BREAKING COMICS NEWS: Vertigo Editor Shelly Bond Terminated By DC
By Buddy Beaudoin
Today has been a harrowing day of loss. First, with the passing of legendary musician, Prince, at the age of 57. But, then again in the comics industry, with the announcement that Vertigo DC’s Vice President and Executive Editor, Shelly Bond, has been terminated from DC’s employ.
Starting at Vertigo in 1993, the same year that the imprint began, Shelly has worked with some of the world’s top tier comics creators on series such as The Sandman, Fables, Hellblazer, and Preacher.
Bond’s position was liquidated in what DC Comics is calling a restructuring, during which her responsibilities will be picked up by DC proper’s Co-Publishers Dan Didio and Jim Lee.
“This was a very challenging process, and we made every effort to ensure all decisions were made with great care and consideration,” DC said, in regards to their decision.
Friend of FBI and artist on Gail Simone’s Clean Room commented, saying “she’s (Bond) been incredible to work with, a hugely creative, nurturing, and inspiring person. She gave me my break, basically, and pushed me to do the best. Even before I got the gig, she was always warm, patient, and hugely generous with her time. Working for her has been a career high.”
As of now, there have been no reports of a comment by Bond, and it is unclear as of yet what exactly Vertigo’s “restructuring” will entail, but their full press release can be read below.
STATEMENT RE VERTIGO RESTRUCTURING – April 2016
- DC Entertainment is reexamining the direction and focus of the Vertigo imprint of comic books and graphic novels. The goal is to keep competitive and stay relevant in the changing marketplace, and to set the business up for future success.
The updated business structure will result for some employees in a change of reporting relationship, new job descriptions, and expanded roles and responsibilities.
Unfortunately, as part of the restructuring, the position of Vice President & Executive Editor has been eliminated. This was a very challenging process, and we made every effort to ensure all decisions were made with great care and consideration.
- We are extremely grateful for Shelly Bond’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.
- We have the utmost confidence in the current editorial staff and look forward to the team leaving their mark on the Vertigo line knowing this new alignment creates a stronger organization that is well positioned for maximum potential.