Some recent publishing moves: Carol Burrell, formerly editorial director at the Graphic Universe division of Lerner Publishing, ankled the company to join Abrams Comic Arts as an editor last month. As editor, Burrell took a small educational publisher’s comic line and grew it to produce both outstanding original comics (Guinea Pig) and great international pick-ups (the much lauded Little White Duck: A Childhood in China.) Basically she was there as children’s comics became a growing market and helped Lerner become a player in the field. At Abrams, the powerhouse publisher of Wimpy Kid and My Friend Dahmer, she’s in a position to do even more. We won’t lie: Carol is one of our favorite comics people and this was a fantastic move for Abrams.
As reported in Publishers Weekly, the move left Lerner with a big hole to fill, resulting in a shake-up: the imprint will move to Minnesota, with Andrew Karre, editorial director of the Lerner imprints Carolrhoda Books and Darby Creek, and Carol Hinz, editorial director of Lerner’s Millbrook Press, taking over in an interim while a new editorial director of Graphic Universe is hired.
Unfortunately this left Graphic Universe assistant editor Robyn Chapman out of a job, as her position has been eliminated in the move.
Consider this a plug: Chapman is a proven talent as an editor, publisher, educator and cartoonist. She recently authored Drawing Comics Lab: 52 Exercises on Characters, Panels, Storytelling, Publishing & Professional Practices a textbook for drawing comics. In short, she’s a comic lifer and someone had better snap her up right away.
Meanwhile, if someone wants to move to Minnesota, there’s a job opening.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.