San Diego-based IDW Publishing will open a satellite office in Portland, Oregon, which will serve as a base of operations for its new imprint Woodworks.
Overseen by Vice President of Marketing Dirk Wood, who will serve as creative director, Woodworks will include a new line of books, “anchored by a high-end, curated magazine, featuring contributions by, and conversations with, the most talented and diverse creators in the industry.” Although it will be primarily focused on comics, the publisher says the magazine will also of a “dash” of entertainment and culture features, touching upon such areas as film, television, art, music and history.
“This was born from a conversation that Ted Adams [IDW’s CEO] and I had,” Wood said in a statement. “We were talking about our similar taste in books, and some of the projects we’d like to see happen. This led to talk about the incredible comics scene that’s taking off in Portland, and how we should be a part of it. Suddenly, we realized that these two thoughts fit each other perfectly. To be able to start this new chapter of the company I love, and expand our reach into the hometown that I love, is an incredible opportunity. I can’t wait to get started.”
Addressing the imprint’s spirit, Adams explained, “Dirk and I are both Oregonians. We even went to the same university in Southern Oregon — and this new line will represent the independent streak that’s part of the DNA of everyone born there. That independence will include not just the books and magazines we make but also in the way we get them into the hands of readers.”
IDW will join a host of other comics publishers in and around the city. Image Comics is moving its headquarters to Portland early next year, and Dark Horse and Oni Press are already based there. A number creators also call the city home.
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