January 30, 1964 |
|Archie Comics Public Relations Coordinator|
Rik Offenberger (born January 30, 1964) is an American comic book journalist and publicity agent, an early utilizer of the Internet for distributing comics news, and the public relations coordinator of Archie Comics.
Offenberger started his career in comics as a retailer at Paper Hero Comics in Chino, California. He began writing for the Comics Buyer's Guide in March 1992, where he covered stories about retailers to help promote the comics shop. Following work on the Comics Buyer's Guide, he began working for the British Borderline Comics Magazine until it was discontinued. This was followed by a move to the Internet, where he worked as an interviewer and senior feature editor at Silver Bullet Comic Books (now Comics Bulletin), conducting interviews with comics professionals. In 2004 he began producing trend-oriented interviews for Newsarama and by 2005 he was writing for both Newsarama and Comic Book Resources.
Super Hero News
In October 1998, Offenberger founded Super Hero News, an Internet-based comics-news service utilizing the Yahoo! List server. While the service primarily distributes affiliate press releases, it's also been used as a vehicle for debate and contention by some of its members.
First Comics News
In April, 2010, Offenberger, Phil Latter and Ric Croxton founded First Comics News, a web-based division of Super Hero News, covering comics, gaming, wrestling and related pop-culture topics. The name is derived from one of the early independent comics publishers of the 1980s, First Comics. The site logo was also fashioned after the publisher's imprint trademark. The site carries comics news, publisher solicitations, opinion columns, interviews, podcasts and reviews. Contributors include Beau Smith, Bob Almond, Holly Golightly, Ian Flynn, Michael Netzer, Mark Heike and cosplay actress Tanya Tate. The site maintains offices in Canada and Europe.
- Editorial introduction (March 2003). "Paul & Fernando's Weird Archie Adventure". Borderline Magazine.
- "Paul Levitz: Living In An Amazing World". Comics Bulletin. August 20, 2003.
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- "List of interviews at Newsarama". Newsarama.
- "List of interviews at Comic Book Resources". Comic Book Resources.
- Brent Frankenhoff (September 11, 2008). "Archie Redesigns its Logos". Comics Buyer's Guide.
- Schlussel, Debbie (January 8, 2007). "Archie Comics Responds to Schlussel: Wall Street Journal, Other Media Misreported Betty/Veronica Redo". Debbie Schlussel.
- Parkin, J.K. (December 27, 2006). "Riverdale's Extreme Makeover". Blog @ Newsarama.
- Netzer, Michael (April 2, 2010). "Rik Offenberger's First Comics News". Michael Netzer Online Portal.
- Parkin, J.K. (March 9, 2007). "Tit for tat on the Super Hero News list". Blog @ newsarama.
- Hauman], Glenn (July 21, 2011). "First Comics, First Second Books, First Comics News, and firstcomics.com — Confused Yet?". ComicMix.
- First Comics News (July 19, 2011). "2010 First Place Award Winners". First Comics News.