Official Press Release
Acclaimed independent publisher BloodFire Studios (BFS) has named comic book legend Len Wein to be their new Editor-in-Chief, it was announced today by Dennis Greenhill, BFS’s current E-i-C. Wein will be an integral part of BloodFire Studios’ 2009 expansion of its comics line, as well as leading the new Advisory Board to help push the creative edge of the company’s new projects and existing titles.
In announcing his new position, Wein said, “I have had a lifelong love affair with the comics medium, and been fortunate enough to be able to turn many of my dreams into reality. The amazing creative crew at BloodFire Studios shares my enthusiasm and my passion for the artform and I look forward to helping them to create newer and even more extraordinary dreams and bring them to a contemporary audience. Hang on tight, people. This is going to be one heck of a ride.”
Greenhill, who will be taking up a new executive position within the company after 10 years as Editor-in-Chief of BloodFire Studios, had this to say, “This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to learn from a legend. BloodFire Studios has always been on the cutting edge of the industry, but there are certain limitations that are difficult for small companies to overcome. Len has an insight and experience that will take BloodFire Studios to the next level.”
Lee Kohse, BFS’s Creative Director and acting CEO said: “BFS has always been very progressive and our expansion allowed us to bring in an Editor-in-Chief who is just as unorthodox as the rest of us. For ten years, we have made comics for the love of comics. Len’s singular approach to storytelling, enduring optimism, and enthusiasm for the comic art form are right at home here.”
Len Wein is one of those rare people who truly embodies the word legend. Not only has he previously served as Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics, Top Cow Comics, Disney Comics and been a senior editor at DC Comics, Wein has also created some of the industry’s most iconic characters, including Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus, Thunderbird, the Human Target, and, most notably, Swamp Thing and Wolverine. He has won numerous industry awards, including two Shazam awards for writing and the Comic Buyers Guide Award for Best Editor. He has also been nominated for two additional Shazam awards, a Bram Stoker Award, and is currently nominated for the 2008 Hall of Fame Eisner Award. He has also received Emmy honors for his work on Batman: the Animated Series. Wein will now bring his 40 years of experience and amazing creativity to Bloodfire Studios.
BloodFire Studios has been a leading publisher of independent comics for ten years. Their innovative stories and award-winning artists are only surpassed by their unorthodox marketing. BFS has been an industry leader in marketing their comics outside of the usual comic distribution networks, exploring such venues as car shows, movie premieres, night clubs, art festivals, and street fairs as well as comic conventions and countless in-store signings. Coupled with their early adoption of the Internet as a sales tool, BFS has managed to reach incredibly high circulations on some of their titles. BloodFire Studios’ creative staff includes five-time Eisner nominee Jeromy Cox, film director/writer Pearry Teo, critically acclaimed artist/director Chad Michael Ward, famed pinup artist Gene Gonzales, writers Will Allred and Dennis Greenhill, and Star Wars artists Lee Kohse and Matt Olson. BFS titles include Kindergoth, Diary of Night, Vampyrates, Intergalactic, Utopiates, and DNA Hacker Chronicles, which has now been made into a major motion picture called The Gene Generation, starring Bai Ling and Oscar winner Faye Dunaway. BloodFire Studios’ website is www.bloodfire.com.