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Friday, February 13, 2004

Mixed Emotions -- First of all, congratulations and great good luck to Dirk Deppey, who has been named the new editor of the Comics Journal, and discusses how this happened in today's hiatus-announcing iJournalista!. Dirk's nose for comics news and his insights into the industry have made his blog the first stop for just about everyone who A) Owns a computer B) Is interested in comics and C) Isn't a frigging idiot, so this hiatus is a bit panic-inducing to say the least. Given my druthers, I would love to see somebody suitable step in and temporarily fill Dirk's shoes, but I have no idea what went into the decision to just shut it down for a month. Dirk is offering up a mailing list so you can be notified when the blog resumes, however. It can't be soon enough for me.

The mixed emotions come in seeing the end of the Milo George era of the Journal, which followed a disastrous run by the previous, incompetent Anne Elizabeth Moore that nearly destroyed the magazine, in my opinion. Milo brought a great deal to the table in his time as editor, but most importantly, he made the Journal matter again. I wish him well and I hope he finds a new job that suits his intelligence and passion for journalism. He and Dirk are two of the most vital advocates for the comics artform that I have ever encountered, and I continue to respect and admire both of them more than just about anybody in the industry.


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