By Molly Jane Kremer. DC Entertainment has released a sudden (and more than slightly shocking) statement today announcing that the publisher will be restructuring their storied Vertigo imprint, and that Vice President and Executive Editor Shelly Bond’s position has been eliminated.
Bond became Executive Editor in 2012 when Karen Berger departed from the company. She has been employed with Vertigo since the imprint’s inception in 1993, and most recently had overseen a 2015/2016 Vertigo initiative of twelve new series and miniseries, which included the critically acclaimed Sheriff of Babylon, Twilight Children, and Clean Room.
While the news is indeed surprising, it should be noted that the remainder of Vertigo’s staff will remain intact, though they will now be reporting directly to DC Co-Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee.
This comes a year after DC (and Vertigo) moved their entire publishing staff across the country to Burbank, California. On a personal note, we here at DoomRocket are saddened and dismayed to hear she will no longer be with the company, and wish her the best in all her future endeavors.
DoomRocket reached out to representatives of both DC Comics and Vertigo, all of which declined to comment.
From DC Comics’ Press Release:
STATEMENT RE VERTIGO RESTRUCTURING – April 2016
· DC Entertainment is reexamining the direction and focus of the Vertigo imprint of comic books and graphic novels. The goal is to keep competitive and stay relevant in the changing marketplace, and to set the business up for future success.
The updated business structure will result for some employees in a change of reporting relationship, new job descriptions, and expanded roles and responsibilities.
Unfortunately, as part of the restructuring, the position of Vice President & Executive Editor has been eliminated. This was a very challenging process, and we made every effort to ensure all decisions were made with great care and consideration.
· We are extremely grateful for Shelly Bond’s commitment and dedication to Vertigo, its books and its incredibly talented team of staff and creators.
· In Vertigo she leaves a legacy to which we remain committed and on which we intend to build for the future. She will always be a deeply valued and respected member of the DC family.
· We have the utmost confidence in the current editorial staff and look forward to the team leaving their mark on the Vertigo line knowing this new alignment creates a stronger organization that is well positioned for maximum potential.