Mentioned briefly at WonderCon, Avatar Press officially announced that they hired comics writer and Diamond employee James Kuhoric as ivice president of publishing and managing editor. This comes just as Avatar is beginning a planned expansion of their line with new licensed titles as well as works by Warren Ellis and Kieron Gillen. According to the press release, Kuhoric will launch new projects and keeping the publisher’s titles on schedule.
Although Kuhoric may not be a household name for comics fans, he’s worked in and around the comics industry for the past 16 years. Since 1994, he’s worked for Diamond Comic Distributors, where most recently he was director of purchasing. He’s also been actively writing comics, with assignments on licensed titles like Battlestar Galactica, Army of Darkness and Freddy Vs. Jason vs. Ash, as well as his recent creator-owned series Dead Irons and The Legendary Talespinners at Dynamite.
IDW Publishing CEO Ted Adams is quoted on Kuhoric’s LinkedIn profile saying that Avatar’s new hire was an integral part of his company’s growth within the direct market, and Dark Horse’s VP of marketing Lou Banks says “he knows how to get the books into the hands of buyers.”