End of an Era, Beginning of a New

It’s been a few days now and I had wanted to give it at least a few days’ time out of respect for Ryan before publicly announcing the news.

Our editor at Profiles in History, Ryan Dohm, who since 2007 had been writing our catalogs and copy editing everything from ads to postcard mailings, has left the company. Ryan had put his own lyrical stamp on over a dozen Profiles auction and historical catalogs. He was initially thrown into the deep end with only a crash course in the breakneck culture of our company. He not only survived, but flourished. If you’ve enjoyed our catalogs of the past few years, you would recognize Ryan’s voice in them. The diligence, meticulousness and work ethics, with which he put into his work directly and unequivocally contributed to our successes. We wouldn’t have had the monster year we had last year without the extreme personal sacrifices he put in as he worked tirelessly for 14 or 16 or more hours a day for weeks at a time to meet tight deadlines.

When Ryan wasn’t busy writing–which was rare–he helped us modeled some of the most memorable costumes we’ve had for the catalogs. Some of you will surely recognized him as Daredevil, Deckard from Blade Runner, Bela Lugosi (Dracula), and most recently both Captain America AND Red Skull, just to name a few.

We will certainly miss Ryan’s many contributions. But more than that, we will miss his easy demeanor, wittiness, impeccable tastes in literature, music, whiskey & beer, and his general positiveness. We wish him the best in all future endeavors. Anyone who wants to keep up with Ryan can follow him at @Mahleria and at his Facebook page.

Fortunately for Profiles, we lucked out when it came to finding Ryan’s replacement. Joseph P. Moe is now part of the team, taking over the editor position. Joe’s story is a remarkable one and you can learn more about him at his website. You can also follow him at @GoJoeMoeGo and find him at his Facebook page.

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