First let me say that obviously with the news of this impending move, there will be many DC employees who will have to contemplate some life-impacting changes, and I wish them all the best.
While I can’t comment as to the business side of Warner Bros. decision to move DC publishing to Burbank, from a strictly historical point of view and as a born and bred, dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker, I have to honestly say that it breaks my heart. I know most people probably wouldn’t expect that kind of a response from me, as I’ve never shied away from poking at our distinguished competition—or, as we like to say in New York, bustin’ their chops. But that’s because at the end of the day we are competitors and lets face it…it’s kind of a Marvel tradition. But at the very core of it, we’re also partners in this industry that I love with every ounce of my being, and we fight in the same trenches.
To me, comics are New York City and New York City is comics. We all know that the first character to put his underwear on over his pants was created in Cleveland, but it was New York City that gave him his start. It was New York City that provided the spotlight and it was here that he and all those that followed in his footsteps became famous. So to see a piece of that publishing tradition shift to the West coast saddens me, because it’s the end of an era and yes, while I’ve always loved to tweak our crosstown pals, New York City will admittedly be a little diminished by DC’s absence.