Comic Industry: Dark Horse Promotes Melissa Lomax To New Director of Marketing

Dark Horse is proud to announce the promotion of Melissa Lomax to the role of director of Marketing. She will be responsible for helping to oversee the Marketing department in bookstore and direct market business strategies, digital publishing, promotions, social media, and advertising. “Melissa has proven herself to be a great asset to the company. Her hard work and dedication have been an example for us all,” said Dark Horse’s president and publisher Mike Richardson. melissa-dhMelissa started her career at Dark Horse Comics as a summer intern in the Marketing department in 2007 and 2008. In September 2009, Melissa was hired as a public relations coordinator following her graduation from Pacific Lutheran University. Through hard work and dedication, Melissa has been promoted from coordinator to manager and now to director in the Marketing department. Melissa holds a bachelor of arts in communications with a focus in public relations and advertising and a minor in history. Melissa has been a member of Pacific Lutheran University’s School of Arts and Communication advisory board since its inception in 2013.

Vice president of Marketing Matt Parkinson explained his excitement for Melissa’s part in Dark Horse’s future: “As we near the end of our first thirty years of business, I look forward to watching Melissa help propel Dark Horse into the next thirty years with her creativity and innovation!”

New director of Marketing Melissa Lomax spoke of her excitement for the new opportunity: “I am beyond thrilled and honored to take on this position with the new opportunities and challenges it presents. It has been a privilege to work along side and learn from the best people in the business and I only hope to continue the stellar legacy of Dark Horse Comics in the years to come.”

Please join us in congratulating Melissa Lomax on her past accomplishments and wishing her luck in her new role in the company!

Comic Industry: Diamond, Penguin Random House UK Expand Doctor Who Book Distribution Deal

Penguin Random House UK has expanded its distribution deal with Diamond Comic Distributors (DCD) to sell and promote its entire line of Doctor Who books and novels to comic book specialty stores, bookstores, mass-market merchandisers, libraries and other outlets in the United States. Previously, Diamond represented only Penguin Random House’s young adult and children's line of Doctor Who books and novels, but the deal has now been expanded to include its adult line of Doctor Who titles.

Robert Waddington, International Sales Director, Penguin Random House UK comments: “Diamond Comic Distributors have proven themselves a strong partner on our young adult Doctor Who range, and we are delighted to now be selling our adult list through them as well. We feel very positive about our relationship moving forward, and 2017 will be a big year for Doctor Who with the series returning to television.”

Penguin Random House UK has published hundreds of books and novels in its Doctor Who line and releases coming soon include reprints of the 60’s classic tales, Doctor Who and the Crusaders, Doctor Who and the Daleks, and Doctor Who and the Zarbi. Penguin Random House UK also boasts a strong backlist of Doctor. Who titles, led by Doctor Who: Who-ology, Doctor Who: The Official Quiz Book, and Doctor Who: Beautiful Chaos."Doctor Who has always been an important brand license for Diamond and we’re happy expand our deal with Penguin Books UK to represent their entire line of Doctor Who books in the United States," said Tim Leneghan, Executive Director-Purchasing for Diamond Comic Distributors.

"Doctor Who has always been an important brand license for Diamond and we’re happy expand our deal with Penguin Books UK to represent their entire line of Doctor Who books in the United States," said Tim Leneghan, Executive Director-Purchasing for Diamond Comic Distributors.

Comic Industry: IDW Publishing Announces Editorial-Group Restructuring

IDW Publishing today announced some exciting editorial shifts with a major promotion and a new hire. David Hedgecock has been promoted from Managing Editor to Editor-in-Chief. In his new role, David will be handling the day-to-day management associated with producing the company’s print publications, providing direction and supervision for the editorial staff, while also focusing his attention on increasing readership and utilizing new media. David joined IDW as Managing Editor in 2013 after having previously served as CEO for Ape Entertainment. He is currently spearheading the Revolutionevent series, which sees multiple Hasbro properties merge into a single shared universe.

Chris Ryall continues as the company’s Chief Creative Officer in an expanded capacity by concentrating his efforts on developing new creative opportunities for all divisions of IDW. This includes the pursuit of new creative talent, stories, and licenses, developing proposals, and identifying new publishing opportunities, distribution channels, and formats. Having joined IDW as Editor-in-Chief in 2004, Chris boasts one of the longest-standing stretches for this position in comics and under his watch helped grow the company into an editorial powerhouse, developing such properties as the award-winning Locke & Key, Hasbro's Transformers, Toho’s Godzilla, CBS/Paramount's Star Trek, and 2000 AD's Judge Dredd, among many others. He will also remain actively involved in writing for the company including Rom, which will tie-in closely with the new universe established in Revolution.

“In his three years at IDW, David has shown the drive and commitment that is needed to be successful in his new position,” says Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall. “This move is well-earned and I can’t think of anyone better suited to succeed me in this position. I’m excited to continue working with him and the rest of the team while working to take the company to even greater heights.”

“Chris has given me big shoes to fill,” said newly minted Editor-in-Chief David Hedgecock. “Working with the editorial team at IDW over the past few years has been a career high. I’m excited for this next chapter to begin and for many more years of creativity to come working with the the most talented people in comics.”

Joining the newly restructured editorial department is Chris Cerasi, who has held various editorial positions over the years with a concentration in licensed publishing having handled some of today’s biggest global properties, including the Star Wars franchise for LucasBooks, and the pantheon of the DC Universe in the Licensed Publishing division of DC Entertainment. He has project managed titles tied in to both the comic and multi-media interpretations of DC's characters, including Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, SmallvilleSuperman Returns, and has worked on Warner Bros.' hit TV show, Supernatural, since 2006. Other recent work includes Angry Birds and other properties for Rovio Entertainment.

“We’re excited to welcome our newest addition to the team, Christopher Cerasi, who brings with him a wealth of talent and experience from his considerable time at DC, Lucasfilm, and Rovio,” said David Hedgecock. “Chris is another perfect addition to the IDW staff.”