AVATAR PRESS WELCOMES JAMES KUHORIC AS NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF PUBLISHING AND MANAGING EDITOR

Avatar Press proudly announces that James Kuhoric, an award-winning comic book writer and sixteen-year veteran of Diamond Comic Distributors, will be joining its staff in May 2011 as the company’s new Vice President of Publishing and Managing Editor.

Avatar Press has received critical acclaim for its innovative and controversial editorial content created by industry giants including Warren Ellis, Garth Ennis, and Alan Moore (to name a few). With plans to expand an already impressive publishing slate, Kuhoric will be tasked with developing new projects and keeping production on schedule. “Avatar is giving me a chance to apply my experience in marketing, sales, and distribution to a line that has the potential to grow exponentially in the coming years,” says Kuhoric. “The company is already a leader in creative content, we want to build on that reputation and develop an essential partnership with retailers in the coming years.”

Kuhoric earned a Bachelor’s (BA) Degree from the University of Maryland in psychology and sociology before joining Diamond, the country’s leading distributor of comic book and graphic novel merchandise, in 1994. There, he rapidly rose to the level of Director of Purchasing, assigned as Diamond’s main representative to such publishers as Marvel, Dark Horse, IDW, and Image Comics. He was instrumental in developing Diamond’s marketing and operational plans for some of the biggest comic book events for the past two decades (including Free Comic Book Day), and in developing industry procedures for Diamond’s book market and digital initiatives.

The creative contributions of Kuhoric to the comic book industry include work on such high-profile licensed properties as Stargate SG-1, Battlestar Galactica, Army of Darkness, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Friday the 13th. He has been nominated for twelve industry awards and won four, including the 2006 Spike TV Award for “Best Movie to Comic Book” for Army of Darkness: Shop Till You Drop Dead and the 2009 ComicMonsters.com Horror Award for “Best Mini Series” on his creator-owned title, Dead Irons. “My passion has been making and selling great comics. I enjoyed my time at Diamond and learned all the behind-the-scenes secrets of distribution there are,” says Kuhoric. “My intention is to put that experience to work to ensure Avatar is firing on all cylinders and creating smooth relationships with retailers, distribution partners, and especially readers.”

William Christensen, Editor-in-Chief and founder of Avatar Press, had long considered Kuhoric an essential part of his company’s successful partnership with Diamond Comics. “Simply put, there’s no one more respected by publishers in this field than Jim Kuhoric,” says Christensen. “He well deserves his sterling reputation as a strong leader, one who handles pressure gracefully and conflicts diplomatically. You can’t imagine the challenges he’s faced and overcome in his years as the backbone of Diamond’s Purchasing staff. We have big plans at Avatar for the future, and Jim’s just the man to make them happen.”

Regarding his role in the company, Kuhoric says, “This really is the job I’ve waited nearly twenty years for – one where I can have the creative freedom to develop new projects, work with top creators, and apply a methodical operational approach to make sure we keep our books on schedule.” He humorously adds, “I just hope William understands what he is in for, though… because I only have one operating speed, and it’s fast enough to get your licensed revoked just about everywhere.”

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  • Williamlneuhaus

    Congrats and good luck Jim! I know you’ll do fine!
    Bill Neuhaus

  • Joe H.

    Dude Jim way to go Im so proud you got where you are…..not surprised though you got a great set of skills…..

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  • JFrizz

    Jim, been awhile, Bill shot me the PR – great news! All the best in your new job.

  • Qpierce413

    Congratulations!!

    Please help Avatar get thier books out on time!
    or at least without MONTHS of waiting between issues!!
    3 to 9 months seems to have become the norm, around the middle of most series, which is absolutely awful!!

  • http://www.bleedingcool.com MarkSeifert

    That is one part of the point of this ;)

  • Mikewolfer1

    …but let me just throw this out there.

    I’ll stand up right now and firmly defend the editorial staff of Avatar Press. In probably 98% of the cases of late books (Crossed 3D is an exception), the fault lies in the hands of the creators. I’ve missed deadlines myself numerous times for numerous reasons. I’m just saying, a fan who supports a book then gets left hanging has a legitimate gripe, but keep in mind that an editor can ask, “When will we receive the finished work” from the creator until they are blue in the face and be left waiting for an answer just like the anxious reader. If the creator doesn’t produce the work, well… The editorial staff can’t exactly force the creator to sit down and write or draw.

  • Keith Davidsen

    Jim Kuhoric’s addition to staff will certainly help to manage the creative responsibilities and keep the books coming out on a consistent schedule.

    Since Mike brought up CROSSED 3D, the final word is that this highly-anticipated project will be shipping to your local comic shop on May 25th. It’s been a long time coming, certainly… but it’s well worth the wait. The 3D graphic process was a challenging and time-consuming process that couldn’t be rushed, but I can say that the end result is PHENOMENAL! Fans are going to go nuts when they see what the landscape of New York City looks like after the Crossed outbreak, and to have it pop off the page in all its bloody 3D glory… I get all giddy just thinking about it!

  • Qpierce413

    its seems lke a simple fix to this problem would be to NOT advertise the books until the work is done!

    maybe in the case of problematic creators, the book shouldnt be advertised untill ALL the work is done!

    dont get out hopes up, stop fucking with our heads.

    we are fans and customers, not idiots to be screwed with.