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As a creative director, editor, writer, artist, strategist, innovator, product developer, game designer, and mentor, I've spent much of my life as a "go to" creative generalist - if such a thing exists. I’ve worked professionally in the entertainment industry for 20+ years advancing visual storytelling, digital media, and how people interact with stories, characters, and ideas.

Ron Perazza
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Name : Ron Perazza
Location : New Jersey, United States
Email : ron@ronperazza.com
LinkedIn : linkedin.com/in/ronperazza
Twitter : twitter.com/Perazza
Google + : plus.google.com/+RonPerazza/
Resume : Download
Project List : Download

Work

Generating exciting, engaging products, meaningful experiences, and results driven solutions through strategy, design, enthusiasm for problem solving, and passion for storytelling.

Download a detailed list of projects.

Awards & Achievements

As an editor and creative director I've been fortunate enough to have some of the projects I've overseen recognized for excellence within my industry and by peers. These projects are, of course, team efforts. Credit and gratitude is due to the writers, artists, collaborators, and other participants.

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    MIN Award for Custom Publishing

    KING JAMES was a multifaceted, branded promotion. The campaign included a six-issue comic series, animated webisodes, point-of-purchase displays, bottle packaging, posters, event graphics, and a custom NASCAR car wrap.
    Partners: DC Comics, LeBron James, Coca-Cola, PowerAde, NASCAR, MaxMedia
    Year: 2004 - 2006
    Role: Creative Director, Editorial Director, Co-writer

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    Harvey Awards

    The Harvey Awards are given for creative achievement or excellence in comics. Nominations and awards for ZUDA COMICS include Best New Series: HIGH MOON by David Gallaher & Steve Ellis, SUPERTRON by Sheldon Vella, and NIGHT OWLS by Bobby & Peter Timony. Best Online Comic Work: THE BLACK CHERRY BOMBSHELLS by Johnny Zito and Tony Trovarello, NIGHT OWLS by Bobby & Peter Timony, and HIGH MOON by David Gallaher & Steve Ellis (winner).
    Partners: DC Comics, Zuda Comics, individual creators
    Year: 2007 - 2010
    Role: Creative Director, Editorial Director

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    Glyph Award

    The Glyph Awards recognize the best comics made by, for, and about people of color. BAYOU won the award for Best Comic Strip or Webcomic, Best Female Character, Best Artist, Best Writer, and Story of the Year.
    Partners: DC Comics, Zuda Comics, Jeremy Love, Patrick Morgan
    Year: 2009
    Role: Creative Director, Editorial Director

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    Top Ten Graphic Novels for Teens

    The American Library Association awards special recognition for excellence to a books in a variety of categories. BAYOU was selected as one of The American Library Association's top ten graphic novels for teens.
    Partners: DC Comics, Zuda Comics, Jeremy Love, Patrick Morgan
    Year: 2010
    Role: Creative Director, Editorial Director

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    Top Five Spider-Man Card Sets

    The Cardboard Connection is a leading resource for sports card, entertainment trading cards, and memorabilia collectors. 1997 FLEER ULTRA SPIDER-MAN was selected as one of The Top Five Spider-Man card sets spanning a nearly twenty year period. This set introduced the first, original art "chase" cards.
    Partners: Marvel Comics, Fleer, individual creators
    Year: 1997
    Role: Creative Director

Employement

Innovative creative director, editor, and digital media leader with extensive experience in creative services, marketing, content and product development for high-profile, global brands.

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  • 2015 - 2016

    SVP - Digital

    Archie Comics


    Responsible for strategic planning, development, and day-to-day management of website, apps, and multimedia destinations. Lead digital publishing operations for archival, new, and original digital content. Initiated and maintained strategic relationships to drive business growth.

  • 2014 - 2016

    Consultant

    Union Combine


    Provide editorial and creative direction, project management, intellectual property development, and related creative services.

  • 2013 - 2014

    Director of Digital Innovation

    Marvel Entertainment


    Lead product development, editorial strategy, and design of iOS and Android digital comics reader capable of supporting audio, video, and enhanced content. Collaborated with print and digital media teams to establish guidelines and workflow creating operational efficiency resulting in increased output and reduced expense.

  • 2011 - 2013

    Consultant

    DC Entertainment


    Facilitated DC Entertainment's corporate restructuring and relocation of personnel from New York to Los Angeles. Sustained ongoing operational responsibilities during management changes. Aided in the transition of Online, Creative Services, and Digital Publishing departments and ongoing projects.

