Welcome back to the ComicsAlliance podcast, covering the latest comic book entertainment news topics. Joining Senior Editors Andy Khouri and Caleb Goellner for this episode is CA writer Matt D. Wilson for a conversations about the the keynote address delivered by Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson to the ComicsPro Retailer Conference in Atlanta. Stephenson made a characteristically iconoclastic and not altogether unassailable presentation, urging retailers to become community leaders, abandon their support of gimmicky, high-priced publishing practices, and draw a distinction between good and bad comics.
We’ll contrast Stephenson’s remarks with those of Dan DiDio, his counterpart at DC Comics, one of the stop superhero publishers, who in an interview this week confirmed plans to double— even triple-down — on weekly comics, crossovers and 3D covers, publishing strategies that are seemingly exactly the sort of thing Stephenson that criticized.
An email from DC publicity states that the 3D covers will again hit stores in September, this time tying into a Futures End-related event that will tell stories set in a possible future, five years ahead of the current timeline (like "One Year Later" did concurrently alongside the weekly 52 event series a few years back... x5). Newsarama reports that the new weekly series will kick off in October.
Few absent characters in comics have caused the kind of internet outcry that Stephanie Brown has. A favorite of many readers from her time as Spoiler through her turns as Robin and eventually Batgirl, her unexplained disappearance when DC Comics launched the New 52 was the cause of much debate, with some eventually assuming that she’d never return.
But Scott Snyder thought she would. And on DC Comics' Batman panel at New York Comic Con today, the “showrunner” for the upcoming weekly Batman: Eternal series revealed to a delighted crowd that Stephanie Brown will be returning to Gotham City in the pages of Batman: Eternal next year.
From 52 to Countdown to Trinity, there was a three year period in which weekly comics were a staple of DC Comics' publishing initiative. Now the publisher is returning to the format, as today DC Comics announced Batman:Eternal, a year long weekly series focusing on the Dark Knight and Gotham City. The title will feature a writing team led by current Batman scribe Scott Snyder, and its launch will coincide with the character's 75th anniversary.
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