Top Cow Productions proudly announces that Wizard magazine alum and industry veteran Jim McLauchlin will be taking over as Editor-in-Chief and Publisher for Top Cow's worldwide publishing operations effective January 1, 2003.
"I've always seen Top Cow as an exciting, vibrant place, and I'm looking forward to being part of that excitement and helping it expand," says Jim McLauchlin. "I'll still keep a toe in the Wizard pool, working solely on ourconvention business, which is also expanding rapidly. But the move into Top Cow will also allow me to use a new skill set, work some new muscles, and learn entirely new areas of the comic business."
Jim McLauchlin has been a professional writer for 14 years, having gotten his start as a sportswriter. He's been working in the comics field for 10 years at Wizard Entertainment, where he's served in every capacity from Promotions and Publicity Manager to Senior Writer to Contributing Editor to third baseman on the company softball team. McLauchlin is also a frequent contributor to FHM magazine, and the president of the non-profit organization ACTOR, A Commitment To Our Roots, which provides financial assistance to elderly comic creators in need. McLauchlin was born in Saint Paul, Minn., in 1968. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Lisa Marie, and two dogs.
"Jim and I have worked well together for the last 10 years and when he moved to Los Angeles, I knew it would only be a matter of time before we convinced him to jump on the Cow," says Top Cow President Matt Hawkins. "Jim has amazing creative and industry contacts and he was our first and last choice for the position. Change is in the wind and Jim will definitely be one of our strongest assets in the publishing field in the years to come."
Top Cow was founded in December of 1992 and currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and 2 licensed) in the industry's Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise Witchblade was TNT's #1 original film of 2000. Virtually all of Top Cow's other properties are in development as feature films, live action television or animation. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mouse pads, die cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games and role playing games.