CBR reports that Marvel's Associate Publisher Ruwan Jayatilleke -- a key figure in the publisher's digital comic initiative -- has been let go from the company. This happens a week before Marvel is set to announce an ambitious digital outreach plan, one that Jayatilleke was very much involved in.
Jayatilleke has been at Marvel for about eight years, and was crucial in several high-profile licensing partnerships, including with Stephen King and the Halo franchise. He was promoted to SVP Associate Publisher in 2011, and had most recently been connected to the "Marvel #1" digital program -- the latter of which he was apparently all set to promote at SXSW as of three days ago, according to his Twitter stream.
What does Jayatilleke's departure mean for Marvel's digital comics ventures and the "Marvel #1" program? Have they decided to go in a different direction? And how will his departure impact, at all, Marvel at SXSW?