IDW have announced their new editor in chief, following the departure of Chris Ryall, and it’s someone that readers of IDW’s Transformers comics will be familiar with – John Barber.
John Barber is a veteran comic writer and editor, who has written and edited a range of comics, including Wolverine, and Marvel’s Ultimate line. On the Transformers front, he’s the man who made sense of multiple contradictory bits of Movie fiction with gusto with the Sector Seven and Dark of the Moon comics, as well as writing the Robots in Disguise ongoing (later renamed Transformers, and relaunched as Optimus Prime). He’s also served as senior editor at IDW, where he oversaw all of the Transformers (and Hasbro) licensed comics, overseeing the genesis of the Hasbro comics universe and its first crossover, Revolution.
Speaking to Hollywood Reporter, John Barber said: “To me, the title of editor in chief has a resonance — and a legacy — in comics. It’s something to live up to, a position I find pretty inspiring. So I don’t know if I can really express my excitement at being back at IDW in this new role. As editor in chief, I’m in a position to help guide the company into a new era, working with our creators and our partners to make the best comics out there. IDW has some of the biggest and most fun properties in pop culture under our publishing umbrella, and I think some of the stuff we already have planned for the future will spin some heads. The comics world is constantly changing, and IDW’s always changed with the times — keeping its core values and looking toward tomorrow. And being right in the thick of that is just where I want to be.”
This is exciting news, and we wish John all the best in his new role, and that IDW moves from strength to strength under his stewardship.