In the DC Comics offices, on one particular wall, sits a white board, tracking each of the new 52 series, split into a number of sections.
Whether the writing and the art are comic in on schedule, the nature of the reviews the book is receiving and any perceived tone or story problems.
As simple as it sounds, books are marked Green (good to go), Yellow (needs fill-in issues to stay on schedule, editorial review), Red (on the chopping block) or 'X' (cancelled).
There's absolutely a whirlwind of creative staff adjustments happening behind the scenes. Existing creators and unattached freelancers are being approached to pitch storylines on books that just came out. Multiple writers are pitching on series, but at least this time they are being told up front that they're in competition with other people.
And everyone signing non disclosure agreements…
Say, anyone visiting the offices shortly with a camphone?