Joe Quesada, Executive Vice President and Creative Director of Marvel Entertainment is leaving
In a social media post, we learned that Executive Vice President and Chief Director Joe Quesada is leaving Marvel Entertainment. Apparently, I don’t know who made the decision to send him away, but he’s going.
Here is the statement he released:
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—Joe Quesada (@JoeQuesada) May 31, 2022
“Hello, True Believer!
Do you have a second? I have something I would like to share with you.
When I jumped into the world of comics, my goal was to create my own character, my stories and my universes. Then one day Marvel made me an offer that changed the trajectory of my life. But lately I’ve found myself thinking more and more about my favorite verse from TS Eliot’s Little Gidding, “We won’t stop exploring / And the end of all our exploring / Will be to get where we started / And knowing the place for the first time.”
Which is why it’s both exciting and bittersweet that after discussions with my family and my family at Marvel, after more than two decades (was it really that long?), the time is come for me to move on. As you can imagine, my love for the company, its characters, and all of my colleagues runs deep, but I have an exciting new chapter about to begin, so the timing seems right.
In August 2000, Marvel shot me, gave me the keys to the Universe, and has been my biggest supporter ever since. During that time, I’ve been blessed to stand on the shoulders of giants, none larger than those of my predecessors and mentors, the best editorial team in the business, my coworking family, and the most talented creators. on the planet who put their trust in me, especially in the beginning when I felt like I was selling tickets on the Titanic. Thank you ALL for sharing your talents and putting your heart and soul into every project. It was an honor to work with you, and I hope we can start all over again.
Doesn’t mean you get rid of me that easily. I’ll never be too far, cheering on my Marvel Family and contributing once in a while, including something I’m excited for later this year. I also have several incredibly cool projects you’ll hear about in the coming months, including an independent short that I’m writing and directing. Stay tuned!
It’s been one hell of a ride, and I’m proud to have been part of Marvel’s rich-to-rich history and satisfied to have done the job I was hired to do twenty-two years ago. (seriously, where did the time go?). But none of this happens without a very important person.
My family and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Without your love and support, we couldn’t have embarked on this crazy adventure, and I hope you’ll join us for the next one.
I promise you it’s going to be AMAZING!
See you in the funny books!”
It’s just more like he’s being let go than he’s going to work on an independent short.
Quesada was the editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics until 2011. In 2010 he was also the chief creative officer, which he continued to be until 2019, when Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was removed. appointed creative director. At that time, Quesada was named executive vice president and chief creative officer of Marvel Entertainment.
But he leaves for an independent film?
Comic book sales for some of the larger publishers have been down for a while now, especially for single issues on floppy disk. Graphic novels are faring much better, thanks in part to the surge in popularity of manga. These books are often counted with “mainstream” US publishers in the numbers.
Whether Quesada chooses to leave or is shown the door, he’s probably best for it given the way things are going with the comics industry lately. I’m sure it’s going to be a big adjustment for him and his family after 20 years at Marvel.
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