Ron Perazza, former Editorial Director for Zuda Comics, a digital-driven arm of DC Comics that once focused on searching out new stories and talent, has been named as Vice President – General Manager of Publisher and Creator Success at comiXology. Given Perazza’s history with both print and digital comics, and the success that he brought to Zuda Comics during its short life, it’s clear that comiXology is serious about ensuring there future endeavors. Describing the move, comiXology co-founder and CTO John Roberts had this to say…
There are only a handful of people in the comic book industry that have the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience that Ron does, in taking comic books from the print to the digital world. Ron will be instrumental in the creation of a stellar set of next generation tools for our current and future publishing partners. We are confident that Ron will help comiXology take comics to the next level.
As one of Ron’s 3,500 followers on Twitter, it’s clear that he is a man who knows his stuff about comics. Between his time at Zuda, and his tenure at Marvel Comics as online product manager, Perazza has garnered vast experience when it comes to digital media. It’s a fantastic move on comiXology’s part to tap Perazza for their future goals.
Since it’s inception in 2007, Zuda Comics has led to the success of many independent comic stories and allowed unknown creators to show their talent. A few of the more well-known stories to rise from the Zuda camp are Bayou, I Rule The Night, and High Moon. As VP at Zuda at the time, Ron Perazza had a hand in the success of all of these, and many more, titles, whether directly or indirectly. DC Comics shut down the Zuda Comics website in 2010, restructuring its staff in the process. A year later, Perazza decided to take leave of the company, despite receiving a rather hefty promotion.
Given comiXology’s push to be the leader in digital comics distribution, adding Perazza to their ranks is a great move. But what does it mean for the company? Seeing that comiXology already has great relationships with most of the industry’s leading players, like DC Comics, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse and a number of others, so given Perazza’s work experience, and his official title, in fact, it’s likely that comiXology intends to foster relationships with other publishers, and to likely even work directly with creators. All of this can only mean more success for comiXology, as well as making it easier for creators with an idea but no capital to fund their products to see their stories in print…digitally.
On behalf of the Comic Booked team, I’d like to congratulate comiXology for recognizing a true powerhouse in the industry, and to wish Ron Perazza the best of luck in his new role. I’m sure this will be only the beginning of great news coming from the comiXology camp.