Comic book layoffs: Devils Due, Tokyopop

While 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 off two employees today: editor Cody DeMatteis and Marketing Manager Brian Warmoth.

Devil’s Due Publishing President Joshua Blaylock told CBR News Monday afternoon that he believed DeMatteis and Warmoth were the only two employees let go, and that their layoffs were “absolutely no fault of their own.”

“Right now, all I can really say is we’re going to be going through a little bit of restructuring, and I’ll be more than happy to talk further about it as soon as I can,” Blaylock said.


Edited to add: Editor Mike O’Sullivan has also had his status changed, although “things are ‘still up in the air’ at this moment” according to CBR.

Through the grapevine, we’ve heard that Tokyopop also laid off seven employees from their LA office, last month, including one editor, the CTO, the HR manager, and two others from Media.

Our best to the newly unemployed in this harsh climate.

Comments

  1. Kiel Phegley says:

    Brian Warmoth is my brother for life, and I’m sure he’ll land on his feet real soon and then immediately do like 16 back flips just for fun.

  2. erika says:

    the layoffs were 4.5 the cto is slowly leaving and it was not an editor but a designer let go. the rest is correct

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