3 (40pg)
Mickey Mouse #2 (40pg)
Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #721 (48pg)

August 2015 – EPCOT Center
Uncle Scrooge #5 (40pg)
Donald Duck #4 (40pg)
Mickey Mouse #3 (40pg)
Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #722 (40pg)
Uncle Scrooge TPB, Vol. 1

September 2015 – Frontierland
Uncle Scrooge #6 (40pg)
Donald Duck #5 (40pg)
Mickey Mouse #4 (40pg)
Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #723 (40pg)
Mickey Mouse TPB, Vol. 1

October 2015 – Haunted Mansion
Uncle Scrooge #7 (40pg)
Donald Duck #6 (40pg)
Mickey Mouse #5 (40pg)
Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #724 (40pg)
Donald Duck TPB, Vol. 1

November 2015 – Toontown
Uncle Scrooge #8 (40pg)
Donald Duck #7 (40pg)
Mickey Mouse #6 (40pg)
Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #725 (40pg)
Uncle Scrooge TPB, Vol. 2
Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories TPB, Vol. 1

December 2015 – Top Secret!
Uncle Scrooge #9 (40pg)
Donald Duck #8 (40pg)
Mickey Mouse #7 (40pg)
Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #726 (40pg)
Mickey Mouse TPB Vol 2


The new IDW titles including Donald, Mickey, and Scrooge will be #1s, but will continue their classic legacy number inside the issues.

In addition to the monthly comics released in print, IDW will also be bringing Disney Comics into new territories with Micro Comic Fun Packs, and subsequent Artist’s Editions, too. Details on titles and release schedules will follow.

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Congressman John Lewis Recruits Another Generation to MARCH with New Graphic Novel

John Lewis has been many things in his career: a civil rights activist, a featured speaker at the March on Washington, a leader of the “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma, a respected member of Congress, a recipient of the Medal of Freedom, and a worldwide symbol of the power of nonviolent protest.

With his latest project, he’s added “#1 bestselling author,” as his multi-part graphic novel autobiography, March, has become a smash success. Today, the long-awaited March Book Two reaches store shelves, poised to be even bigger than its predecessor — and perhaps even more relevant to this day and age. With March: Book TwoCongressman LewisAndrew Aydin, and Nate Powell give us a first-hand experience of milestone events that transformed the nation, including the 1961 Freedom Rides and the 1963 March on Washington.

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At a time when, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the majority of states earn a D or F grade in teaching the Civil Rights Movement to their young people, March has quickly become a key resource for schools, libraries, activists, and the general reader. It’s been adopted in classrooms nationwide, spent 40 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, and even become the first graphic novel to win a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. What’s more, three major universities have planned their freshman orientations around March, compelling 15,000 students nationwide to read and discuss it in a single month.

Why a graphic novel? Because John Lewis remembers the impact that a 1957 comic book “Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story” had on him and his whole generation, inspiring them to take up nonviolence and join the civil rights movement. Now he’s having the same impact on young people today.

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As America continues to grapple with issues of race and the legacy of the civil rights movement, March offers an unforgettable success story and a way forward — one that’s already been embraced by countless readers who are looking for hope today.
Congressman John Lewis is an international icon, and his story is now more essential than ever. See why this project has become such a phenomenon — join the March!

“With March, Congressman John Lewis takes us behind the scenes of some of the most pivotal moments of the Civil Rights Movement. In graphic novel form, his first-hand account makes these historic events both accessible and relevant to an entire new generation of Americans.” — LEVAR BURTON

“Essential reading… March is a moving and important achievement.” — USA Today

“Riveting.” — O, The Oprah Magazine

“An astonishingly accomplished graphic memoir.” — NPR

“Visually stunning… This insider’s view of the civil rights movement should be required reading for young and old; not to be missed.”— School Library Journal (starred review)


About Top Shelf Productions
Top Shelf Productions, based in Marietta, Georgia, has published critically acclaimed and popularly beloved graphic novels since 1997. Now an imprint of IDW Publishing, Top Shelf continues to showcase the vanguard of the comics medium, publishing works of literary sophistication, visionary artistry, and personal resonance.

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books and graphic novels, renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles. Based in San Diego, California, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the comics industry, and operates such acclaimed imprints as the Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, IDW Artist’s Editions, and Top Shelf Productions.

 

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IDW Entertainment Signs with William Morris Endeavor

WME to represent both television and feature projects for the company

San Diego, CA (January 12, 2015) – IDW Entertainment, a division of leading comic book publisher IDW Publishing, has signed with WME, one of the world’s leading talent agencies, for representation. WME will represent all film and television projects for the company. The announcement was made by David Ozer, President, IDW Entertainment.

IDW Entertainment was launched in November 2013 to finance the development and production of television adaptations of IDW Publishing’s award-winning catalog.

“IDW Entertainment’s representation with WME aligns our upcoming projects with an unparalleled roster of talent while ensuring we continue to release the most creative and exciting entertainment possible,” said David Ozer, President, IDW Entertainment.

About WME

WME is the world’s leading entertainment and media agency. One of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, WME represents artists across film, television, music, literature, theater and digital media. In 2014, WME acquired IMG, a global leader in sports, fashion and media. Together, the companies offer an unparalleled client roster; strategic partnerships with sponsors and brands; and marquee assets across sports, entertainment, events, music and fashion.

