IDW Publishing

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IDW Publishing
IDW's logo

Type Print media publisher
Status Active
Founder(s)
  • Ted Adams
  • Alex Garner
  • Kris Oprisko
  • Robbie Robins
Founded 1999
Head-
quarters
San Diego, California, United States
Parent company Idea and Design Works, LLC
Website https://www.idwpublishing.com/

IDW Publishing, also known as IDW Comics or simply IDW, is an American comic book publisher, and a division of Idea and Design Works, LLC. It is widely recognized as the fifth-largest American comic book publisher, behind Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and Image Comics. Rather than original titles, IDW primarily focuses on the publication of comics based on licensed IPs such as Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Sonic the Hedgehog. IDW began publishing Godzilla comics in 2011, and continues to do so to this day. IDW did not publish any new comics utilizing the Godzilla license from 2017 to 2020; however, it signed a new licensing deal with Toho during that time and republished Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters as a complete volume, followed by Godzilla: Complete Rulers of Earth Vol. 2 in the summer of 2019.[1] It republished Godzilla: The Half-Century War in August 2020 and republished Godzilla: History's Greatest Monster in January 2021. It later republished three of its miniseries: Godzilla: Legends, Godzilla in Hell, and Godzilla: Rage Across Time, in May 2021 as part of a volume titled Godzilla: Unnatural Disasters, and three more miniseries: Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths, Godzilla: Cataclysm, and Godzilla: Oblivion, as part of a volume titled Godzilla: World of Monsters that August. On December 2, 2020, it was announced that Toho and IDW had signed a new publishing deal that would result in new Godzilla comics being published by the company beginning in April 2021. This deal also covered non-comic media such as art books, journals, puzzles, and coloring books.[2]

While it has not yet held the Godzilla comic rights as long as previous rights holder Dark Horse, IDW has published more titles using the license than any previous American publisher. IDW's Godzilla comics consist of three ongoing series and 10 five-issue miniseries, as well as a series of quarterly one-shots and two Best of reprint one-shots. The three ongoing series - Kingdom of Monsters, Godzilla, and Rulers of Earth - all take place in the same continuity, while the miniseries are each standalone and take place in their own individual continuities, save for Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors and its sequel All Hail the King!. Rulers of Earth holds the status as the longest-running Godzilla comic of all time at 25 issues, one issue longer than Marvel's Godzilla. IDW also published Godzilla: The IDW Era, a book chronicling IDW's different Godzilla comics including behind-the-scenes material, in 2014. All of the comics are currently available digitally through Amazon and comiXology, and have also been published completely as trade paperbacks, many of which were out of print until IDW eventually republished them following its new deal with Toho. Unlike previous Godzilla comic publishers Marvel and Dark Horse, IDW licensed many of Godzilla's monster co-stars from the films.

Five of IDW's Godzilla comic series, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, Godzilla: Rage Across Time, Godzilla: Legends, Godzilla: The Half-Century War, and Godzilla in Hell, have been translated and published in Japan by PHASE6, marking the first-ever instance of American Godzilla comic series being released in Japan.

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This is a list of references for IDW Publishing. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Aiken, Keith (5 April 2019). Godzilla Returns to IDW This Summer. SciFi Japan.
  2. McMillan, Graeme (2 December 2020). 'Godzilla' Publishing Deal Set Between IDW and Toho. The Hollywood Reporter.

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