Many more comings and goings and musical chairs everywhere!
• Over at IDW, some official notice of some moves that have been floating around for a while: Heather Antos has joined as Editor, Jazmine Joyner has come on board as Associate Editor, and Erika Turner has been promoted to Executive Editor.
“I am thrilled to welcome two new members to our editorial staff who bring a variety of experiences to the table,” says Nachie Marsham, IDW Publisher. “We are always seeking new, fresh voices as we build out our list, and Heather and Jazmine are wonderful additions to the team.”
Antos is most recently of Valiant and Image, and also worked at Marvel, and was Editor in Chief for eSports at Unikrn. As an IDWP Editor, Antos will oversee the Star Wars Adventures and Marvel Action lines, among other things.
“Joining IDW’s editorial team and continuing to work in the industry that I love is so exciting,” says Antos. “Ever since I was little, I’ve loved creating comics, (my mother would happily attest to this), so having the opportunity to work on both licensed and Original titles with IDW is something I couldn’t be happier about!”
Joyner was formerly an Assistant Editor at Megascope & Surely Books. They are also a respected comics journalist known for their work on disability activism within comics and comic-relevant spaces. At IDW, they will oversee the Marvel Action line as well as focusing on Middle Grade Original Graphic Novels.
“I have always been passionate about comics and the publishing industry in general,” says Joyner. “Reading and writing have always been a passion of mine, so I am elated to be joining the IDW Publishing team and be a part of sharing their amazing titles with readers everywhere.”
In her new role, Turner will take a lead role in acquiring and developing new YA and middle grade titles. She previously served as the Senior Editor at Versify, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
According to the pr, IDW is now know as IDWP, with the P standing for Publishing.
• Over at DC in recent weeks there have been a few shuffles. Nick Valente has joined DC as Senior Publicity Manager. Valente previously handled the DC account at Bender Helper Impact, so he’s already sat in more rooms checking his phone while I conducted an interview than I can count.
Albert Ching was also recently promoted to Marketing Manager at DC, from his last position as Digital Content Editor, and he announced the move in a tweet. Albert was previously in the trenches of comics journalism, including Managing Editor at CBR, and I have spent so many press conferences sitting next to Albert, again without count. Albert’s latest twitter photo makes it clear that he has spent his lockdown growing his locks to star in a wuxia epic, but another tweet reveals that he recently cut his hair. The world is opening up again!
If you sense a pattern here – including the recent hire of Spencer Simpson as director of sales – it’s that DC spent last year letting go of nearly everyone who did anything in the sales/marketing departments, and now they are hiring competent people to fill those jobs because they have to be done. Live and learn!
At any rate, congrats to Albert and Nick! Hopefully someday I will be sitting in chairs near them once again.
• And over at Marvel, Ellie Pyle has been promote to Executive Director, Audio Content & Story, as she posted on FB. Marvel has been ramping up their audio storytelling of late with scripted podcasts and so on, and Pyle is a veteran editor, so more competent people doing things.
• This is old news, but I wanted to note that Ari Yarwood has joined Silver Sprocket as the company’s first managing editor. Yarwood was formerly at Oni Press where she developed titles like The Tea Dragon Society by Katy O’Neill. She also founded and managed the Limerence Press imprint and developed the Quick & Easy nonfiction series. Silver Sprocket is an indie publisher with a growing presence which Yarwood can only add to.
“I am so excited to work with the Silver Sprocket team and all the rad creators that Silver Sprocket publishes! I feel so lucky to get to collaborate with a publisher that I admire. I’m really looking forward to bringing focused editorial support to the creators that trust us with their art, and finding even more new ways to support the indie comics community,” says Yarwood.
“Ari has a glowing reputation as a rock-star indie comics editor and advocate for creators, and has had a hand in many of my favorite recent indie comics,” says Avi Ehrlich, Silver Sprocket’s publisher. “After experiencing her skills first-hand with a few freelance projects, I am ecstatic to welcome her aboard as a formal part of the Silver Sprocket team.”