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Archaia doesn’t renew contract of editor Paul Morrissey

Archaia Entertainment has decided not to renew the contract of editor Paul Morrissey.

Morrissey, who edited such titles as Fraggle Rock, Cow Boy, Feeding Ground and the Eisner Award-winning Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard, wasn’t a permanent employee, but rather a contract worker. He told Comic Book Resources that the publisher, which had a strong showing over the weekend at the 24th annual Eisner Awards, is reducing the number of titles it releases this year and next, and there simply wasn’t enough work for him.

“I will still be working on some titles, including the next Mouse Guard anthology,” Morrissey told CBR. “David [Peterson] and I are working on that together, and it features talent like Stan Sakai and Rick Geary. There’s some really awesome talent in the next anthology.”

Before joining Archaia in 2009, Morrissey was a senior editor for nearly five years at Tokyopop, where he oversaw such original graphic novels as The Dreaming, Undertown and Mail Order Ninja, and an editor for nearly a year at BOOM! Studios, where he developed the company’s Disney/Pixar properties.

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