Dark Horse’s book trade sales are up 30% in three years and to celebrate, they’re promoting nine editorsCalvin Reid reports.
The moves include the promotion to senior editor of Dave Marshall, who will oversee such series as Mass Effect, Avatar Last Airbender, World of Warcraft. Philip Simon has also been promoted to senior editor and will oversee the Kitchen Sink Press imprint, Neil Gaiman, Blade of the Immortal and other series.
Associate editors Brendan Wright (Usagi, Bandette, Itty Bitty Books), Daniel Chabon (Aliens, Axe Cop), Patrick Thorpe (Fear Agent, Savage Sword) and Jim Gibbons (DHP, Buffy, Serenity) have been promoted to editor. Aaron Walker (Halo, Walt Kelly) and Shantel LaRoque (Misfits of Avalon, Rexodus) have been promoted to associate editors. Katii O’Brien has been named an assistant editor, working under Dark Horse editor-in-chief Scott Allie on Hellboy, BPRD, Goon, Fight Club and other series.
Richardson said the switch to PRH Publisher Services for distribution has grown sales of backlist titles in independent bookstores, as well as sales to the library market. “We’re selling a lot of titles into stores we didn’t sell to before,” he said.
Congrats to all and to Dark Horse. They’ve been putting out a really strong line-up of original graphic novels for a while now, and it nice to see virtue rewarded.