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September 17, 2007

Collins Out at Wizard; Gemstone to PA

* imageWell-known on-line comics personality Sean Collins has apparently been let go by Wizard. He had worked a variety of jobs for the publisher and until his dismissal had most recently been the managing editor of the on-line iteration of the magazine, doing interviews and participating in the site's popular Thursday Morning Quarterback feature. Collins had done a credible job restoring traffic to the magazine's Internet effort after a abortive re-launch fiasco. Collins has written for various publications and was once the point man for heavily youth-branded apparel manufacturer Abercrombie & Fitch's interest in comics and cartoonists. It is unknown what he'll do next, although I recall seeing his name on comics-related freelance articles in the past so maybe that kind of work will result. Because of the positives associated with Collins' stint at Wizard, I wouldn't be surprised to hear that there are more employment casualties out there waiting to be confirmed.

image* Steve Geppi's Gemstone Publishing will apparently be shifting around on the corporate organization chart and moving from Timonium, Maryland to York, Pennsylvania. The highlight of the post is the excerpt from the Diamond Entertainment press release which seems to be casting York in the role of Paris in the 1920s or Austin, Texas in the mid-1980s.
"York has an exciting dynamic to it. It's definitely a city and a region on the move, and we're excited to be a part of that. This is a terrific entry into a rich marketplace, both in terms of the history to be found and the collectors with a vibrant interest in it."
I used to live about 50 minutes from York, and it was known less as a town with an exciting dynamic than that place you drove through on your way to Baltimore and/or where they gave the Post Office employees test. Unless someone out there .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) as to something I'm missing, this sounds much more like a cost-based move more than a "publisher seeks amenable local cultural landscape" story, and becomes more interesting if it eventually ends up taking place in a greater context of several moves by Diamond businesses away from the Baltimore area. So one to note, anyway.
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