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Legendary Editor Karen Berger Joins Dark Horse to Helm New Imprint

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Legendary Editor Karen Berger Joins Dark Horse to Helm New Imprint

Fresh off her work on the Image Comics series “Surgeon X,” legendary comic book editor Karen Berger is set to make a long-term return to the editor’s chair with the launch of Berger Books, a new publishing imprint from Dark Horse.

The announcement of the imprint came at ComicsPRO, the comic book industry retailer event, at which Berger was named the winner of the ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation Award.

According to the Dark Horse, Berger will “acquire, edit, and oversee” all of the Berger Books titles, which will consist of creator-owned comic books and graphic novels, published by Dark Horse Comics. No specific titles have yet been announced, and Berger Books titles will be branded with both the Berger Books and the Dark Horse Comics logos.

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Berger is best known as the driving editorial force behind the creation of DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint back in 1993. Many of the imprint’s titles, including “Swamp Thing,” “The Sandman,” “Hellblazer” and “Shade the Changing Man” had been edited by Berger in the pre-Vertigo days, and had often been informally referred to as the “Berger books” due to their distinctive and often offbeat feel. In her two decades at Vertigo, the imprint saw numerous celebrated titles including “Preacher,” “100 Bullets,” “Fables,” “Y: The Last Man” and many more.

Speaking about her new venture, Berger said in a press release, “Dark Horse has been at the frontline of independent, creator-owned comics for decades,” adding “It’s great to be working with a company that has such a rich history of publishing scores of many incredible books by some of the best writers and artists in comics. I’m very fired up about being back in the game in a big way, and to be producing this new line with top, diverse creative talent and exciting, original new voices.”

“Karen was instrumental in launching the careers of many comic book writers and artists who have gone on to become some of the industry’s biggest stars,” Dark Horse President Mike Richardson said in a statement. “Karen has a keen ability to nurture creative voices and I’m personally excited to see the names of new talent alongside the names of the best-selling creators who will launch Berger Books.”

However, a move to Dark Horse’s offices in Milwaukie, Oregon is not on the cards for Berger — she will continue to work from her home on the East Coast.

Berger’s career as an editor started at DC Comics in the early ’80s, with her first credits including “House of Mystery” and “Legion of Super-Heroes.” She left her position as Executive Editor of Vertigo in 2013, and returned to comics last year as editor of Image’s “Surgeon X.”

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