Image Comics' long-time Controller Branwyn Bigglestone has left the company to pursue a Master's degree in Accountacy - but will continue working in the comics industry as a freelance editor.
"I’ve wanted to go back to school for many years, but it became clear that to do that and stay on as Controller would not be possible - not without doing a disservice to one or the other. The decision to walk away from a decade-long career at a place like Image Comics was something I struggled with for a while," Bigglestone told Newsarama. "I will miss my co-workers, and I will miss sending creators and freelancers money! I am definitely not done with comics, though. I am currently editing The Last Siege (Image Comics), ExorSisters (publisher not announced), and have a couple of other irons in the fire. This is a medium I love, and getting to help people tell the stories they want to tell is a joy!"
With Bigglestone's exit from Image, Nicole Lapalme has joined the Portland-based publisher as Controller.
"While we were sad to see one of our long-time employees Branwyn Bigglestone leave the company, we wish her the best in her future endeavors and because of her early notice we were able to seamlessly search for and hire our new Controller," said an Image Comics representative in a statement. "In early January we were excited to welcome Nicole Lapalme on board as our new Controller. She came to us with nearly 20 years of experience in Accounting, including accounting experience specifically in comics, and has a degree in Accounting from University of Concordia in Montreal."
Bigglestone originally joined Image in 2007 after working for two years at San Francisco's Comic Relief: The Comic Bookstore. In addition to acting as Controller, she edited several Image Comics titles including Alpha Girl, Danger Club, and G-Man.