Fresh off of winning two spots in Comicon’s Best OGNs of 2020, Z2 Comics has announced its next wave of hires, bringing on new full-time staff across departments including some senior level positions.
“This past year has been tremendous, and has proven that our business approach is working, and as a result given us the confidence to continue to grow our full-time staff” says publisher and co-founder, Josh Frankel. “When you are operating as a startup, one of my personal beliefs is that every hire should be given the same level of consideration; from junior staff to senior executives. We couldn’t be more excited about the direction we are moving in and the people who have now come along for the ride. It is their hard work and dedication that will truly empower us as we prepare for our busiest publishing year yet!”
Z2 Comics has brought Kevin Meek on as Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel. Prior to joining the publisher, Meek practiced corporate law at the national law firm Robins Kaplan LLP where he represented clients in multi-million dollar transactions and was recognized from the Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.
“I could not be more excited to join the incredibly talented group of people that Josh and Sridhar have assembled” says Meek. “With our upcoming collaborations with A-list artists, and our amazing team, the sky is limit for Z2.”
Artist Tyler Boss has joined Z2 Comics as the Design Director. Boss’ work has been seen in the stellar 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank which is being adapted into a motion picture with Boss attached to executive produce.
“I count myself lucky to be a part of such a great team of people, and the creative opportunities Z2’s slate of titles presents” says Tyler Boss.
Rebecca Cicione joined Z2 Comics over the summer as Senior Digital Marketing Associate. Her career has focused in the entertainment and non-profit worlds, most recently working with the festival marketing team at Danny Wimmer Presents.
Cicione says “I’m beyond excited to to be on such an innovative and growing team at Z2! The growth in just the past few months is mind-blowing and I’m honored to be part of this company that perfectly hits the intersection of music and graphic novels and gives artists and fans such a cool and unique product.”
Z2 Comics brought on Courtney Menard as the Director of Production Design, focusing on elevating the production value and quality of each book project. She has previously worked as a print shop technician at the School of Visual Arts and spent two years as the Programming Coordinator and Co-Curator of the Comic Arts Brooklyn Festival.
Menard says “It’s been exciting to dive into the intersection of comics and music, and to tackle the unique challenges that putting together these types of books presents!”
Finally, Chris Robinson, the editor behind Ta-Nehisi Coates‘ Black Panther, Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men, the Grand Design series, Marvel’s Hip Hop variant program, and the expansion of Marvel’s Voices comes to Z2 Comics as a senior editor, overseeing multiple tentpole projects to be announced for 2021.
“When Z2 reached out to me about joining the company as full editor, I was really impressed with their game plan to expand readership and adapt to the challenges that 2020 had brought to the industry” says Chris Robinson. “If you were entertained or felt seen by my contributions at the House of Ideas, you won’t want to miss my new slate of graphic novels at Z2!”
Congratulations to everyone on their new positions! It’s great to hear about a publisher expanding in the comic book industry, especially after a tumultuous 2020.