- Understands that John Barber, whose history with Transformers comics is a deep one covered extensively on these very pages, is no longer Editor in Chief at IDW Publishing
- No official response yet from IDW or Barber, while his social media feeds still list the Editor in Chief job
Furthermore, IDW recently posted a job opening for the position of Executive Editorial Director:
- This position will be responsible for developing licensed products for IDW Publishing, including single-issue comic books and graphic novels, and both managing and providing direction to the editorial staff to enable the highest quality creative output. This person will work closely with IDW’s Publisher, SVP, Sales, Marketing & Strategy, Director, Content Strategy, and Managing Editor to ensure that all licensed publishing products maximize revenue, profitability, and brand visibility while ensuring the licensor’s brand integrity. This position will also be responsible for evaluating new licensor viability and establishing strategic goals for launch plans and ongoing product lines. The Executive Editorial Director reports directly to the Publisher.
Should official information in the coming days verify this rumor, we sincerely wish John and IDW the best in whatever directions that they each move forward. Share your thoughts on the 2005 boards!