Lion Forge Comics Hires Andrew Gaska as Senior Development Editor
St. Louis-based comic book publisher Lion Forge Comics is continuing its aggressive growth with the addition of Andrew E.C. Gaska as the company’s senior development editor.
Gaska is perhaps best known for his previous three years’ work as a freelance consultant to 20th Century Fox, where he created continuity and canon bibles for franchises including Alien, Predator and Planet of the Apes; he has additionally written novels based on the Planet of the Apes, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Space: 1999 franchises. He also has served as a visual consultant to Rockstar Games on the Grand Theft Auto series, as well as Red Dead Redemption and other releases, and he worked as a sequential storytelling instructor at New York’s School of Visual Arts.
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In his newly created position, Gaska will be responsible for creating and developing new properties for the publisher, as well as developing existing IP for media adaptation, working alongside artists and writers to keep creative visions intact as projects head towards completion.
“Tackling animation and comics from an author’s perspective and with an artist’s approach, I’ll be working closely with the creative teams and studios involved to ensure that both our vision and theirs are not lost in the translation,” Gaska said Monday in a statement.
He also will be working with the licensing team at the publisher, building on decades of experience with licensors at his own BLAM! Ventures as well as Fox.
“Our goal is to bring both new and legacy franchise projects to life under our banner,” said Gaska. “Additionally, I’ll be working with [Lion Forge director of education outreach and collections] Jill Gerber to bring historical and educational projects to life as graphic novels. This is an exciting time at Lion Forge, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it.”
Gaska’s new role at the company builds upon an existing relationship between the two, according to Lion Forge founder and CEO David Steward II. "Andrew’s work with [Lion Forge chief creative officer] Carl Reed and our Labs team has earned him respect throughout the organization, and we are thrilled he will be joining us full time as we step up our development efforts," said Steward. "With his extensive background in caring for some of the most beloved franchises in science fiction, there is no one more qualified to lead the efforts in creating and developing our own properties to ready them for audiences around the world."
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