C2E2: Jim Lee On Post-DiDio Future

Jim Lee

DC’s “Meet The Publishers” panel — featuring Dan DiDio and Jim Lee — has been a comic convention tradition for a few years now, but the one scheduled for C2E2 2020 was cancelled following DiDio’s departure as co-publisher.

Instead, Lee addressed the publishing situation at his personal spotlight panel. He indicated that, for now at least, DiDio’s role won’t be filled by someone else, referring to himself as “sole publisher now.”

On DC’s overall publishing vision:

“The actual strategy for DC is to put publishing at center of what we do. It’s the engine of all the movies, TV, cartoons, we do. And so it’s my intent going forward as the Publisher, to lean into the collective years of my team.”

On various internet rumors, such as Marvel acquiring its top competitor:

“I wouldn’t put any credence into it. DC has been around for 85 years, and we’ll be around for another 85 years. I hope to be doing this panel in 85 years.”

On whether or not 5G will be another DC restart:

“It’s hard to talk about things we haven’t announced… Our focus in talking to editorial team is to continue what we’ve done best: Character-driven stories, pairing right creators on right characters, and developing characters that are inclusive and diverse.”

Overall, DC didn’t drop much in the way of news at C2E2, but with plans for 5G still developing there’ sure to be a lot to talk about in the months ahead.

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Kevin Sharp

From alternating Batman & Green Lantern as childhood Halloween costumes, to getting punched in my adolescent heart by Love & Rockets, to playing convention sidekick to the legendary Len Wein, the comics medium and characters feel like a part of my DNA.