Joe Illidge and Lisa Y. Wu have joined the independent publisher A Wave Blue World (AWBW) as Editorial Director and Vice President of Sales and Marketing, respectively.
"Joe and Lisa have proven themselves as leaders in their respective fields, and they’ve done it all with a genuine love of comics," said Tyler Chin-Tanner, AWBW President/Co-Publisher. "We’re lucky to have them work for AWBW as we make the next step forward."
Illidge comes to the company after serving as Valiant Entertainment's Executive Editor, and previously at DC, Lion Forge, and Milestone Media. In this new position at AWBW, Illidge is said to be focused on developing "groundbreaking books celebrating inclusion and heroism."
"We’re in a renaissance of entertainment! I’m excited to work as a member of A Wave Blue World’s team to continue the company’s mission, of providing a home where writers and artists create personal and imaginative books that collectively serve as the roadmap for a better world," Illidge said.
Yu joins AWBW after working for five years as AfterShock Comics' Director of Retailer Relations.
"A Wave Blue World addresses the needs of an evolving market with engaging and resonant stories," Wu said. "I have enormous respect for the team and look forward to bringing more awareness to a publisher that fits my core values in being a retailer and fan advocate."
AWBW is best known for their This Nightmare Kills Fascists and Broken Frontier anthologies, and has been in business since 2005.
"Bringing Lisa and Joe on board the AWBW team represents a new era of growth for our company," said AWBW Executive Director/Co-Publisher Wendy Chin-Tanner. "Their gifts are precisely what we need for marshaling our collective resources towards a future where we can each do what we do best to create visionary comics and graphic novels of exceptional quality and deliver them to new audiences."