BOOM! Studios was founded by Ross Richie in 2005 with the singular focus of creating world-class comic book and graphic novel storytelling for all audiences. Through the development of four distinct imprints—BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia—BOOM! has produced award-winning original work, including Lumberjanes, The Woods, Giant Days, Klaus, and Mouse Guard, while also breaking new ground with established licenses such as WWE, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Cartoon Network, and Jim Henson Company properties. BOOM! will also bring their original series to life through unique first-look relationships with 20th Century Fox for film and with Fox Television for the small screen. Please visit staging.boom-studios.com for more information.
MEET THE TEAM
Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Ross founded BOOM! Studios in the spare bedroom of his apartment in June of 2005 — the company went on to win “Best New Publisher” four months later. Since then, BOOM! has added “Best Publisher” from Diamond Comics Distributors to its list of accolades in 2009 and 2010, along with an Eisner Award and several Harveys. Ross is originally from San Antonio, TX.
Chief Financial Officer
Joy loves to solve problems of all shapes and sizes. She started her career as a biochemist, then moved on to be a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where she discovered that business problems can be just as fun as scientific research. From there, she held several roles in corporate strategy (Mars, Pfizer, Wonderful). Most recently she ran Finance and Operations for a division of The Wonderful Company. Joy holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
As Editor-in-Chief of BOOM! Studios, Matt Gagnon is head of creative at the publisher, overseeing the Editorial and Production/Design departments. Matt joined BOOM! Studios in 2008 and–aside from the company’s founder–is the longest serving employee of the company. Since his promotion from Managing Editor to Editor-in-Chief in 2010, the publishing house has grown exponentially and earned numerous Eisner Awards, Harvey Awards, GLAAD awards, and Diamond Best Publisher awards. BOOM!’s titles have also earned multiple New York Times Best Seller designations.
Throughout Matt’s tenure overseeing content creation at BOOM! the publisher has amassed the largest independently-controlled comic book and graphic novel library in the industry; in 2017 20th Century Fox invested in BOOM! as a strategic partnership to fuel the company’s generation of more original content.
Previous to BOOM!, Matt was the GM/Buyer of the legendary Meltdown Comics on Sunset Blvd when it was one of the nation’s preeminent comic book shops. In this role Matt was a local tastemaker during the comics-to-Film/TV boom of the early aughts, coordinated events for the likes of Disney and MTV, and raised money for the CBLDF by throwing “Y the Last Party,” the red carpet finale party for Y: The Last Man.
As a writer, Matt created the comic book series FREELANCERS and created the comic book series DAY MEN, which is currently in development for TV.
President of Publishing and Marketing
As BOOM! Studios President of Publishing and Marketing, Filip Sablik oversees both logistical publishing concerns including interacting with key distribution partners, digital initiatives, licensing partners, printers; and also, on a daily basis dons his marketing cap to spearhead BOOM!’s marketing, press, and promotion initiatives. Sablik is a six year veteran of Diamond Comic Distributors, where he rose to Assistant Manager of the Purchasing Department. He then transitions to publishing by moving to Top Cow Productions in 2006 as Vice-President of Marketing & Sales, before being promoted to Publisher in 2008. As Top Cow’s Publisher, Filip Sablik managed all of Top Cow’s publishing business including editorial, marketing, production, license coordination and digital distribution. Sablik has also worked as a creator, writer and artist in the comic industry. He is the creator and writer of Pilot Season: Asset and Pilot Season: Misdirection, as well as co-creator and co-writer of Last Mortal. A graduate of the Maryland Institute, College of Art, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Art in Illustration and graduated cum laude.
President of Development
Stephen Christy came to BOOM! through the company’s acquisition of Archaia Entertainment, where Stephen served as Editor-in-Chief and oversaw the company’s film/tv operations. At Archaia he became the only editor in the industry to win back-to-back Eisner Awards for Best Original Graphic Album two years in a row, for Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand and Return of the Dapper Men. When BOOM! acquired Archaia, Stephen was put in charge of the company’s film and TV division, and was instrumental in brokering the company’s first look film deal with 20th Century Fox and first look TV deal with 20th Television. He currently oversees BOOM!’s entire multimedia development slate and is based out of BOOM!’s satellite office on the Fox lot. He is a graduate of Emerson College.
Senior Vice President, Film
Adam Yoelin is an experienced executive in the film industry who began his career at one of the leading talent agencies and quickly forged a path into producing. Over the course of his career as a development and production executive, he’s collaborated with top talent and shepherded a vast number of projects for various production companies, studios and financiers. Upon joining BOOM! in 2014, Yoelin has headed up the film division under the company’s first-look deal at 20th Century Fox, where he’s helped assemble an extensive slate of projects and produced the upcoming adaptation of the BOOM! graphic novel, The Empty Man.
Vice President of Licensing and Merchandising
Drummer, father and avid pop-culture devotee, Lance has extensive experience in the industry, including a decade with Dark Horse Comics as the Director of Global Licensing before joining BOOM! Studios in 2010. Lance has worked intimately with brands around the globe that include The Muppets, Disney (Classics), PIXAR, Lucas Film’s Star Wars/Indy Jones, Hellboy, Sin City, Frank Miller’s 300, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Aliens/Predator and most recently Charles Schulz’s PEANUTS and Jim Davis’s Garfield. When he’s not focusing on world domination, you’ll find him perpetuating his own version of “Portlandia” up in Oregon.
Head Of Television
Mark Ambrose joined BOOM! in the summer of 2020 from the comfort of his couch via a spotty internet connection. He oversees Television Development and Production, which includes a number of projects in active development at Netflix, where BOOM! has a First Look deal, and series in production or development at Disney+, FX, Paramount+, and Fox. Mark’s love of comics began in a Pizza Hut in Southeast Michigan in 1993 when he received a complimentary X-Men comic, and has only grown since then.
Prior to joining BOOM!, Mark worked at Marvel Television for 5 years, where he produced series including The Punisher and Jessica Jones for Netflix, Runaways for Hulu, and The Gifted for Fox. He previously served as VP, Drama Development at 20th Century Fox TV and began his career at WME. He graduated from University of Michigan with a BA in Film & Television Studies.
Vice President of Editorial & Creative Strategy
As Vice President of Editorial & Creative Strategy, Bryce Carlson oversees the day-to-day operations of the BOOM! Studios Editorial department across all imprints with a focus on curating content, developing creative publishing strategies, and leading innovative release and sales initiatives.
After graduating from Chapman University, Carlson joined BOOM! Studios in 2008 as a temp in the mailroom. He was quickly hired as the Executive Assistant and in 2009, he transitioned to the role of Editor. From 2010 to 2018, Carlson served as Managing Editor where he helped shape and grow the Editorial department while overseeing the development of large scale publishing programs for properties such as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and editing select projects, including the graphic novelization of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Roger Langridge’s Snarked, which was the first original series from BOOM! Studios to win an Eisner Award (Best Publication for Kids, 2012).
Since his promotion to Vice President of Editorial & Creative Strategy in 2018, Carlson has taken a larger role in managing key partnerships and high-level creative relationships, such as acquiring world rights to R.L. Stine’s Just Beyond graphic novel series. Carlson is also the writer and co-creator of the critically acclaimed Hit comic book series with Vanesa R. Del Rey.