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July 6, 2017

Bunches Of People Moving From/Starting On Comics Jobs

All apologies for not hitting more of these head-on as they've been announced. It's been a busy few weeks for key comics jobs, and I doubt the summer has finished with this kind of news. At the very least, there will be a new person doing the social media at Fantagraphics.

* David Scroggy retired from Dark Horse on July 3, according to an e-mail sent by Scroggy to a number of industry contacts. He'll consult with his former employer until the end of the summer. He was employed by Dark Horse for 23 years, and recently ran the team in Product Development. Chris Gaslin now leads that team. Scroggy will attend Comic-Con this year, where I hope he's thanked and lauded. He has always struck me as a person supportive of comics generally and comics people slightly more specifically, and I'll miss seeing him at certain events if/as retirement takes over.

* Milton Griepp reports at his site that Lion Forge recently promoted Andrea Colvin to Vice-President/Executive Editor. This replaces Mark Smylie, who goes to Contributing Edior. Colvin has most recently served as Senior Editor of the company's all-ages/young adult line. Colvin co-founded a kids imprint for the giant distributor/publisher Andrews McMeel in a previous position. Both Smylie and Colvin were brought into the company in 2016.

* I am several days late in announcing that TCAF founder Chris Butcher has left The Beguiling and will take on consulting editorship with Viz Media. He will continue to organize the festival, one of the the great comics shows in the world. The article reminds that Butcher has held a variety of positions in retail and in publishing, in addition to more general advocacy work as a blogger and a journalist. He will focus on new projects and acquisitions, and it's difficult to imagine such a position being better filed if you were allowed to create someone in a laboratory. I am excited as a comics reader to see what result, in addition to being happy for Butcher.

* finally, the show with which I work, Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, filled its Operations Manager position with Melody Lynn Reed. Reed has worked with Actors' Theatre of Columbus and with Crossroads United Methodist Church. She began work for the comics festival on July 1, where she will assume control over fundraising and show logistics. She is a Columbus, Ohio native.
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