Yesterday afternoon, the third-biggest comic book retailer in the USA, Things From Another World, dispatched with their Vice President of Retail & General Operations Manager, Andrew McIntire.
McIntire joined TFAW as Marketing Coordinator in 2008, before a series of promotions saw him made Vice President in 2012. He left in 2015 to found local company Comics At Ya, before joining Oni Press as Vice President Of Sales from 2016 to 2017, He then returned to TFAW as VP for the last three years. Both TFAW and Dark Horse Comics are owned by Mike Richardson, and they often work in tandem with employees from one moving to the other.
Bleeding Cool understands that Dark Horse and their related companies are going through an internal reorganisation as a result of a number of claims made against employees recently. McIntire’s departure came on the same day that Sean Wynn, founder of geek PR and marketing firm Strange Solutions and former employee at Dark Horse and Things From Another World, posted a series of claims against the company, These related specifically to Andrew McIntire. and Jon Richardson, brother of Dark Horse/TFAW owner Mike Richardson. Wynn makes claims of racist attitudes, an unresponsive human resources system, and an abusive employer relationship.
Mike Richardson opened the first Things From Another World store, 400 square feet, in Bend, Oregon on January 1st, 1980 as Pegasus Books, changing its name to Things From Another World a decade later. The chain now has stores in Milwaukie, Portland, and Beaverton, Oregon, a Universal Studios Citywalk location in Los Angeles, California, and a major online store. Things From Another World claims to be the third-largest comic book retailer in the USA. Mike was able to use revenue from the chain to start his comic book publisher Dark Horse Comics was in 1986, including titles such as Hellboy, Sin City, Concrete, Next Men, Grindhouse, Kim & Kim and thousands more as well as and licenses such as Buffy, Aliens, Star Wars, Stranger Things and Avatar, making it the fourth biggest publisher of comics in the USA.