All Change at Broken Frontier web site

Broken Frontier Editor-in-Chief Andy Oliver

Broken Frontier Editor-in-Chief Andy Oliver

The big news for the comic news site Broken Frontier doesn’t stop. Hot on the heels of the successful Kickstarter campaign for its inaugural Broken Frontier Anthology, the acclaimed site is restructuring the top of its editorial staff, heralding an exciting new era for its journalistic activities.

Effective immediately, Broken Frontier founder Frederik Hautain is passing the torch of Editor in Chief to Andy Oliver, who previously held the position of Managing Editor for the past five years. Hautain had been in the EiC seat since the site’s launch in 2002, but after 13 years, it’s time for a change.

Hautain will transition to the role of Creative Director, where his primary focus will be on fostering the growth of the Broken Frontier brand, strategy and new projects, of which the aforementioned Kickstarter campaign was a prime example.

“I’m extremely blessed to be able to put the day-to-day governance of our content and staff in Andy’s talented hands,” Hautain says. “In just a few years time, he’s fast become one of the leading journalists to cover indie, alternative and creator-owned comics. On top of that, Andy’s got an amazing eye for new talent, which will continue to be one of the pillars of our coverage.”

Oliver joined the Broken Frontier staff in 2006 and became the site’s Features Editor the next year, eventually moving up to the role of Managing Editor in 2010. In 2011 he launched his popular and influential ‘Small Pressganged’ column at Broken Frontier covering the worlds of self-published, micro-published and alt comics. He is a well-known face on the UK indie comics circuit, was a judge for the 2014 Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition, and a contributor to Paul Gravett’s book 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die.

“It’s a true privilege to be trusted with the task of taking Broken Frontier forward as its new Editor in Chief,” says Oliver. “This is a site that is not afraid to give as much attention to handmade DIY culture comics as it does to the seminal work of the form, and one that has never shied away from actively championing exciting new creative voices in the medium. “I am incredibly proud to be at the forefront of this new era in our evolution.

“After all, ‘Exploring the Comics Universe’ is not merely Broken Frontier’s tagline. It’s our promise and our commitment to you, the greater BF community.”

With a new EiC now in place, Broken Frontier is actively looking for a new Managing Editor to join its ranks. If you’re interested in helping to closely shape the future of the website, check the detailed profile description at and send your application to
For more information, please contact Broken Frontier Editor in Chief Andy Oliver at
Photo of Andy Oliver by Mauricio Molizane De Souza.

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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