Monday, January 12, 2009


This spring marks the 10th anniversary of IDW (this summer also marks five half-decade anniversary with the company, too). To help celebrate a decade of existence, we're producing a special double-hardcover book that will be shipped in a slipcase, along with a bonus insert that includes all-new comic book stories, too. It's going to be a nice package. Before showing any little scraps of art here, the official solicits for the book, being offered in May, read like this:

IDW: The First Decade HC
Ted Adams, Peter David, Joe Hill, Kris Oprisko, Chris Ryall, Ben Templesmith (w) • Gabriel Rodriguez, Ben Templesmith, Ashley Wood, JK Woodward (a)

Celebarating IDW’s first 10 years, this comprehensive look at IDW is presented as a two-volume hardcover set with slipcase.

Volume One includes an oral history of the company written by co-founders Ted Adams and Kris Oprisko and IDW’s Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall that includes interviews with many major creators who have worked at IDW, including: Marc Andreyko, John Byrne, Scott Ciencen, Max Allan Collins, Simon Furman, Alex Garner, Mike Gold, Joe Hill, Brian Lynch, Jeff Mariotte, Dean Mullaney, Steve Niles, Gabriel Rodriguez, Ben Templesmith, Ashley Wood, and more, and will include a tip-in plate signed by IDW’s founders, Ryall, Hill, Niles, Templesmith, Wood, and Woodward.

Volume Two features every single cover published by IDW through December 2008. Over 2000 covers by some of the biggest names in comics including Clive Barker, Tim Bradstreet, John Byrne, J. Scott Campbell, John Cassaday, Richard Corben, Kieron Dwyer, Tommy Lee Edwards, Don Figueroa, Alex Garner, Mike Grell, Tony Harris, Dave Johnson, Sam Kieth, Igor Kordey, Ted McKeever, David Messina, Alex Milne, Scott Morse, Paul Pope, Gabriel Rodriguez, Richard Sala, Eric Shanower, Bill Sienkiewicz, Ken Steacy, Ben Templesmith, Billy Tucci, Ashley Wood, JK Woodward, Bernie Wrightson, and many more.

Also includes an all-new IDW: The First Decade comic book with all-new 5-page stories, including:

-- Fallen Angel by Peter David and JK Woodward
-- Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
-- Popbot by Ashley Wood
-- Wormwood, Gentleman Corpse by Ben Templesmith

Now, I don't want to show much of the art for the new comics stories but I have to give a glimpse of a couple of them, anyway. First is the FALLEN ANGEL art by J.K. Woodward:

And next is just a single panel from the LOCKE & KEY story. Even this might show more than it should, just because it loses a bit of the cool factor seeing it early, but it's just so nice. In the story, Bode discovers the "IDW Key," which opens his world to sights such as this one, and allows Gabriel Rodriguez to have a go at many different IDW characters. It's a helluva lot of fun, and a very nice way to celebrate the anniversary:


Anonymous said...

Gratz, you guys! :D

Anonymous said...

What were you guys publishing the very first year?

Anonymous said...

that is superb,
a very happy 10th anniversary for IDW,
I would say IDW is the best Indy company out there of them all,

and also,congrats on 5 years at IDW as well,all good years,

all the best mate,

Chris Ryall said...

>What were you guys publishing the very first year?

Only an art book from Ashley Wood and some custom comics.