Official Press Release
Diamond Book Distributors UK (DBD UK) and Idea and Design Works have reached an agreement naming DBD UK the exclusive distributor of the publisher's English-language graphic novels to the bookstore, library, warehouse club, and specialty mass merchandise markets in the United Kingdom and other countries.
Founded in 2001, the San Diego, California-based Idea and Design Works (IDW) is a publisher of cutting edge graphic novels, art books, and comic books. Thanks to its dedication to unhindered artistic expression, Idea and Design Works has attracted such acclaimed creators as Ashley Wood, Clive Barker, Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith, and others, who have released high-profile works such as 30 Days of Night, Popbot, Metal Gear Solid, 24, The Shield, and The Thief of Always through the company.
"In only a few years, Idea and Design Works has become one of the comics industry's most sought after publishers with an enviable library of licenses and original titles," said Diamond Vice President of Purchasing Bill Schanes. "We're sure that the variety and quality of IDW's many products will find a sizable audience in the United Kingdom."
"Diamond has done a terrific job helping us build our U.S. bookstore business and I'm thrilled that they'll be handling a variety of markets for us in the UK. I completely trust the entire team at Diamond and I know we'll do some great business together in this new territory," said IDW's publisher, Ted Adams.
"The new partnership with IDW is an exciting opportunity to share their creativity with the rest of the world," Schanes added, "and to introduce new readers to some of the best comics being published today."