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CBR TV @ WC12: Dan DiDio & Jim Lee on “Before Watchmen” & the New 52

DC Comics Co-Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee journeyed to the world famous CBR Tiki Lounge at WonderCon 2012 in Anaheim, CA for a sit-down with Comic Book Resources’ Executive Producer Jonah Weiland. What followed was a lively discussion about sports, “Before Watchmen,” the New 52, their working relationship and much more.

After first touching on their favorite sports teams, the conversation moved to the upcoming “Before Watchmen” project. Lee explained that all the creators of the books have enjoyed an ongoing dialogue, sharing ideas and content with one another to build a more cohesive product in the “Watchmen” universe. DiDio said in addition to building camaraderie, that sharing is also helping to challenge each of the creators to step up their game. Asked about further “Watchmen” projects, DiDio explained there was already a 35-issue commitment to the current slate, and everyone is working to make it as amazing as possible before looking to the future.

The conversation then turned to DC’s New 52 and the role of the upcoming “Earth 2″ title in terms of providing answers about the DCU’s new status quo. DiDio explained that while the old Earth 2 was DC’s original Earth, the new version has been imagined in light of the current New 52 DC Earth.

DiDio and Lee discussed the shot in the arm the New 52 provided to comic sales in general, and the current state of retail sales in the comic book industry citing non-DC successes in addition to their own. The Co-Publishers also weighed in on recent and upcoming comic book film adaptations and the notion of “super hero fatigue.”

The interview ended with Lee and DiDio detailing their working relationship ten years in, and how that has changed since they took on their new Co-Publisher roles. Lee also revealed how the New 52 has reinvigorated him as an artist.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/200328sept David Fullam

     Ah, the two pimps speak.

  • Mikey Ramone

    I was against this at first but I have to admit I’m starting to become interested
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tito-Briceno/100001739186566 Tito Briceno

    Didio and Lee can go fuck themselves. 

  • Anonymous

    I can never get mad at Didio and Lee, they always seem so friendly and nice…

  • davidgrantlloyd

    I’m really enjoying many of the New 52 titles (esp Action Comics and Wonder Woman) Keep up the good work! As far as Before Watchmen is concerned … I still haven’t made up my mind (wrestling with curiosity against respect for Moore) … tho, from a business perspective, it was a smart move.

  • CRG

    Was that Alan Moore who kept coughing in the background?  Just kidding, I plan on checking out Cooke’s entry.

  • smith

     Two hard working creators. Thank you. And  Briceno and Fullam…boy you are two trolling a-holes.

  • Alton

    Sorry I’m still not buying this after reading the extended interview with Moore on another site.I am letting any mini’s on my pull list that are DC’s run their course and am cancelling any plans to follow anything DC in trade.I had hoped to trade complete some Vertigo such as Scalped and Northlanders and I Zombie but my thought now is to move on to other companies.The rest of you can do what you want.I’m out.

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    interested programming. 

  • Paulsingam

    Hmmm I wonder who’s pulling the strings at DC…

  • http://gpe.com.vn/ Den led

    This is interested programming.