It all started with the death of Mr. Terrific.
Before boarding my first ever flight waaaaaaay back in 1979, my parents allowed me to buy one comic book to read. I'd never bought a comic book before, although I'd read many issues of THE FLASH borrowed from my cousin Tim. I spent a long time that morning agonizing over all of the colorful options at the newsstand. One cover stood out from the others. "This piece of metal holds the clue to the identity of his murderer," said the Flash, pointing to the body of Mr. Terrific. "If you don't find the answer--more superheroes will die!" responded Green Lantern. Murder! Parallel worlds! Two Flashes! Two Green Lanterns! Two Hawkmen! Oh and there was Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, their faces full of angst. I read the issue before boarding. Then I read it again. And again. I was hooked and I've been a fan of DC Comics, now DC Entertainment, ever since.
For the last eight years, I've had an amazing job, one that my five-year-old self would have been in awe of if he could have seen the future. Needless to say, it's been a fantastic time to be a publicist spreading the good word about Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, MAD Magazine and Vertigo. It's been a transformative time for how the company and the industry are perceived by the press and the public at large. We now live in a world where international press organizations cover the comic book industry, where mainstream press outlets run exclusive comic book previews, where NPR takes live call-ins to discuss graphic novels and where comic book conventions are part of the pop culture. I've played a part in generating a lot of headlines these past eight years: from IDENTITY CRISIS to FINAL CRISIS, from WEDNESDAY COMICS to FLASHPOINT FRIDAYS. In this time, the company launched exciting new interpretations of heroes (Batwoman, Aqualad and Blue Beetle, to name a few) and bold new initiatives (like MINX, DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 and BEFORE WATCHMEN). There's been a lot of headlines to shape, interviews to wrangle and exclusives to secure. It's been a truly great run.
But it's time for a new adventure. Today marks my last day working at DC Entertainment.
I've worked with many talented people during my time with the company: journalists, bloggers, producers, retailers, and creators. There are too many people to thank or acknowledge here, but I'd be remiss not to thank my colleagues in the publicity department. Former staffers Alex Brewer, Sierra Hahn, Alex Segura, and Austin R. Trunick were terrific colleagues and collaborators and friends and I still miss them each and every day. Luckily, the future of DC Entertainment's PR efforts has never looked brighter or more robust than it does today with the strategic leadership of Courtney Simmons and the dedication and creativity of the team: Brandy Phillips, Josh Kushins, Pamela Mullin and Alexander Nagorski. I look forward to reading more headlines, team! Thank you all, for being so great to work with each and every day.
As for me? It's time for that new adventure--and more time with a certain five-year-old I know who loves reading about the latest adventures of the Worlds' Greatest Superheroes.
To be continued...
It all started with the death of Mr. Terrific.
This will be my last day as Publicity Manager at DC Comics.
Apologies for the overly dramatic intro sentence, but I figured I’d get the newsy aspect of this blog post out of the way sooner rather than later.
Fear not, though. I’m not leaving the comic book industry. Still, leaving DC was far from easy. As a lifelong Batman fan and DCU reader, I’ve been bowled over by the exciting stuff coming out and in the works for these books. Trust me when I say you’re all in for a treat. As for where I’m going – that’s stuff to discuss at another time. Like, say, Monday morning.
I promised myself I wouldn’t get too sappy and emotional with this, my goodbye post, but as I type this, I find that might be hard to accomplish.
This job, and THE SOURCE in particular, have meant a lot to me over the last few years. It’s impossible to explain how exactly, so I’m not going to try. Suffice to say, the opportunity to be the conduit for so much news, information and excitement to the fans is an opportunity and experience I’m always going to cherish. It’s really been an honor to connect with so many people – in and out of the company and industry – on a regular basis. The chance to say, with little to no irony, that I had a hand in spreading the word about Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and DC’s endless array of wonderful characters is amazing. And I’m certain 12-year-old Alex would be pretty stoked if I could get my DeLorean running long enough to tell him. So, yeah. Thank you for reading. I’m not deluded enough to think anyone came to this piece of Internet real estate because of my ability to turn a phrase, but it was an honor to be a messenger of such great and exciting news each day.
Now, if you haven’t dozed off yet, I’d like to take a quick moment to offer up some thanks. I’ll try to keep it short, but how often does one get to write these kind of things?
First off, I’d like to thank my dad for not hesitating to drop some cash down when his son started begging for a copy of The Greatest Flash Stories Ever Told.
