IDW Publishing will release print collections of titles from Thrillbent, the digital comics site founded by Mark Waid and John Rogers, beginning in the spring with Empire Volume Two and Insufferable. Under the partnership, IDW will also publish a new edition of the sold-out Empire Volume One.
Founded in 2012, Thrillbent is "an experiment in new-media publishing" whose lineup also includes The House in the Wall, Moth City, Everstar and Valentine.
The sequel to the series created in 2000 by Waid and Barry Kitson, Empire Volume Two continues the saga of Golgoth, the evil armored despot who defeated all of Earth's heroes and conquered the planet. Insufferable, which Waid created with Peter Krause, explores what happens when a hero's sidekick grows up and goes to war against his mentor, and what it would take to bring them back together for one final adventure.
“I love print comics,” Waid said in a statement. “While we have always proudly been digital-first, print was always in Thrillbent’s business plan -- but for a start-up company like ours, it was cost-prohibitive. Once we proved our commitment to ongoing content --Thrillbent currently hosts literally hundreds of new comics, with more added every week -- we were courted by several print publishers looking to partner. IDW was the clear choice -- its track record for innovation is unbeatable and undeniable.”
Chris Ryall, IDW's chief creative officer and editor-in chief, added,“In addition to being one of the best comic-book writers in modern times, Mark Waid has also proven himself with Thrillbent to be one of the smarter forward-thinkers in comics. We’re very happy to be partnered with Mark, John Rogers and all the other great Thrillbent creators to help bring their work to comic fans in this way.”