For the five people still interested in comics industry news, Dan Nadel is leaving 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.

Nadel wrote:

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. 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.


  1. TCJ is the Cahiers du Cinéma of comics: I’m glad it exists, it’s important — but its verdict on individual works is often hopelessly off-base.

  2. The Journal had a good article by Ken Parille, debunking the currently popular notion that fans are the real “owners” of superheroes, and Marvel and DC merely the “custodians.” Try publishing your own Flash comic and see how that works out in the real world.

  3. Every time I’ve tried to read TCJ in the last few years, the essays seem a passioness circle-jerk. I disagreed with tons of stuff in the old print version, but at least the opinions had some passion associated with them.

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