Following news of Alan Payne and Patrick O’Connell signing on to Dynamite, the publisher welcomes another alumni from DC Comics to its growing staff.
Matt Idelson joins Dynamite after over 15 years with DC Comics. This veteran of nearly 25 years as a comic book professional began his career as an intern at Marvel in 1993. He worked his way up the ranks from Tom DeFalco’s editorial assistant to Editor, before moving on to DC Comics. In his 16 years at DC, Idelson had overseen the Batman and Superman franchises as Group Editor, and was handling the editorial direction on Green Lantern and Wonder Woman. He was also an integral part of the company’s New 52 initiative, working on such titles as Aquaman, Animal Man, Green Lantern, Superman Unchained, Wonder Woman, Larfleeze, Red Lanterns, Infinity Man and the Forever People, Sinestro, and The New 52: Future’s End, among others.
“I’m thrilled to get the opportunity to not just continue working in comics, but do so with a company that’s constantly looking for new ways to tell new stories and reach new audiences,” says Senior Editor Matt Idelson. “Between the diverse array of characters that Dynamite has and the golden age of creative talent we’re in, the possibilities are incredibly exciting. The sky’s the limit!”
“Matt’s track record is backed up with his years of experience, making for a formidable addition to Dynamite,” says Senior Editor Joseph Rybandt. “As we relaunch titles and add new properties and creators to the mix, I look forward to working with him and his creative vision.”
“When you work at one of the busiest and competitive publishing houses in comics, you’re required to manage a very diverse group of creative talent, fulfill the editorial vision of an influential rights holder, and generally roll up your sleeves to tackle whatever other responsibilities come at you. Matt Idelson thrived in such an environment at DC Comics, gaining a tremendous amount of experience and establishing a well-regarded reputation among creators,” says Nick Barrucci, Publisher and CEO of Dynamite Entertainment. “We’re thrilled to welcome Matt to our fast-paced environment, and can’t wait to see what magic he brings to our team and broad line of comic books.”
About Dynamite Entertainment:
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.
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