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    Default Another round of layoffs at DC

    More senior staffers have been laid off per Bleeding Cool. It was reported yesterday that WarnerMedia would be doing another round of layoffs so this isn't DC specific.

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    Bother. They have let Michele Wells go… after she had built up DC Ink/Zoom/Young Reader, arguably DC's most creatively interesting and successful line for a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjn View Post
    Bother. They have let Michele Wells go… after she had built up DC Ink/Zoom/Young Reader, arguably DC's most creatively interesting and successful line for a long time.
    AT&T should never have been allowed to buy WB. They basically massacred the company. It’s going to be a long time before DC recovers from this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vordan View Post
    AT&T should never have been allowed to buy WB. They basically massacred the company. It’s going to be a long time before DC recovers from this.
    The acquisition definitely did more harm than good to WB and DC. However, executives of WB received a cornucopia of money through the merger and that's why they welcomed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vordan View Post
    AT&T should never have been allowed to buy WB. They basically massacred the company. It’s going to be a long time before DC recovers from this.
    DC will never recover from this. Comics aren't exactly making money. Down the line, DC will likely cease publishing and become a licensing company licensing its properties for cartoons/video games/movies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Wayne View Post
    DC will never recover from this. Comics aren't exactly making money. Down the line, DC will likely cease publishing and become a licensing company licensing its properties for cartoons/video games/movies.
    That is extremely concerning .

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    I feel like the downsizing is required. I think it's important to replace all the writers for up and coming Sci-Fi and Fantasy self publishers from Amazon who wont just redo tired stories. publish maybe 8 titles and use only the most popular artists and the books will make money. 2 or 3 Editors will be enough and like Archie the company will be around forever making comics.

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    Firing someone two months after hiring them suggests that even AT&T doesn't know what it wants to do going forward. Whatever plans DC has may have to be put on hold until this is all sorted out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Wayne View Post
    DC will never recover from this. Comics aren't exactly making money. Down the line, DC will likely cease publishing and become a licensing company licensing its properties for cartoons/video games/movies.
    Yeah. I can see the unthinkable happening - Marvel ending up with the DC characters because nobody else wants to print superhero comic books.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Wayne View Post
    DC will never recover from this. Comics aren't exactly making money. Down the line, DC will likely cease publishing and become a licensing company licensing its properties for cartoons/video games/movies.
    Then DC is f*****. Most of the non-Batman characters get treated like crap in outside media. Zero faith in hacks like NRS being the ones to guide the future of the characters.

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    Follow up article from Bleeding Cool: https://bleedingcool.com/comics/afte...-comics-today/

    Basically two points of note, Daniel Cherry was brought in to cut costs and that's what he's doing by firing the senior people and Marie Javins, who was promoted to EIC yesterday, will be reporting to Cherry instead of Jim Lee.

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    Well, this sounds pretty sucky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hypo View Post
    Follow up article from Bleeding Cool: https://bleedingcool.com/comics/afte...-comics-today/

    Basically two points of note, Daniel Cherry was brought in to cut costs and that's what he's doing by firing the senior people and Marie Javins, who was promoted to EIC yesterday, will be reporting to Cherry instead of Jim Lee.
    It suggests that Lee was out the door at some point this year and the fact that no one answers to him might be a sign it might be true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Wayne View Post
    Down the line, DC will likely cease publishing and become a licensing company licensing its properties for cartoons/video games/movies.
    I can just as easily see this happening to Marvel. Disney has huge comic book sales in Europe of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck titles, but Disney doesn't publish them - they just license the properties to European comics publishers and reap the profits. They could adopt that same approach in the USA, if they decide that maintaining Marvel as a publishing house is more trouble than it's worth. Both Marvel and DC could wind up as IP licensing companies rather than comic book publishers. Probably the first step in that direction would be reducing the volume of publications by eliminating floppies in favor of only collections and original graphic novels (and maybe digital-only weeklies). Then those too would simply be outsourced, and that would be that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Wayne View Post
    DC will never recover from this. Comics aren't exactly making money. Down the line, DC will likely cease publishing and become a licensing company licensing its properties for cartoons/video games/movies.
    They're making money, just not with the audience DC has.
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