Wednesday, August 12, 2020

DC Comics Hit by Major Layoffs


Via Hollywood Reporter

The majority of staff of the streaming service DC Universe has been laid off, as has editor-in-chief Bob Harras and multiple other executives on the publishing side.

Monday's WarnerMedia layoffs have affected a significant number of high-level figures at comic book powerhouse DC, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

Among those said to be losing their positions are editor-in-chief Bob Harris, senior VP of publishing strategy and support services Hank Kanalz, VP of marketing and creative services Jonah Weiland, VP global publishing initiatives and digital strategy Bobbie Chase, senior story editor Brian Cunningham, and executive editor Mark Doyle, who oversaw the rollout of the Black Label graphic novels. Jim Lee remains the CCO.

This is particularly difficult to read since many from DC moved their lives from NYC to California in 2015 when Warner relocated the comics division on the West Coast. What this bodes for the comic book business, we don't know. There have always been rumors that the "floppies" (a slang term for a comic book) are endangered, that graphic novels sell better and have a longer shelf life.

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