IDW And Smithsonian Enterprises Partner For Graphic Novel Program

by James Ferguson

IDW Publishing has entered into a multi-year global publishing program with the Smithsonian Institution to created a library of graphic novels built on the cultural and scientific knowledge of the world’s largest museum, educational, and research complex.

Chris Ryall, IDW’s President, Publisher, and CCO says:

The most energizing thing about working with the Smithsonian’s curators, researchers, and zookeepers is that these are not just experts in their fields: they’re storytellers. Together, we’ll use the unique power of comics to entertain, inspire, and educate readers of all ages about the wonders of history, science, technology, culture, and more.

The program begins in Fall 2020 with the release of a comprehensive range of graphic novels in a variety of formats. These include Time Trials, a middle-grade series inspired by the National Museum of American History video series, other original graphic novels focused on landmark events and individuals, coloring books for the youth and adult categories, picture books for young readers, and more.

Justin Eisinger, IDW’s Editorial Director, Graphic Novels & Collections added:

Comics can communicate complex ideas in the blink of an eye. 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.

There’s certainly a wealth of knowledge to pull from with the Smithsonian’s vast holdings, including some of the world’s most popular museums. I wonder if they’ll do anything with the pop culture items in the museum in Washington DC.

Leigh Walton, Editor and Marketing Director for IDW’s Top Shelf imprint says:

Award-winning books like March and They Called Us Enemy have demonstrated the massive potential of graphic nonfiction that’s infused with literary richness, visionary artwork, and personal passion. With the brilliant minds at the Smithsonian, I’m thrilled to apply those same values to explore untold stories and new frontiers around the world and throughout the universe.

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