May 23, 2022

Smithsonian to Bring American History to Life in Graphic Books, Partnership with IDW Publishing Announced

From The NY Times:

The Smithsonian Institution is teaming up with IDW Publishing on a series of educational graphic books that will start to be released this fall.


The line will also include coloring books for all ages and picture books for young readers. This is not the first time the Smithsonian has been involved with graphic novels. The “Secret Smithsonian Adventures Series,” which was published in 2016 and 2017, was about four time-traveling classmates protecting history.

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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…


“Comics can communicate complex ideas in the blink of an eye,” says Justin Eisinger, IDW’s Editorial Director, Graphic Novels & Collections. “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.”

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