ATLANTA, Ga. — Boom! Studios held a presentation for ComicsPRO retailers with the theme of “We Are Boom!” and by the time it was over, another member had joined the company roster. At the ComicsPRO Annual Membership Meeting in Atlanta, in a presentation that mixed promotion, camaradarie and wrestling-style bravado, Ross Richie, founder and CEO of Boom! Studios, announced that former DC Comics president and publisher Paul Levitz was joining the board of directors for Boom! Studios.
Levitz said he looked forward to getting involved with Boom!, helping the company solve problems he may have encountered previously in his career. He’s not planning to relocate to California, but says phone calls and internet communication have helped keep him close to the company.
Levitz said he looked forward to taking innovative and experimental steps at Boom!, and he believed the future of comics sometimes “involves experimenting in different ways than the large companies are set up to do.”
Boom! gave a presentation to the gathered retailers featuring remote commentary from several of the company’s creators, including George Perez, Cullen Bunn, Eric Powell, James Tynion IV, Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Watters. (Also, Natasha Allegri’s cat.)
Filip Sablik, vice president of publishing and marketing at Boom! Studios, confirmed that John Carpenter would co-write a licensed “Big Trouble in Little China” comic book with Powell for Boom! Studios.
“Licensed titles are a great opportunity to bring new readers into the industry if it’s done right,” Sablik said.
Boom! Studios continues to publish original comics as well; new releases in 2014 include “The Woods,” written by Tynion IV and “The Empty Man” written by Cullen Bunn.
“This industry can tell any kind of story, and that is the great strength of the comics medium,” Tynion said in a video message.
The diverse lineup at Boom!, and in the industry at large, was noted by Levitz.
“It’s a new Golden Age of comics with incredible diversity,” he said.
- Matt Price