Veteran comics creator Brian Augustyn has joined Narwain Publishing as its U.S. publishing consultant, lending some 23 years of comics publishing experience to the recently launched international comics publisher.
"We're thrilled that Brian has agreed to bring his considerable expertise to Narwain," said publisher Mauro Di Pede.
Augustyn entered the business in 1983 as an intern at First Comics and went on to hold various editorial posts for small publishers during the black and white independents boom. DC Comics courted him in 1987 and went to work for the publishing giant for nearly a decade, eventually becoming a senior editor.
In 1996 he left DC to become a freelance writer-and to devote more time to helping raise his young daughters--but has remained a major presence in the industry, writing for virtually every publisher, and also serving as a freelance editor with Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti's startup Event Comics.
"As the publishing consultant I plan to work with Narwain to help them improve their presence and operations in the U.S. which has a very competitive comics market," said Augustyn. "I'm hoping my years of experience will lend some navigational value to their endeavors."
Augustyn will provide a point of contact in the U.S. for Narwain, which is headquartered in Spoleto, Italy. This will include being available to retailers and distributors to help smooth the domestic publishing operation, and also to facilitate publicity opportunities between Narwain talent and U.S. journalists.
"Narwain is an exciting publisher for several reasons. They're committed to bringing a real diversity to the marketplace, a diversity that's very apparent when you look at their initial releases," said Augustyn who, in addition to his consultancy, is writing two books for the publisher, including the upcoming "Un-Human"."The other point of excitement with Narwain is the global aspect of the business plan. They're opening up the comic book marketplace by publishing books in several countries and languages all at one. Their books can thrive even if they don't do 'big two' numbers domestically."
Augustyn's first act as U.S. publishing consultant for Narwain is to invite retailers and other parties interested in Narwain to contact him directly via email at BAugus54@aol.com
"I'm looking forward to seeing Narwain grow to its full potential and hope to hear from all retailers in the coming months," said Augustyn.