Today there's lots of news from Dark Horse about developments that make them optimistic about the coming year, as originally announced at Entertainment Weekly. The biggest announcement is that Scott Allie has stepped away from the role of EIC at the publisher and transitioned to a role as Executive Senior Editor, and that former Senior Editor at Dark Horse, Dave Marshall, has taken on the role of EIC. The Beat has also commented that this transition was not entirely a surprise to those in the industry, but this is simply the "official" announcement.
One of the things that's special about Dark Horse is the way that it supports your pursuit of your passions, no matter how diverse they may be. We do so many different kinds of books. We do manga, we do original projects from all kinds of creators, we do tie-ins to major video games and films. And when you come here, it's like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: you pick your pleasure, and if you go into that 100 percent, Dark Horse is there to support you. So I really see my fellow editors flourish in that environment, I think that's the reason we're on track to have our best year ever, and why the past three years have seen a lot of growth for Dark Horse
Also announced was the promotion of Freddye Miller from the role of Editorial Coordinator to Editor, and the hiring of Comic Book Resources guest contributor and former Candlewick Press Sales Assistant Cardner Clark to the role of Assistant Editor.
Founder and Publisher Mike Richardson has stated regarding the changes:
Evolution and innovation are our constant goals at Dark Horse, and we couldn't accomplish them without the hard work and dedication of our Editorial staff. A combination of industry experience and young, new voices is vital to our success as a company. These advances in Editorial structure personify that special combination which distinguishes both Dark Horse and the modern comics landscape as truly unique.
Bleeding Cool has also just conducted an interview with Scott Allie today in which he touches on the transition in his role, and also discusses his projects past and present, so stay tuned for that on the site early in the coming week.