The Weekend's Gossip About DC Decision Day

2013-12-22

This is Philip Bond's Christmas card, sent from the Bond family,  including Executive Editor of Vertigo Comics, Shelly Bond. And this is Philip's only comment on whether he expects to be moving from New Jersey to California in 2015… you could take it either way.

This weekend, many comic book professionals were gossiping about what they'd heard regarding the decisions that DC staffers made this past week, over whether they would stay on the East Coast and take redundancy, or move with the publisher to California.

The same names were commonplace. Will Dennis and Mark Doyle (whose wife works at Marvel) would leave the publisher. Eddie Berganza would go West. However a three line whip appears to have been imposed about talking to creators over the issue.

But gossip abhors a vacuum. It's expected that those with strong roots in New York, including editors  Brian Cunningham and Mike Marts. Associate Editor Rickey Purdin is mentioned as likely staying as well. I am told that it's expected Shelly Bond will move. But it is not expected that Senior VP Sales Bob Wayne will. Indeed I'm told that there is more of a problem persuading sales and marketing staffers to move than editorial.

And while DC Comics is promising no compulsory redundancies with the move, and everyone being offered a job, different packages and moving compensation deals have been interpreted as signifying who DC Comics actually wants to make the move.

But which ever way you look at it, there will be sizeable redundancies and plenty of new hirings in April 2015. The DC of 18 months time will be, quite literally, a different company.

However, the time period given to look for a new job is significant and may be the largest factor in helping the affected individuals finding new positions elsewhere.

It's a difficult position for anyone to be in. But at least they have some time to work through it.

About Rich Johnston

Head writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world. Living in London, father of two. Political cartoonist.

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