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On a recent conference call, DC Entertainment copublishers Dan
Didio and Jim Lee (who is also one of DC’s most popular artists)
outlined a selection of the DC events that will take place during
New York Comic Con and NYCC Presents.
One of the most anticipated events will be the relaunch of
Milestone Media, the pioneering African-American–owned superhero comics
publisher originally founded in the early 1990s by Denys Cowan, Michael Davis,
Derek Dingle, and the late Dwayne McDuffie, which shut down operations in
1997. Lee says the line will be “unveiled” at NYCC this year as part of a panel
that will include Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. Kirkman is featuring
Milestone’s pioneering line of minority superhero series—among them Static
Shock, Icon, Hardware, and Blood Syndicate—in a segment of The Secret History of
Comics, a documentary on comics history he has produced for AMC that will debut
in November. The episode will be previewed during the panel. And look for
appearances by Cowan, Reggie Hudlin, Kirkman, and Greg Pak.
Look, too, for big promotions of DC’s new series, among them Doomsday Clock
by Geoff Johns and Brad Anderson, which
will continue the narrative begun in DC’s
popular Rebirth series and feature characters
from Alan Moore’s iconic Watchmen graphic
novel and the rest of the DC superhero
universe. Lee says the Doomsday Clock
creators will be featured on a panel at the
Javits Center that will also be livestreamed.
In addition, there will be a panel on DC’s
new blockbuster series Dark Nights Metal,
by writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg
Capullo, which will feature unusual
crossovers with other DC lines (including Vertigo’s Sandman series).
DC will also be promoting Dark Matter: New Age of Heroes, a just-launched
series of new stories featuring both newly created and classic DC superheroes, by
acclaimed creators, among them such artists as Tony Daniel, Lee, and John
Romita Jr., and writers including Dan Abnett, Jeff Lemire, and James Tynion IV.
That’s not all. As part of NYCC Presents, a panel discussion on Batman and
pop culture will take place on Thursday at Google’s headquarters in the Chelsea
neighborhood of Manhattan. The panel will feature Lee, along with a group of
acclaimed Batman writers including Tom King, Frank Miller, and Scott Snyder.
There will be an event promoting the forthcoming Justice League film and
featuring Lee will be held at the Times Square AT&T office; a panel on DC’s
Young Animal imprint, a line of comics directed by pop-music star Gerard Way;
and a salute to DC’s Mad magazine, which is moving to Burbank, Calif., after
decades in New York City.
Lee also said there will be more information about DC’s
recently announced Young Readers line and its popular DC
Superhero Girls line of graphic novels and merchandise aimed at
preteen girls. “We’ve made a big push into the YA and middle
grade market with the DC Superhero Girls line,” Lee says.
“We’ve seen a lot of success in both the comics shop market and
the mass market, and there’s more coming from our new Young
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Dan Didio (l.) and Jim Lee.