IDW Publishing have hired former Senior Editor John Barber as Editor-In-Chief, filling the job after the recent departure of Chris Ryall. First reported by Heat Vision, Barber's hiring comes less than two years after he left the company to focus on writing full-time, which included work at IDW and Marvel.
“To me, the title of Editor-in-Chief has a resonance - and a legacy - in comics. It's something to live up to, a position I find pretty inspiring. So I don't know if I can really express my excitement at being back at IDW in this new role," Barber said of his hiring. "As Editor-in-Chief, I'm in a position to help guide the company into a new era, working with our creators and our partners to make the best comics out there. IDW has some of the biggest and most fun properties in pop culture under our publishing umbrella, and I think some of the stuff we already have planned for the future will spin some heads. The comics world is constantly changing, and IDW's always changed with the times - keeping its core values and looking toward tomorrow. And being right in the thick of that is just where I want to be.”
It hasn't been announced if Barber will continue to write for IDW in addition to serving as Editor-In-Chief, as Ryall did in the past.
Joining IDW alongside Barber is Anita Frazier as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Frazier previously worked in marketing and sales for Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Sony Pictures Consumer Products, Vivendi Universal Games, and the NPD Group.