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– by Emmanuel Gomez

DC Entertainment has had a very successful run since their Rebirth line took over a couple of years back. One of their success stories has been their line of DC Superhero Girls comics, dolls, app and television appearances. We mention this because DC today revealed two new original graphic novel publishing imprints today via a press release.

One will be called DC Ink, which will be focusing on young adult readers and the other will be DC Zoom which focuses on middle-grade readers. Both of them will feature authors who already have established young adult and middle-grade fan bases.

Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment and president of Warner Bros. Consumer Products made this comment regarding the announcement:

“The first comic books created decades ago were for kids, and as the business evolved and matured, it became more focused on adult readers. DC Ink and DC Zoom present an exciting new opportunity to grow our publishing business and ensure beloved stories built around iconic characters like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are endeared as part of the fabric of childhood for years to come.”

The first titles for both imprints will be released in the fall of 2018. DC Ink will kick off with Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki, writer for Supergirl: Being Super, with artwork by Steve Pugh. The second title will be titled Mera by Danielle Paige. author of the Dorothy Must Die series. DC Zoom will start off with familiar title DC Super Hero Girls: Search For Atlantis by wirter Shea Fontana and artwork by Yancey Labat.

Here are some other confirmed titles for the imprints:

DC Ink:
BATMAN: GOTHAM HIGH – Melissa de la Cruz (ALEX & ELIZA, BLUE BLOODS series, WITCHES OF EAST END series)
BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER – THE GRAPHIC NOVEL – Marie Lu (LEGEND series)
TEEN TITANS – Kami Garcia (BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series)
UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE – Lauren Myracle (INTERNET GIRLS series, KISSING KATE)
WONDER WOMAN: TEMPEST TOSSED – Laurie Halse Anderson (SPEAK and CHAINS)

DC Zoom:
BATMAN TALES: ONCE UPON A CRIME – writer and artist: Derek Fridolfs, Dustin Nguyen (BATMAN: LI’L GOTHAM)
BATMAN: OVERDRIVE – Shea Fontana (DC SUPER HERO GIRLS series)
BLACK CANARY: IGNITE – Meg Cabot (THE PRINCESS DIARIES series)
DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE – Michael Northrop (TOMBQUEST series)
GREEN LANTERN: LEGACY – Minh Lê (DRAWN TOGETHER)
SUPER SONS – Ridley Pearson (KINGDOM KEEPERS series)
SUPERMAN OF SMALLVILLE – writer and artist: Art Baltazar & Franco (TINY TITANS)
SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN – Gene Yang (AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER series, NEW SUPER-MAN), will be released as periodicals first, then collected

Thanks to the New York Times we know that the softcover DC Zoom titles are going to be 128 pages long with a price of $9.99. The DC Ink titles are going to be 192 pages long and priced at $16.99.

The article also talks about how the middle-grade titles will feature characters who are figuring out the world they live in and their interaction with parents and teachers. While the young adult graphics are going to focus more on identity questions. Vice president for content strategy at DC Entertainment said that, “They are character studies, not necessarily superhero stories.” She goes on to say that these stories will be free from the continuity of previous superhero stories.

With superheroes as popular as they are, it’s a great move for DC to publish titles specifically for a younger audience, especially with a lot of comics having more adult themes these days. As a father with a 7-year old that is important to me, especially knowing that the titles are going to have stories built for her age.

What do you think of these two new imprints? Is this something that would interest you or your kids? Let us know in the comment section below!

DC Entertainment’s DC Zoom and DC Ink titles debut fall 2018.

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Source: DC Entertainment, New York Times