The next interview that my crew and I acquired from Baltimore Comic Con was with DC Comics’ Co-Publisher Dan DiDio. Ever the jokester, Dan was a lot of fun to chat with, especially when I tried to pronounce his last name correctly.
A few topics that we touched on included why Zero Month came about when it did, the upcoming ‘Death of the Family’ storyline in the Batman books involving the return of The Joker by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, ‘Before Watchmen’, and more.
In an update on ‘Before Watchmen: Nite Owl’, DiDio revealed that Andy Kubert hand-picked Bill Sienkiewicz to complete the art for issues three and four after the unfortunate and untimely passing of the legendary Joe Kubert, who, according to Dan, was working on pages right until the very end. Though Kubert has moved on from this life, he certainly was not forgotten at Baltimore Comic Con as he was honored with the Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award at The Harvey Awards on Saturday night and remembered fondly by colleagues and former students at a panel on Sunday afternoon.
Then, in my final question, the ‘Phantom Stranger’ writer revealed that he’s trying to get a favorite writer or artist of his from a competitor to jump onto a New 52 book! I wonder who it could possibly be. Let the speculation commence!
For the whole interview, you can watch the video below, courtesy of The Pretentious Film Majors: