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
“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.
Over two weekends this June, IDW CEO & Publisher Ted Adams and Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall will be on hand at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Sydney and Perth, Australia, giving international fans an inside look at the workings and future of IDW Publishing! Together, they’ll be hosting panels, signing books, and celebrating IDW’s 15th Anniversary with fans from across the globe.
From June 13-15, Adams and Ryall can be found at the Sydney Showground, when Supanova kicks off in the metropolitan hub. At the IDW booth, you can stock up on IDW books as well as pick up an exclusive Supanova convention cover to Mars Attacks: First Born #2, written by Ryall and illustrated by Sam Kieth. The exclusive image adorning the cover is the first-ever “photo-selfie” with Adams and Ryall. This unique convention exclusive is limited to 250 copies for each of the Supanova conventions they will be attending this summer.
Also signing at the IDW booth will be artist/designer Ashley Wood, who will be showcasing an exclusive action figure through his 3A Toys line, as well as an array of his many IDW art books and comics, such as Zombies vs Robots, co-created with Ryall. TMNT cover/trading-card artist, Jon Sommariva, will also be signing and sketching at the IDW booth during the conventions.
At each of the two conventions, Adams and Ryall will be hosting two IDW-focused panels; one of which details the history of the company, celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2014; the other panel will be an open forum to discuss new and upcoming projects and field questions from fans, too. In Sydney, the first panel will take place on Saturday at 10:30, with the second following on Sunday at 11:00. Please refer to the Supanova website for additional information and panel times in Perth.
IDW will be conducting Cover Talent Search sessions and General Portfolio Reviews at both shows. In Sydney, cover artists can bring their portfolios by the booth on Friday, from 15:00 – 16:00, and 14:30 – 15:30 on Saturday and Sunday. General portfolio reviews will be conducted from 16:30 – 17:30 on Friday, and 16:00 – 17:00 on Saturday and Sunday.
The following weekend, June 20th – 22nd Supanova and IDW head to the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, where panels, portfolio reviews, and access to the exclusive Mars Attacks cover will again be taking place throughout the weekend. Aspiring artists in Perth can bring their cover work for review from 14:30 – 15:30 on Saturday and Sunday, and general portfolios by between16:00 – 17:00.
Follow IDW on Facebook at facebook.com/idwpublishing and on Twitter @IDWPublishing for updates during the show, and to find out where we’ll be next!
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.
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, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.
San Diego based artist and all-around great guy, Joe Phillips (Silver Surfer, Wonder Woman, Star Trek) received the shocking and very unfortunate news last November that due to complications from undiagnosed diabetes he would have to undergo surgery to amputate his right foot.
Many freelance artists struggle with the high costs of health insurance and sadly Phillips is no different. Therefore, IDW Publishing and Comickaze Comics, Books and More are joining forces to raise funds to help Phillips with the financial burden resulting from this unexpected and tragic event. We invite you to join Joe’s friends, family, and fans for an evening of art, local craft beer, and loving support.
Attendees will have an opportunity to get sketches and signatures from local artists, including Joe, and mingle with IDW staff, including Ted Adams, CEO & Publisher, who will be available for portfolio reviews and conversation about the comic business.
Our goal is to raise a total of $15,000 (or more) and there will be many different options available so attendees can contribute to this very worthy cause and get some truly unique items in return. 100% of all proceeds will go to Joe Phillips and IDW Publishing will match total donations up to $5,000.
Raffle ($5.00 each)
Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before – Red Label from IDW Limited. $125 retail value, limited to 175 hand-numbered copies, mounted signature page signed by Mike Johnson, Joe Phillips & Tim Bradstreet, with a set of EIGHT exclusive lithographs in a hardcover portfolio (http://idwlimited.com/series/startrek/star-trek-where-no-man-has-gone-before-red-label.html)
Enter for a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE (1) copy of Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before – Black Label from IDW Limited. $300 retail value, limited to 50 hand-numbered copies, features original artwork from Joe Phillips secured in a hardcover portfolio, mounted signature page signed by Mike Johnson, Joe Phillips & Tim Bradstreet, with a set of EIGHT exclusive lithographs. (http://idwlimited.com/star-trek-where-no-man-has-gone-before-black-label.html)
Comic Sketches ($10.00 – $55.00)
Your choice of sketch cards or IDW blank cover comics (minimum 1, maximum 11). These will be the only items eligible to receive sketches/signatures at this event.
If pre-ordered at www.comickaze.com you will receive one (1) extra card for free. Pre-order sketch cards available for pick up at the event with a copy of your PayPal receipt. Limit one (1) free sketch card per person.
Artists scheduled to appear: Carlos D’Anda, Jeromy Cox, Lance Hutto, Batton Lash, Gabe Eltaeb, Alex Sinclair (Alex has also donated a limited edition print to raffle at the event) and more to come!
$10.00: For every $10 donated, receive one (1) IDW graphic novel.
$25.00: For every $25 donated, receive three (3) IDW graphic novels.
$100.00: Get Your Book Lettered by Robbie Robbins (Locke & Key). Maximum 3, up to 32 pages each.
Bidding will start at $50.00 for a chance to have a tour of IDW Publishing headquarters guided by Ted Adams, which will culminate in a trip to the IDW warehouse where he’ll give you the chance to stock up your IDW library.
For those of you who cannot make this event and would still like to contribute, there is a “Donate” button at www.comickaze.com.
About Comickaze Comics, Books and More
Comickaze is San Diego’s multi award winning retailer of comics, books and pop culture items. Widely recognized for offering one of the largest and most diverse selections of comics and graphic novels in the state, Comickaze is celebrating its 21st year of serving San Diego readers in it’s Clairemont location.
ICv2’s Digital Conference Goes Global
Plus More for Publishers, Retailers, Librarians, Creators,
Norwalk, CT, October 4, 2010: With the addition of Dario Di Zanni, an executive from Disney Publishing Worldwide New Media who was instrumental in the creation of Disney Digicomics (based in Italy), the ICv2 Comics & Digital Conference at New York Comic Con has taken on a global flavor. Di Zanni joins Masaaki Shimizu of Bitway, which has a 70% share of the wholesale business in the amazing $650 million digital manga market in Japan, as panelists along with four American speakers on the “Digital Comics and Graphic Novels–Where We Are and Where We’re Going” panel at the Conference on Thursday afternoon at the Javits Center.
With an international perspective that includes Europe and Asia, the panelists at this Conference will provide a great idea of what’s working and the direction of the market for digital comics and graphic novels worldwide.
Panelists recently added include:
· Dario Di Zanni, senior manager, marketing and business development, new media at Disney Publishing Worldwide, who was instrumental in the creation of Disney Digicomics
· Alison Hendon, Youth Selection Team Leader, Brooklyn Public Library, where the YA circulation passed one million last year!
· Rantz Hoseley, Eisner and Harvey Award winner and CEO of LongBox Digital.
· Ron Richards, who heads up the iFanboy division of Graphic.ly.
· Mark Siegel, Editorial Director of First Second Books, MacMillan’s graphic novel imprint, which also publishes TBC, a free Web magazine that serializes graphic novel content.
· Douglas Wolk, author of Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean, who writes regularly about comics and graphic novels for Techland.com, the New York Times Book Review, and Publishers Weekly.
These new panelists join Ted Adams, CEO of IDW Publishing ; Dave Baxter, Deputy Director of Robot Comics and Senior Agent at Killing the Grizzly; Eric Beaulieu , Vice President, Transcontinental Premedia; Alex de Campi, Writer, Director; David Gabriel, Senior Vice President of Marvel Comics; Milton Griepp, CEO, ICv2; Lindsey Levinsohn MLIS, Collection Development Specialist at OverDrive; Heidi MacDonald, The Beat; Michael Murphey, CEO of iVerse; Calvin Reid, Senior News Editor, Publisher’s Weekly; John Riley, owner of Grasshopper Comics; Masaaki Shimizu, General Manager of International Business Strategy Division at Bitway; David Steinberger, CEO of ComiXology; and Mark Waid, Chief Creative Officer, Boom! Studios.
Sessions at the ICv2 Comics & Digital Conference include:
The ICv2 2010 White Paper Preview
This year’s presentation will be a preview of the 2010 market overview planned for early next year, looking at first-half 2010 trends in sales of graphic novels and comics, along with info on digital trends.
Digital Comics and Graphic Novels–Where We Are and Where We’re Going
Digital Publishers on the present and future of digital comics and graphic novels.
The Medium and the Message–Digital and Creativity
How will the digital medium affect how comics are created?
Print vs. Digital–War, Co-existence, or Collaboration
How the digital revolution will impact on print sales—from the publishing, retailer, and librarian perspectives.
Transcontinental Printing Cocktail Party
At 5 p.m., event sponsor Transcontinental Printing will host a cocktail reception, a time when attendees, speakers, and panelists can meet, mingle, network, and talk about the events of the day.
For More Information
For more information, or to contact us to inquire about speaking or sponsorship opportunities, click here, or e-mail Mgriepp@ICv2.com.
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For more information on registration, go to the New York Comic Con Website by clicking here.
ICv2 is the industry’s source on the business of comics and graphic novels, also covering manga and anime, movie/TV products (including cool DVDs, figures, and more), and hobby games (collectible, cool board, minis, RPGs) daily on its Website, ICv2.com, and in its magazine, Internal Correspondence. For the people on the front lines of the pop culture business, staying ahead of the trends isn’t something that can be left to chance—it’s a basic necessity for being successful. That’s why ICv2 is the #1 source of news and information for the buyers, gatekeepers, and tastemakers on the front lines. ICv2 is where trend-watching has become a science.
Conference Sponsor: Transcontinental Printing
Transcontinental provides printing, publishing and marketing services that deliver exceptional value to its clients and provide a unique, integrated platform for them to reach and retain their target audiences. Transcontinental is the largest printer in Canada and in Mexico, and fourth-largest in North America. Its Marketing Communications Sector provides advertising services and marketing products using new communications platforms supported by database analytics, premedia, e-flyers, email marketing, and custom communications. Transcontinental is a company that seeks growth with a culture of continuous improvement and financial discipline, whose values, including respect, innovation and integrity, are central to its operation. For more information about the Corporation, please visit www.transcontinental.com.
Conference Sponsor: Publisher’s Weekly
Publishers Weekly is the leading publication serving all segments involved in the creation, production, marketing and sale of the written word in book, audio, video and electronic formats. It is the prime source of comprehensive news and provides unique industry data including an annotated bestseller list, hot deals and retail news. A 134-year old magazine — with over 100,000 dedicated readers –PW is recognized as the leading publication for international and U.S. book publishing needs. PW’s Website, PublishersWeekly.com is packed with great information from the hottest industry news to book reviews to the popular e-newsletters and much more.
Conference Sponsor: Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat
The Beat, now in its sixth year, is dedicated to providing the timeliest and most pertinent news and information about comics, the people who make them, the readers who love them and the world that shapes them. Heidi MacDonald is an award-winning writer and editor and a veteran entertainment industry journalist. As an editor she has worked for Disney, Warner Bros., and Fox, among many others.
New York Comic Con
New York Comic Con is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting pop culture convention! With over 77,000 attendees and hundreds of exhibitors, our show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. Our panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite stars and creators. Our screening rooms feature sneak peeks at the newest films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens. And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con is a market place, bringing together the major players in the entertainment industry.