Layoff watch: McFarlane Toys and more

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TweetWe’re hearing chatter about major layoffs at McFarlane Toys today, as many as a dozen people. More as it becomes available. Also, Anjali Singh, the editor who acquired PERSEPOLIS and EPILEPTIC for Pantheon before moving on to Houghton Mifflin, was one of those let go last week in HMH’s housecleaning. In addition, at the MTV […]

Comic book layoffs: Devils Due, Tokyopop

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TweetWhile the comics industry has thus ar been immune from the massive layoffs hitting the media sector, that could be changins. CBR reports that three staffers have been laid off at Devils Due: CBR News has confirmed that Devil’s Due Publishing, the home of Tim Seeley’s “Hack/Slash” and Milo Ventimiglia’s “Rest,” among other titles, laid […]

Vertical layoffs

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TweetAs mentioned in “Lying in the Gutters” this week, Vertical, best known for its manga line of Tezuka releases, but also a publisher of translations of various literary Japanese works, has had several layoffs. We can confirm that Steve Vrattos, Vertical’s marketing manager, has been let go. And another company joins the current holocaust in […]

Loeb and Alexander out at Heroes

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Tweet Plagued by falling ratings and fan gripes in its third season, Heroes has announced a top-level shakeup with co-exec producers Jeph Loeb and Jesse Alexander being removed: Both scribe-producers had been with the show since its first season and were known to have led the day-to-day production operation under the direction of creator/exec producer […]

Sad day in Nerdville: Tennant leaving DR WHO

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TweetIn news that could probably best be described as a “when, not if” story, David Tennant announced that he will be leaving DR WHO after the last of the TV specials scheduled for 2009 and 2010. Numerous websites have speculated on who Doctor # 11 will be, including Rich’s rumor about Patterson Joseph. Just who […]

Yen Press moves to Orbit; Johnson leaves

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TweetVia PR from Hachette: Yen Press, the manga imprint led by Kurt Hassler and Rich Johnson, will be folded into a new publishing division, Orbit, which will include Yen and the existing SF line, Orbit. In addition, Yen co-founder Rich Johnson will be leaving the division at the end of the month. Hachette Book Group […]

Executive shuffle at DC

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TweetObservers who follow executive moves at the Big Two are buzzing this afternoon over word that James “Ski” Sokolowski is ankling DC for Marvel, where he’ll take the position of COO. He was director of Publishing Operations at DC. Ski is already a well-known industry figure from his first go-round at Marvel, back in the […]

COO Fred Pierce out at Wizard

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TweetOur email inbox is stuffed with word that Wizard COO Fred Pierce has been let go. Pierce was definitely the mover and shaker who ran Wizard’s day-to-day business and was probably much more involved than CEO Gareb Shamus for the last few years. Newsarama reports: The move (which is seen as cost-cutting by observers) is […]

Goldstein joins IDW

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TweetMedia veteran Greg Goldstein has joined IDW as Chief Operating Officer, according to a press release excerpted below: “We are thrilled that Greg has joined our growing family,” said IDW CEO Ted Adams. “Greg’s demonstrated leadership capabilities and solid background in consumer entertainment publishing make him the ideal person to help guide us through the […]

News and notes: Jason, ComicMix, Moss

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Tweet• Flog reports that “Low Moon,” Jason’s comic strip for the NY Times Magazine, will be collected next year. • ICv2 talks to the ComicMix folks about the GNs they are selling at Baltimore, but learns that it is something of an “test printing” and the motives behind and future of the plan are no […]

Newsy bits: Glidden, hirings, Dini, etc.

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Tweet§ Sarah Glidden‘s HOW TO UNDERSTAND ISRAEL IN 60 DAYS OR LESS has been picked up by Vertigo, she reports on her blog: First, the most exciting news: I’ve just signed a contract with Vertigo, who will be publishing my first book, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less! The book will be […]

Marvel news and notes

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TweetYesterday, we mentioned Marvel’s alll-new webcomics. Now, Todd Allen suggests that Marvel’s current hiring pattern reveals this initiative is going to get a lot bigger: These positions tell us Marvel is looking at their various sites as an “audience network” and looking to staff network-wide. And the when the custom publishing manager has to have […]

MARS needs interns!

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TweetActually, both The Beat and Publishers Weekly need interns! We mean it! The Beat is still looking for an intern who can help with all sorts of exciting stuff. This could be a virtual position. No pay but lots of perks. Publishers Weekly is looking for a physical intern who can come in and do […]

The assistant editor’s life

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TweetRich Johnston reports that associate editor Nachie Castro has left DC for a job at Disney. He has not left the band Skelter, however, and that’s the good news everyone wanted to hear. Castro’s departure is the latest in a round of associates moving on from DC, including Tom Palmer Jr. and Jeanine Schaefer. The […]

Quick hits

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Tweet§ Revolving door: Rick Marshall has joined MTV’s Splash page blog: I’ll be joining the current editor, Casey Seijas, in helping to make this new spin-off from their already successful MTV Movies site an even more attractive online destination for comics and movie fans. It’s a lofty goal, though, as Casey and the Splash Page […]

Brian Cunningham out at Wizard

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TweetThe grapevine is buzzing today with news that Executive Editor Brian Cunningham has been let go from his position at Wizard. Cunningham had been with the magazine since 1991 in one position or another, and was promoted to his current position only last year. He joins a long, long list of recent redundancies at the […]