IDW Publishing, home to several titles relevant to these pages including Transformers (2019), Transformers: Galaxies and Transformers vs. The Terminator, unfortunately furloughed several of its employees including Managing Editor Denton Tipton and Manager, Creative Development / Senior Editor Tom Waltz.
“Due to the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on market conditions, IDW had to make the difficult decision to furlough several valued staff members beginning April 20th,” IDW Senior PR Manager Keith Davidsen told Newsarama. “The well-being of its staff is of the utmost importance to IDW. Thus, for those furloughed employees, the company will continue to make full health benefits available, with IDW covering 100% of eligible employee health premium costs through the planned end of the furlough.”
“The slowdown affecting the comics industry is heartbreaking in its own right, but it’s doubly so when it affects the hardworking and talented people who are so important to our efforts,” (President/Publisher/Chief Creative Officer Chris) Ryall said. “We’re confident in the long-term health of the company, and will continue to lend support to staff members to the best of our ability.”
We wish the best to the furloughed IDW employees. We urge you to stay safe and find ways to continue supporting your favorite creators.