Manga watch: Lu leave Viz; DMI shuts down Digital Manga Direct

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§ Viz evp of Publishing Alvin Lu has left the company after 13 years, ICV2 reports.

Help Wanted: IDW is hiring an editor

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Tweet Do you have what it takes to juggle a bunch of monthly comics, dealing with freelancers, Diamond, retailers and the comics press? If you’re up for it, IDW is hiring! Here’s the deets: Editor, IDW Publishing IDW Publishing is seeking an experienced Editor to support the Chief Creative Officer. This is a full-time position […]

Changes at Image: Ron Richards in, Martinez and Delaine out

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Tweet Some changes at Image Comics; Ron Richards, formerly of iFanboy, has been hired as Director of Business Development. You can read about Richards’ new duties in the PR below. The move comes as two other Image staffers will be departing: Events Coordinator Sarah Delaine and Sales and Licensing Coordinator Todd Martinez have left the […]

Ron Perazza heads to Marvel

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TweetIt seems that departed DC and comiXology digital exec Ron Perazza will be joining Marvel, CBR is reporting. Since ankling comiXology last year, many had wondered where he would end up—he worked at Marvel back in the day as Online Product Manager and oversaw their collectible card game efforts so he knows the turf. At […]

Comings and goings at Abrams and Lerner with Burrell and Chapman

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Some recent publishing moves: Carol Burell, formerly editorial director at the Graphic Universe division of Lerner Publishing, ankled the company to join Abrams Comic Arts as an editor last month. As editor, Burell took a small educational publisher’s comic line and grew it to produce both outstanding original comics (Guinea Pig) and great international pick-ups (the much lauded Little White Duck: A Childhood in China.) Basically she was there as children’s comic became a growing market and helped Lerner become a player in the field. At Abrams, the powerhouse publisher of Wimpy Kid and My Friend Dahmer, she’s in a position to do even more. We won’t lie: Carol is one of our favorite comics people and this was a fantastic move for Abrams.

Gail Simone Rehired as Writer for Batgirl

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Gail Simone appears to have been re-hired as the writer for DC’s Batgirl series, according to a series of tweets she made around an hour ago –

DC Realigns Vertigo, Promotes Harras and Kanalz

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TweetYou new there were going to be some changes when it was announced that Vertigo was going to be having some changes.  Shelly Bond getting elevated to the Vertigo Executive Editor slot was step number 1.  Step number 2 appears to be Vertigo now reporting to Hank Kanalz, the new “Senior Vice President of Vertigo […]

DC Add Drunk Psychotic Bunny Wabbit ‘Captain K’Rot’ to Threshold

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TweetRevealed in the soliciations for DC’s March, Keith Giffen will be adding an updated version of Captain Carrot to the cast of his new series Threshold.  Now called Captain K’Rot, this version of the character will apparently be “a borderline psychotic, booze swilling, whore-mongering rabbit”.

News notes from around: Archie, Takei, Schulz, Moonstone, etc

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Some quickies from the mailbag and around:

Help wanted: IDW looking for new marketing help

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Tweet IDW’s Chloe Zuanich is heading back to her native Peru for a while, and so they are looking for a new person for the marketing department: “IDW is actively seeking discussions with Comics Marketing and PR professionals. Individuals willing to relocate to San Diego, with a background in Marketing and/or Publishing, are encouraged to […]

Michael Alan Nelson Taking Over Ravengers

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TweetAside from the next round of cancellations (which wasn’t a total surprise), there was only one piece of new business in DC’s January solicitations: Michael Alan Nelson is the new writer on Ravegers.

Liefeld Was Right: DC Cancels Blue Beetle, Legion Lost, Grifter, Frankenstein

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TweetIn the January solicits, DC has announced the final issues of Blue Beetle, Legion Lost, Grifter and Frankenstein.  On at least one occasion, there was a question about a fourth wave of New 52 titles and that question was ducked.  Presumably to avoid talking about the cancellations at the conventions and provoking any fans of the titles.  However, […]

Rick Remender Returns to Creator-Owned Science Fiction With “Devolution”

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TweetRick Remender is getting a lot of press these days for his part in the Marvel Now! relaunch with Uncanny Avengers and Captain America.  That’s not the only thing he’s up to, however.  Remender has a long history of doing creator-owned science fiction and horror.  Titles like Fear Agent and Sea of Red.  Remender is launching another project in his old […]

Cup o’ Joe Announces Guardians of the Galaxy and Nova

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TweetThree book announcements at the Cup O’ Joe Panel at NYCC: Guardians of the Galaxy, Nova and Punisher: Nightmare.  No huge surprises, there (Punisher: Nightmare was originally talked about in 2009).

The *Second* Chicago Bear Comics Writer (This One Has His Own Company)

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TweetYou may recall that Lance Briggs, All-Pro outside linebacker for the Chicago Bears, is a big comics geek and even co-wrote a comic for Top Cow’s Pilot Season.  It looks like Briggs isn’t the only comics geek on the Bears.   Israel Idonije is a startign defensive lineman (which is to say he might line up at […]

Fialkov Brings The Devilers to Dynamite

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TweetYou may have noticed Dynamite been announcing a fair number of writers who haven’t worked with the company before.  Time to add another one.  Joshua Fialkov is going to be writing a series called “The Devilers” for Dynamite in 2013.