Archie Comics has just made a hire and some promotions that solidify their role as a fast-track comics publishing company. Jim Sokolowski has joined the company as SVP – Sales and Business Development. Additionally, Harold Buchholz has been promoted to Senior Vice President – Publishing and Operations; Paul Kaminski has been named Executive Director of Editorial and Alex Segura has moved up to Vice President – Publicity and Marketing.
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At San Diego the hottest barroom chatter was when and who there would be top exec removed at Marvel. And today we have reports that EVP and GN Peter Phillips and VP Digital media Kristen Vincent have both been let go. Philips joined Marvel in 2011 and played a big part in Marvel’s expansion into digital, in […]
No sooner do I run a DC masthead then I have to upgrade it again, as it seems that Geoff Johns has been promoted to President & Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, up from merely CCO, a promotion which took place a few months back when he also became co-head of DC Films. According […]
One of the things that I was told many times by industry insiders about DC’s sales struggles of the last year or so is that one of the biggest causative factors was the lack of former SVP of sales Bob Wayne’s guiding hand. Wayne understood the direct market better than anyone and retailers loved and […]
The ComicsPRO meeting has wrapped up, but not without presenting its two Industry Appreciation awards. Marvel’s svp of sales and marketing David Gabriel won one and MAD/EC founder Bill Gaines won the second. Two awards are presented annually, one to a living and one posthumously. Gabriel released a statement as follows: I am honored to […]
The end of DC Entertainment’s east coast presence also signaled the end of svp of sales Bob Wayne’s fabled career at the publisher, as one of the stewards of the entire direct sales market. You couldn’t name a person in the history of the industry who’s had more influence over what comics are sold and how they are sold. Prodigal circ man James Sokolowski was hired at DC (away from Archie) to run the DM end of things, but I’m sure “Ski” would be the first to admit he can only be the “first Ski” and not the “next Bob.”
As I’ve noted many times before, Wayne was particularly beloved of the comics retailing community, and his absence at the recent C2E2 Diamond retailer breakfast would have been a painful reminder of his departure.
The following is a list of books DC plans to release between September 2015 and January 2016. It’s tentative (as we see from the first title, itself pushed back four months from the original scheduled date). This list also covers the important Holiday gift giving season. What will retailers be able to offer the ravaging […]
DC-s announcements for products shipping in FEbruary are out today and here’s the WHOLE thing! what will you try What will make you cry? THE MULTIVERSITY: MASTERMEN #1 Written by GRANT MORRISON Art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS 1:10 B&W Variant cover by JIM LEE 1:25 Variant cover by AARON KUDER […]
A bunch of announcements from DC this week and it looks like the iceberg of the 90s house style DC has been mired in for some time is beginning to melt bit in the wake of global sales warming, as there are some new creators with new styles aboard here. Cover art by Daniel Kuder […]
Marvel’s SVP associate publisher Ruwan Jayatilleke has been let go, CBR reports. An 8-year Marvel veteran, Jayatilleke was promoted in 2011 and was behind many of their new business initiatives over that period, including the Stephen King and Halo graphic novels, and most recently, working on the digital and trade book businesses. Although better known […]