About Blastoff Comics
Blastoff has gone across the sea, into the west, to Valinor, the Undying Lands.
Scott Tipton is a New York Times Best-Selling author and comic-book historian with a wide variety of both graphic novel and prose works to his credit. Scott’s most recent prose work, The Star Trek Vault: 40 Years From the Archives for Abrams Publishing, charts the remarkable history of the world’s most popular science-fiction series, accompanied by hand-picked reproductions of famous bits of Star Trek memorabilia. Scott is also the author of Comic Books 101, a humorous stroll through the history and high points of the American art form known as comic books, published by IMPACT BOOKS. Readers looking for Scott’s latest ruminations on comics past and present need only tune into his weekly column Comics 101, posted every Wednesday without fail.
Scott has written numerous comics and graphic novels for publishers IDW Publishing and Archie Comics, including such titles as Star Trek: The Next Generation – Mirror Broken, Mickey Mouse Shorts, Nicholas Meyer’s The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive, Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever, The Original Teleplay, Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time, Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation Squared, The New Crusaders, Klingons: Blood Will Tell, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Intelligence Gathering, Star Trek: Mirror Images, Spock: Reflections, Khan: Ruling in Hell, Star Trek: Infestation, Spike: Lost and Found, Angel: Auld Lang Syne, Astro Boy: Underground, Angel: A Hole in the World, Illyria: Haunted and Sonic the Hedgehog.
Jud Meyers began his career in the comics industry behind the scenes at Titan Publishing in London, England, before making the jump into the retail sector.
From 1989 through 1994, Meyers spent all of his time abroad managing and assisting in the launching of the most prestigious comic-book retail stores in the UK, including Forbidden Planet, Virgin Megastore and Meanwhile Comics.
In 1994, Meyers moved back to New York City and took a position at Avalanche Of Wonder, one of the world’s largest international comic-book mail-order services. While at Avalanche, Meyers helped develop systems for their move from a warehouse mail-order service to true online overstock placement.
Arriving in Los Angeles in 1997, Meyers launched Krypton Collectibles, his own website shipping service. For the next six years, he bought, sold and shipped bulk collections of vintage books and collectibles through his online portal, growing from a small storage facility to bustling warehouse systems.
In 2003, Meyers co-founded his first brick-and-mortar location in California and in just a few years was the recipient of the Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award. He has been the co-founder, owner and CEO of three successful bookstores. Blastoff Comics, his last store in North Hollywood, was founded in partnership with comic-book author Scott Tipton, and was known for its dedication to charitable partnerships with children’s hospitals, schools and libraries all over America.
In 2018, Meyers took the position of Director of Sales & Marketing at Humanoids Publishing, where he helped launch three successful new book imprints and expanded the French publisher’s book-market presence in America.
In 2019, Meyers moved over to IDW Publishing as their Global Sales Director, growing and expanding their sales channels in worldwide book and direct-market comic-book distribution, foreign licensing opportunities and all digital initiatives.
Artist-in-Residence Elena Casagrande, a graduate of the International School of Comics in Rome, Italy, began her career as artist David Messina’s assistant, kicking off a long relationship with IDW Publishing. That collaboration with IDW continues today, working on such series as Star Trek (Klingons: Blood Will Tell, Orions, Q, Spock: Reflections), The Ghost Whisperer (The Haunted), Angel (Auld Lang Syne, Doyle, Smile Time, A Hole in the World, Illyria: Haunted and the Angel ongoing series), Infestation, True Blood and most recently The X-Files. Elena’s work for Marvel includes Marvel Heartbreakers, Spitfire, Ultimate Spider-Man and Hulk, and her work can currently be found on the Tenth Doctor series from Titan’s line of Doctor Who comics. She currently lives in a quiet town in Italy from where she plots global domination.