  • 2007 - 2011

    VP - Creative Services

    DC Comics


    Led website, social media, app development, and content marketing of multiple media properties. Launched and oversaw day-to-day operations of Zuda Comics; an award-winning digital publishing imprint implementing open source solutions with community and social media platforms. Senior editorial executive overseeing custom creative for marketing, sales, and promotional materials. Initiated and maintained third-party relationships responsible for growing business and advancing digital publishing initiatives company-wide.

  • 2003 - 2007

    Director - Creative Services

    DC Comics


    Directed the development of all creative, art, and editorial for custom publishing and in-house marketing and promotional materials. Managed day-to-day website operations and expanded the DC Comics, Vertigo, and MAD Magazine publishing websites into a comprehensive online content marketing presence. Developed the companies first live product database.

  • 2001 - 2003

    Instructor

    Art Institute of Philadelphia


    Provided professional guidance and support through a combination of lectures and hands-on creative direction to college-level art students through a series of portfolio development classes.

  • 1999 - 2003

    Manager - Creative Services

    Marvel Comics


    Oversaw the growth of the custom publishing program and supervised all creative materials for custom projects and licensed promotions. Provided support for brand assurance, video games. Editor, art director, and project manager for special projects.

  • 1998 - 1999

    Product Manager - Online

    Marvel Comics


    Product and creative lead for Marvel’s line of collectible cards and game comics. Managed creative, game design, budget, and national fan club/tournament circuit.

  • 1994 - 1997

    Manager - Creative Services

    Fleer


    Creative lead for collectible trading and game cards for licensed franchises including Spider-Man, the X-Men, Star Trek and others formulating creative assets and managing talent relations.

Skills

Based on my work history, my peers on LinkedIn, and decades of role-playing games, I'm skilled in the following areas.

Publishing
Content Strategy & Development
Creative Direction
Digital Media
Comics & Pop Culture
Art, Design, & Illustration
Marketing & Social Media
Writing & Editing

Education & Organizations

  • 1989 - 1994

    Bachelor of Arts

    Rowan University


    Major: Illustration
    Minor: Art History
    Received special recognition for excellence in printmaking. Personal exhibitions displayed at Glassboro Center for the Arts in Glassboro, NJ (1994) and City Gardens in Trenton, NJ (1994).

  • 2013 - 2016

    Editorial Advisory Board Member

    Comics Grid


    The Comics Grid is an open access, peer reviewed, academic journal dedicated to comics scholarship. The journal’s purpose is to make original, media-specific contributions to the field of comics scholarship and to advance the appreciation of comic art.

  • 2016

    Volunteer

    City Green


    City Green is a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating the establishment of urban farms and gardens in northern New Jersey’s cities to create increased access to healthy, local food while cultivating education in food systems, nutrition, and the environment.

Publications

When not working I spend time creating genre fiction inspired by radio dramas, pulp magazines, dime novels and (of course) comic books. My goal is to create interesting characters and engaging stories that excite, provoke and entertain.

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01/2014

Lordless

The poor but hard working people of Haugerbain live short lives surviving on whatever the harsh, frozen land will yield. They are survivors of a forgotten kingdom trapped in a world that has moved on. All save Brom; a lone, lordless warrior who is perhaps more harsh and unforgiving than even blighted, arctic wasteland itself. LORDLESS is a visual experiment in multi-panel storytelling and is available online in the Yanapax Digital Comic Reader or as an enhanced eBook on iTunes.

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10/2013

1920: The Roaring Anthology

As the Lost Generation struggled to move past the devastation of The Great War they embraced massive social change. Jazz, movies, and technological innovation whirled with gangsters, prohibition, and political upheaval. By the end of the decade Black Thursday would usher in the Great Depression and the world would grow steadily darker. But this was just the beginning… Download from Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

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12/2012

The Road Goes Ever On

Based on writings of J.R.R. Tolkien THE ROAD GOES EVER ON is a visual experiment in digital "infinite canvas" storytelling. It can be viewed in the Yanapax Comic Viewer. Please note: this comic is not for profit and not affiliated with The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings or the Tolkien estate.

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10/2012

Relaunch

When a deep space utility ship is damaged it's up to the pilot and sole occupant to fix it. Along the way she realizes things aren't quite what they seem and a simple system relaunch could very well mean her death! RELAUNCH is a visual experiment in multi-panel storytelling and is available online in the Yanapax Digital Comic Reader.

Contact

Have a question? Interested in working together? How can I help? Get in touch and let’s get the ball rolling!

Name: Ron Perazza
Location: New Jersey, United States
Email: ron@ronperazza.com>
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