Rich’s responsibilities will include developing licensed comics and graphic novels for IDW Publishing as well as managing the editorial staff. “IDW has a tremendous legacy for bringing people’s favorite characters from across genres and media to life in new and exciting ways,” Rich said in a statement accompanying the announcement, adding, “The editorial team has been doing some phenomenal work, and I look forward to innovating with them further.”
Rich began his comics career at Dark Horse Comics, then moved on to Oni Press, where he was Editor in Chief until 2004. He was a Group Editor at DC, moved to Tapas Media, which has hired a number of former DC editors (see “Tapas Hires Former Vertigo Editor”). Rich is also the writer of Lady Killer, 12 Reasons Why I Love Her, and You Have Killed Me, collaborating with artist Joelle Jones on all three, and co-editor (with Sarah Gaydos) of the Eisner Award-winning anthology Love Is Love.
Meanwhile, Jeff Boison left his position as Director of Sales and Publishing Planning at Image Comics last week, according to The Beat. Boison came to Image in 2016; he had previously been Vice President – Publishing Planning and Collected Editions at DC, but declined to move to California when the publisher relocated (see “Dark Horse VP Michael Martens Leaving the Company”).