IDW seeking new managing editor after laying off previous one six months ago

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IDW Publishing is seeking a new managing editor, six months after furloughing (and then laying off) the previous managing editor Denton Tipton.

The IDW managing editor position oversees the daily operations of the company's editorial department, and the company is looking for someone with at least five years experience in that area. 

Denton Tipton served as IDW's managing editor from December 2019 to May 2020, and had been with the company for 12 years. Since then, Tipton has become a freelance editor including heading up a creator-owned imprint for Heavy Metal titled Magma Comix.

Although IDW's offices are in San Diego, the 'managing editor' position is listed as "Los Angeles-based with occasional travel to the San Diego location required." IDW's sister company IDW Entertainment, which manages its film and TV interests, has offices in LA.

IDW Publishing staff photo at San Diego offices in 2015

(Image credit: IDW Publishing)

IDW has had a tumultuous year in terms of staffing. Tipton was one of several senior-level employees furloughed in April, with several laid off the following month. In July, the company's longtime president/publisher/chief creative officer Chris Ryall exited to launch his own company. IDW's VP of marketing Dirk Wood and event programming & special projects director Alex Cox jumped to Image in August

In July, IDW promoted from within for a new president, publisher, and general manager, but the newly-named publisher Jud Meyers was placed on administrative leave five days into his new role and eventually terminated. Following that, IDW brought in Disney Publishing Worldwide's executive editor Nachie Marsham to take over as publisher.

Are you or someone you know a good fit to be IDW's next managing editor? If so, jump over to their posting - and stay in touch!

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Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)