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IDW, Smithsonian Enterprises Draw Up Graphic Novel Publishing Deal

The multi-year global publishing program will create a library of graphic novels built on the cultural and scientific knowledge of the Smithsonian.

IDW Publishing and the Smithsonian Institution have announced a multi-year global publishing program which will create a library of graphic novels built on the cultural and scientific knowledge of The Smithsonian.

“We’re excited to work with the IDW team and share the full breadth of the Smithsonian’s extraordinary collections and research with readers around the world,” says Carol LeBlanc, president, Smithsonian Enterprises. “We can’t wait to see world-class writers and artists bring the Smithsonian mission to diverse audiences in innovative, accessible, and engaging new ways.”

Beginning in fall 2020, IDW and the Smithsonian will release a range of graphic books in a variety of formats. Among the planned product lines are:

  • Time Trials, a middle-grade graphic novel series inspired by the National Museum of American History video series;
  • Original graphic novels focused on landmark events and individuals, in the tradition of IDW’s acclaimed March and They Called Us Enemy;
  • Coloring books in both the youth and adult categories; and
  • Picture books for young readers.

“Comics can communicate complex ideas in the blink of an eye,” says Justin Eisinger, editorial director, graphic novels & collections, IDW. “As our art form becomes increasingly central to the work of educators and librarians, this program presents a unique and important opportunity to align IDW’s mission of quality graphic storytelling with the Smithsonian’s quest to share information with curious minds everywhere.”

IDW’s books published in collaboration with the Smithsonian will be available everywhere books and ebooks are sold.

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