Jim Demonakos Joins Image as PR & Marketing Coordinator

Official Press Release

BERKELEY, CA -- 2 May, 2005 -- Image Comics has announced Jim Demonakos, co-owner of Seattle-area comic book store, The Comic Stop, and founder of the Emerald City ComiCon, will replace B. Clay Moore as the company's Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator.

Since opening The Comic Stop in Lynnwood, Washington, in 2000 with his brother George Demonakos and longtime friend Brian Meredith, Demonakos has worked tirelessly to make his store a success, expanding operations to a second location in 2003. The flagship store recently upgraded to a larger space, over doubling in size. Also in 2003, Demonakos founded the Emerald City ComiCon. The show quickly became Seattle's most successful comics convention ever with attendance growing on a yearly basis.

Demonakos views his move to Image as the next logical step in his career. He's been a retailer, a convention promoter and a Web designer, and he's looking forward to using all his experience to help Image continue to grow as a publisher.

"I'm thrilled to be able to come on board as Image Comics' new Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator," Demonakos stated. "I'm looking forward to letting the comics community know, from fans to retailers, that Image Comics is the home of some of the most innovative and exciting material being published today. I'm personally reading more Image books now than I have in years, and we're just getting started!

"Plus, I've been promised all the Home Run Pies I can eat!"

Demonakos will be giving up the day-to-day operations at The Comic Stop to join the Image staff in Berkeley, and while both Publisher Erik Larsen and Executive Director Eric Stephenson are disappointed to be losing Moore, they're excited to have Demonakos fill his post.

"Jim has a lot of fantastic ideas and we're looking forward to having him here at Image," said Larsen. "He's a comic book fan, first and foremost, but he also knows the ins and outs of both retailing and running conventions, having done both. Plus, he's a hell of a guy! I can't think of a more qualified person for this position."

"I've known Jim for years, and he's a highly personable individual with a number of skills that can be put to good use at Image," added Stephenson. "We couldn't be more happy to have Jim as part of our team."

Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. There are currently four partners in Image Comics (Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino), and Image is currently divided into four major houses (Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central). Image comics and graphic novels cover nearly every genre, sub-genre and style imaginable, offering science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. Visit www.imagecomics.com for more information.

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