 

About IDW Entertainment

IDW Entertainment launched in November 2013 to fund and develop television properties based on IDW’s extensive catalog. The division is currently in development on a slate of properties including V Wars by New York Times best-seller Jonathan Maberry with writer/executive producer Tim Schlattmann (Dexter, Smallville); action packed comic series Pantheon with co-creator Michael Chiklis (The Shield); Douglas Adam’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency with writer/executive producer Max Landis; Life Undead, with showrunner Paul Zbyszewski (S.H.I.E.L.D., Hawaii Five-O, Lost); and Brooklyn Animal Control, based on the darkly thrilling comic from writer/director J.T. Petty (Splinter Cell, Hellbenders).

About IDW Publishing

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; V-Wars from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; Winterworld, created by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist’s Edition imprint. 

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IDW Publishing Acquires Top Shelf Productions

Two Industry Leaders Combine Forces

Leading comic book and graphic novel publisher IDW Publishing announced today that it has acquired Top Shelf Productions, the award-winning independent publisher of graphic novels, including the #1 New York Times and Washington Post bestseller Marchby Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (with Kevin O’Neill) and From Hell (with Eddie Campbell), Craig Thompson’s Blankets, Nate Powell’s Swallow Me Whole, and Jeff Lemire’s Essex County.

The acquisition of Top Shelf is a milestone for IDW. We looked a very long time for a company that would complement our own publishing line-up, and in Top Shelf we found the ideal match. The addition of Top Shelf’s library further positions IDW’s leadership role among the top powerhouses in comics. – Ted Adams, IDW CEO and publisher.

Top Shelf will remain a distinct imprint within IDW and co-founder Chris Staros will join the company as Editor-in-Chief, Top Shelf Productions. Top Shelf’s fans can expect the same independent editorial approach that has garnered industry-wide awards and made it an envy among its peers.

IDW is committed to preserving and growing the Top Shelf brand, which we’ve long admired. Chris and his team have built a great working relationship with creators, fans, and retailers alike, and IDW will work diligently to expand Top Shelf’s publishing capabilities and market reach while further developing those relationships. –Greg Goldstein, IDW president and COO

Founded in 1997, Top Shelf Productions offers a broad library of comic books and graphic novels from dozens of the industry’s top independent creators. Following the acquisition, Top Shelf’s headquarters will remain in Marietta, GA.

Top Shelf and IDW complement each other perfectly. We both started around the same time, and when I would watch IDW over the years, as a fellow publisher, I’d see them making smart move after smart move. Now I’m extremely excited to combine their talents and resources with Top Shelf’s award-winning literary approach to comics. And believe it or not, the idea to join forces hit us both at exactly the same time. Last year, as I was about to pitch Ted and Greg this ‘crazy’ idea, they approached me to suggest the same thing! How’s that for a good omen? Together, we’re going to be able to publish some incredible work. I’m really looking forward to this. – Chris Staros, Top Shelf Productions co-founder and publisher

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

 


 

FAQs

Will Top Shelf retain its own brand identity?

Absolutely. It will remain a distinct imprint within the IDW family of books.

How will IDW Publishing’s new ownership role directly impact Top Shelf?

IDW’s main role will be the support and management of Top Shelf’s infrastructure — production, sales, marketing and promotional initiatives. IDW will also provide additional funding to secure new breakout projects so that Top Shelf can direct their full attention to producing fan-favorite award-winning books.

IDW will use its 15 years of publishing experience to further enhance Top Shelf’s incredible line-up and ensure that the backlist is always available to an expanded retailer and consumer base.

What role will Chris Staros have going forward at Top Shelf?

Chris Staros will join the company as Editor-in-Chief of Top Shelf Productions and will expand his role as one of the most innovative editors, marketers and new talent scouts in the industry. Therefore, Top Shelf’s fans can expect the same independent editorial approach that has yielded first-rate books and garnered industry-wide awards.

What about the rest of The Top Shelf staff?

While Chris’ long-time friend and business partner, Brett Warnock, has decided to retire from the world of comics and explore business opportunities through his newly launched food and nature blog, the rest of the Top Shelf staff will remain in place to continue Top Shelf’s indy-focused operations: Leigh Walton as Top Shelf’s Publicist & Marketing Director; Chris Ross as Lead Designer & Digital Director; and Zac Boone as Warehouse Manager.

How does this acquisition affect Top Shelf’s independent creators?

Top Shelf publishing agreements will be honored in full, with all creator rights and deal points continuing as they are currently written. IDW will also be able to ensure that Top Shelf’s extensive catalog stays in print, and all creators receive royalties on the solid schedule IDW is known for.

How will this transition affect retailers?

We anticipate a very smooth transition, as both IDW and Top Shelf use Diamond Comic Distributors and Diamond Book Distributors as their exclusive distribution partners for both the comic book specialty market and book market. The entire Top Shelf inventory is already being warehoused by Diamond in the same location as the IDW inventory.

How did the transaction come about?

IDW has been interested in pursuing an acquisition(s) for some time and earlier in 2014 retained industry veteran Bill Schanes (former VP of purchasing for Diamond) as a consultant to thoroughly investigate acquisition opportunities. Top Shelf, as it turned out, was by far the best of these and Bill facilitated the “matchmaking” early on. Once the companies got to know each other better, the rest was, as they say, history.

 


 

About IDW Publishing

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY;Paramount’s Star Trek;Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; V-Wars from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; Winterworld, created by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist’s Edition imprint. 

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot;Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film; and Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.