In the many, many reports of layoff at Wizard over the years, there was one name which never came up: Mike Cotton. Cotton had been at Wizard for 11 years as one of their most essential writers/editors, and it was commonly said that when Cotton left the Wizard ship it would be nothing but an empty hulk drifting the seas.
Well, that day has come — or it did on last Friday, according to a press release that Cotton sent out to several outlets.
Mike Cotton has left his position as Co-Chief Pop Culture Editor of Wizard World. Cotton’s last day was Friday, April 29.
Cotton announced the news via Twitter, stating @michaelcotton, “After 11 years and roughly 11,00 beers, I’ve left Wizard to pursue new opportunities. (And more beer.) Thank you to everyone who made the last dozen years amazing, exciting and creative. I owe you all some (more) beer.”
In March 2011, Cotton led the transition as WIZARD Magazine changed formats from a monthly print publication to a weekly digital product. As the Wizard company has evolved, Cotton has also decided to move into the next phase of his career.
“I’m excited about utilizing my time now on new creative endeavors, and I’m looking forward to different projects that I’ll be talking about soon,” Cotton said
Cotton is now pursuing new opportunities to bring readers the stories of the comic, movie and entertainment industries. He will continue to explore the core issues, elements, opinions and perspectives that fans care about through his entertaining and informative journalistic style.
Listen to Cotton analyze the latest pop culture news with Ralph Cirella and John Hein on Friday, May 6 as Feature Host of “GeekTime” on Sirius Radio channel Howard 101, from 12 noon to 2 pm.
In addition to his Sirius gig, Cotton has already shown up on Bleeding with a post entitled: Vengeance Is Mine: 10 Comics Where The Villain Gets It. IN a bio attached to the PR, he wrote:
Over his decade-long career covering comics and entertainment, Cotton has earned a reputation as a trustworthy source of pop culture information. His unique perspective is especially sought out by early adapters in the coveted Male18-34 demographic. (That’s marketing speak, people!) Through his unique industry access and his authentic connection with the consumer, Cotton is looking forward to continuing his mission of delivering fans the stories behind he stories they love.
So hire the guy already!
PS: For someone who was so ubiquitous and well known there are surprisingly few pictures of Cotton online, so we found this one from his Facebook page. Best of luck, Mike.
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.