Some notable comings and going in the comics industry of late:
§ Chris Butcher has left Viz where he served as an Editorial Consultant for the last two years. Butcher, probably best known to Beat readers as the show runner for TCAF and working with the famed Beguiling comics shop, revealed the move in some tweets:
I'd like to thank Leyla, Sarah, and the entire publishing team for the incredible opportunity, and I wish my former colleagues success (and luck!) as they continue to publish some of the most exciting and popular books in the whole world.
— Christopher Butcher (@Comics212) May 31, 2019
Thanks very much to everyone reading here, I'll continue to use Twitter to champion the works of VIZ, as well as all of the great manga, bande desinee, graphic novels, really all the good comics being published today. :)
— Christopher Butcher (@Comics212) May 31, 2019
Butcher’s manga connections have had a wide influence, as he helped bring major manga guests to TCAF every year, and forged many relationships that crossed the pond. He did some great work there but I’m sure he’ll do great work at his next stop as well.
§ Andrea Towers, Marvel’s publicity contact, has left Marvel as revealed…on Twtter.
To that end, I’ve got some writing projects I’ve been working on and some opportunities that I’m excited to chase. I’m also looking forward to pursuing a few specific interests more professionally. (That being said, if anyone is in need of a writer/PR gal, DMs are open!)
— Andrea Towers ⧗ (@_atowers) June 3, 2019
OR if you need an established entertainment journalist/Black Widow enthusiast who will happily write a bunch of essays for you about the MCU and the upcoming Black Widow movie, I’m your girl for that too. ✌🏻 I come with tons of knowledge and even cosplaying passion!
— Andrea ⧗ Year of #BlackWidow (@_atowers) June 3, 2019
Towers had been at Marvel for two years (replacing Chris D’Lando) and was always a great pleasure to work with and helped the Beat with our coverage immensely. As she noted, her book Geek Girls Don’t Cry: Real-Life Lessons From Fictional Female Characters is on sale now.
Marvel has a temporary replacement for Towers, but its expected to make a new hire to fill the position.
§ Albert Ching, above left, formerly editor in chief at CBR, has left his job at Hi5 Agency to join DC’s marketing department. We learned about this on Twitter of all places.
today is orientation at Warner Bros. tomorrow I report in for my first day on the job in the marketing department of @DCComics!
— Albert Ching (@albertxii) May 28, 2019
According to Newsarama, Ching will be a copy editor working under Adam Phillips. Everyone loves Albert, we ‘re happy to have him back in our comics world.
§ Ailen Lujo has left DC Comics, where she held the title of Executive Director, Book, Mass Sales and Trade Marketing, to join Humanoids as Director of Sales & Marketing.
Humanoids, which is launching their H1 line of periodicals this very week, also announced a new marketing structure with Lujo reporting to Chief Operating Officer Alex Donoghue, while Harley Salbacka, just named Sales Representative role, ad new hire Andrea Torres, Sales & Marketing Assistant, will both report to Lujo.
Breaking with tradition, this move was announced in a press release which also included this summation of recent activity at the very busy Humanoids:
Humanoids has recently expanded its efforts to reach new readers across different markets with a series of publishing initiatives: the literary graphic novel imprint Life Drawn, which features deeply personal, slice of life stories; the all ages imprint, BiG; and an ambitious shared universe, H1 which officially launches on June 6th with the publication of IGNITED issue 1 by co-writers Mark Waid and Kwanza Osajyefo, artist Phil Briones and colorist Leonardo Paciarotti.
Lujo is a publishing veteran of nearly two decades, having worked most recently at DC Comics as Director of Books Marketing. Lujo began her publishing career at Soho Press, where, as Director of Sales and Marketing, she enabled the independent NYC press to achieve a worldwide reach into brick and mortar bookstores and online retailers. During her tenure at DC Comics as Executive Director of Trade Marketing, she was instrumental in the successful launch of multiple global imprints, including DC Black Label, and DC Ink and Zoom.
“As Humanoids expands its catalog, with an aggressive slate of major graphic novel and comic book releases, it’s vital that we approach our distribution, promotion and sales strategy with the same care and creativity that we bring to the acquisition and creative process,” said Humanoids’ Chief Operating Officer Alex Donoghue. “We’re thrilled to have Ailen – with the support of Harley and Andrea – join us to lead those efforts.”