Mad Cave Studios has appointed Mark Irwin as Vice President of Business Development. Irwin will focus on developing new business opportunities by identifying new partnerships and brand collaborations. He will be assisting in publishing across the direct market, book market, and director-to-consumer channels as well as help spearhead development opportunities for the catalog, including the young adult imprint, Maverick.
A graduate of the Joe Kubert School, Irwin has been an art director for Heavy Metal Magazine, Wildstorm Consumer Products, and Upper Deck. He was also the Executive Editor at Insight Comics and an Editorial Director at IDW Publishing. A true comic book rock and roller, Mark has written and/or edited books about The Beatles, David Bowie, Rush, and more. Over his 25+ year career, Irwin is also known for his artwork on comics such as Spider-Man, the X-Men, The Justice League, Green Lantern, Batman, Superman, Star Wars, and Aliens.
“Working collaboratively to create powerful stories has always been my passion,” said Irwin. “I couldn’t be more excited to join Mad Cave Studios in furthering these stories and expanding their upward trajectory across all platforms!”
“I’m thrilled to have someone like Mark joining the Mad Cave family. His diverse trajectory and expertise are an exciting addition to our management team,” added Mad Cave Studios CEO, Mark London. “As the company continues to grow, Mark will only accelerate Mad Cave’s vision of making cutting-edge content that comic book fans love.”
Irwin’s involvement comes at a crucial time for Mad Cave Studios, which is growing faster than ever. The publisher maintains continued efforts to establish itself as a serious player in the independent comic book publishing space; between celebrating the sales success of many of its recent offerings, an IP for film/TV adaptation deal with Echo Lake Entertainment, and even more launches on the horizon with many well-known and established creators within the industry.