According to The Hollywood Reporter blog Heat Vision, IDW Publishing have named John Barber as their new Editor-in-Chief following the departure of Chris Ryall. The company is also making other administrative moves as they hired Anita Frazier as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Barber has previously served as editor of the Hasbro line of comics that includes the “Transformers” series of comics. The former group editor entered the comics industry in the 1990s working for Marvel, and later in the 2000s as an editor for the Ultimate Comics line. He’s also worked on some “X-Men” titles as well as “The Dark Tower” adaptations, before serving as a writer for the “Transformers” series.
When talking to Heat Vision, Barber said ‘“To me, the title of editor in chief has a resonance — and a legacy — in comics,” and “It’s something to live up to, a position I find pretty inspiring.”
Anita Frazier also has some vast experience in the world of comics and, in pop culture as a whole, serving as director of marketing for DC Comics Licensed Properties, vice president of sales for Sony Pictures Consumer Products, vice president of sales for Vivendi Universal Games, and executive director of client development and new business development for the NPD Group. She has been a private consultant since 2016 until landing this position. Frazier says “This will be a very rewarding journey.” She also said she was “excited to return to my entertainment roots working with IDW and its array of amazing original and licensed IP.”
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