by Jamison Ashley
Multiple sources are reporting that Valiant Entertainment’s Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons has unofficially tendered his resignation from the comic publisher. It was his absence at C2E2 Valiant panel yesterday that first alerted people to his potential departure, but unnamed sources are now confirming this news. This is in the wake of DMG – the Chinese entertainment firm taking full ownership of the comic book publisher this past January.
Boasting a tenure as EIC of only three and a half years, Warren Simons was still the longest-running Editor-in-Chief in Valiant’s history, which boasts other such luminaries as Bob Layton, Jim Shooter, and Fabian Nicieza. This marks another recent high-profile exit from Valiant following the resignations of former CEO & CCO Dinesh Shamdasani, COO Gavin Cuneo, Chairman Peter Cuneo, and Marketing VP Hunter Gorinson. Valiant made some official staff change announcements earlier this week regarding personnel changes, but this report has not been officially announced by the publisher.
Simons joined Valiant in 2011, handling their successful relaunch and being known for recruiting talented creators who might have been forgotten or undervalued at other publishers. Some of these including such heralded talent as Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, Mico Suayan, Jody Houser, Lewis LaRosa, Robert Venditti, Raul Allen, Cary Nord, Marguerite Sauvage, Paolo Rivera, and Doug Braithwaite.
Again, no official confirmation of this change has been forthcoming from Valiant, but we also understand that the current DMG Director of Finance, Eric Sullivan, is expected to fill the EIC role in the immediate future. No word on Simons next assignment, but we hear that IDW may be looking for a candidate of Simons’ caliber.