A few days ago we noted that Chris Arrant had left Games Radar/Newsarama, where he had worked in various capacities, including Senior Editor, for more than a decade. Today his new gig was announced: creating comics-based content for ReedPOP, the organizer of New York Comic Con, among many other pop culture events.
Arrant will serve as editor-in-chief of their growing editorial efforts in the comics and pop culture space as the company focuses on building new ways for fans to access and engage with the content they love.
You can read more in the official statement below, but as ReedPOP developed more hybrid online/in person events during the pandemic, they are expanding the online portion with things like the Metaverse branding (sorry Mark, they were there first) and The Haul marketplace – so having an experienced content maker like Arrant on board makes a ton of sense.
As editor-in-chief, Arrant will take the lead on editorial projects across the ReedPop portfolio of events to create content and new digital experiences for fans at home. He is also leading the charge to establish their online presence as a global authority in pop culture and at ReedPop events. As a seasoned journalist, Arrant specializes in the area of comics and its characters. He spent six years as editor, and later senior editor, of the comics-focused entertainment news website Newsarama, and has written for Life, Entertainment Weekly, Marvel, Publisher’s Weekly, and MTV. In addition to his time as a writer, Arrant also acted as a judge for the Eisner Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards.
Arrant said, “After years of covering ReedPop’s conventions as an outside journalist, I’m thrilled to join the team and help evolve their brand to meet its full potential as the ultimate pop culture news destination. ReedPop has a hugely passionate fanbase and I look forward to leading the team in offering Con-goers an unparalleled level of digital content through our editorial channels.”
Going beyond its in-person events to reach fans around the globe, ReedPop is committed to developing innovative digital offerings that leverage the extensive access to studios, publishers, developers, creators and on-screen talent that Reedpop enjoys worldwide.
ReedPOP’s current shows include New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), PAX West, East, South, and Unplugged, Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC), Star Wars Celebration, MCM Comic Con, Eurogamer Expo (EGX), Minecraft Festival, ComplexCon and more.