Editor Charlie Kochman, who has spearheaded the creation of a whole new mega kids franchise by bringing Jeff Kinney’s Diary of A Wimpy Kid to the masses, has been rewarded with a promotion to Executive at Abrams.
Kochman joined Abrams in February 2005 from DC Comics/MAD Magazine. His background in comics has significantly increased Abrams’ exposure in this exciting growth area of publishing. His first acquisition for the company was the award-winning Web comic Mom’s Cancer by Brian Fies, which received an outpouring of critical acclaim from publications including the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He has gone on to acquire, develop, and edit important, distinctive works such as R. Crumb’s Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country; Kirby: King of Comics by Mark Evanier; M by Jon J Muth; Nat Turner by Kyle Baker; Tall Tales by Al Jaffee; Wacky Packages with Art Spiegelman; and many other successful books, including Jeff Kinney’s bestselling series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
As Executive Editor Charles will continue to acquire and edit new books and develop talent. In this new role he will report directly to Steve Tager, Senior Vice President, Publisher of Abrams.
Congrats to Charlie…he really has kept Abrams in the forefront of the graphic novel revolution, and put out some good books along the way.