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Karen Berger leaves Vertigo




Karen Berger, who shepherded Vertigo into a top source for Mature comic books, is leaving the imprint. Serving for nearly two decades as Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of Vertigo and for over 3 decades with DC Comics as a whole, Berger's contributions to comic books had her working with, and sometimes introducing, names like Neil Gaiman, Brian K. Vaughan, Alan Moore, and current DC Comics phenom Scott Snyder.



The Sandman, Hellblazer, V for Vendetta, Fables, Preacher, The Invisibles, 100 Bullets, Y: The Last Man, and American Vampire were all listed in a press release announcing her March 2013 departure, and those only scratch the surface.


Berger said the decision comes as she's looking for a professional change.


“I’ve been incredibly proud to have provided a home where writers and artists could create progressive and provocative stories that broadened the scope of comics, attracting a new and diverse readership to graphic storytelling,” said Berger in the press release. “I’d like to thank all the many immensely talented creators who have helped make Vertigo into a daring and distinctive imprint and I’m grateful to everyone at DC Entertainment and the retail community for their support and commitment to Vertigo all these years. It’s been quite an honor.”


DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson thanked Berger for her work, saying in the release, “We are extremely grateful for Karen’s commitment and dedication to Vertigo, its books and its incredibly talented team of staff and creators. In Vertigo she leaves a legacy to which we remain committed and on which we intend to build for the future. She will always be a deeply valued and respected member of the DC family.”


The aforementioned Hellblazer, Vertigo's longest lasting comic book at 300 issues, was recently announced as canceled as of February 2013, with the character moving full-time to the DC Comics New 52 Universe. This, along with prominent Vertigo characters like Animal Man, Sandman, Madame Xanadu, and more moving back to the DC imprint fueled speculation that the imprint, at least in its current incarnation, may not be long for this world.


Perhaps to help combat those specualtions, Vertigo announced a new science fiction anthology today called Time Warp, beginning in March 2013, the same as Berger's departure. A Sandman mini-series written by series scribe Neil Gaiman will also run early next year telling the story of how Morpheus got to the point he first appears in issue #1 of what became the first Vertigo ongoing series.


end of an era. at least now baytor can get Vertigo greats collapsing into DCU.





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"Major effort to rebrand" Vertigo in 2015


Question: Over the last five or 10 years, Vertigo has gotten smaller in terms of its creator-driven projects. Image Comics, at that same time, has been expanding. Is it a conscious strategy to reduce your emphasis on those types of products? If not, what’s your strategy to counter it?


Jim Lee: We’ve actually increased the number of periodicals, but we’ve probably reduced the total amount of Vertigo product in that we pulled back on the OGNs and other book format projects. It is a huge priority for us; it is something the company believes in very strongly.


If you look at what we’re going to do in 2015 (which I’m not at liberty to discuss at this moment), possibly first quarter next year, you’ll see that we’re going through a major effort to rebrand the imprint. That’s going to come about through the projects themselves.


We’re working on a hit list of the top creators in the business and we have some exciting news to unveil in the early part of 2015.


You just can’t rest on your laurels, especially on a creator-driven business. You don’t have the legacy of characters like Batman and Superman to draw upon. It really all comes down to the creators and the concepts that they bring to the table.


We work very closely with Geoff Johns and his group to maximize the impact of these projects, not just through publishing, but beyond through the Warner Bros. family. That’s been a part of our strategy. Stay tuned to 2015; there’s a lot of amazing things in the works.


Just a few days ago, Neil Gaiman had this to say about the Sandman adaptation not being mentioned in the big DC movie news dump: "It’s not a DC Comics film. It’s a Vertigo film. That’s a different slate of films, and a different announcement."


Not sure what exactly the rebrand might involve, but it definitely sounds like Warner Bros wants to push for even more TV and film adaptations of Vertigo books.

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talk as of tonight is that Vertigo's boss is out, and all books are now going to Didio/Lee...i admit i haven't read a book from the imprint in ages, but it's hard to see this as a net positive. the label needed a shakeup, but Didio's done little for DC i've enjoyed.

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DC Relaunches Vertigo Comics Imprint with 7 New Titles

Border Town by Eric M. Esquivel and Ramon Villalobos

Hex Wives by Ben Blacker and Mirka Andolfo


American Carnage by Bryan Hill and Leandro Fernandez

Goddess Mode by Zoë Quinn and Robbi Rodriguez



High Level by Rob Sheridan and Barnaby Bagenda

Safe Sex by Tina Horn and Mike Dowling

Second Coming by Mark Russell and Richard Pace


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