Bringing Years Of Editorial Vision
♦ The second Portsmouth Comic Con takes place in 7 days’ time and Tripwire is proud to be a part of it once again. Here is the latest spotlight feature looking at one of its guests, editorial director Joseph Illidge
Joseph Illidge is the Editorial Director for A Wave Blue World, working with visionary creators from the comic book and global entertainment industries to develop groundbreaking books celebrating inclusion and heroism
A worldbuilder with experience in high-profile characters and universe development, writer, and public speaker, Joseph was featured in the 2017 History Channel documentary series, “Superheroes Decoded”, discussing popular icons from Batman to Luke Cage.
In his career, Joseph served as the Executive Editor for the Valiant Entertainment Universe and line of monthly comic books, and Senior Editor for Lion Forge Comics where he spearheaded “Catalyst Prime”, the star-studded superhero comic book imprint.
Joseph’s first job in the comic book industry was at Milestone Media, Inc., the groundbreaking comic book publisher of inclusive superhero stories and creators of the award-winning animated series “Static Shock” from Warner Bros.
Joseph served as an editor on the “Batman” line of comic books for DC Entertainment during the year-long event “Batman: No Man’s Land” and Batman line-wide relaunch, and edited “Birds Of Prey”, DC Comics’ critically-acclaimed female action thrilled series.
Characters and concepts from Joseph’s editorial tenure at DC Entertainment have appeared on the television shows Gotham from FOX, Arrow from the CW Network, The Dark Knight Rises film, and will appear in the upcoming 2020 film Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn)
His love of comics goes back to when he was a kid, he revealed in an interview he did with Blavity back in 2016: “I’ve been reading comic books since the second grade. I went from being a fan of The Legion of Super-Heroes to becoming a hardcore X-Men fan to following the saga of Daredevil, Elektra, and The Kingpin in Daredevil written and drawn by Frank Miller. I would say I fell in love with comics in 1985, when I was a teenager and I read Crisis on Infinite Earths, published by DC Comics. It was a year-long storyline that was set up throughout the DC universe for at least a year before. Led by the writer/penciler team of Marv Wolfman and George Perez, it was a superhero story on a literary scale. All of the parallel worlds of the multiverse were being eliminated from existence, and the heroes and villains of the remaining worlds joined forces to prevent the Apocalypse. That story showed me the potential scale for superhero fiction, and when characters like The Flash and Supergirl died, in pretty messy, dramatic fashion, it hit me. These heroes won’t live forever. After that, I read Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns, and Ronin, and my perception of what could be done in comics in terms of character and story were expanded.” https://blavity.com/s4mblerds-my-conversation-with-joseph-p-illidge/
This is Illidge’s first visit to Portsmouth Comic Con and is also his first visit to a UK convention in many years. He is a great addition to the show as he has years of experience as an editor at some of the biggest companies in comics and publishing
Tickets are available now for Portsmouth Comic Con but they are selling fast. Please visit the website for details on the show and to pick up tickets
And here’s the other guest spotlights so far