So yeah, Eric Trautmann, despite doing some excellent work on Checkmate with Greg Rucka (possibly/probably my favorite issues of the series) and Crime Bible (also with Rucka), was passed over in favor of Bruce Jones (and do note, this is about Eric Trautmann, not about knocking Bruce Jones) as the writer to follow Rucka on Checkmate. That is unfortunate.
He mentioned over at his blog that he was kinda planning on being the new writer, so he is currently available for writing work. So comic editors – find some work for Eric Trautmann! The man deserves a gig!!!