Matt Brady posted the news on the main site that Wizard COO Fred Pierce was let go from the company this week. The news has spread like wildfire around the internet, particularly among former (and now ecstatic) Wizard staff members, of which there are many.
The news is that Fred Pierce, tyrant and the man who was (in my mind) crushing Wizard (as he did Valiant) has been fired. It is good.
Sean T. Collins also posted about it on his blog and included a YouTube video of the jubilant Ewok celebration from the end of Return of the Jedi. Former Wizard.com editor Rick Marshall then weighed in in the comments section of that post:
True, it’s a step in the right direction… but there are a few (dozen) other people there who need the ol’ cardboard box treatment in order to salvage anything from that sinking ship
Meanwhile, Heidi adds commentary and wonders who is left at Wizard:
Everyone knows that magazine publishing isn’t exactly a huge growth industry these days, but an observer can’t help but think that things must be very dire at Wizard World for a fixture like Pierce to be let go.
Who’s left? EIC Scott Gramling, Joe Yanarella and Mike Cotton are the best known names.
Observers we spoke with were shocked, and the prognosis for Wizard’s continued health is considered questionable. Others, however, saw the often confrontational Pierce as a major impediment to moving forward with a new direction.
And finally, Tom:
It’s been almost two years since major shake-ups at the magazine publisher and convention organizer were initially announced, a time that has seen massive turnover in personnel and other signs — a potential sale for the building, lackluster convention performances — that indicate things aren’t exactly well with the company. If true, and the company has yet to confirm, and if it holds, this will officially be the highest-profile departure to date.
Update: Rick Marshall has more thoughts here.