Jim Lee Says DC Is Still Committed to the Business of Publishing Comics

Jim Lee in 2019. Photo: Dave Kotinsky (Getty Images)After massive layoffs that wracked DC Comics, it was, honestly, somewhat of an open question. Talking to Hollywood Reporter, Jim Lee, DC’s Chief Creative Officer and Publisher, emphasized that DC Comics will continue operations even after heavy rounds of layoffs saw the firm lay off 20 percent…

Jim Lee Says DC Is Still Committed to the Business of Publishing Comics

Jim Lee in 2019. Photo: Dave Kotinsky (Getty Images)After massive layoffs that wracked DC Comics, it was, honestly, somewhat of an open question. Talking to Hollywood Reporter, Jim Lee, DC’s Chief Creative Officer and Publisher, emphasized that DC Comics will continue operations even after heavy rounds of layoffs saw the firm lay off 20 percent of its staff, touching on the value of the comics industry to Warner Bros. and AT&T (the big corporate owner behind Warner Bros. and DC both now) at large and laying out some more clarity about what operations would look like going forward. “One hundred percent, it is still the cornerstone of everything that we do,” Lee said, about publishing comic books. “The need for storytelling, updating the mythology, is vital to what we do. The organization leans on us to share and establish the meaningful elements of the content that they need to use and incorporate for all their adaptations.” This latter point—that the broader media organization used the publishing of DC as grist for the mill of more profitable adaptations, an
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