Returns & Departures at ACTION LAB, REEDPOP & BOOK RIOT

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There are several staffing changes at comic book-related companies in the past week. Newsarama previously noted the departure of Chris D'Lando from Marvel Entertainment, and here are several others:

Action Lab Entertainment

Credit: Dave Dwonch

Company co-founder David Dwonch has stepped down as the company's President of Marketing and Development in order to focus on writing comics full-time. Dwonch will remain on the company's board of directors.

"It's with a heavy heart that I leave the president role," said Dwonch. "Life has changed dramatically for me in the six years since co-founding the company. I've always been about making comics, and I've reached a place in my life where it's time to once again focus on making my own."

This follows the departure of the company's Vice President of Marketing Jamal Igle in October 2016, who also left to work on the creative side of comic books full-time.

Credit: Shawn Pryor

Just as Dwonch leaves the staff of the Action Lab, fellow co-founder Shawn Pryor is returning to the company after a two year absence as President of Creator Relations. Pryor previously served as the company's first overall President, before seguing in 2013 to Vice President/Director of Digital Development.

“My role as President of Creative Relations with Action Lab isn’t just a homecoming,” Pryor explained. “This role is to provide a secure bridge for creators and provide answers that they need to be effective creatives as the Action Lab lines continue to grow and publish more monthly books. In a lot of ways, it’s akin to an A&R role and I hope that I can provide the leadership and insight the company needs as it moves forward.”


Credit: ReedPOP

Emerald City Comic Con founder Jim Demonakos has left his position as ReedPOP's Global Director of Comic Talent. Demonakos joined ReedPOP in January 2015 when the company bought Demonakos' Emerald City Comic Con.

"Big life news! This Friday is my last day as an employee at ReedPOP, and my active involvement in their family of cons, including ECCC. ECCC was started when I was only 24 years old, and I will be turning 40 this year. I've dedicated the majority of my adult life to this show, and I feel that the time is right for me to move on," tweeted Demonakos. "This was not an easy decision to make by any means, but I believe it's the right one for me. Instead, I have some ideas I'm interested in pursuing, in addition to freelance consulting with ReedPOP in the future. This is not the end of my involvement in the comic industry by any means, just a chance to change things up!"

Book Riot

Credit: Swapna Krishna

Swapna Krishna has stepped down as Book Riot's Comic Editor. Book Riot is one of the largest independently owned news websites covering the book industry, and was established in 2011.

"I’m stepping down as Comics Editor of Book Riot at the end of next week. I have nothing but good thoughts for the staff and contributors," tweeted Krishna. "This is just a personal decision: comics has been extra difficult lately, and my writing is branching out in new directions."

Krishna previously served as the managing editor of Book Riot's sister site Panels until its closure in August 2016, seguing to her Comic Editor role at Book Riot.

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