Boy, isn't the internet fun?
Here's what happened:
On Monday there was a sudden kerfluffle happening on Twitter regarding DC's Earth One Original Graphic Novel line that was announced late last year. Since I am very much looking forward to that line I looked into it and saw that a couple of blogs were reporting on a bit of Comic Book Resources transcript from the Superman panel at San Diego Comic-Con that seemed to show Superman: Earth One writer J. Michael Straczynski revealing that the Earth One line was going to be moving to single issues after the initial OGN release:
The fan asked whether [Straczynski] plans on continuing the “Earth One” stories. The writer revealed that the hardcover release will be followed up with by single issues, which will later be collected.
There was also a transcript on Newsarama which showed an almost identical exchange:
Last question concerns the format of Earth One, which JMS reports will come out as a hardcover, then individual issues, then be collected again. Fan: “That’s extremely confusing.” “To both of us,” JMS said with a chuckle.
This appeared to be big, and over-looked, news and, since people were beginning to freak out about it on a widespread scale, I wrote about it.
As it turns out, almost improbably, both independent transcripts were wrong.
Earlier today J. Michael Straczynski contacted us (and just about everyone else who wrote about the Earth One story) with this statement:
This was the actual exchange, as I remember it.
Someone asked me on the panel if Superman Earth One was only coming out as a hardcover or as issues at the same time or afterward. I said, as near as I can remember it, "This is coming out first in hardcover, unlike [The Brave & The Bold], which is single issues collected into a hardcover" (which I slipped in to promote the book, which is coming out I think this week or next week). So it went in both directions, which prompted the fan to note, "I'm confused," and I joked back, "So am I."
That was the entirety of the exchange. Basically, the two different subjects got conflated in the hurry to transcribe what was being said, so they got lumped into one sentence.
And there you have it. There's not much to say here other than we got it wrong and we'll try to do better next time.