Los Angeles, CA (June 14, 2021) – Alex R. Carr, former DC Group Editor, has joined the leading digital publisher of webcomics and novels, Tapas Media Inc., as Senior Director of Publisher Relations. In the newly created post, Carr will lead Tapas Media’s next steps into growing their catalog of narratives off-platform, and he cannot wait to dive in beginning today.
“There is an incredible spectrum of storytelling at Tapas, and I am so impressed not only with the innovation but also the level of customer engagement,” says Carr. “That passion will fuel my mission: to expand the reader base for Tapas’ rich catalog and to surprise and delight existing Tapas readers with new formats for their favorite stories. I’m thrilled and thankful to join this team and platform as we begin the next chapter.”
“We are so happy to have Alex join us at this pivotal moment in our company’s growth,” said Tapas Media CCO Michele Wells. “He will be developing and overseeing the entire print publishing program, as well as guiding the strategy for the global reach of Tapas content—a leadership role for which he is uniquely qualified. We’re looking forward to partnering with Alex on a number of new and exciting initiatives in Tapas storytelling both on and off platform!”
Carr has spent almost two decades in publishing and content strategy, across international locales, mediums, and genres to drive initiatives at franchise and global levels. A background in editing, combined with an early start in sales and analytics, led Carr to join as a founding editor on Amazon’s pilot program for original content, Amazon Publishing. He developed content strategies to launch global, multiplatform imprints, including Montlake Romance, followed by 47North – a Science Fiction & Fantasy imprint, and then Jet City Comics. After leading these teams, along with Kindle Serials, and acquiring talent like George R.R. Martin, Neal Stephenson, Seanan McGuire, Blake Crouch, Melinda Leigh, and Hugh Howey, he relocated to the United Kingdom to spearhead the Non-Fiction publishing initiative.
After a decade at Amazon, Carr joined the Warner Bros. Entertainment/DC Comics team in 2018 to help launch two new initiatives in the Young Reader space, recontextualizing franchises that are over 80 years old for new audiences, and acquiring New York Times bestselling talent to develop these stories, including Maggie Stiefvater, Claudia Gray, and Marieke Nijkamp. In addition, he also led the Justice League group of titles in DC’s periodical business, working with creators such as Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez, Ram V, Mike Perkins, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Doug Mahnke.”
Carr has a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Tapas Media, Inc. is a next-generation media company offering bite-sized content through its online mobile platform, Tapas. Tapas Media properties, which consists of the popular Tapas mobile app and Tapas, boasts over 8 billion views to date from more than 8.6M registered users – primarily in North America. Tapas Media provides a best-in-class reading experience for fans of storytelling on mobile devices and on the web, featuring original series – under Studio Tapas, the division dedicated to producing and publishing original webcomics and novels – licensed webcomics, and a successful digital novels division. Tapas have a devoted community side of the platform, Tapastry, which provides a destination for any creator to share their stories and find their audience. Founded in March 2012, Tapas has gathered over 63,000 creators, 96,000 series, and more than 1.6M episodes. Tapas has multiple partnerships across various multimedia platforms including Scholastic, Zoic Studios, Vault Comics, BOOM!, Hachette Book Group, Ten Speed Press (Penguin Random House), Kakao Entertainment, Podium Audio, Frolic Media, Madison Wells, and more. Tapas is the 2020 Ringo Award winner for Favorite Publisher.
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