La creadora del sello Vertigo Karen Berger dimite de DC Entertainment, ¿qué viene ahora?

I’ve worked with a legend for 25 years. She’s the best, & I’ll miss her gentleness & sanity at VertigoDC. – Neil Gaiman

La semana pasada saltaba una tremenda noticia en la industria comiquera: Karen Berger, creadora, directora ejecutiva y vicepresidenta de Vertigo dejó su puesto en DC Entertainment. Berger deja así tres décadas en la editorial y justo poco antes de que Vertigo celebre sus veinte años.

¿Qué significó su trabajo y el sello que ayudó a montar? Berger tuvo la visión de que era posible crear un espacio donde nuevos talentos escribieran a sus anchas y en donde la línea editorial primara más como un estándar de calidad y altura, que como una limitante.

Karen Berger ranks with Stan Lee and William Gaines as one of the most influential editors in the history of American comics. – Chris Roberson

Berger probablemente sea una de las que ayudó a generar un público que ni siquiera se había pensado que existía e incluso es la responsable de que una gran cantidad de mujeres se acercaran al medio y permanecieran ahí (de hecho, formo parte de este grupo).

Fue bajo su supervisión que se generaron las más grandes series que me ha tocado leer incluida mi favorita como The Sandman, pasando por Hellblazer, Preacher, Swamp Thing, 100 Bullets, V de Vendetta, y más recientes como Y The Last Man, Fables, The Unwritten, American Vampire y Scalped, todas marcadas por una mirada adulta, reflexiva, jugada y vertiginosa, y que de una u otra forma han logrado volarnos la cabeza.

Karen Berger is to comics what Maxwell Perkins was to the history of American letters. My imagination has always been a Vertigo imagination. – Joe Hill

Para muchos, su retirada tiene un aire de final, el final de VERTIGO. No hay duda que DC está perdiendo probablemente el último motor que hacía posible ver cosas brillantes y diferentes.

Few editors have changed the entire comics industry. Karen Berger is one of them. Her leaving DC is the end of an era. – Stephen Christy

Pero, ¿qué viene ahora para ella? Por mi parte, más allá de que decida irse a otra editorial como Marvel o alguna más independiente como Image Comics o IDW, me gustaría verla armando su propia casa, donde, sin la mirada atenta de DC o de otros ejecutivos comerciales, pueda hacer despegar e inspirar a otros autores y logre dar cabidas a nuevas historias, tal vez por qué no, incluso más hermosas que las que ya nos entregó. Sin duda, expectante por la decisión que tome y lo que pueda crear a futuro, así que sólo a seguir atent@s que de seguro, aunque sea el fin de una era, tenemos Berger por mucho más.

Relaunch DC: Los teasers de los 52 nuevos títulos

Va faltando cada vez menos para el primer número de Justice League, que marcará el comienzo de la nueva etapa de los personajes de DC y aún más, el futuro de la editorial.

Ahora, desde The Source tenemos los 52 teasers de los primeros títulos. Vea si puede adivinar a quién corresponde cada uno, que la verdad -así en una línea- hay varios que suenan prometedores. Aunque ya sea imposible confiar en un teaser/trailer o whatever.

Ojo que se irá actualizando la lista con los títulos que corresponden:

“If you’re not moving, you’re not living.”

“If we stop looking to the present and the past, and instead we look to the future…if we ask ourselves what can be–what it will be tomorrow… then we’re asking the right question. Because to hope, to dream, to predict is to shape the city yourself, rather than to be shaped by it.”

“Maybe this is all connected to that guy in Metropolis.”

“You think you and your ‘army’ stand a chance against Superman and a half dozen Green Lanterns and Wonder Woman?”

“They ended the revolution and freed our country. Then they disappeared.”

“Do we look like ‘super-heroes’? We’re the professionals.”

“He’s the worst kind of killer. One with no true pattern.” Batman in DETECTIVE COMICS #1

“Hee…That’s so cute. You think you’re scary. But mister, I’ve seen scary. And you ain’t got his smile.”

“What I do, I do for the good of the universe. Something you lost sight of thousands of years ago.”

“I’m losing control.”

“We don’t… We don’t call it that. It could be the key to all human knowledge. Black holes. Time travel. Physics, on another level.”

“What I want is your complete attention and for you to understand that your life is now mine.”

“You are not the first doctor I’ve known that tried to play god.” Frankenstein in FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. #1

“Flashpoint effect has definitely closed off time travel.”

“I’ve always enjoyed your sense of humor, Booster.”

“He makes a sound like a supersonic bomber. And then it looks like his shadow itself turns against him.”

“How’s it feel to be nobody’s favorite super-hero?”

“I remember a time when you would have begged me to stop playing superhero!”

“Maybe I was never a good guy, and maybe I was never the really big fish. But if there’s one thing I do know from living other’s people’s lives, it’s that I’ve changed.”

“How long have I been here? How long have I been frozen like this?”

“I always thought you could change the world, Michael.”

“Some people don’t like having their secrets exposed.”

“The only reason I’m here is ’cause if anything happens to you–that would make me the worst former sidekick ever.”

“You think I need a ‘team?’”

“You could do so much good! WE could do so much good!”

“Good to see you, Barbara.”

“Nature sounds its own warning bell.”

“Welcome to Cellblock D of the Central Asian Supermax Meta-Human Facility.”

“I thought I’d left that world behind me. That maybe I could do more good working from the shadows. Apparently, I was wrong. I’m going to need help.”

“You’re Welcome, my friend. And New York City, you’re welcome too!”

“If that scarab pops back up, I want any Green Lanterns within five parsecs to know it.”

“You’ve been partners with this guy for a couple of years, and you still haven’t told him where you really came from?”

“A bunch of Lanterns have just died in sector 3599.”

“We are too late.”

“Because the entire time THEY have been studying ME? I have been studying THEM.”

“This time it spells trouble.”

“I swear to God I don’t know nothin’ about the Gotham Butcher.”

“You’re just in time for your destiny.”

“Miles? Why, my beautiful girls…. You can see forever.”

“People are goin’ nuts. Wait ‘til they watch us kill him.”

“Oh, God. Oh, God. I just murdered someone!”

“You are the parent of your own fear.”

“Kyle Rayner of Earth, you have been chosen.”

“You’re not my partner, you’re my son.”

“Find out who is under that mask.”

“For this great mission I will need help. I will need followers who are prepared to follow me into the jaws of death, and worse…”

“You’ll have my undivided attention… And I’m pretty sure I’ll have yours.”

“Just when I’ve set up my new life, my old one comes back. Well played, Gotham.”

“I didn’t even know how much I missed it.”

“The dream isn’t over.”

“The future is being re-made.”

“Life isn’t without risk. You hear that bon mot a lot. But mostly around business. Or dating. Or eating fried food from street vendors. But we take risks all the time, every day, in a thousand ways. Driving a car. Talking to a stranger. Jay walking. Those are the little ones we don’t even think about. It’s the big ones that make it interesting. At least for me, it is.”