IDW Names New Executives for Publishing, Media Divisions

IDW is the company behind the Wynonna Earp comic.
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Blake Kobashigawa is now vice president of sales for IDW Publishing, with Joseph Hughes and Marisa Stotter promoted at IDW Entertainment.

IDW, the comic company behind Wynonna Earp, continues to make big changes to its upper management. Blake Kobashigawa has been named vice president of sales for IDW Publishing, with IDW Entertainment getting a new director and manager of creative affairs at the same time.

Prior to IDW, Kobashigawa had spent more than seven years at DC in multiple roles, including sales, marketing, business development and product development for the book trade, mass, digital and direct-to-consumer markets. After leaving DC in 2018, he worked as head of industry operations for Merchbar.com.

“My childhood dream was to work in comics and I’ve been a lifelong fan. So, coming back to this industry that I love so much with this incredible opportunity at IDW is more than I could have ever hoped for,” he said in a statement, adding, “I’m beyond excited to dig in and expand IDW’s reach with comic shops, book stores and mass market retailers, as well as librarians and educators.”

Kobashigawa’s appointment coincides with Joseph Hughes, who formerly held an editorial role in IDW Publishing, being appointed director of creative affairs for IDW Entertainment, with Marisa Stotter elevated from senior co-ordinator to manager of creative affairs for IDWE.

Hughes has previously worked in editorial for DC, as well as being editor-in-chief for the website Comics Alliance. At IDW Publishing, he developed and managed relationships with licensors for properties including Star Trek and Sonic the Hedgehog; in his new role, he’ll manage creative talent for all IDW projects, as well as developing new projects for publication and identifying and developing projects to pitch to external talent.

Stotter, meanwhile, will work to identify and support potential IDW library titles for future development in outside media.

“Blake and Joe, both of whom enjoyed tremendous success at one of the comic industry’s most storied operations, DC Comics, are the perfect choices to fill their respective crucial roles at IDW,” said IDW publisher Nachie Marsham in a statement. “Blake is an innovative team-builder with a history of seeking out new business and strengthening existing relationships. Joe has impeccable taste, strong industry relationships, and a passion for both creators and the creative. We’re privileged to have them on board.”

Marsham, a former Disney Publishing executive, was announced as publisher last week, with Veronica Brooks simultaneously upped from senior director to VP creative affairs.