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Parting Shot: Joe Hughes Joins ComicsAlliance As New Editor-in-Chief

“I have no idea who that is.”

There’s a good chance that was your reaction to the above headline, and that’s perfectly rational. I’ve done a decent job of staying somewhat under the radar in my time in the comic industry. But that’s all about to change, because as of today I’m the new Editor-in-Chief at ComicsAlliance.

To be honest, I hadn’t planned on doing a post like this. I was just going to quietly start the gig, and wait for everyone to notice that the new bio and picture next to the Editor-in-Chief spot on the staff page looked suspiciously unlike Laura.

Then I thought about the site, and what it means to people. ComicsAlliance has a tremendously talented and dedicated staff, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. I think part of what attracts people to the site is that you know the staff. You know who they are, you know what they care about. Their likes and dislikes. You know Andy loves pinup art and has impeccable bookshelves. You know Caleb loves toys and pugs. And you know Chris Sims has a (borderline unhealthy) love of all things Batman. Everyone who works on this site puts a piece of themselves into it. They’re open with who they are, and don’t run from their opinions. So really, how can I do any less?

The problem, of course, is that you know everyone on the staff except for me. With that in mind, I’ve decided to run off a few facts about myself, some of which will affect how I run the site, and a few that, well… probably won’t:

I’ve run a comic store, reviewed comics, and edited comics in my time. But I’ve never drawn a comic, because I’m a fascinatingly bad artist. I think Steve Gerber and Dwayne McDuffie were geniuses, and the industry is poorer for having lost them. I wish Peter Milligan’s entire run on Shade the Changing Man was collected in trades. I care deeply about gender and cultural diversity in comics, and I think it’s a topic that is crucial to this industry’s survival. I still think Mask of the Phantasm is the best Batman movie ever made. My favorite Inhuman is Karnak. My favorite Muppet is Zoot. I love The Question, mostly because of Justice League Unlimited. If I had a cat, I’d name it Katchoo. And I have never, ever had a cavity.

I’m certain other indispensable facts about me will come to light as time passes, but that’s not so important. What’s important is how much I love this site, and how much I think it truly matters. Laura Hudson put together a staff that has done an incredible job of making CA one of the biggest and best comic sites on the web, and I will do my very best to keep that going. And if that means asking Chris Sims to review even more terrible movies from the ’90s, I’m prepared to make that sacrifice.

Lastly, I’d like to thank all of you, because you’re the reason we do this. As a friend of mine recently pointed out, comics are yours, and they belong to you. It’s your passion and your voice that drive this industry, and this site, to be better.

So thanks for reading. I’ll try my best not to disappoint.

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