Meet the Crew

PUG-W’s leadership has extensive experience throughout the popular culture industry.

We also bring business-specific experience that lends itself to the licensed publishing space, including: Warcraft Comics, IDW Licensed Publishing, Cryptozoic Licensed Games & Toys.

John Nee CEO PUG W

John Nee

CEO of Pan-Universal Galactic Worldwide

John is a highly experienced transmedia executive and entrepreneur with 30 years of experience in comics and book publishing, video games, tabletop games, and collectables. He specializes in building and directing teams to develop and deploy IP across multiple mediums with an emphasis on growing and maintaining strong fan communities.

XP: DC Comics, Image Comics,  Marvel Comics, Cryptozoic

John Barber


John Barber is the former Editor-In-Chief of IDW Publishing and a longtime writer of Transformers comics (and other media). Prior to that, he was a freelance writer and editor at both IDW (overseeing the Hasbro line of comics) and Marvel.

XP: Marvel, IDW Publishing

Marion Copeland

Finance Diva

Marion mixes her love of books/comics with her over 27 years of royalties and accounting experiences.

XP:  IDW Publishing, Maker Studios, DivX, EMI, Trek Bicycle, Nike

Zane Dille

Executive Producer

Zane specializes in narrative development, emerging platforms, and augmented reality games.

Nate Murray


Nate is a co-founder of Clover Press, former head of Tabletop for Indiegogo, and helped found several divisions at IDW Publishing including IDW Limited and IDW Games.

XP: IDW Publishing, Indiegogo, Clover Press

Mason Rabinowitz

Director of Publishing Operations

Mason was the creative director at Agents of Branding, the chief product storyteller for Big Bang IP, and a freelance writer and copywriter.

XP: UTA, Disney, Top Cow, Anthem BC&BS, Golden Apple Comics

Maryelizabeth Yturralde

Maven of Publishing, Beating Heart Books

Maryelizabeth's role as Maven of Publishing, Beating Heart Books is an extension of her lifelong enthusiasm for bringing stories and readers together. She co-founded Mysterious Galaxy independent genre book store in 1993, and has been a passionate reader, editor, and reviewer for decades.

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