Media Release — Today it was announced at Seattle’s Emerald City Comicon 2015 that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman has signed an exclusive contract with IDW Publishing, which will see all his new projects created solely with IDW.
Eastman’s long and influential career in comics began with the co-creation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the success of which would lead to a cavalcade of films, television programs, video games, merchandise and more. Taking comics by storm, the originally self-published series thrived through a metamorphosis before landing at IDW, where Eastman has returned to the iconic heroes, plotting and periodically drawing the highly acclaimed series alongside IDW Senior Staff Writer Tom Waltz.
“Kevin is one of my oldest friends in comics and it makes me extremely happy that he’s going to be part of the IDW team, said IDW CEO and Publisher, Ted Adams. “Kevin’s contribution to pop culture can’t be overstated and everyone at IDW is looking forward to helping him bring his new ideas into the world.”
IDW’s working relationship with Eastman started in 2011 with the launch of the all-new IDW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Eastman has continued to work closely with IDW on projects including classic reprints of the Ninja Turtles, special IDW Limited editions featuring original art alongside essential stories, and cover art for hit original series. A number of new projects will be announced in the coming months as part of this agreement.
Eastman will join the staff of IDW in their newly announced move to San Diego’s historic Liberty Station NTC offices with an office on-site, and his original works will mark the inaugural exhibition of the San Diego Comic Art Gallery. More information can be found about the gallery here: http://www.idwpublishing.com/idw-publishing-makes-big-move/
This new deal secures the continued partnership between IDW and one of comics’ most celebrated creators. Look for more announcements and information at http://www.idwpublishing.com and follow IDW on Facebook and Twitter @IDWPublishing.
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, MY LITTLE PONY and JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS; Paramount/CBS’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Toho’s Godzilla; Twentieth Century Fox’s The X-Files, Temple Street Productions’ Orphan Black; DISNEY Comics; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; and Zombie vs Robots by Chris Ryall and Ashley Woods. IDW is also home to acclaimed imprints such as the Library of American Comics, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, IDW Artist’s Editions, and Top Shelf Productions.
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, Alex Kurtzman is producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.