More changes are afoot at The Beat!

After heroically serving as The Beat’s Managing Editor for the entire Pandemic Era, Joe Grunenwald is stepping away to focus on more writing and personal time. Joe has been a truly integral part of The Beat in this time, and I literally can’t imagine how we’ll manage without him, but all good things change, and so, we’re looking for a new managing editor.

To be clear: this is not a full time job and there is a LITTLE bit of pay, but only what a comic book website can afford. It is still something that requires a few hours a day. Duties include:

  • Staying on top of breaking news and assigning coverage
  • Acting as liaison with publishers to plan coverage
  • Checking stories for formatting and troubleshooting issues
  • Writing stories as events warrant
  • Work on long range planning for events, holidays and promotions

Qualifications include:

  • Excellent grammar and spelling
  • Basic journalism skills include headline writing
  • Knowledge of WordPress, graphics editing and project management software
  • Knowledge of the comics industry, including publishers, significant creators and titles
  • Be a self starter and a great communicator

I should add here that if you already run your own website, you are probably an ideal candidate. This is a job that has been full time at various periods, however, it also shapes itself to fit the abilities and resources of the person who fills it.

Previous Beat managing editors are a distinguished bunch, including Steve Morris, Alex Lu, Samantha Puc and Joe, so you’ll be in very good company. You’ll also be joining us at a time that’s both exciting and demanding: more happens in the world of comics every day than I could ever have imagined when I started this site nearly 20 years ago. This job will have a vital part in shaping how that world stays informed.

It’s also fun! I promise!

Ready to take the plunge? Send resumes and a cover letter to Heidi MacDonald at comicsbeat at We especially encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply.








  1. Farewell and good luck to Joe! I’ve enjoyed his reviews and writing, in general. There’s a clear enthusiasm for comics in his work and I appreciated that he evaluated each book based on what they were, not what he wanted them to be.

  2. Thank you for the kind words! I’ll still be writing for the site, doing more reviews and longer pieces as opposed to the editorial and news coverage I’ve been focused on as managing editor. Excited to finally work on the long list of projects I’ve been wanting to do.

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