Jamie S. Rich goes from Tapas to IDW
IDW Publishing has hired industry veteran Jamie S. Rich as executive editorial director and has also recruited two new hires as editors.
Rich’s responsibilities will include developing licensed comics and graphic novels for IDW Publishing as well as managing the editorial team. “IDW has a tremendous legacy of bringing people’s favorite characters from all genres and media to life in new and exciting ways,” Rich said in a statement accompanying the announcement, adding, “The editorial team has done a phenomenal job. , and I look forward to further innovating with them.
Rich began his comics career at Dark Horse, then moved to Oni Press, where he was an editor until 2004. He was an editor at DC, then at Tapas Media, which hired a number former DC editors (see “Tapas Hires Former Vertigo Editor”) Rich is also the author of Lady Killer, 12 reasons why I love her, and You killed me, collaboration with artist Joelle Jones on all three, and co-editor (with Sarah Gaydos) of the Eisner Prize-winning anthology Love is love.
Editor Charles Beacham will be responsible for IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics. Beacham was an associate editor at Marvel for three years, where he worked on a number of properties, including Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye, Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Star Wars. After that, he joined Activision, where he oversaw the development of the comic based on their Destiny 2 sci-fi shooter.
The third new hire, Russ Busse, will serve as editor of the Originals division, focusing on developing new graphic novels for middle schoolers and young adults. Busse worked at Abrams Books and Little Brown Books for Young Readers and did a wide range of freelance work, editing books for Marvel, Warner Bros., Hasbro and others.
Meanwhile, Jeff Boison left his position as director of sales and publishing planning at Image Comics last week, according to The Beat. Boison joined Image in 2016; he had previously served as Vice President – Publishing Planning and Collected Editions at DC, but refused to move to California when the publisher moved (see “Dark Horse VP Michael Martens leaving the company”).