Marvel adds editor C.B. Cebulski to their staff

Thu, January 31st, 2002 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Founder/Former Owner

Official Press Release

With the Marvel Mangaverse one-shots selling out across the country, The

House has made another move to reach out to Manga and Anime creators with

the addition of C.B. Cebulski -- as an Associate Editor -- to it's growing

editorial team.

C.B., who assisted Associate Editor Brian Smith in orchestrating the Marvel

Mangaverse event, joins The House after spending years helping Manga and

Anime secure a strong foothold it now enjoys in America. While at Central

Park Media, Cebulski was instrumental in bringing titles such as Record of

Lodoss War, Slayers, Plastic Little, Geobreeders, Dark Angel, and Nadeisco

to U.S. audiences. After forming strong relationships with several of the

Japanese creators he worked with, C.B. was one of the first American editors

to work directly with Japanese artists to create Manga and Anime product

specifically for Western audiences.

While at Fanboy Entertainment, Cebulski worked closely with Kia Asamiya to

produce Dark Angel: Phoenix Resurrection comic series, the first color Manga

to land on American shores in over 10 years. Cebulski then followed this up

by producing the first shojo (girls') Manga ever created specifically for

Western sensibilities and stylings were successfully combined with super

hero themes in the series Sidekicks, by J. Torres and Takeshi Miyazawa,

which Cebulski edited. He also worked with such creators as Yoshtoshi Abe of

Serial Experiments Lain and Range Murata of Blue Submarine No. 6 on their

critically acclaimed art collections.

"It's become extremely evident to all of us at Marvel that Manga and Anime

are more than just a passing phase," said Marvel Editor In Chief Joe

Quesada. "Ask any comic retailer and they'll tell you that the best way to

reach younger readers -- and the ever elusive female reader -- and they'll

tell you that Manga and Anime are the way to go. It's tough to argue this

when you see the ever-growing legions of young girls dressed as Sailor Moon

characters at comic conventions."

"That said, right after his consulting work with us on our Marvel Mangaverse

event, we knew C.B. was destined to work with us as a full time Marvel

Editor," explained Quesada. "Not because he has incredible contacts in the

world of Manga and Anime, not because he has incredible taste in story and

art, and not because he speaks fluent Japanese and will be bringing some of

the greatest artists in Japan to work with us. No, you see, it's because

almost everyone at Marvel has a nickname that Bill Jemas and I slave to

create, and we had a great one for C.B. since day one! So I want everyone to

welcome C.B.-san to the team! We look forward to all the wonderful stuff

that he'll be generating for all the Marvel fans. With C.B.-san's help,

we'll be striving to hit the mark with young readers and girl-friendly books

that we'll be launching later this year!"

"So C.B.-san it is!" laughed Cebulski. "But seriously, I can't tell you how

excited I am to be up in the Hallowed Halls of Mighty Marvel! While I am

mainly known as the 'Manga Guy' around the industry, I have been reading

Marvel Comics for as long as I can remember."

"Recently, in Japan, many Manga creators have been taking more 'American

comic style' approaches to their art and storytelling, which they freely

admit," Cebulski continued. "They are just as influenced by our comics as we

are by their Manga, and I know many of the Japanese artists are already

chomping at the bit to take a crack at drawing Marvel's heroes."

When asked if he could name any names, Cebulski dropped a few. "Well, I

think it goes without saying that Kia Asamiya's name will be turning up on

some Marvel comics before too long. In fact, just look for his cover to IRON

MAN #55 in May. I have also talked with Takehiko Ito, creator of Outlaw

Star, and illustrator Katsuya Terada of Zenbu and BLOOD: The Last Vampire

fame, and they have also lined up some upcoming work for Marvel. And the

list continues to grow daily!"

All of us at Marvel welcome C.B.-san to The House!

Bill Rosemann

Marketing Communications Manager

Marvel Comics

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