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I've been a DC Comics reader for about 35 years. While most kids in my generation dropped the comics habit by their teens, occasionally to rediscover the medium in college as it grew up with them, I went the opposite route, hitching my train to the industry and expanding my exposure to the art form. I did have to go cold turkey several years ago, unable to work and in financial crisis, but when I finally, hesitantly put my toe back into the waters the first thing I did was check in on the characters I'd loved most dearly.
DC is different today. And while that's true in the larger sense of these times vs. those times, I mean that DC is actually different today. Paul Levitz is stepping down as President and Publisher of DC Comics after a long tenure in corporate positions, and its parent company has announced the formation of DC Entertainment.
You can find background, analysis, and gossip on these moves from various perspectives all over cyberspace. I'll post more links and commentary later, but the Internet connection is acting up again. My priority right now is to issue what I will laughingly call a "public" thank-you to a genuinely nice guy for doing his heartfelt best in bringing his perspectives as a reader and creator to the office in the often seemingly thankless job of running DC Comics as a business, and to congratulate him on being able to return to writing one of his trademark features.