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Hunter Gorinson Named President and Publisher of Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group

Hunter Gorinson

Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group has announced that it has named veteran publishing executive Hunter Gorinson to the position of President and Publisher.

Gorinson will assume the post immediately and oversee all company operations, including Oni’s editorial, marketing, operations, and sales divisions – with a portfolio that spans the direct market, book, digital, and e-commerce channels. In his new role, Gorinson will be tasked with expanding Oni-Lion Forge’s footprint as one of the world’s most renowned publishers of comic books and original graphic novels; building upon its decades-long relationships with some of the comic medium’s most noted creators; identifying new creative voices and partnerships; and expanding the Oni-Lion Forge brand through new collaborative ventures rooted in the storytelling power of the comic book medium.

Gorinson comes to Oni with more than a decade of high-level experience in comic book publishing, film and television development, and content strategy, working in partnership with some of the most recognizable creators, properties, and brands throughout the entertainment landscape.

From 2011 onward, Gorinson served as the founding Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Valiant Entertainment, where he co-architected the relaunch of the award-winning independent comics publisher. In 2018, Gorinson joined Hivemind – the production company behind Netflix’s The Witcher and Amazon’s The Expanse – where he served as Senior Vice President of Brand & Content Strategy and led development of multiple high-profile additions to the company’s slate of comic book-based film and television projects.

Gorinson also simultaneously co-founded the upstart comic publishing imprint Bad Idea, serving as the company’s Publisher through its launch.

In 2021, Gorinson joined BOOM! Studios as the Eisner Award-winning publisher’s first Vice President of Business Development. As the founding executive behind the company’s emerging business development division, Gorinson worked to forge new business opportunities, partnerships, and brand collaborations for the industry’s second largest independent publisher; expand the company’s opportunities in publishing across the direct market, book, and direct-to-consumer channels; and develop the BOOM! library across publishing, media, and licensing.

Hunter Gorinson Joins BOOM! as Vice President of Business Development

Hunter Gorinson

BOOM! Studios has announced that it has appointed Hunter Gorinson as Vice President of Business Development. In this newly created role, Gorinson will originate new business opportunities, strengthen and expand the company’s opportunities in publishing across the direct market, book, and direct-to-consumer channels, identify and negotiate new partnerships and brand collaborations, and help shepherd development opportunities for the BOOM! library. Gorinson will report to President of Publishing & Marketing, Filip Sablik.

Gorinson brings more than a decade of high-level experience in comic book publishing, film and television production, and demonstrating success in forging new initiatives in partnership with some of the most recognizable creators, properties, and brands in entertainment. From 2011 onward, Gorinson served as a founding member of the executive team at Valiant Entertainment, where he co-architected the publishing and marketing strategy behind the independent comic book publisher’s award-winning resurgence as Vice President of Marketing & Communications. In 2018, Gorinson joined Hivemind – the Los Angeles-based production company behind Netflix’s The Witcher, Amazon’s The Expanse, and the upcoming television adaptation of Jeff Lemire & Andrea Sorrentino’s Gideon Falls – where he served as Senior Vice President of Brand & Content Strategy. Most recently, Gorinson was a founding member of the executive team and Publisher at Bad Idea – the comic book publishing imprint that released new series by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt, GLAAD Media Award nominee Marguerite Bennett, and other notable talents. He also co-founded Allnighter, a film and television production company with a broad portfolio of genre and comic book-based projects, including upcoming adaptations of EC Comics’ seminal Weird Fantasy series and Image Comics’ The Strange Talent of Luther Strode. He holds a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communications from New York University and an M.S. in Media Management from The New School.

Allnighter is Bringing the Webcomic Let’s Play to Television

Allnighter has announced that it will be bringing the massively popular, romantic comedy webcomic, Let’s Play, and its devoted, multimillion-strong weekly readership to television as a live-action series in partnership with creator Leeanne M. Krecic. Allnighter partners Amanda Kruse, Dinesh Shamdasani, and Hunter Gorinson will executive produce the series alongside Krecic and Tom Akel. The team will soon be approaching high-profile showrunner talent for the adaptation.

