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When news broke last week that DC would be going through a "bi-coastal realignment" and ceasing operation of the WildStorm imprint, many fans held out hope that Vertigo, the critically successful and beloved imprint that has been home to acclaimed titles such as Sandman, Preacher, Y: The Last Man and Fables, would remain virtually untouched. Others, however, feared that the writing was on the wall for Vertigo since DC first restructured months ago, naming Dan Didio and Jim Lee as new Co-Publishers, without any kind of promotion for Vertigo's Editor in Chief Karen Berger, seemingly placing Vertigo lower on the totem pole. In the following months several Vertigo books have met with cancellation doom, most notably the critically acclaimed Unknown Soldier and Air, while other projects, such as Madame Xanadu and a planned new Swamp Thing, were ended as part of an initiative to bring DC Universe properties back into the DCU.
Now it's not just titles on the chopping block at Vertigo, but staff as well. As DC reportedly moves to eliminate or relocate 80 of its 250 employees, three Vertigo editors have already been let go. Joan Hilty, Pornsak Pichetshote and Jonathan Vankin. Hilty oversaw books in both the DCU And Vertigo and handled Original Graphic Novel acquisitions along with Vankin, who oversaw books such as Hellblazer and the Vertigo Crime line. Perhaps the biggest surprise is Pichetshote, who edited some of Vertigo's most popular titles like The Unwritten, Sweet Tooth, and DC Superstar Grant Morrison's Joe the Barbarian.
The Outhouse and comic fans everywhere are saddened to see competent and successful professionals lose their positions, and we wish them the best of luck in moving forward with their careers. Marvel's upcoming Crossgen imprint could certainly use some good people!
While Vertigo titles may not sell as well in comic shops as Marvel or DCU titles, they do tend to have a loyal readership, and are particularly popular as trades in the bookstore market. With many Vertigo writers moving up to write major DC books, it seemed that DC respected the imprint as at least a good farm system, but that may not protect it from a house cleaning by Warner Bros. overlords. We'll just have to wait and see.
This event was brought to our attention by Outhouse Review Group Tyrant John Snow, who posted the original story and the commentary "Okay, now I'm worried."
Source: Robot 6
Written or Contributed by: LOLtron