With the weekly periodical side of the comics industry having come to a grinding halt as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was only a matter of time before publishers started to feel the impact. Marvel has already ordered pencils down on one-third of its output for the next few months, impacting the freelancers working on those titles. Now Newsarama has revealed that four employees at Image Comics were laid off on Monday. The site received a quote from Eric Stephenson, Chief Creative Officer & Publisher of Image Comics, about the layoffs:
“Letting someone go is always tough, but letting good people go due to circumstances like these is even harder,” Stephenson tells Newsarama. “Cuts become necessary at times like this, though, and with comics shops and bookstores alike being forced to suspend business for an indeterminate amount of time, it’s important to plan ahead while that’s still an option.”
“It doesn’t make it any easier or less sad, but in order to survive this crisis, we have to make changes in how we do business.”
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