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iFanboy – Episode #200 – Inside DC Part Two

Show Notes

Did you like the glimpse behind the scenes at DC Comics last week? Well, there's more!

First, Ron Richards stops of in Bob Harras' brand new office, where he's just started as the Editor-in-Cheif of DC, overseeing all of Vertigo Comics, MAD Magazine, and DC proper. Harras was formerly the EiC of Marvel Comics as well, so he's got some street cred. We talk to him about his new job, and what it entails, and what the best parts of it are.

Next we find Conor Kilpatrick in, of all places, Batman group editor, Mike Marts' office, where the wall of continuity is revealed! Marts explains that it's not just Batman they have to keep track of, but several Batmen, a bunch of ancillary characters, and even villains. It's daunting, but lots of fun. Marts talks about the differences in the various titles throughout the line, from books by Grant Morrison, to David Finch, to Scott Snyder, and more.

Finally, Josh winds up in Vertigo Executive Editor Karen Berger's office, where there are simply too many things to talk about. Berger talks about the roots of Vertigo, from her early days as a DC editor on titles like Swamp Thing (which is not a superhero book). Then she talks about discovering some of the most successful talents in comics today, and the current wave of Vertigo hits, from Hellblazer, to Fables, to Daytripper, and American Vampire.


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  1. azrael1981 azrael1981 says:

    great video guys. loved the vertigo segment.

  2. rnield rnield says:

    Did anyone else think all these editors looked and sounded very tired as if they were working all the time.

  3. mickmac59 mickmac59 says:

    Ye gods! 200 episodes!! Sound the fanfare & trumpets. Also, great show guys.

  4. Josh Flanagan josh (@jaflanagan) says:

    @rnield  There’s a reason for that.

  5. rottenjorge rottenjorge says:

    I enjoyed the episode. Here’s to 200 more episodes!

  6. FabYoni FabYoni says:

    i wonder if there is a name yet for the condition so many people in comics seem to suffer from, of wanting to disassociate themselves from superheroes? it’s funny isn’t it!

    somebody reading this will have a background in psychology i expect; write a paper on it!

  7. Jordan0061 Jordan0061 says:

    When’s American Vampire coming out in trade paperback? If at all?

  8. Ilash Ilash says:

    Oooh, this looks great. And Josh interviewing Karen Berger? Now that’s just gotta rock!

  9. Jordan0061 Jordan0061 says:

    Also if I was Josh I would have insisted to snagging some free loot from her massive bookshelf!

  10. Heroville Heroville says:

    All aboard fo the mighty 200!

  11. Simon Simon says:

    Ahh! To be a super strong burglar and be able to steal all those DC shelves.

  12. LukeB LukeB says:

    Wow, 200 episodes…. that’s kinda scary…. actually…. that’s a bit more than a LITTLE scary, it’s down right horrific! It took Stargate SG1 (for eg) 10 years to hit the 200 episode point, you lot did it in half the time….. or have I been stuck in a time bubble where the world moves 2x the speed of what I feel!?

    Here’s to another 10yrs hyper-bolic time chambered episodes!

  13. ghettojourno ghettojourno says:

    Josh, I love how Karen Berger schools you on Swamp Thing’s superhero status. I can’t imagine how thrilling doing that interview could have been for you.

  14. 200 spectacular episodes! Yay! This one was just as great, but I’m upset that we didn’t see any Oompa Loompas.

  15. TomE TomE says:

    Great show, guys. Congrats on the 200th episode.

  16. gobo gobo says:

    I like how even at the DC offices it broke down as “Marvel”, “DC”, and “Indie” appropriately :)

  17. srh1son srh1son says:

    I like how Ron threaded the needle with Bob Harras about his Marvel days.  I was hoping for some X-Men gushing (“Age of Apocalypse”!), but you played it cool.  This was a great episode.

    The big board showing the location of all the Batman characters makes me think of “Dr. Strangelove”.  A loose connection, but that’s all I got.

  18. Cedric Cedric says:

    Great show. Conor sure looked happy in the extra segment

  19. JNewcomb JNewcomb says:

    Mike strikes me as a very professional and even person that I’d like to work with.

    Karen’s voice is kind of sexy. I can imagine her voice acting a sultry cigarette smoking femme fatale.

  20. Doddsickle Doddsickle says:

    I’ve loved these last two episodes, really nice to see what the editors do.
    One thing – does Marvel have a similar editorial set up? I really feel for the guy assigned to Wolverine or Spiderman hahah.

  21. vadamowens vadamowens says:

    I enjoyed the shit out of this.  Thanks so much!

  22. ludusmaximus ludusmaximus says:

    Man as a Vertigo fan I could watch 2 more hours of Karen Berger interview

  23. Koumori says:

    As far as I’m concerned, Karen Berger is a comic book legend….

  24. Mangaman Mangaman says:

    Here’s to another 100. You re-educate me about comics every week.

  25. iSpiderMan says:

    haven’t watched yet, but the vertigo segment has got me interested. excited to watch later.

  26. iSpiderMan says:

    watching it now. a question i would’ve liked to be addressed: why is DC’s collection department so slow and spotty with their releases? nobody’s been able to crack that code.

  27. Cormac Cormac says:

    So Josh, did you pitch to Berger or what? ;)

    Loved these last two eps. I could watch this all day. Please go to Marvel and Image next!

  28. ericmci ericmci says:

    Look up in the sky!

    It’s a bird- it”s a plane!


    It’s Swamp Thing!!


  29. Fantastic stuff! Thanks for both episodes. Not too long ago it felt like you would never see DC being so open about what happens there.

  30. NawidA NawidA says:

    Man, I want to work for Mike Marts. No wonder the Batman line is consistently quality.

    I don’t know if you noticed but the DC trade department has gotten much faster since the restructuring. Case in point, the Knight and Squire trade is already solicited.

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