Last week, the comic book world was shocked to learn that DC Comics would be closing up shop in New York City and moving to the West Coast. While many were concerned about the death of tradition and the effect the move will have on DC's New York employees, Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment, took to the Wall Street Journal, official newspaper of the 1%, to discuss more important matters, like how hard it was to run a company holiday party with offices on both coasts:
Literally everything is more difficult. We had a huge Halloween party and a costume contest with the Burbank office and New York on a remote screen. We use all the best technology to make sure we’re remotely connected. But it still always falls apart. People feel disengaged.
That’s not a good way to run a company. When you have a creative business and ideas generated from people working together, I think you can work happier together.
While we're all glad to hear that next year's costume contest will run more smoothly, Nelson failed to address whether the move would improve other problems DC has had lately, like driving creative staff off books with constant last minute editorial changes, tone-deaf executives making bone-headed public statements, attempts to hire known bigots to write Superman stories, and repeated failure to fulfill orders placed on books due to a shortage of 3D gimmick cover material, but we're sure all of things will also be better once the company gets to... what? Oh, dammit!
I am 100% sure we can maintain the commitment to our business in the exact same way we have by having the whole operation here in Burbank.
So no improvements on that front, we guess. Head over to WSJ to read the full interview. As of now, it has been 24 days since we've reset the Has DC Done Something Stupid Today counter, a record. We know some people think it should be reset for this, but there's still the chance that some of DC's more awful editorial and executive staff will not want to leave New York City (come on Bob Harras, you'll never get a decent slice of pizza in California), so we're holding out hope that that could offset all the potential negatives. So we'll wait and see.
But we're watching you, DC!
*points at eyes, at DC, then back at eyes*