ED CHAVEZ, Marketing Director

B.F.A., San Francisco State University (Japanese Language). For seven years Ed has been writing and critiquing Japanese popular culture for Publishers Weekly, Mania.com, and Otaku USA magazine. His familiarity with the Japanese comics industry led him to freelance work as an editor and translator for Tor-Seven Seas and DC/Wildstorm. Prior to joining Vertical, Ed developed publicity and promotional projects for DC Comics’ CMX and Kodansha, Ltd’s Kodansha BOX. When not trying to promote peace through manga culture, Ed has been known to edit indie comics and doujinshi.
Phone: (212) 730-5047

IOANNIS MENTZAS, Editorial Director

Mr. Mentzas, A.B. Princeton University (Comparative Literature); M.A. Columbia University (English), is an editorial director perfectly matched to Vertical’s goals, Having grown up in Kobe, Japan, Mr. Mentzas is himself an able, accomplished translator.
Phone: 212-730-7982

MAYA, Editor

B.F.A. University of Hartford. Maya is an all-around bad-ass ninja. Her current disguise is working at Vertical as an “editor.” Hopefully they won’t blow her cover.


Peter Mendelsund is a multiple award-winning graphic designer, part-time classical pianist, and full-time gadfly. He has jacketed books for almost every major publisher in America and abroad, his design work appears in several permanent museum collections, has been featured in numerous magazines, and his editorial illustrations show up frequently in The New York Times and other publications. As well as art-directing the Vertical list, Peter is the senior designer at Alfred A. Knopf.