The female-driven series – which embraces, explores, and satirizes gaming culture through the eyes of a 20-something, female video game developer – launched as an online webcomic serial in 2016 on WEBTOON, the largest digital comics platform in the world. It quickly took on a life of its own, amassing a subscriber base of more than 3.8 million weekly readers – a staggering statistic that makes it not only one of the most successful series in the history of the WEBTOON platform, but one of the most widely read serialized comic books anywhere in the Western world today. With a legion of dedicated fans that spans the gaming, comics, and romantic fiction communities and a long list of critical accolades (including a 2019 Eisner Award nomination), Let’s Play has also successfully migrated into print through Rocketship Entertainment with two blockbuster crowdfunding campaigns that have amassed nearly $1 million in contributions and that currently rank amongst the 20 most successful comics Kickstarters of all time. 

The comic series will return for its highly anticipated third “season” later in 2021 and can be read online at webtoons.com and in the WEBTOON app.

Let’s Play follows Sam – an aspiring game developer who sacrificed a social life to pour her heart and soul into her first game. But when the product of Sam’s passion – a lovingly constructed RPG called Ruminate – gets skewered by an enigmatic game reviewer only known by the online handle “Marshall Law,” the personal and professional fallout is swift and brutal. Things get even more complicated when Sam discovers that her new next-door neighbor is none other than Marshall in the flesh – and that, together, they’re about to become opposing players in the game of love and life.

Let's Play

The Bad Idea Crew Reveals Some Very Good Ideas. We Get the Scoop on the New Publisher

We were joined by the Bad Idea crew to talk about the comic publishing company that’s doing things a bit differently. The publisher sees its first comic release this week with ENIAC #1.

Joining us:

  • Dinesh Shamdasani – Co-CEO & Co-Chief Creative Officer
  • Warren Simons – Co-CEO & Co-Chief Creative Officer
  • Hunter Gorinson – Publisher
  • Joshua Johns – Director of Marketing
  • Atom Freeman – Sales Consultant

Since the filming, we learned how the publisher will handle new printings of their comics.

So dive in and find out about a comic publisher that’s shaking up how it’s done.

Stick around after the interview to see the comics coming only to comic shops.

The Strange Talent of Luther Strode Heads to the Big Screen

The Strange Talent of Luther Strode

Allnighter has announced that it is adapting the Image Comics series The Strange Talent of Luther Strode by Justin Jordan and Tradd MooreAllnighter’s Dinesh ShamdasaniHunter Gorinson, and Amanda Kruse will produce the film alongside co-creators Jordan and Moore. Jordan is currently at work adapting the comic and will pen the screenplay.

The subject of near-universal critical acclaim and multiple sold-out printings, The Strange Talent of Luther Strode cemented writer Justin Jordan and artist Tradd Moore alike as two of comics’ fastest rising stars upon its debut in 2011 and led both to best-selling turns at the helm of Marvel and DC’s biggest franchises. In the process, Jordan and Moore reunited for two equally successful follow-ups – 2012’s The Legend of Luther Strode and 2015’s The Legacy of Luther Strode – to complete the genre-colliding trilogy that first rocketed them to superstar status.

The series splices together the common DNA of the superhero and slasher archetypes for a brash and bloody adventure that is equal parts comic-book escapism and action-horror hybrid.

High schooler Luther Strode was always a little bit less than average – soft-spoken, skinny, and, more than anything, terrified that his estranged father would one day return to torment him and his mother once more. But that ended the day that Luther discovered “The Method” – an improbably old text hidden between the comic books and ragged paperbacks at his favorite used bookstore. But The Method is far more than it seems – and, as its ancient techniques rework Luther’s body and unlock the strange talents buried deep within, he will find himself transformed into a near-perfect physical specimen imbued with incredible strength, startling new abilities…and a killer’s instinct for violence that he can’t quite seem to shake. When The Method’s masters arrive to observe Luther’s progress and draw him into action, he’ll be forced to make the ultimate choice: embrace the monster he was intended to be…or use his newfound power to protect the people – the classmates, the teachers, the neighbors – who never protected him when he needed them the most.

