The AWA (Artists, Writers & Artisans) recruited a long-time journalist Michael Cotton into its ranks in hopes to assemble an all-new group of diverse creators to deliver fresh original stories for the company.
Cotton is a former journalist in the comic book industry with bylines in WIZARD and Champion! Magazines. Also, he came within the industry following his tenure as senior editor at DC Comics.
“I’ve followed AWA since its inception and have been amazed by the quality of their stories and vision for working with creators in new and exciting ways,” said Cotton. “The opportunity to carve my own path among this incredibly talented editorial team by assembling an all-new group of diverse creators to deliver fresh original IP for the AWA portfolio is something that I couldn’t pass up. I can’t wait to begin developing content that will excite and resonate with both long-time fans, retailers, and new audiences,” stated Cotton in a statement.
Cotton joined to work alongside AWA co-founders Axel Alonso and Bill Jemas.
“Since my days at Marvel, Mike has been a mainstay and one of the leading voices in the comic book industry. From his time at WIZARD, his whole purpose has been to advance the industry forward and to support the diverse voices that are so valuable to the medium,” said Alonso. “AWA continues to assemble an incredible team of executives, editors, and creators by adding Mike to the team will be invaluable to our ability to continue to develop and diversify the content we produce.”
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AWA most recently announced its first project with Chariot, an event feature film based on the AWA graphic novel by Bryan Edward Hill with Joseph Kosinski (Top Gun: Maverick) to direct. The company recruited many of the most renowned comic book talents, including J. Michael Straczynski, Frank Cho, Garth Ennis, Mike Deodato Jr. Christa Faust, and many more.