None of this would be possible without my colleagues in DC Publicity. My boss, David Hyde, and fellow Publicity Managers, Pamela Mullin and Austin Trunick, are three of the classiest people I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. Some of you may have seen Austin’s name popping up here on The Source recently, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he and David will be taking the reins starting Monday. You’re in good hands, folks. Special thanks to David for taking a chance on a relatively green comics journalist who thought he could handle publicizing some of the most iconic characters in comics. I think it worked out OK.
I’d like to tip my hat to the top-flight exec team of DC Entertainment – Diane Nelson, John Rood, Dan DiDio, Jim Lee and Geoff Johns. I look forward to seeing what the future has in store for a company that will continue to mean a lot to me. Exciting times!
Dan – a special thanks for immortalizing me in the pages of OUTSIDERS and for your guidance and positive energy. And, making room for one inside joke: Dan, any creative changes?
Jim – if I ever figure out the time travel thing, I promise Alex-from-the-past will be very much in awe of the fact that he’ll eventually get to work for one of his favorite comic book creators. Thanks.
Geoff – You made a lifelong Batman fan care about a test pilot named Hal Jordan. Your stuff will continue to be at the top of my to-read pile. All will be well.
A big thanks to my colleagues in sales and marketing, including Steve Rotterdam, John Cunningham, Bob Wayne, Sue Pohja, Gayley Avery, Vince Letterio, Fletcher Chu-Fong, Matt Keller, Adam Philips, Rickey Purdin, Erika Russo, Anjalie Rambharose, Pat O’ Connell, Joe Hughes, Stuart Schreck, Ken Miller, Brett Shanahan, Heather Einhorn, Carmela Romano, Jen Redding and Janexy Ortiz. Wednesday mornings at 11 will never be the same.
Nothing on this blog would exist without the timely, thoughtful and consistent contributions from DCU Editorial: Special thanks and a high five should go out to Ian Sattler for playing the role of blog gatekeeper for editorial – your help was invaluable and your notes on point. Additional thanks must go to Eddie Berganza, Mike Marts, Matt Idelson, Mike Carlin, Mark Chiarello, Liz Gehrlein, Joey Cavalieri, Brian Cunningham, Adam Schlagman, Rachel Gluckstern, Sean Ryan, Rex Ogle, Wil Moss, Chris Conroy, Janelle Siegel, Harvey Richards and Simona Martore. Responsive, proactive and creative are just a few of the words that instantly come to mind when it comes to this group. Whether it was a guest post or a sneak peek at an upcoming project, my email was stuffed with possibilities for content, and a visit to the 6th floor was one of the most fun parts of the job, and probably one I’ll miss dearly. I apologize to the entire group for the mass demotion from professional colleagues to personal friends of an ex-Source blogger.
I also wouldn’t dare put together a list of creators to thank, for fear of forgetting any of the amazing writers, artists, colorists, letterers and more who helped make this blog an interesting read. It’s your work – whether it’s an essay on the craft or sketches from an unseen project – that kept fans coming back, and it was my great pleasure to help people get the chance to experience it. Working with such a talented bunch of creative people is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I’m really humbled by it.
Lest we forget, The Source is just part of my regular duties. When not blogging here, I spent a good portion of my time doing outreach to the mainstream and comic trade press in tandem with David, Pamela and Austin in an effort to generate more buzz for the many exciting projects coming out of the DC Universe. Our colleagues in the press have always been professional, flexible and reliable, and for that I’m really appreciative.
And, as I begin to hear the music playing, reminding me that it’s time to step back from the podium, I’d like to also thank Cheryl Rubin, Georg Brewer, Jim Fletcher, Jeff Trojan, Syndee Barwick and the DC Direct team, Paul Levitz, Will Dennis, Bob Harras, Jeremy Haiting, Ron Perazza, Dave McCullough, Jesus Reyes and the entire Creative Services crew, Karen Berger and Vertigo, Hank Kanalz and everyone at WildStorm, and anyone I may have missed as I step out the door. Thanks.
Before I go, I’d like to share one tidbit of advice that you’re welcome to take or leave. Ever since THE SOURCE came into being, I’d often get emails, tweets or Facebook messages from fans looking for that one perfect bit of advice: How do I break into comics? I don’t have that answer. But I do know that if you work hard, respect the people around you and keep at it, you can do whatever you set your mind to.