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Renowned Publisher Comes To San Diego’s NTC Arts & Culture District

IDW Publishing is pleased to announce the relocation of their headquarters due to business expansion, in June 2015, as well as the opening of a groundbreaking new comic art gallery. The new offices and gallery will be located in former Navy barracks within the historic NTC in Liberty Station, which is nestled in the Point Loma community of San Diego.

The San Diego Comic Art Gallery will be a unique, new and dynamic space located within the IDW offices, designed to educate and engage the local San Diego community and the region of Southern California with the sequential comic book and graphic arts. The SDCAG will create a permanent home in San Diego as a showcase for this celebrated art form; already so pervasive in pop culture, thanks to the meteoric success of comic-based films, television and entertainment, and already so associated with the San Diego area, thanks to Comic-Con International. With a retail space, a gallery of original art from comics and animation, and actual working artists on the premises, the SDCAG is an entirely new kind of venture. Harry L. Katz, former Head Curator in the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress, has been named the curator of SDCAG.

Through events, author and artist appearances, art installations and celebrations, the SDCAG will become a destination to worldwide fans of the medium, and cement San Diego’s status as a Capital of the comic arts, while becoming an integral part of the immediate community. The first installation will be an extensive showcase of the work of Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and local San Diego resident.

We’ve been looking to make a move for a while. We’ve been expanding rapidly, and simply have run out of room. At the same time, we’ve been looking for a space that more accurately reflects who we are as a company. When we started talking with the NTC, it became evident immediately that this would be a perfect fit. And with the gallery, we’re going to be able to show the community, and the world, just who IDW is. This move is the perfect next step in the evolution of our company. – Ted Adams, CEO & Publisher of IDW

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The NTC Foundation welcomes IDW Publishing and their creative team to the NTC Arts & Culture District at Liberty Station. Their new San Diego Comic Art Gallery will be a great addition to the numerous art galleries and museums already at NTC and we look forward to the creative collaborations ahead. We anticipate it will be a San Diego landmark destination for comic and animation art lovers from all over the world. – Alan Ziter, NTC Foundation Executive Director

Moving into a historic building has its unique challenges and is being made possible with the assistance of San Diego local area businesses such as Good & Roberts LLC and obrARCHITECTURE inc. Taking 18,344 square feet, IDW will now be the largest tenant in the already vibrant arts district.

After 15 years as a prominent part of the local business community, IDW Publishing is sure to be a more public presence with the move to NTC. The Grand Opening is scheduled for June 1, 2015. For more information on this event, please contact IDW PR & Marketing Manager, Rosalind Morehead.

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IDW Publishing & Top Shelf Partner with Scribd to add Unlimited Comic Books to Its Subscription Service

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Scribd today announced that it is expanding its leading global subscription reading service to include unlimited access to more than 3,500 comic books from IDW Publishing and Top Shelf Productions. This offering represents the first time IDW and Top Shelf digital comics have been made available in one unlimited digital subscription service.

IDW and Top Shelf’s entire digital backlists will be available via Scribd’s subscription service with all new issues becoming available as early as a month after initial print release. Fans will have an exciting new avenue in which to enjoy IDW favorites from TRANSFORMERS to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, MY LITTLE PONY to Star Trek, along with hit series such asLocke & Key and 30 Days of Night just to name a few. Top Shelf fans new and old will have access to acclaimed series suchMARCH and acclaimed graphic novels by creators Alan Moore, Jeff Lemire, Eddie Campbell and more.

As a special offer to IDW fans Scribd is offering a free 2-month trial. This promotion runs from 2/10-2/17 so sign up today!

IDW and Top Shelf have been considering subscription models for comics for some time. Scribd came to us with the perfect opportunity to offer the entire catalog to fans and new readers. Time for some binge-reading! –  Jeff Webber, IDW Vice President of Digital Publishing & Business Development

Readers will have the ability to browse comics in a variety of ways, allowing long-time fans to dive deep and find what they love and new readers to explore comics:
• By Character – Character pages allow readers to follow their favorite characters through their series and guest appearances.
• By Series – Readers can browse by title and read entire series from start to finish.
• By Curated Collection – Readers can browse over 100 expert-curated collections of comics.

The addition of comics and graphic novels, along with other recent eBooks and audiobook deals, increases Scribd’s library to more than one million titles, representing the largest unlimited-access offering of eBooks, audiobooks, and comics globally.

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IDW And Hasbro Celebrate 10 Years By Extending Their Relationship

idw-hasbro-logosThis year marks the Tenth anniversary of IDW Publishing and Hasbro being in business together, a relationship that began in 2005 with the publication of IDW’s first TRANSFORMERS title. To celebrate a decade of creativity, innovation, and success, the two companies are announcing the extension of their blockbuster relationship.

Once TRANSFORMERS was established as an immediate success, IDW expanded its comic line to include the Hasbro propertyG.I. JOE, then eventually the smash-hit MY LITTLE PONY and coming this March, JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS! IDW will also continue to publish the LITTLEST PET SHOP and DUNGEONS & DRAGONS comics.  These titles have become perennial staples at IDW, and will continue to play key roles in IDW’s publishing slate going forward, in all existing formats, both print and digital. Fans of the line can expect much more of the quality products they’ve come to expect: Comics, Trade Paperbacks, Hardcovers, Micro Comic Fun Packs, IDW Limited collections, and more.

At this point, I almost feel I’ve run out of superlatives for Hasbro. They remain an absolutely fantastic collaborator on every level. After ten years in business together, it’s clear what a huge part of our success Hasbro has been, and what an appropriate time this is to solidify our relationship well into the future. – Ted Adams, IDW CEO & Publisher

2014 was full of hits that captivated fans and critics alike. From the hit TRANSFORMERS event Dark Cybertron, to the celebratory 25th issue of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, readers were treated to some truly monumental stories. The critically acclaimed TRANSFORMERS vs G.I. JOE, series found itself among 8 “Best Of” lists for 2014, with VICE Magazine proclaiming, “If you were a child in the ‘80s and remember playing with these toys, this comic will work for you on that level. If you appreciate some of the most beautiful drawings currently being published in a comic book, then this can work for you on that level, too.”

IDW embodies all of the great qualities Hasbro looks for in a publisher, and we share common values. With IDW, we know we can count on superb storytelling, innovative distribution strategies, and bold thinking. We’ve come a long way together in ten years, but this is only the beginning. – Michael Kelly, Hasbro Director of Global Publishing

Announced recently by Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. the fan-favorite series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was voted the Best All-Ages Series and earned the coveted Diamond Gem award for 2014! This marks the second Diamond Gem award earned by the series, the previous being Best Licensed TP/HC in 2013.

With an extension on most licenses and formats moving into the future, it’s clear that 2015 is only the beginning for IDW and Hasbro.