The Morning After The Memo Before

reflection_1700_broadway1Some senior comic book figures are rather happy that the news about DC Comics Editorial moving to Burbank happened when it did. I'm told both the announcement and the meeting with staff was brought forward as a result of media interest in the news – which means for people not wanting to move coasts, they have more time to plan, and need not turn down other job opportunities that may come their way. I understand the announcement was very good timing for one DC staffer being courted to jump ship.

Especially since the word from another DC staffer reaches Bleeding Cool that the offers of parallel jobs in Burbank may not be quite so parallel and some people may be looking at effective demotions from their New York positions if they make the move. Relocation packages may also not be as generous this time as they were during the earlier DC reorganisation.

But it actually seems that the lower down the rung you are, the easier it will be to get your job at Burbank, if you want to make the move. Relatively, it will be more affordable. And since it is generally easier for younger, unattached employees without families to make the move, those are the faces you are more likely to see at Burbank next year. Other commentary indicates that DC Comics will be looking to use the move as a way to downsize some senior well known staffers on higher salaries.

And before any of the haters start, no, not Dan DiDio. Seriously, come on people.

But this might actually improve the promotion possibilities for some of the young staffers. Basically, if you're at all bi-coastal curious, it's probably a good time to be an Assistant Editor at DC Comics.

For those looking at what appears to be a bleak future, be aware that other publishers are circling. I understand that Karen Berger has been fielding rather lucrative offers from a number of publishers, comics and otherwise, to create a new imprint of comics and original graphic novels…

DC Comics did not respond to email inquiries earlier this morning.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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