Dan DiDio isn’t worried about losing his job as editor-in-chief of DC Comics. Judging by the response from Saturday’s DC Nation panel at HeroesCon, nobody else wants it anyway, unless the offer comes with a closet of shoes.
Speculation began flying Friday morning that DiDio had been let go by DC Comics following a tumultuous week which saw disappointing sales figures for DC Comics in May when compared to Marvel Comics during the same period, creator Chuck Dixon actively discussing his dismissal from DC Comics and pointing fingers at DiDio and the addition of artist Carlos Pacheco to DC’s big summer event “Final Crisis.” The speculation turned out to be completely misplaced, as CBR’s Rich Johnston revealed Friday that it was DC’s Sr. VP of Business Development John Nee who has resigned from his position.
During the panel, a fan asked if DiDio ever got tired of being blamed whenever something went wrong at the company, from missed deadlines to screw-ups in continuity.
“They always blame you, it’s always DiDio’s fault,” the fan commented.
“You know what, it goes with the job,” DiDio responded, adding that no, he didn’t want to single out individual creators either when something went wrong with a project.
“I get tired of it,” said editor Jann Jones. “I get defensive at times and want to go out there and kick some butts.” However, she added, it’s part of what the editorial staff deals with on a daily basis.
“People want to say, ‘oh you know, Dan’s job’…nobody would want to do Dan’s job. He has a tough job,” she said.
The rest of the panel definitely wanted no part of it, with Matt Sturges and Ethan Van Sciver both saying they wouldn’t take DiDio’s job. Jimmy Palmiotti, one of the rumored frontrunners for the position, got a laugh from DiDio and the rest of the room when he answered “No comment,” and Jones herself said she wouldn’t take the job unless the offer came with a closet of designer shoes.
“Each of us has been criticized,” Jones said, “but we do the best that we can and that’s all we can do.”
Rather than getting upset, DiDio said, the criticism helps make the editorial staff try harder.
“You know what’s great about what we do?” DiDio said. “I worked in TV before I came to comics and what’s fun about TV and comics is that we get a chance to try again. Every month we get a chance to be a little bit better,” he said, “and all this does is fuel us to be the best we can be.”
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