Comics Lowdown | Jud Meyers placed on administrative leave at IDW

Plus: News on SDCC, DC’s writing workshop and the winner of the 2020 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award.

Publishers: Jud Meyers, who was named publisher at IDW last week, has already been placed on administrative leave, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Jerry Bennington, who was named president of IDW last week, will assume Meyer’s duties in the interim. No reason was given for why Meyers was placed on leave. The Beat has more background, including information on a past lawsuit against Meyers by his former business partner, comics retailer Carr D’Angelo.

Conventions: The local San Diego news station KUSI looks at the loss of revenue to the city of San Diego due to the cancellation of the San Diego Comic Con. Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, the president and CEO of the San Diego Convention Center, says the cancellation of the event meant a potential loss of $166 million to the local San Diego economy across restaurants, retail and taxes. He notes the convention center has had to cancel about 100 shows this year so far due to COVID-19.

Speaking of Comic-Con, Variety is calling the virtual convention “a bust,” based on the amount of activity on Twitter about the convention being down compared to last year, as well as the YouTube views of panels. The Beat points out that from a comic perspective, the YouTube numbers for “comics-based panels are way way above what they would have reached in person.” Also, almost a week later, those panels are still available for people who want to view them.

Retailers: Nostromo Sevilla in Seville, Spain has been named the winner of the 2020 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. The shop is owned by Sergio Lopez.

People: Newsarama reports that Death Metal writer Scott Snyder is attempting to revive DC’s writing workshop initiative. “My goal is to also try to get the teaching workshop up and running again, not take oxygen from the main line myself, and allow a generation of writers to come up while I’m doing other things,” Snyder told Newsarama. The previous iteration of the workshop ran for four terms from 2015-2017.

Creators: In his continuing series on Ira Schnapp, letterer Todd Klein looks back at Schnapp’s work on Real Fact Comics.

Commentary: Kayleigh Hearn looks at the third collection of Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung’s Snot Girl, noting that 2020 is “a really weird time to read a comic book about the struggles of image-obsessed influencers.”

Commentary: At SOLRAD, Tom Shapira discusses My Life to Live, the first one-shot by the artist known as Chloe.

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