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Wood is the founder of Woodworks, a new imprint of the San Diego-based media company IDW

COURTESY PHOTOS - Dirk Wood, a 1988 graduate of Lake Oswego High School, started collecting comics as a youth. Today he heads Woodworks, a San Diego-based media company which started out as an award-winning publisher of comic books and has now branched out into games and the entertainment industry. Dirk Wood is living the dream. The 1988 Lake Oswego High School graduate started collecting comic books as a child. After high school and college, he spent a little time in the Portland music scene, playing guitar and drums in various bands. Now, his job combines both comics and music.

Wood is the founder of Woodworks, a new imprint of IDW, a San Diego-based media company which started out as an award-winning publisher of comic books and has now branched out into games and the entertainment industry.

His work space is in the former Pine Street Theater in Portland, which resembles a music studio more than an office with its concert-poster covered walls and resident drum kit.

"It is a personal thrill to sit in this building and think about the Replacements concert which I attended" years ago, he said.

Wood is also pleased to be working in the Portland area. When he worked for IDW from 2010 to 2016, he saw his family in Portland only on weekends, and then flew back and forth to San Diego.

Dark Horse, IDW

Wood's job as the head of Woodworks is to publish a 200-page, hard-cover magazine called Full Bleed, "formatted like a book, but with magazine content," he said.

The goal is to "market comics to people who read and to extol the literary quality of comics; to turn on the people who read comics and encourage them to go beyond."

It made sense to set up Woodworks in Portland, Wood said, because the local comics scene is huge and also because of the "creative nature of the community."

Wood began working for IDW in 2010, and became the vice president of marketing in 2011. Although he is now based in Portland, Wood is also a consultant for IDW and still travels to all the tradeshows and events.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Pictured above is the first issue of Full Bleed, a comics and culture quarterly.

Full Bleed

The name Full Bleed is a printing term indicating that color covers the entire page with no borders.

"It's a great phrase that sounds kind of dark and intense," Wood said.

IDW has published three editions of Full Bleed so far, with the fourth set to come out this summer.

Once he settled in, Wood began acquiring stories and art. He was looking for writers, artists and colorists to provide illustrations, comics, fiction, non-fiction and longer, in-depth pieces that are of interest.

"I want to mash all those disparate elements together to match my personal vision," Wood said.

He quickly discovered this was going to be no easy task.

"I've been in the business 25 years and I had to teach myself every aspect of doing this magazine," he said.

This included "working with designers, creating contracts from scratch and editing every single phase," Wood said.

He added, "It was a real learning curve, but it was also the most fun."


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