The diaspora of experienced executives cashiered by DC Comics in its implosion last year has added a familiar name to Dynamite Entertainment, which announced that it has hired long-time comic industry stalwart Jim Sokolowski as Vice President – Associate Publisher.  In his new role, Sokolowski will be working both with licensors and creative talent to hone and expand the publisher’s initiatives.

Over the last 20 years, Sokolowski has had stints as VP- Comic Book Specialty and Newsstand Sales AT DC, SVP – Sales and Business Development at Archie, COO-Publishing at Marvel, and Executive Director of Publishing Operations at DC (in an earlier stretch).  He left DC as waves of layoffs cut staff last summer (see "DC Implosion – Major Staff Cuts") and fall (see "WarnerMedia Layoffs Hit DC (Again) ").

Dynamite CEO Nick Barrucci expressed his appreciation for Sokolowski’s experience and abilities.  "I've had the greatest amount of respect for Jim in the 25 plus years that I've known him," he said.  "His knowledge of not only the comics industry, but the book and magazine industry, has accumulated through decades of experience.  His track record speaks for itself as he helped grow and strengthen the publishers he's worked with."

Dynamite also announced that Nick Pentz, a graphic designer at Diamond Comic Distributors until last summer, has joined the company.  Pentz had over seven years at Diamond with duties that included laying out the monthly Previews catalog and creating assets for Free Comic Book Day and Halloween Comic Fest.  He will report to Art Director Alexis Persson in his new role.  "Nick Pentz came highly recommended by Jim (Kuhoric), and we were able to bring him on board," Barrucci said of the hire.