For the five people still interested in comics industry news, Dan Nadel is leaving tcj.com as co-editor; he’ll be replaced by Tucker Stone. Stone recently left NoBrow to join the distributor Consortium so I guess it’s less of a conflict of interest.
Tomorrow is my last day as co-editor of The Comics Journal. The reason is straightforward: At the end of the summer I took a research and writing intensive curatorial position at a gallery, so I need to focus my energy there and on some longterm projects, including a few features for this site.
Tim will go solo for a week (it just happens that I’m going to be in traveling next week), and then (drumroll) in November he and Tucker Stone will be co-editors. Tucker has long been one of my favorite writers and speakers about comics, and has been on all sides of the medium’s equation. I couldn’t be happier that he is coming aboard. He’ll bring fresh energy, ideas, and contributors to the site.
TCJ.com is still one the few places where longform comics journalism takes place, so its good to continue that tradition.
Nadel was known for lashing out with either “harsh truths” or “insulting attacks” depending on where you’re sitting. He famously derided Kickstarter when it started, suggesting “selling your boots” as an alternative to crowdfunding. he may have missed that boat by a mile, but he brought a taste and flair to the site that no one could duplicate. I’ll look forward to his harsh truths in some other venue going forward.
Of course you can’t spell “flair”, “taste” or “harsh truths” without Tucker Stone. He can more than ably fill in all those categories. More flame war truth bombs to come, one suspects.
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.