Black Bat Adds Artist, Confirms May Launch (Preview Art)

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The Black Bat was one of the early character pulps from the 1930s, along with The Shadow and The Spider.  Like those last 2 pulps, The Black Bat is getting a comics revival over at Dynamite.  Brian Buccellato (co-writer on The Flash) is writing it. Roman Cliquet, who recently drew The Shadow Special #1 for Dynamite is the artist.

All The Green Lantern Writers Leaving – Change Is In the Air

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The big news, as promoted by DC, was that Geoff Johns was capping off his 9 year run on Green Lantern.  That’s not the entirety of the Green Lantern news.  A look at the actual May solicitations reveals EVERY title in the Green Lantern family of titles is wrapping up their run.

Dark Horse Editorial changes: Gibbons promoted, Edidin goes freelance

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A couple of changes at Dark Horse as Jim Gibbons has been promoted to assistant editor. Gibbons, one of about 12 trillion former Wizard staffers now working in the comics industry, has worked in DARK HORSE PRESENTS, Brian Wood’s THE MASSIVE, and Guillermo del Toro’s THE STRAIN, as well as Francesco Francavilla’s THE BLACK BEETLE […]

DC Creator Switches Roundup – OR – This Month’s Musical Chairs

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Another month, another set of creative changes at DC.  This time they’re announcing them via their column at CBR.   Here’s the rundown of what’s going on.

Changes at Diamond Management: Wurzer to replace retiring Schanes

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A big change at Diamond executive team as VP of Purchasing Bill Schanes is stepping down after 27 years. He’ll be replaced by Jon Wurzer, who as Executive Director of Purchasing has been responsible for day to day purchasing decisions for the last 12 years. Schanes will remain in an advisory capacity through 2013.

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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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 located […]

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

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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 company. […]

Ron Perazza heads to Marvel

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It 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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You 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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Revealed 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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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 drop […]

Michael Alan Nelson Taking Over Ravengers

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Aside 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.