SHELLY BOND Joins IDW To Lead New Creator-Owned Imprint

Shelly Bond
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Former Vertigo Executive Editor Shelly Bond has been hired by IDW Publishing to launch a new creator-owned imprint titled Black Crown. The news was announcing during a panel Friday at Emerald City Comic Con. Bond's title will be Senior Editor, Special Projects.

Bond desribed the imprint as "comics about how we live now. The stories are weird and frenetic. They live on the cross roads of chaos and cool."

"I am picky for sure. It will be an honor to bring some of the talents I have worked with for years to Black Crown," she added.

"When Shelly became available, we started a discussion of something that makes sense at IDW. I am ecstatic to announce she has joined IDW," said Chris Ryall.

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Bond left DC/Vertigo in April 2016 following a 23-year career at the publisher, hired by Vertigo founder Karen Berger just one month after the imprint's launch. Bond was also one of the editors involved in Gerard Way's Young Animal imprint. Bond's first post-Vertigo project has been the Femme Magnifique graphic novel anthology, which is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter.

In February, Bond's former Vertigo colleague Karen Berger was announced as spearheading a similiar curated creator-owned imprint at Dark Horse Comics, titled Berger Books.

IDW didn't diclose what the first titles from the Black Crown imprint would be, nor a timetable for their launch.

IDW has issued a full press release, which follows below...

San Diego, CA (March 3, 2017) – IDW Publishing is thrilled to announce the arrival of Shelly Bond to its editorial ranks. One of the most respected and admired editors among her peers, Bond previously served as VP-Executive Editor of DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint. With over two decades of comic-industry experience to draw from, Bond’s considerable skills and keen eye for talent will pave the way for exciting new projects and original voices.

Bond’s passion and enthusiasm for the art form make her a welcome addition to the team. Her previous successes speak for themselves. Fables, The Invisibles, Sandman: Overture, Lucifer, iZombie, and DC’s Young Animal line are just a handful of acclaimed projects which formed under her all-seeing eye.

“I’ve long admired from afar Shelly’s track record and have been a huge fan of the direction, vision, and creative teams she’s assembled on her books over the years,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer. “I’m ecstatic about the idea of getting to work directly with her in building Black Crown into ‘the Ruling Class’ of creator-owned comics.”

The title “Black Crown” represents not only the name of the creator-owned imprint, but also a pub that anchors a mysterious street that connects each creator-owned title. Top creators will tell stories of a singular vision and point of view but will also have the opportunity to intersect with the tapestry of this unprecedented shared environment by way of owning storefront real estate that correlates to their particular creations.

“If you know anything about my reputation, you know that I’m selective about story, art, and design,” said Bond. “The same applies to a publisher. I can’t think of a better fit for BLACK CROWN than with IDW. They appreciate, share, and champion my vision for creating concepts that are first and foremost incredible, unconventional, and riveting comic books. I can’t wait to announce the impressive coterie of creators, both familiar and next wave, who are working as we speak to bring back the bravado to creator-owned comics.”

Stories from the Black Crown Pub will be extensively previewed at July’s Comic-Con International and launch in October 2017.

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