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Quote of the day | Scott Snyder on the success of DC’s New 52

“The numbers were sort of staggering for me. It was definitely immediate and intimidating, seeing there were all these people reading it and this is working. Then it became really exciting to see DC bringing a lot of people to comics that haven’t been reading them for a while or are new to them entirely. I guess the challenge becomes finding the line between — I’m trying really hard in Batman and Swamp Thing in particular to tell stories that appeal to the character’s long-time fans who know everything in an encyclopedic way about these characters, and at the same time, making the stories acceptable for people who are picking up their very first comic book. That to me is the thing that all of us are getting our sea legs with: There are huge populations of new readers coming to the books. I think maybe some of us hoped that would be the case, but didn’t believe that there’d be as many as there are. But I get questions all the time like, ‘Why does Batman has a live dinosaur in his Batcave?’ or, ‘Doesn’t Swamp Thing come out of the swamp when they hit a remote button and then fight other monsters like Godzilla in the cartoon?’ And that’s wonderful to get those questions, because that means someone who’s never seen the character is seeing them for the first time in your book. So being aware of those fans and not alienating fans who have been there a long time is something I think is exciting and that we should all be conscious of.”

Scott Snyder, writer of Batman and Swamp Thing, discussing the much-publicized DC Comics relaunch

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I hope it does well, and there are a couple titles I’m following that I didn’t expect to. But I think it’s a little premature for anyone to say the whole experiment is a success. I think we’ll have to wait until next SDCC–or at least FCBD–to start judging the success or failure of the New 52.

…why DOES Batman have a dinosaur in the Batcave?

At the risk of sounding like a sourpuss, writing stories “that appeal to the character’s long-time fans who know everything in an encyclopedic way about these characters, and at the same time, making the stories acceptable for people who are picking up their very first comic book” is totally what everyone should be doing ALL OF THE TIME.

Not a soupuss, dnwilliams, just speaking the truth.

Yup. I’m with DN and Joe.
I wish more of the folk at DC and Marvel did that.
Heck, if they did, I don’t even think we’d need a reboot.

Wesley said “I think it’s a little premature for anyone to say the whole experiment is a success.”

I’m in agreement. Snyder’s propaganda is more salesmanship than reality. Let’s see how many of these customers are still around in 6-8 months, and how many of these titles are canceled by then, before we call it a success.

I’ve found about four nuDC titles I like, when up till now I was buying more than 20 a month. All I’ve seen so far is a big stunt, with superb short-term results and possible long-term disaster.

And this, folks, is why they make shirts in different colors.

Before the DC reboot, I was buying about five to eight DC titles a month and thinking of giving up most of those. In the first month of the reboot, I tried around 30 titles. Some I liked and some I didn’t. But I’ll be sticking around for at least 20 of them for the forseeable future. I’m particularly enjoying ACTION, O.M.A.C., SWAMP THING, BATMAN, BATMAN & ROBIN, BATWOMAN, FRANKENSTEIN, JUSTICE LEAGUE, JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, and AQUAMAN.

I’d call that a success so far.

@dnwilliams: Have more conversations with people who don’t regularly read comics, about comics. Then you’ll realize why your “you should do that all the time” thing is kind of an unfair criticism to leverage against them. The problem ISN’T telling stories that can appeal to new readers–it’s telling ones that appeal to those guys AND ones that appeal to people who know every freaking thing.

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