Jordan’s other film and television projects currently include an adaptation of his comics series Spread with artist Kyle Strahm, while Moore’s 2019 series with writer Ales KotThe New World, is being adapted as a feature film for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Sometimes It Takes A Bad Idea For The Future To Be Bright…

If you missed the news, the new comic book company Bad Idea released the first press release identifying how they intend to release their comics. I’ll put a link to the Graphic Policy article here that’ll give you more detail if you haven’t read it, but effectively what we’re looking at is a company who intend to ignore the current distribution method in comics, so Diamond, and instead self-distribute to twenty hand-picked stores (with intention to increase that to fifty by the end of the year). There will be no digital comics, there will be no trade paperbacks. There will also be no variant covers, with each comic being limited to one per customer.

This news has been met with anger, disappointment, optimism, excitement and every other reaction you’re thinking right now that’s going to come from comic fans shocked that they probably won’t be able to get the comics at their regular stop with some stating that it’s a bad idea to go this route. I’ll admit to being disappointed by the news in the press release until I read this interview on Multiveristy Comics with Dinesh Shamdasani, Warren Simons and Hunter Gorinson. The three are all former Valiant employees who were forced out or left after the investment firm DMG purchased the company. After the quality of the Valiant books under their watch, I was intrigued and excited by what they may have up their sleeves with Bad Idea

The above interview with the three reminded me of one of the most exciting things in comics – the hunt for a certain issue. It isn’t a coincidence that I have been slowly building various runs of comics without using online retailers; because hunting in bins has an appeal for me that I can’t quantify.

Dinesh hinted during the interview that the comics will be available online, though perhaps not officially, and he danced around the sad truth that people pirate comics and unfortunately that is a reality these days. It shouldn’t be, but that’s a rant for another day.

By selecting just twenty shops (to start) to sell their comics, Bad Idea is encouraging those of us (yes us, because I know damn well I’ll be one of them) to find ways to get the issues. The list of shops won’t be a secret, which implies the shops must be willing to ship the comics to those outside of reasonable driving distance, which will, in turn, drive the business of certain shops. If Bad Idea becomes a phenomenon then this could, in turn, drive people into comic shops that otherwise wouldn’t step into our world.

I understand the anger and disappointment people are feeling, though. I understand that you want to be able to order these books as you would your normal pull list. But being free of Diamond’s rigid distribution system means the creative teams are free to tell a story in 27 pages or 33. It means they can be late if the book isn’t ready without rushing out a subpar issue that won’t satisfy the fans. It means more money in the pockets of the people putting out the books.

By circumventing the traditional methods of distribution Bad Idea has gotten themselves a lot of people talking about a company who has barely revealed a full page of comics. They’re a company with some of the very best writers and artists who have been given the freedom to create what I’m sure will be some of the best comics we’ll ever read. You may or may not agree – but I have faith in Dinesh Shamdasani, Warren Simons, Hunter Gorinson and the amazing talent that they have accrued around them. I will find a way to get these books because I have faith in the people putting them out, and I want to support them – and at the very least the fact I have to work to get them is strangely exciting for me.

If you just want to read the books, you’ll find a way. But if you want to be a part of what could be the next step in comics… it may just take a Bad Idea for the future to be bright in comics.

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A Bad Idea is Coming to Comics

Bad Idea teaser

It’s been teased for a while but it has been officially announced that Valiant Entertainment veterans Dinesh Shamdasani, Warren Simons, and Hunter Gorinson are returning to comics in 2020. The three have kicked off a new publishing company, Bad Idea.

The announcement today included the above teaser image featuring artwork from several of Bad Idea’s projects.

Announced creators featured in the teaser and working with the publisher include Doug Braithwaite, Tomas Giorello, Lewis LaRosa, and Adam Pollina.

More details are coming soon.

Hivemind and Brian Taylor are Bringing The Illuminatus! Trilogy to Television


Hivemind has announced that it has partnered with writer/director Brian Taylor and European production company Kallisti for a new television series based on The Illuminatus! Trilogy – the hugely influential science-fiction franchise created by authors Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea that first introduced the concept of “the Illuminati” into the popular consciousness, while simultaneously fueling, deconstructing, and skewering America’s modern-day obsession with conspiracy theories.

