IDW names Jeff Mariotte Editor-In-Chief

Official Press Release

San Diego, CA (January 6, 2003) - Idea + Design Works has hired Jeff Mariotte, formerly Vice President of Marketing and Senior Editor for WildStorm Productions, to head its publishing division as Editor-in-Chief, effective January 20. With notable successes like 30 Days of Night, Popbot, and the forthcoming CSI miniseries, IDW Publishing has been growing rapidly. Mariotte, with ten years of experience at virtually every aspect of comic book publishing, will apply the skills and relationships developed over those years to help steer IDW's growth.

"As one of the first employees at WildStorm, I was able to play an important role in helping that small but successful company grow into a true industry powerhouse," Mariotte said. "Like WildStorm, IDW is already doing great work, but they're still small enough that I will, once again, get to be part of the growth process. I've known the people at IDW for years and respect them as some of the smartest and most capable people in the business, so I'm looking forward to working with them again. And I'll be able to do more writing -- mostly for IDW, but not exclusively -- as they're being generous enough to not restrict the nature of any freelance work I should choose to do outside the company. It's the best of all possible worlds for me."

IDW's President Ted Adams said, "I'm thrilled that Jeff has decided to join us. I'm trying to make IDW Publishing the 'Dream Team' of comic publishing and I just added our team captain. I can't wait for people to see some of the projects we've got planned for 2003!"

In 2002, among numerous other responsibilities, Mariotte edited Thundercats, WildStorm's most successful project of the year. In addition to his staff positions at WildStorm, he has written many comics, including the critically acclaimed, multiple award-nominated series Desperadoes, and is a prolific and popular novelist. He and his wife co-own a specialty bookstore called Mysterious Galaxy, and he has been a part of the publishing and bookselling community for more than twenty years.

IDW PUBLISHING is a division of Idea + Design Works, LLC, a revolutionary creative service company with a wide range of clients including Trimark Pictures, The Upper Deck Company, Electronic Arts, Ultima Online, WizKids, Cartoon Network, Sony Online Entertainment, Nickelodeon, and many more. IDW Publishing focuses on a small number of high-quality titles. Among them are Ashley Wood's Popbot, Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith's 30 Days of Night, Paul Lee and Adam Huntley's Lurid, Chuck Dixon's The Vanishers, and the art books Uno Fanta, Dos Fanta, and Art of Armitage. Senator International has optioned the movie rights to 30 Days of Night with Sam Raimi attached to produce.

More information about IDW can be found at their Website, www.idwpublishing.com.

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