Comings and Goings: Cohen, Mason

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• Jacq Cohen, formerly Publicity Coordinator at Dark Horse, will be moving to Fantagraphics to be Director of Publicity and Promotions beside Eric Ryenolds, who was recently promoted to Associate Publisher. It’s a great hire for Fanta, and a great line for Cohen to be plying her trade to promote. • Marc Mason, best known […]

Schreck joins IDW

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Ted Adams’ all-star line-up gained a heavy hitter with the official announcement of Bob Schreck joining IDW as senior editor: Newsarama: Bob, how did this position with IDW come about? Bob Schreck: Soon after I became available on the market again, that is “laid off,” IDW and several other interested parties reached out to me […]

Wizard hires and promotes

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Some hiring information from Wizard, after a longer period of trimming staff. According to a press release, long-time staffer Mike Cotton has been promoted to Editor of Wizard. Also: “Mike has built strong relationships with both creators and fans of comics,” said Shamus. “His promotion is a testament to how well he connects with Wizard […]

Jon Goldwater new CEO of Archie Comics

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Via PR, we may be seeing a more “rock ‘n’ roll” Archie soon. Jon Goldwater CEO of Archie Comics: The Archie Comics line of comic books is one of the most successful, longest running lines in the history of the comic industry. As the son of Archie Comics founder John L. Goldwater he looks forward […]

Toy/internet people sought

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Beat Pal Frank Patz at The Eternal Collector is looking for some people to help him upgrade his site: Are you interested in the Toy Industry? I have one of the most visited Toy Collecting websites on the Internet. I am looking for someone to help me with the Web design of the site. I […]

Keenan joins Abrams

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More comings and goings, as Sheila Keenan is joining the Abrams ComicArt imprint as Senior Editor: Sheila Keenan will be joining ABRAMS on Wednesday, May 6, as Senior Editor, working on the Abrams ComicArts list. Keenan will report to Charles Kochman, Executive Editor. Sheila has over twenty years of experience as both a writer and […]

Linkage, comings and goings

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§ Superboy??? Jeff Trexler looks at the possible legal reasons for the character’s return and reminds us that the Superman trial is underway right now: A settlement is one possibility, though at present it seems a relatively less likely explanation. The court record in the Superboy lawsuit contains no reference to a finalized settlement. To […]

Business briefs

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§ While we’ve covered several book publishers who won’t be at BEA, several have alerted us to the fact that there will still be plenty of graphic novels at the upcoming BookExpo America. Diamond will be there in force with their pavilion of publishers and an array of events. Also, Eric Reynolds writes to tell […]

Christy onboard at Archaia

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So what’s the deal at Archaia Press? The company foundered about a year ago as it sought new investors, and was rumored to be purchased by Devil’s Due at one point, but it ended up being acquired by former DD partner PJ Bickett, whose current title is President. Founder Mark Smylie is in place as […]

Comings and goings

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Some random personnel moves that have crossed our paths of late. • Former Comics Foundry Senior Editor Laura Hudson has been teasing a new blogging gig on her Twitter, but no announcement yet. • Likewise, former Wizard staffer Kiel Phegley has an unnamed new gig, as well, and will cease writing for Marvel.com. • Editor […]

Ted Rall laid off at United Media

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Alan Gardner reports that Ted Rall and eight others were laid off from United Media, the cartoon and content syndication giant. Ted Rall, who worked as the Editor of Acquisitions and Development at United Media has been laid off last Thursday. Ted tells me that eight other individuals were also let go and that his […]

Some trimming at Dark Horse

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The Beat has learned that editor Rob Simpson was recently laid off at Dark Horse. Simpson, an industry vet who formerly worked at DC, was the Senior Editor in charge of Dark Horse’s prose books line, which includes original novels, nonfiction, a series of Playboy Interview collections and various fantasy novels — including the recently […]

CBLDF announces board changes

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At last week’s ComicsPRO meeting, it was announced that Chris Staros is leaving the CBLDF’s Board of Directors. He’ll be replaced as President by retailer Chris Powell. Cartoonist Larry Marder will join the board. More details in the PR below: At this morning’s ComicsPRO Annual Meeting, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund announced changes to […]

White joins IDW as marketing manager

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IDW has announced a new marketing manager, AnnaMaria White: IDW Publishing, a leading publisher of comic books and graphic novels, today announced that AnnaMaria White, an experienced public relations and marketing professional, has joined the company as its in-house marketing manager. “We are very excited to have AnnaMaria join our team,” said IDW COO Greg […]

Recession Watch: Wizard layoffs, more on Viz layoffs, first newspaper closing

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§ The Beat has obtained more information on recent layoffs at Viz. The two editors laid off were long-time vet Ian Robertson and Carol Fox, who also worked at Tokyopop in the past. Several other people from production were hit, including designer Carolina Ugalde. Despite the unrelated departure of editor Marc Weidenbaum a few weeks […]

Business bytes: Gemstone, Viz, Soft Skull, Kodansha, etc.

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There’s lots of economic news floating around this week — most of it bad — but here’s the latest on what’s going around. § Cuts at Gemstone Publishing, which publishes Disney licenses, EC reprints and the Overstreet Price Guide. An email to Publisher Russ Cochran got the following response: We have unfortunately been forced by […]