Karen Berger leaving DC Entertainment‘s Vertigo imprint. Numerous comic websites are breaking news that Karen Berger, the Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of DC Entertainment’s Vertigo brand and DC the longest running employee at DC Comics (she has been with them for over 20 years) will be stepping down in 2013. Needless to say the announcement is sending shock waves through industry circles. Karen Berger acting as editor on several books, among them Neil Gaiman‘s Sandman and Alan Moore‘s run on Swamp Thing, helped lead to the creation of the Vertigo line. Vertigo is an imprint line that is suggested for mature readers and has a continuity separate from the DC Universe that has included Sandman, Swamp Thing, John Constantine (Hellblazer) and many others. However, nowadays the imprint is mostly focused upon creator-owned material. Here is the official press release regarding Karen Berger’s plan to leave:
Karen Berger, Executive Editor & Senior Vice President of DC Entertainment’s Vertigo brand, has announced she is stepping down from her post after nearly 20 years at the helm of the award-winning literary imprint. She will remain on through March 2013 where she will be assisting in the transition to a new leadership team which includes veteran staffers whom she has mentored over the years.
Karen is responsible for shepherding critically-acclaimed and best-selling publishing titles including perennial favorites: THE SANDMAN, HELLBLAZER, V FOR VENDETTA. FABLES, PREACHER, THE INVISIBLES, 100 BULLETS, Y – THE LAST MAN and AMERICAN VAMPIRE. Vertigo has published nearly 300 new literary properties during the last 20 years. Berger notes she is ready for a professional change and is looking forward to pursuing exciting new opportunities.
“I’ve been incredibly proud to have provided a home where writers and artists could create progressive and provocative stories that broadened the scope of comics, attracting a new and diverse readership to graphic storytelling,” said Berger. “I’d like to thank all the many immensely talented creators who have helped make Vertigo into a daring and distinctive imprint and I’m grateful to everyone at DC Entertainment and the retail community for their support and commitment to Vertigo all these years. It’s been quite an honor.”
DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson stated, “We are extremely grateful for Karen’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.”
DC Entertainment is planning a celebration next year – to help salute Karen, her 33 years with the company and her many accomplishments, befitting her legendary status within DCE and across the publishing and comics industries.