It has reached my ear that at Tuesday's editorial retreat, Marvel Comics' Senior Vice President of Talent Co-ordination, CB Cebulski informed the folks present that he will be leaving to assume a larger role in the Marvel/Disney organisation.
The details are sketchy, right now. But could he be moving out West where his choice of shirts will be more appropriate to the season, along with other ex-pats and Marvel colleagues Steve Wacker and Arune Singh?
Because right now, it seems more Marvel employees are willing to go west, than those at DC Comics.
CB Cebulski declined to comment but we are hoping for an update at some point later today. What will this mean for the artists CB had recruited from his international trips? Who will manage submissions? Who will be on hand to recommend decent places to eat? Or go out partying with Paris Hilton?
Looks like Marvel will be needing a Mini-CB rather quickly…
UPDATE: CB Cebulski has now chosen to comment, confirming rumours. He writes to Bleeding Cool, saying,
Your spies are everywhere, eh? But in this case, yes, the rumors are true. Well, somewhat true. To clarify…
I have indeed accepted a new position within Marvel. One that will keep me in NYC, I'm happy to say. But not on fewer planes; I may be traveling even more now. My job has been slowly and naturally shifting away from Publishing, more towards international business development over the years as is, and that's more of where I'll be focusing my efforts within the company going forward. I won't be leaving Publishing totally behind, but working more across all of Marvel's lines of business from here on out.
One area where I will unfortunately have to pass the baton is talent recruitment. I will no longer be the guy out in the artist alleys at cons looking for pencilers, painters, inkers, colorists and designers. Someone else will soon be stepping into that position. But I'll still be out there on Twitter offering advice when and where I can and doing my best to help people get their foot in the Marvel door. That's just something that's in my blood. I've had all my dreams come true by working at Marvel and still want to help others have the same experience.
All the hopeful writers and artsts can rest assured, they will be in the most capable of hands. And I'll be keeping an eye on things, just like the Watcher always… oh, wait…
Make Mine Marvel,