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    Default New Exec Editor Of Vertigo To Report To Youngblood #1 Dialoguer

    Karen Berger, as Executive Editor of Vertigo Comics and Senior VP of DC Comics used to report in directly to Publisher and President Paul Levitz. After the reorganisation that saw Levitz step down, she instead reported to the DC Editor In Chief, Bob Harras, an effective demotion, and one of a thousand cuts that Vertigo has suffered since.

    Now Karen is to step down herself, with Shelly Bond announced as Executive Editor of Vertigo Comics (though no VP title, senior or otherwise, as yet). But instead of reporting into Bob Harras, I understand she will now report to Hank Kanalz, who was overseeing DC Direct and Business Development. Now, as part of his duties for Integrated Publishing, he now oversees Vertigo and Shelly will report in to him.

    Kanalz has worked for Warner Bros' theme parks, was General Manager at Wildstorm and has written and edited comics such as writing an issue of Flash and editing World Of Warcraft. But what he will always be best known for is being the co-creator dialoguer of Youngblood...

    What can I say, I enjoy the juxtaposition.

    ADDENDUM: I never knew Hank Kanalz being listed as the co-creator of Youngblood would cause such a fuss, but it did on Twitter from Erik Larsen and Rob Liefeld.

    Because here's the thing, in the original Malibu proposal for Youngblood written by Hank Kanalz, both he and Rob are listed as the co-copyright owners of Youngblood.

    Liefeld insists that he is the only listed creator of Youngblood in publication, and has been for twenty years and to suggest otherwise is libellous. And certainly issue 1 of Youngblood from Image lists Rob Liefeld as the creator and Kanalz as "dialog" (hence the amended headline). And I have no doubt a deal was done. But I doubt either Liefeld or Larsen would have a problem if I'd credited Bill Finger as a co-creator of Batman, even though he'll never officially be credited as such. Though I know Robert Kirkman has a problem when I credit Tony Moore as co-creator of The Walking Dead, as his published credit was never as co-creator, only as artist. Doing so isn't stating that Moore has a legal claim on the comic, and neither is it with Kanalz, which is where I suspect much of the concern is gravitating towards.

    That was never the point of this article, it was simply to make a fun juxtaposition. Which it still does I suppose. Hmm.

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    I thought he just scripted the first issue. Liefeld was the creator. Liefeld even stripped Kanalz' script from a reprint of the first issue and had it replaced.

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    Does Hank report to Bob Harras or to Didio/Lee? I'm hoping it is direct to Didio/Lee because frankly Bob Harras would be the last person in the world you would want to touch Vertigo.

    Does Hank live on the West Coast and Shelly on the East coast?

    From what I remember reading, Hank was generally well thought of during his time as head of WildStorm.
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    So Liefeld gets the last laugh after all...
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    DC Comics - Too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spacedog View Post
    DC Comics - Too many chiefs and not enough Indians.
    Bob Harras has two publishing tricks:

    a) Alternate universe trick e.g. Age of Apocalypse at Marvel and Flashpoint at DC. After the alternate universe is reset we get a spanking new universe.

    b) Renumbering everything to #1. He did it first at Marvel in the 90s and did it again at DC with the New 52.

    So the real question is this: now that Bob Harras has done the ONLY two publishing tricks he knows, what the hell are DC going to do?
    Ans: Give up market share to Marvel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spacedog View Post
    DC Comics - Too many chiefs and not enough Indians.
    When all the Indians are like 60 they tend to demand recognition and promotion for their long years. Comics are shrinking not growing. This is a sign of that.
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    If this turns out to be true: Congrats Hank!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alch View Post
    When all the Indians are like 60 they tend to demand recognition and promotion for their long years. Comics are shrinking not growing. This is a sign of that.
    That's an interesting - and alarming - point.

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    Hank Kanalz was not a co-creator of Youngblood. He WAS one of the Image Comics founders, but did not play a role in creating Youngblood. Just an FYI in case you want the headline and article to be, you know, factually accurate.
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