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Hannah Means-Shannon Leaves Dark Horse Comics For Pastures New

Hannah picHannah Means-Shannon was editor-in-chief for Bleeding Cool for two years before taking an editorial job at Dark Horse Comics in Portland, and moving from New Jersey.

She now is not only leaving Dark Horse – but Portland as well.

She writes on Tumblr,

A few people, mainly professionals in the industry, have been contacting me with nice messages as the news begins to spread that I will be leaving Dark Horse Comics soon. I wanted to take a moment to let people know, if they didn't already, and clarify that my decision is purely personal and logistical.

I've been working as Associate Editor at Dark Horse for 9 months, having moved to Portland, Oregon, from New Jersey to take up that position. In that time, I've worked on over 30 projects, had many books come out onto the market that I'm very proud of, and worked with some wonderful people, from fellow editors to comic creators. It's been a huge time of growth in my understanding of the publishing industry and the mechanics of comics storytelling.

However, in that time, my husband and I have been living bi-coastal while he went through a job search process, and despite having a number of interviews, he hasn't been able to secure a job that suits his skill-set in the area. For that reason, we stretched our budget as long as we could, but are having to make a geographical decision for a job change.

Sometimes these are just the practical factors we face in life. I'm really pleased to have experienced the Pacific Northwest through travel, culture, and great friends, and to have learned so much during this time.

I'm still looking into possibilities on the West Coast, but barring any developments there, I'll be headed back East before long.

Thanks to those who have reached out to me, and thanks for the support from my family and friends during a challenging time.

I wish Hannah all the best and look forward to discovering where she ends up next. I've heard nothing but good things from creators who have worked with Hannah at Dark Horse, and I expect, with this news, to see a few people suddenly inquiring about her availability.

And as someone who worked with her for two years, I'd happily give her a glowing reference.

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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