[Comic Book News] Kari Torson, Manager of International Licensing at Dark Horse Comics, Promoted to Director


Dark Horse Comics has announced the promotion of Kari Torson to the role of Director of International Licensing.

A graduate of the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, Kari Torson went on to receive her MA in writing and publishing from Emerson College, Boston. Torson got her start working as a subsidiary rights associate at Simon & Schuster in New York City. From there she worked at Writers House before returning to rights management for children’s books at HarperCollins Publishers. She then worked in foreign rights at Penguin Random House prior to joining Dark Horse as Manager of International Licensing. Upon landing that role, which she has served in admirably for the past three years, Torson explained her love for the industry and for Dark Horse.

“For me, the best storytelling is a perfect blend of text and art, so I’ve always been drawn to comics, advocating for them at every opportunity. Dark Horse writers and artists are some of the most masterful in the industry and I couldn’t be more thrilled to join the Dark Horse team in a position where it’s actually my job to license comics all over the world,” said Torson.

“Kari has been essential to expanding our international publishing relationships in growing markets such as Latin America and Asia,” says Nick McWhorter, Dark Horse’s Chief Business Development Officer. “Dark Horse Comics’ global reach is at record levels and I’m excited to see this continue to grow under Kari’s direction.”

Please join us in congratulating Kari Torson on her past accomplishments and wishing her luck in her new role with the publisher!

About Dark Horse:


For more than thirty years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The MaskGhostX, and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga, and products based on popular properties includes Dragon AgeBuffy the Vampire SlayerAliensConan, Tomb RaiderHaloThe Witcher,SerenityGame of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

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