DC Comics, Diamond Distribution Lay Off Employees

by Jeff

Several sources have confirmed DC Senior Editor Bob Schreck has been laid off. As Warner Brothers has announced their intention to lay off 10 percent of their employees, more DC related layoffs are expected. Meanwhile, Diamond Distribution laid off 13 employees.

The Beat has confirmed that Diamond laid off 13 employees yesterday, including the managing editor and designer for the recently canceled Diamond Dialog magazine. In addition to the layoffs, wages for management and other staff were reduced. According to a letter sent to staff by COO Chuck Parker, the cost cuts were a result of the generally poor economy and a four percent decline in sales in 2008.

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One of the largest job eliminations took place at Diamond Comics Distributors, the biggest distributor for perioidical comics and graphic novels in North America. 13 people were laid off yesterday and some remaining staff and management were asked to take a pay cut. The cuts were a result of a 4% drop in sales last year and a further projected drop this year, according to a letter from Diamond COO Chuck Parker.

DC Comics also reported layoffs yesterday, including much-respected editor Bob Schreck, who had been with the company 10 years and worked on such acclaimed books as writer Grant Morrison’s award-winning All-Star Superman. Other cuts at DC Comics were centered around the magazine business, including several at MAD Magazine. The layoffs were reported as DC’s parent company Warner Brothers announced a 10% reduction in the company’s employment worldwide.

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The Beat has confirmed that DC Senior Editor Bob Schreck was laid off yesterday. Other layoffs, expected in the wake of Warner Brothers’ companywide 10 percent reduction, include Subcriptions Manager Christine Sawicki and several MAD Magazine personnel. The magazine-related layoffs certainly reflect the general crumbling of the entire magazine business.

As for Schreck, the layoff is more of a surprise since he is generally considered one of the top editors in the business. Starting at Comico, he also worked at Dark Horse, where he edited SIN CITY and MADMAN, then co-founded Oni Press (with Joe Nozemack) and then moved to DC where he worked on THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, and ALL-STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN THE BOY WONDER. He moved to Vertigo two years ago, where his office was developing several new graphic novel projects, including THE NOBODY by Jeff Lemire.

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The Beat’s Hedi MacDonald reported Friday that venerable DC Comics editor Bob Schreck has been laid off, as have Subscriptions Manager Christine Sawicki and several “MAD” magazine staffers.

Though parent company Warner Bros. announced earlier this week that it would cut 800 jobs, DC Comics was expected to remain largely unaffected, given its historical autonomy within the vast Warner media empire. The letting go of Schreck indicates that is not so, and that layoffs will likely affect every division of the corporation.

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The Beat reports what we’ve been hearing this afternoon: DC Comics editor Bob Schreck was laid off on Thursday. Subcriptions Manager Christine Sawicki was also let go, as were Mad Magazine staffers. That last dovetails with this story on the mothership detailing Mad’s shift to quarterly status.

Schreck has an enormous body of work in comics proper; apart from working on thing like DC’s current All-Star line, in his time at Dark Horse, he was editor on Sin City and Madman, and was a co-founder of Oni Press. Schreck originally came to DC from Oni, and served as the Group Editor in the Bat-office, overseeing projects by Kevin Smith, Matt Wagner and others, as well as the regular line. Schreck moved to the Vertigo line in 2006.

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