CBR News learned today that Dark Horse Comics has laid off a number of staffers including people from their editorial and marketing departments.
Believed to be included in the layoffs (though not the sum total of persons leaving the company) are editors Shawna Gore and Dave Land as well as sales assistant Max Sato. Reached by phone, a representative for Dark Horse declined to comment.
A longstanding Editorial presence, Gore had been with the company since 1997 when she was brought on as Dark Horse’s publicist. Though she served on many projects both new and archival for the publisher since joining editorial in 2002, Gore was perhaps best known for shepherding works in their horror division including the recent relaunch of the classic series “Creepy” and licensed work such as “Emily The Strange.”
Similarly, Land worked with Dark Horse since the late ’90s working on a number of licensed and original properties including the Star Wars line, “Fear Agent” and “Samurai: Heaven & Earth.” He also wrote the three-issue mini series “Werewolves On The Moon” and recently help craft stories for the “MySpace Dark Horse Presents” anthology.
Sato had been with the company at least two years, previously serving as an Account Executive. He was a regular fixture on Dark Horse’s in-house news blog.
CBR wishes all employees laid off the best of luck, and will have more on the future of Dark Horse as it becomes available.