Joseph Illidge, veteran editor from DC Comics’ Batman universe, is working with the publisher as Co-Managing Editor. Joseph will be working closely with Heavy Metal’s upper management and creative team to develop new projects from the ground up, and bring his years of experience in editorial worldbuilding and globally-recognized intellectual properties to the Heavy Metal library, starting with the publisher’s upcoming 300th issue.
“Working with the great team at Heavy Metal has been a bucket list experience! The company’s name and brand symbolizes the innovation of genre storytelling and the collection of distinctive veteran and new talents. It’s an honor to be part of a team dedicated to igniting the company, bringing top-notch creators from around the globe to the Heavy Metal landscape, and paving the way for a new era as the true leader in sequential storytelling for science fiction, fantasy, and horror.” –Joseph Illidge
“When David (Erwin, Heavy Metal publisher) introduced me to Joseph I was enamored by his attitude and spark,” says Heavy Metal CEO Matt Medney. “Most times you don’t come across people like Joseph. His talents go far beyond editing and his spirit provides an infectious smile across the whole company. From Batman to Taarna I am confident that Joseph will bring a quality of work to Heavy Metal that the brand deserves and needs.”
“You know you’re living a dream when excitement for your job increases every day,” adds Co-Managing Editor RG Llarena. “It is a really exciting time at Heavy Metal under Matt’s tutelage between bringing in David (Erwin) and really focusing our efforts on quality stories, its a fun time to be here. When Matt introduced me to Joseph, I had known his name from the industry and between his depth of knowledge, Tim’s guiding arm on all things we do and the the Infectious excitement that Frank Forte brings to work every day it is an honor to call the Heavy Metal editorial department home. To victory!”
Illidge will work alongside Heavy Metal’s CEO Matt Medney as Heavy Metal announces new initiatives and partnerships leading up the publishing their 300th issue.