IDW and Smithsonian Enterprises Team Up



IDW Publishing and the Smithsonian Institution have announced a multi-year global publishing program, which will create an extraordinary library of graphic novels built on the cultural and scientific knowledge of the world’s largest museum, educational, and research complex.


Drawing from the Smithsonian’s vast holdings IDW will create exciting and unforgettable visual narratives for lifelong learners worldwide, produced by a close working relationship between experts at the Smithsonian and top talents from the world of graphic literature. This isn’t the Smithsonian’s first graphic novel; the museum previously worked on three middle grade titles for Penguin Random House under the banner The Secret Smithsonian Adventures. A story about 3 friends who time travel to the past to get things back on track in the present as famous artifacts and events have changed or gone missing.



“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. 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.” -Carol LeBlanc, President of Smithsonian Enterprises

Slated for the beginning of fall 2020, IDW and the Smithsonian will invite readers on a journey of discovery with 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; picture books for young readers; and more

“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.” - Leigh Walton, Editor and Marketing Director for IDW’s Top Shelf imprint.

“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.” - Chris Ryall, IDW’s President, Publisher, and CCO.

IDW’s books published in collaboration with the Smithsonian will be available everywhere books are sold, including comic book specialty shops, bookstores, libraries, museums, and ebook vendors.