Today, Dark Horse editor Brendan Wright announced his departure from the company via Twitter. The Grindhouse and Mind MGMT editor got an early jump on his comics career at the company, taking on an editorial assistant position at the age of 24, and has remained there for the seven years since then.
The news is surprising, given that Wright was promoted from associate editor to editor just two months ago. While it would be easy to assume that things between Wright and Dark Horse weren’t working out, Wright was quick to take to his blog and quash any notions of infighting, insisting that he was leaving the publisher “on good terms.” According to Wright, he decided to leave in order to pursue some “intriguing freelance opportunities” as an editor.
Wright had nothing but kind words for Dark Horse, crediting them for giving him his start in comics and for introducing him to reknowned collaborators like Matt Kindt, Alex de Campi, and Jeff Lemire. He even plans to keep working with the company as a free agent, finishing up a handful of projects he is currently working on while planning the launch of an Image Comics series.
Wright’s move is both an intriguing and inspiring one for editors looking to launch freelance careers. While writers and artists have had a relatively easy time breaking free from the Big Two and going rogue in the golden age of creator owned comics, editors are much more beholden to the traditional publishing structure. Image does not insist that their creators hire editors for their books, and while some major titles such as The Wicked + The Divine do editorial staff working behind the scenes, others such as Saga choose to forgo them to what seems like minimal, if any, impact on quality. While many believe in the role of an editor as someone able to offer sound advice on story organization and structure– close enough to the story to understand it while distant enough to not be emotionally attached to any one piece– the market doesn’t always agree.
However, Wright looks like he’s set on making things work, and that’s fantastic. Having had the pleasure of speaking to him in the past, he seems like someone with the organizational and interpersonal skills to make a freelance editorial career successful. We at Comics Beat wish him the best.
Finally, if you need an editor for your project, Wright is looking for more clients:
If you’re looking, please send inquiries about experience, services, and rates to editing@. I’ll also be roaming Rose City Comic Con and New York Comic Con. And if you’re interested in seeing how this whole being-my-own-boss thing goes, follow me on Twitter at @BrendanWasright. Let’s keep comics the most vital entertainment medium going—together.
Alex is the New Media Editor of the Comics Beat. He is also a freelance comics editor with previous credits at First Second, Top Cow, and Papercutz. He primarily covers DC Comics and Magic: the Gathering.