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 […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits: Business edition

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§ Reed Exhibitions is hiring a marketing guru for their pop culture shows: I am looking for someone to join our team here in Borwalk, CT as a Marketing Director to oversee all of our marketing efforts on New York Comic Con, New York Anime Fest and the new C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo). […]

Weidenbaum leaves Viz; Original content on hold?

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Tina Anderson at Gynocrat writes that Viz’s plan for original manga has been put on hold, following the departure of guiding editor Marc Weidenbaum: Weidenbaum’s departure has been confirmed independently, but the fate of Viz’s original content line would leave a huge gap. Tokyopop’s once-aggressive original manga program has dwindled to nothing, as, for instance, […]

DC layoffs include Schreck

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The Beat has confirmed that DC Senior Editor Bob Schreck was laid off yesterday. Other layoffs, expected in the wake of Warner Brothers’ companywide 10 percent reduction, include Subcriptions Manager Christine Sawicki and several MAD Magazine personnel. The magazine-related layoffs certainly reflect the general crumbling of the entire magazine business. As for Schreck, the layoff […]

Recession Watch: 13 laid off at Diamond

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The Beat has confirmed that Diamond laid off 13 employees yesterday, including the managing editor and designer for the recently canceled Diamond Dialog magazine. In addition to the layoffs, wages for management and other staff were reduced. According to a letter sent to staff by COO Chuck Parker, the cost cuts were a result of […]

Recession Watch: WB cuts, Top Cow cuts

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• On Monday, Rich Johnston reported that Top Cow has laid off two of its top people, VP of Sales and Marketing Mel Caylo and VP of Editorial Rob Levin. We’ve received the email from Levin confirming this…but he will be attending New York Comic-Con with Top Cow for those who might wish to talk […]

Pat Johnson takes over Pantheon

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Following the layoff of Pantheon publisher Janice Goldklang last week, Random House’s Knopf division has completed its reorganization, Jim Milliot reports. Pat Johnson, formerly head of Knopf, will add Pantheon to her duties, with the title Executive Vice President, Publishing Director, Alfred A. Knopf and Pantheon. Editorial Director Dan Frank, who has spearheaded much of […]

More layoffs at Tokyopop

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Eight more staffers, including editor Bryce Coleman, were laid off from Tokyopop this week, as confirmed by marketing director Marco Pavia. The other staff cuts were from around the company. The move came in response to the bad economy. “It’s one of the worst selling periods in history,” Pavia said. “We’re trying to be responsive […]