In a breaking story at Bleeding Cool that reads like a follow-up to a 2010 Comics Alliance story, DC Comics may be headed to Burbank. Much of DC actually did move to the West Coast, home of their parent company, Warner Bros., years ago; but now they are reportedly to announce in November that the rest of the company will leave the comic book hub of New York as well.
The departure of Karen Berger has made this a lot easier, a long time employee of the company, she was known for fighting for a New York home for DC Comics. While co-publisher Dan DiDio and Jim Lee are natural West Coasters and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns is already there.
As a resident here in southern California, I'd tell them to come on out. The weather is as beautiful as the traffic is horrible. But, it may be time for this reporter to begin distancing himself from The Outhouse and hasdcdonesomethingstupidtoday.com in case they want me to come in and get that place in running order now that they will be in my neighborhood.
Developing: The story was just confirmed by Newsarama, in an email they published moments ago:
Dear DCE Team,
As I hope you know, I and the entire DCE exec team work hard to offer transparency about as much of our business plans and results as we possibly and responsibly can. In an effort to continue to do that where possible and to ensure you are hearing news from us, rather than a third party, I am proactively reaching out to you this afternoon to share news about our business.
I can confirm that plans are in the works to centralize DCE’s operations in 2015. Next week, the Exec Team will be in New York for a series of meetings to walk everyone through the plans to relocate the New York operations to Burbank. The move is not imminent and we will have more than a year to work with the entire company on a smooth transition for all of us, personally and professionally.
Everyone on the New York staff will be offered an opportunity to join their Burbank colleagues and those details will be shared with you individually, comprehensively and thoughtfully next week. Meeting notifications will be sent tomorrow to ensure the roll out of this information and how it affects the company and you personally.
We know this will be a big change for people and we will work diligently to make this as smooth and seamless a transition as possible.
"Proactively," in this case, apparently means "in reaction to a Bleeding Cool article."
Update: Jonathan Hickman wins Tweet of the Year with his response to the news:
Never before in the history of comics has a greater opportunity to purge shitty editorial staff existed.— JONATHAN HICKMAN (@JHickman) October 29, 2013