‘Heavy Metal’: New CEO Matthew Medney Looks To The Future On “The Bleeding Edge Of Sci-Fi”

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Exclusive: The 300th issue of Heavy Metal magazine will be published this summer the same week that Comic-Con international returns to San Diego but, after four decades, is the future of the illustrated sci-fi publication as bright and vivid as its past?

No one hopes so more than Matthew Medney, the just-appointed new CEO of Heavy Metal. He takes the reins to a magazine that launched in April 1977, the month before George Lucas’ Star Wars ushered in Hollywood’s era of fantasy and sci-fi blockbusters. Heavy Metal began life as National Lampoon’s licensed English translation of France’s Métal Hurlant and, unlike Star Wars, aimed for adult audiences with sexually provocative art and the trippy concepts of contributors such as Mœbius, Enki Bilal, Philippe Druillet, Richard Corben, Berni Wrightson, and Jim Steranko.

Medney comes to the venerable magazine from Herø Projects, a speciality publisher that tailors comics to serve
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