Media Release — San Diego, CA (April 8, 2009) – It’s a proud day for IDW! On the eve of the company’s tenth anniversary, IDW has been nominated for five Eisner awards, including Best Limited Series (Locke & Key) and Best Reality-Based Work (Fishtown). Congratulations to everyone who contributed to these great books! Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the nominated titles!
In addition to Best Limited Series, Locke & Key writer Joe Hill was nominated for Best Writer with this series. IDW also received two Best Archival Collection/Project-Strips nominations for The Complete Little Orphan Annie, by Harold Gray, and Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel Sickles, both part of The Library of American Comics, and compiled and edited by Dean Mullaney, who also provided the Eisner-winning and The New York Times Best Selling, Terry and the Pirates, for IDW.
“This is the most nominations in a single year for IDW,” said company CEO Ted Adams. “We are extremely proud of the books we produce and the amazing team of creators, writers and artists we work with. This is a great way to ring in our tenth anniversary.”
Locke & Key, nominated for Best Limited Series, is written by acclaimed suspense novelist and The New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill. Featuring astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez (Clive Barker’s The Great and Secret Show, Beowulf), Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them, and is home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all. The second six-part series for Locke & Key is currently available in stores, with Issue #4 releasing today.
Nominated for Best Reality-Based Work, Fishtown captures the story of four Philadelphia teenagers and their involvement with the murder of a sixteen-year-old boy. Kevin Colden wrote and illustrated Fishtown, which was originally released as a webcomic and won a Xeric Award for weekly series.
Rounding out IDW’s five Eisner nominations are two selections for Best Archival Collection/Project-Series. The Complete Little Orphan Annie, by Harold Gray, is the second series to be released under IDW’s The Library of American Comics imprint, and is edited and designed by Dean Mullaney. Volume One contains more than 1,000 daily comics in nine complete stories, from the very first strip in August 1924 through October 1927. This volume also includes an index, and a biographical essay by Jeet Heer.
Scorchy Smith and The Art of Noel Sickles is a comprehensive, 352-page volume that collects, for the first time, every Scorchy Smith strip, the groundbreaking 1930s aviation adventure series by Noel Sickles. Edited and designed by Dean Mullaney, Scorchy Smith also features extensive DVD-style extras examining Sickles’s life and the decades-long influence of his work, while showcasing the breadth of his career as one of America’s foremost magazine illustrators.
About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, CA. As a leader in the horror, action, and sci-fi genres, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: CBS and Paramount’s Star Trek; Fox’s Angel; Hasbro’s G.I. JOE and The Transformers, and the BBC’s Doctor Who. IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. In April 2008, IDW released Michael Recycle, the first title from its children’s book imprint, Worthwhile Books. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.