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DC Shake Up

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DC ComicsYesterday the hammer dropped about the restructuring of DC comics.  Here’s the major news to hit.

Wildstorm and Zuda folding into DC

While there were a lot of rumors floating around, this one most folks didn’t see coming.  Wildstorm and Zuda will end as brands and some of their comics will be published under the DC banner.  From Jim Lee and Dan DiDio‘s blog post:

After taking the comics scene by storm nearly 20 years ago, the WildStorm Universe titles will end this December. In this soft marketplace, these characters need a break to regroup and redefine what made them once unique and cutting edge. While these will be the final issues published under the WildStorm imprint, it will not be the last we will see of many of these heroes. We, along with Geoff Johns, have a lot of exciting plans for these amazing characters, so stay tuned. Going forward, WildStorm’s licensed titles and kids comics will now be published under the DC banner.

After this week, we will cease to publish new material under the ZUDA banner. The material that was to have been published as part of ZUDA this year will now be published under the DC banner. The official closing of ZUDA ends one chapter of DC’s digital history, but we will continue to find new ways to innovate with digital, incorporating much of the experience and knowledge that ZUDA brought into DC.

Bleeding Cool has a run down of the rather rough relationship DC has had withWildstorm Wildstorm.  I’ve only recently gotten into Wildstorm with their fantastic outreach to me to try their series and there’s been a lot of quality comics I wouldn’t have ever read without that outreach.  I fear that as this happens, 1) bye bye to me reading and advocating for comics I’d otherwise skip, 2) Wildstorm will go the way of Milestone, which also suffered a similar axing by DC.

DiDio and Lee promise a cooling off period before the Wildstorm character’s eventual reintroduction into the DC universe.  Anyone want to take bets on this?

DC Entertainment Goes West

There’s been rumors about this for months, but it looks like most folks were close, but no cigar.  DC Comics will remain in New York (good, too much history), parent company DC Entertainment, will relocate to a headquarters in Burbank, CA to administer the DC brand’s operations in film, television, video games and other media.

In yesterday’s press release DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson said:

These organizational changes reinforce the strengths of DC’s greatest legacies – most importantly its people and its creative talent – and offer greater opportunity for maximum growth, success and efficiency in the future,” said Nelson. “Our two offices will stretch and build their respective areas of focus, while prioritizing and aggressively striving to connect and cooperate more strongly than ever before between them and with their colleagues at [parent company] Warner Bros.

But while the press release was all rainbows and unicorns, an interview by Nelson with the LA Times showed there’s some dark clouds hovering in the horizon (though ComicsAlliance has a bubblegum and candy drops interview).  Oh, there will be layoffs:

About 20% of DC’s roughly 250 staffers will lose their jobs as part of the shift, while some others will move to the West Coast from the East. In addition, certain new positions are being added in Burbank.

New positions?  Would one of those be a head of new media?  I know a certain political operative who’s done new media for various high profile politicians that might be interested, hint, hint…..

A lot of this shake up comes from Warner Bros., DC’s owner.  With the Harry Potter franchise ending, they need some long term franchises to make them sleep easier.  Green Lantern is set to hit the big screen next year, but other than that the Magic 8 Ball is a little unclear as to what the future brings.

DC Shuts Down Zuda

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Yesterday DC shut down it’s first digital comics experiment Zuda.  Launched in 2007 the imprint brought digital comics straight through the DC website.  Some of the titles will be folded into DC’s digital program.

With the recent launch of DC’s e-reader with Comixology, this announcement is pretty expected.  Folding in new material with this along with digital versions of physical releases will make the DC online library stand out from the competition.

While the website is shut down, you will be able to access some of the material through DC’s digital reader.

Here’s the official release:

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

By Ron Perazza

Last week DC Comics took a much anticipated second step into the world of digital publishing with the simultaneous launch of the official DC Comics iPhone/iPad App (powered by comiXology) and participation in Sony’s Playstation Network. I say second step because, as most Zuda fans know, we made our first step back in 2007 when DC Comics tasked us with a project that would evolve into ZUDA COMICS. Part webcomics collective, part community, part competition, all experimental; Zuda was an unique and ambitiously creative project, albeit an occasionally clunky one.

Recently we ended our competition format and put submissions on hold. And now, effective today, http://www.zudacomics.com will be shut down.


The submissions question is simple: It is the new DC Co-Publishers’ plan to expand submissions beyond just Zuda Comics and the Online group into a larger, more comprehensive system that covers all of DC Comics’ wide variety of needs, skills and interests. Jim and Dan are very excited about bringing in and developing new talent so look for more information about that from them as plans develop.

As for the site, from here on out, Zuda Comics will be folded into DC Comics’ exciting, new Digital Publishing initiative. Expect more Zuda series to be released through the DC Comics and comiXology Apps, the Sony PSP and on both the comiXology website and, eventually, the main DC Comics website as well. You’ll be able to read all of your digital editions and manage your entire library in one place, whether DCU, Vertigo, WildStorm or Zuda. The goal there is convergence of technology and convergence of editorial.

In these past two and a half years, I’m very proud to say that Zuda series and creators have had some outstanding critical successes. Ilias Kyriazis’ MELODY was nominated for a Friends of Lulu Award for Best Female Character, Andy Belanger got the nod for the Shuster Award for Webcomics, SUPERTRON, HIGH MOON, THE NIGHT OWLS and THE BLACK CHERRY BOMBSHELLS were nominated for a combined total of seven Harvey Awards, including the win for best Online Comic by HIGH MOON, and BAYOU took home a record-breaking number of Glyph Awards, recognition by the American Library Association and is currently up for coveted Eisner Award for Best Webcomic!   Clearly the experiment was yielding fantastic creative achievements and now, new fans coming to DC through our apps and through the Sony Playstation Network will get a chance to read what the rest of us have known about since Zuda’s launch.

I think if there’s one thing that the Zuda Comics community shares is the belief that nothing lasts forever – submissions get rejected, competitors don’t win, stories end. We try stuff, hopefully we learn stuff, we change stuff and still the experiment continues.  Zudacomics.com may have come to an end today but the award-winning series will live on and without a doubt, the discussion and lessons learned these past two and a half years will continue to inform, shape and fuel the development of DC’s future digital plans and initiatives.