We’ve been talking about our Be Visionary Initiative for some time now, namely, our coordinated efforts at expanding Visionary, specifically along the lines of giving back to our local communities, our broader society, and our industry as a whole.
A few weeks back, we specifically focused on some of the first efforts in that initiative as we partnered with Artway Alliance to host workshops at several events this year. Our workshop, Be Your Own Superhero, focused on encouraging youth to see their own talents and skills as the super-powers they can use to make the world a better place. We’ve also hosted a number of My Comic Life panels, where CCO C. Edward Sellner has talked about building a career as a creative freelancer and been doing the weekly My Comic Life Columns which have been exploring those same topics.
Another way the studio has worked to give back is the recruiting, training, and encouragement of talented young people in our Visionary Internship Program. We’re excited to announce our largest class of interns EVER for the Fall-Winter 2016-2017 term. Five talented creators have joined the studio to learn about the comic and book industries and have already made themselves invaluable working shows and stepping up on projects, gaining practical skills and experience. You can meet each of them a little further down the post, and trust us, you’ll be hearing more from these folks very soon!
We’re also adding another staff member, as the immensely talented Gary Cohn joins Visionary as our Special Projects Manager. While Gary will be writing a number of projects with Visionary, as SPM he will also be targeting outreach oriented, community-based programs and services for creative ways Visionary can support those causes. Stay tuned!
Visionary – it’s not just our name – it’s our challenge.
We’re actually proud to announce a number of additions and promotions on staff.
Comics Division Chief Brian Augustyn and Visionary Attorney Kas Decalvaho both have an extensive history with the studio, and now both have also recently been made full partners in the studio. We are thrilled to have such expertise guiding us into our next decade. Elsewhere on staff, Chrissie Nelson, part of our Social Media Team made the leap to Project Manager last month! Chrissie started as an intern with Visionary and is now serving as client liaison with one of our larger clients.
Gary Cohn – Writer / Editor / Special Projects Manager / Partner
For almost twenty years Gary Cohn’s business card has read, “writer, teacher, fencer, motorcyclist.” He says that he has had two careers as a comics writer. The first was in the early eighties when he co-created AMETHYST, PRINCESS OF GEMWORLD and BLUE DEVIL at DC Comics. His second comics career came a dozen years later, when he got aboard the Crusade Entertainment bandwagon early on, editing SHI and writing SHI: SENRYAKU as well as his own DEMON GUN. But when the industry slumped in the late nineties Cohn felt that he needed to step away, and spent fifteen years as a NYC high school teacher and fencing coach. Now he has retired from teaching and is exploring options for a return to writing. Current projects include NEW DEVIL, with Blue Devil co-creator Paris Cullins, and NEMESIS, with former NYC teaching colleague and BronxHeroes Con founder Ray Felix. A recent transplant to Richmond, Virginia, Cohn looks forward to creating opportunities to let his imagination run. He is very excited about joining Visionary and looks forward to many amazing projects.
Kelsey Albert – Intern
A recent graduate from Wheaton College (MA) with a degree in Psychology, Kelsey is a research and data nerd. A love of all things comics led her to the Visionary internship program. She spends most of her free time singing, as she has been involved in a cappella and musical theatre for many years.
Dalton White – Intern
Recently graduated from Kenyon College with a BA in English and a minor in History, Dalton has a long-lived passion for most comics, graphic novels etc. He wishes to use his skills to edit and write but always gives 100% no matter where he contributes. He currently works as a content creator/blog writer at Kalix Communications and contributes on a variety of projects. Dalton is thrilled to help out at Visionary and hopes to be an asset in the future. Also, his all time favorite Marvel superhero is Dr. Strange.
John Butler – Intern
John is a content creator, born in Washington D.C, and a graduate of West Virginia University. While not too familiar with comics created in the US, John is an avid reader of Japanese manga. John is currently writing his first fantasy novel and comic book and hopes to have both series published in the upcoming year. John currently lives in Ellicott City, MD with his family and two dogs.
Sophia Openshaw – Intern
Sophia was born and raised in Annapolis, MD and graduated from Syracuse University in 2015, with a BFA in Illustration. She currently works as a graphic designer in Annapolis, and aspiring freelance illustrator. When she’s not working Sophia enjoys spending time with her dog, being outdoors, and reading.
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