Tomorrow is the day when DC Comics staff working in the New York offices at 1700 Broadway will have to make a decision about what they’ll be doing in April 2015.
That is when DC Comics will move lock, stock, to the offices in Burbank, where an office has been waiting for them, empty, for a year.
Those that decline to move, will lose their jobs, and receive a compensation package.
Those who choose to move, will have a new contract and compensation for the cost of moving.
After we initially broke the story, we also recently reported that Hank Kanalz and Jim Lee did a round of meetings, trying to persuade unwilling staff of the benefits of moving west, Vertigo editors Will Dennis and Mark Doyle have already informed their superiors that they will not be making the move. Wil Moss just left now, and started at Marvel this week. And Eddie Berganza is already packing his bags and buying more sleeveless shirts in anticipation. We’ve also mentioned that many staffers have been keeping their powder dry, trying to find out who will be going or not going. And seeing if they can improve their own position as a result.
But discussing the issue has not been encouraged.
DC creators have privately told me that their editors just won’t talk about the situation. One pointed out to me available editorial talent in Los Angeles might not be that available to replace those that stay in New York, and that they weren’t exactly looking forward to reporting in to a failed Hollywood screenwriter in a couple of years.
Though I did point out that on that basis, they qualified for the job. They told me they might consider it.
But as of Friday, more creators should have a better idea of where they stand.
D-Day. Or should that be DC-Day?