The History of IDW Publishing

On April 10, 1999 four friends and soon-to-be business partners signed an LLC Operating Agreement and opened up a company bank account.  That was the moment that Idea and Design Works was born and began providing creative services.  While comics were not part of the original plan, the four founders soon found themselves dipping their toes back in the publishing business. Continue reading The History of IDW Publishing

The Art of Walter Simonson

A very special exhibition, running until September 30th at the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.

Walter Simonson was born on September 2nd, 1946, in Knoxville, TN. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1972 and created his first comic book for his senior thesis, the Star Slammers, while attending that institution. In 1972, Simonson was assigned several short stories by DC Comics, launching his professional career. Soon after, his work caught the eye of well-respected writer and editor, Archie Goodwin, who was searching for an artist to draw a new backup feature in Detective Comics. While totaling a mere 70 pages in its entirety, Manhunter went on to win three best story of the year awards for the pair and an outstanding new talent award for Simonson. Additionally, Goodwin won two consecutive best writer awards for the series. Continue reading The Art of Walter Simonson