When the offices of a Manhattan news publisher are bombed, anti-authority reporter George Dorn begins to suspect that the disturbing conspiracy his editor has spent months investigating is not only real, it might be the key to unlocking all of history’s greatest unanswered mysteries. As George sets out to find his mentor and uncover the truth about an all-seeing secret society that seems to unify every insane, inane, and outlandish conspiracy theory ever told – from the JFK assassination, celebrity cabals and lost continents to UFOs, ancient gods and the truth about the New World Order – he finds himself drawn deeper into a war between two shadowy groups. On one side stand the Discordians, a clandestine band of chaos-loving guerrilla fighters led by the enigmatic modern-day pirate Hagbard Celine; and on the other, the Illuminati – elite authoritarians who secretly manipulate world events, ever-expanding their wealth, influence, and physical power in a plot to escape the limitations of human existence.

Illuminatus! will be executive produced by Dinesh Shamdasani and Hunter Gorinson for Hivemind, and Iris McPherson and Kirstin Winkler for Kallisti. Taylor will serve as executive producer and showrunner.

A globetrotting science-fiction/conspiracy thriller laced with subversive humor, Illuminatus! was first published in 1975 at the height of post-Watergate paranoia and has remained in print ever since.  Often ranked as one of the most influential and obsessively followed pieces of cult science fiction ever produced, references and allusions to the series have turned up everywhere many citing the series as an inspiration and influence.

Celebrated as a “mind-twisting science fiction…classic for more than 30 years” by the New York Times, “the ultimate conspiracy book” by the Village Voice, and the “New Testament” of the American counterculture underground by ViceIlluminatus! has spawned nearly a dozen sequels and spin-offs, along with comic books, stage plays, radio productions, role-playing games, and more based on the original trilogy. In recent years, Kallisti has also developed an immersive Illuminatus! VR experience, exploring series’ many iconic characters and settings, that has exhibited at numerous arts and technology events in the United States and Europe.

This Week Sees an Exodus of Comic Publisher Staff

This week has seen a large exodus of high profile staff at various comic publishers.

IDW Publishing‘s Chris Ryall is the highest profile of the bunch. Ryall joined the publisher in June 2004 and decided to leave under his own volition. In a message to staff and the public, he said he was taking a break from the “never-ending-deadline train” and will be seeking new challenges.

Also leaving the company is current public relations manager Steven Scott. Scott said he was leaving the publisher to focus on his comic creation and writing career.

That’s not the only shake-up with the publisher. Co-founder Ted Adams moved from publisher to CEO and Greg Goldstein moved to the publisher position.

Also leaving a comic publisher is Hunter Gorinson, Valiant Entertainment‘s VP of Marketing and Communications. This is the fourth high-profile individual to leave the company after its acquisition by DMG Entertainment in January. Also leaving the company was CCO and CEO Dinesh Shamdasani, Chairmon Peter Cuneo, and CFO Gavin Cuneo.

All of this comes after Axel Alonso was removed from his Editor-in-Chief position at Marvel back in November.

2018 is only three months in and the landscape is shifting a lot. With major announcements such as DC’s DC Zoom and DC Ink and Marvel’s “Fresh Start,” it’s clear 2018 is going to be an interesting year for the industry.

Valiant Promotes Hunter Gorinson to VP Marketing & Communications

VALIANT_GORINSON_001Valiant Entertainment has named Hunter Gorinson to the position of Vice President of Marketing & Communications. A member of the management team that relaunched Valiant’s publishing operations to record-setting critical and commercial success, Gorinson joined the company as Marketing & Communications Manager in 2011 and was subsequently promoted to his previous position as Director of Marketing, Communications & Digital Media in 2013. Gorinson’s new appointment reflects his integral strategic and managerial position within Valiant, where he has a played a key role across all facets of the company’s marketing and public relations in publishing, licensing, digital media, and film since its widely acclaimed return in 2012.

Gorinson’s new appointment reflects his integral strategic and managerial position within Valiant, where he has a played a key role across all facets of the company’s marketing and public relations in publishing, licensing, digital media, and film since its widely acclaimed return in 2012.

Gorinson’s experience prior to Valiant includes Marvel Entertainment and Showtime Networks, as well as several years as a reporter and columnist covering entertainment and local politics in Washington, DC. He holds a B.A. from New York University and an M.S. from The New School.