Blake Northcott Named Editor-in-Chief of Massive Publishing

Blake Northcott Named Editor-in-Chief of Massive Publishing

Massive Publishing (home of the Whatnot Publishing imprint) names author, comic book writer, and screenwriter Blake Northcott as Editor-in-Chief, effective immediately.

“Blake’s commitment to the craft of storytelling, her passion for comics, and the amazing ability she has to connect with creators, is what made her the obvious choice to help lead the company into its next phase of expansion and innovation.” - Michael Calero, CEO/Co-Publisher (Massive Publishing)

“Massive has quickly become the most exciting brand in the industry,” says Northcott. “What Michael [Calero], Trevor [Richardson], and Kevin [Roditeli] have accomplished within a year is nothing short of extraordinary. I’m so honored to be working alongside such a talented group of people.”

Northcott has been writing professionally since 2010. She has a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University, and teaches at The Kubert School.

She penned the international bestselling Arena Mode novels, which were optioned by Heavy Metal Studios to be developed as a streaming series. 

She’s written for DC Comics, Dynamite Comics, Aspen Comics, Heavy Metal Magazine, and wrote editorials for Mark Millar’s label, Millarworld. She also writes Evanescence: Echoes from the Void for Opus Publishing.

In 2018, Northcott’s The North Valley Grimoire became Canada’s most-funded fiction novel of all time on Kickstarter. In 2020 she followed up with a short story, The Omega Artifact, which is currently in development to be a feature film with Papa Octopus Productions.

In May of 2023, The North Valley Grimoire was adapted into a series of comic books for Massive under the Whatnot Publishing imprint.

Massive Publishing was founded in 2022 by Michael Calero, Trevor Richardson, and Kevin Roditeli, and launched with its first imprint Whatnot Publishing, a partnership with the social commerce platform, Whatnot. After distributing over 800,000 units to retailers in their first six months, Massive was added to the Deluxe Publisher Tier of Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.  

Massive recently announced the launch of its flagship line with its first title being Sean Gordon Murphy’s five-issue limited series, The Plot Holes (August, 2023). Also announced, two new imprints, ‘Overlook’, a horror imprint helmed by writer Cullen Bunn, and the CEO of Hustle & Heart Films, Heath Amodio; and ‘Kingwood Comics’, David Crownson’s imprint focused on Black creators and characters. Crownson’s Harriet Tubman, Demon Slayer will launch September 2023 and is currently being adapted into a live-action series on Disney+.

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