For comic book industry observers, it was a surprise tweet this afternoon as Chip Mosher announced he is leaving Comixology Originals.
After 11 years, I’ve decided it’s time for a change and this will be my last week at @comixology. It’s been an amazing decade+ for me & I’m grateful to have been able to be part of the company’s growth. 1/2
— Chip Mosher (@chipmosher) June 28, 2022
In particular, it’s been an honor pioneering the Comixology Originals program. Just too many people to thank. So thanks to you all! More soon! 2/2
— Chip Mosher (@chipmosher) June 28, 2022
After 11 years, I’ve decided it’s time for a change and this will be my last week at @comixology. It’s been an amazing decade+ for me & I’m grateful to have been able to be part of the company’s growth. In particular, it’s been an honor pioneering the Comixology Originals program. Just too many people to thank. So thanks to you all! More soon!
Although given all the changes at Comixology as it has been assimilated into the Amazon Borg, this sounds dire, I’m told that ComiXology will still be exhibiting at SDCC – and Mosher is telling pals he has a new venture lined up, so expect to be hearing about all of that.
After an epic 11-year run, Chip Mosher has decided to take a new role outside of Amazon. We wish him the best of luck in the future.
With this change comes new opportunities for others, and we’re pleased to share that Bryce Gold, who has played a key role in CO for the past year, will lead the Comixology Originals program.
We’re also excited for the slate of content releasing the remainder of the year and look forward to sharing more with you at San Diego @Comic_Con!
Bryce Goldaka @_nicegold on Twitter, confirmed the news.
Exciting news! I’m now head of Comixology Originals at @comiXology. So excited for this next chapter! https://t.co/EOWqaomb9W
— bryce gold (@_nicegold) June 28, 2022
Mosher’s departure ends an 11 year era at Comixology during which was the right hand marketing man for co-founder David Steinberger, who departed the company in March following its controversial conversion into Amazon’s general sales platform.
Although he started out at ComiXology as head of marketing, Mosher soon took over their “Originals” publishing program, which has been busy turning out series – many acclaimed – by Scott Snyder (see “Scottober”), Chip Zdarsky, Rachel Pollack, Marc Bernadin, Spike Trotmanand many others.
Even as Comixology’s standalone website was absorbed into Amazon, Originals remained a vibrant line whose relationship to Amazon was always downplayed – the line full creator ownership and healthy page offered rates. And Mosher remained a very popular figure within the comics community.
Gold is not as well known a figure as Mosher, to put it mildly, but he has been Mosher’s right hand at Originals for several years, and he has his own bona fides as publishers of Pyrite Press, an indie micro press that most recently partnered with Silver Sprocket on Loudest & Smartest by Alex Krokus.
Comixology Originals creators were enthused about the move – and grateful to Mosher for his work over the years.
Some of you might not know Chip, but he’s been an incredible guiding force for myself and countless others at @comiXology. I’m so grateful for everything he’s done for us, and couldn’t be prouder of the books we’ve launched so far (and all the ones coming up)! Great things ahead! https://t.co/vEYzDqaS7G
— Scott Snyder (@Ssnyder1835) June 28, 2022
Working with @_nicegold on ComiXology Originals books has been amazing, looking forward to Bryce continuing to make incredible and unexpected stories happen!
— Michael W Conrad 🗿 (@michaelwconrad) June 28, 2022
And HUGE congrats to @_nicegold — Bryce has been fantastic (ie, a dream) to work with on THE PANIC and I’m looking forward to our continued partnership on the series…and maybe other projects, as well…! Everybody welcome and congratulate Bryce! https://t.co/1aD2MqU4As
— Neil Kleid (@neilkleid) June 28, 2022
Although plans will go forward in the short term, observers can be forgiven for what this all means, given Comixology’s shrink profile as a stand alone brand, even as digital comics are absorbed into the larger “Kindle” storefront.