Continuing DC’s rollout of promotions and restructuring, Mark Chiarello, the mastermind behind WEDNESDAY COMICS and many other much-admired projects over the years such as BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE, has been promoted to VP Art Direction & Design. Chiarello had been overseeing most of DC’s art-related output for some time, and the appointment consolidates functions which had been under several positions that were eliminated in the restructuring.
A hearty congratulations to one of the most creative minds in the business.
Mark Chiarello has been named VP Art Direction & Design for DC Comics, it was announced today by DC Comics Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio. This newly-created position will oversee the operations of DC’s Editorial Art Department and lead in establishing the style, visual look and graphic design across all of DC’s imprints. He will be located in New York and report directly to the Co-Publishers.
“Mark is the kind of artist, editor and collaborator who is invaluable in not only his knowledge of the craft but his ability to inspire and pull out the very best work from the creators with whom he works,” said Jim Lee, DC Comics Co-Publisher. “He’s a true artist’s artist.”
“Mark Chiarello is one of the most respected figures in the comic book industry,” said Dan DiDio. “From NEW FRONTIER to SOLO to WEDNESDAY COMICS, he’s spearheaded projects that helped elevate our expectations for what the art form can accomplish.”
Mark Chiarello joined DC Comics in 1993 as the comic industry’s first Color Editor. He soon became the Editorial Art Director at DC, where he originated and oversaw titles such as BATMAN: HUSH with Jim Lee & Jeph Loeb, BATMAN BLACK & WHITE, SOLO, WEDNESDAY COMICS, THE NEW FRONTIER by Darwyn Cooke, and COVER RUN: THE ART OF ADAM HUGHES. He is a recipient of the comic book industry’s Eisner, Harvey and Reuben Awards.
As a freelance illustrator, Mark has done work for LucasFilm, Disney and Universal, among others.
Mark is the co-author of the baseball book “Heroes of the Negro Leagues,” published in 2007 by Abrams.
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