Now that Capital is close to filling up its reporter ranks on the politics and media desks, editors are lining up several weekly city columnists for the site’s early November relaunch. Capital’s first three columnists will be Jim Windolf, a Vanity Fair contributing editor who has written for several publications and started the New York Observer’s “New York World” column; Joanna Molloy, a veteran Daily News gossip writer and co-author of a new book on the subject; and Glynnis MacNicol, a writer and co-founder of TheLi.st and former media editor at Business Insider and Mediaite. The model will be more Jimmy Breslin than Joe Scarborough. While Politico columnists, like Scarborough or National Review editor Rich Lowry, comment on political and policy debates, Capital’s writers will produce reported columns that also express a point of view. They’ll draw from the city columnist tradition that extends from tabloid muckraking, a la Breslin, to the New York Times’ Clyde Haberman. Capital co-editor Tom McGeveran told HuffPost the new columns will focus on “New York issues, New York personalities and New York places.” “This is a tradition in which the best columns always entertain,” McGeveran said. “Sometimes they even change the minds of the city’s big decision makers; better yet is when a columnist changes their plans.” The new columnists are not joining full-time, but will write weekly for the site. However, Capital has been filling up the newsroom with full-time reporters and editors since Politico purchased the three-year-old site in September. On the politics front, Capital’s hired Daily News veteran Joanne Wasserman , the Albany Times Union’s Jimmy Vielkind , the New York Post’s Sally Goldenberg . Capital media reporter Joe Pompeo will now be joined on the desk by several additional reporters, including TV Newser’s Alex Weprin, Women’s Wear Daily’s Matthew Lynch, former Newsday and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Nicole Levy, and World Policy Journal’s Johana Bhuiyan. In addition, Peter Sterne will cover media part-time for the site while finishing at Columbia University. Follow Michael Calderone on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mlcalderone FOLLOW MEDIA
Capital New York Hires Three Columnists As Relaunch Nears
“To me, as a fan, that level of character change is really the measure of how important a story is.” Over the weekend Marvel rolled out several new titles as part of its 2014 “All-New Marvel NOW” campaign, including Avengers World, with Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the company’s A-list good guys; Avengers Undercover, starring young heroes getting in deep with the Masters of Evil; All-New Ghost Rider, starring an updated version of the bike-riding, flame-headed antihero; Silver Surfer, featuring the return of the coolest galactic herald in space; and Iron Patriot, which features James Rhodes in the red, white and blue armor fighting domestic terrorism. While fans saw him played by Don Cheadle in the past two Iron Man films and teaming with Tony Stark, “Rhodey” goes solo with the new book. And writer Ales Kot (Zero, Wild Children) is looking forward to writing an African-American character in a position of power but also his family dynamic. “You will understand James Rhodes much better than ever before. And then something very, very unexpected happens. Things break from the inside and the outside at the same time,” Kot says. “His ethical standards and his drive to do good regardless of the circumstances is something I adore.” In addition to working with artist Garry Brown (The Massive), a major appeal for Kot with Iron Patriot is “the ability to create a story about America and its legacy positive, negative, everything in between,” Kot says. “I am interested in exploring the empire as some of its decisions come back to haunt it (and) the ideas of freedom and liberty.” James Rhodes gets a solo book and sweet red, white and blue armor with Ales Kot’s “Iron Patriot.” (Photo: Marvel Comics) Among other highlights from the convention: DC Comics is bringing back fan-favorite heroine Stephanie Brown in next year’s weekly series Batman: Eternal. A former Robin and Batgirl, the character hasn’t been seen since the publisher relaunched its entire superhero line in the fall of 2011 with “The New 52” campaign. Aspen Comics is debuting two female-centric series for 2014. Lola follows a girl searching for her parents in a post-apocalyptic landscape, and Damsels in Excess centers around a princess who’s targeted by her peers in four nearby kingdoms. Valiant Comics pays homage to its 1990s incarnation in two ways: It will bring back the original “world’s worst superteam” with Q2: The Return of Quantum and Woody with original creators Christopher Priest and M.D. Bright plus its Eternal Warriorseries will have a “4001 A.D.” timeline that combines futuristic times with lots of action. “The Six Million Dollar Man” never received a sixth season on TV in the 1970s, but it gets one in comics next year.