DC Entertainment has announced in a news release that Karen Berger, Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of the Vertigo brand, will step down after nearly 20 years in charge of the imprint.
According to the release, she will remain at the company through March 2013 to assist in the transition to a new leadership team.
Under Berger’s leadership, Vertigo published titles including “Sandman,” “Preacher,” “Y: The Last Man,” “Hellblazer,” “100 Bullets” and many more.
“I’ve been incredibly proud to have provided a home where writers and artists could create progressive and provocative stories that broadened the scope of comics, attracting a new and diverse readership to graphic storytelling,” said Berger in a news release. “I’d like to thank all the many immensely talented creators who have helped make Vertigo into a daring and distinctive imprint and I’m grateful to everyone at DC Entertainment and the retail community for their support and commitment to Vertigo all these years. It’s been quite an honor.”
The longest-running Vertigo title, “Hellblazer,” will end at issue No. 300, as the character John Constantine moves fully to the DC Universe brand. However, the release states that Vertigo plans to continue.
DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson said in the release:
“We are extremely grateful for Karen’s commitment and dedication to Vertigo, its books and its incredibly talented team of staff and creators. In Vertigo she leaves a legacy to which we remain committed and on which we intend to build for the future. She will always be a deeply valued and respected member of the DC family.”
Neil Gaiman, who worked with Berger on “Sandman,” shared his thoughts via twitter:
“I’ve worked with a legend for 25 years. She’s the best, & I’ll miss her gentleness & sanity at VertigoDC.”
- Matt Price