DC had a full agenda at this year’s show, doing several panels a day that were nearly always packed with ecstatic fans. Two of their biggest panels, Beyond the Night of the Owls and From Concept to Page, brought audiences behind the scenes and gave them plenty to get excited about. Read on for a breakdown of both panels.
Beyond the Night of the Owls
Rising star Scott Snyder, the writer of Swamp Thing and Batman, joined artist David Finch and the DC editorial staff for a panel highlighting all of the upcoming titles in the Bat-verse, from stories starring the Dark Knight himself to his former sidekick Dick Grayson. The “Night of the Owls” crossover event ended a week ago, and Snyder and the DC big wigs enthusiastically discussed the latest developments in this popular and ever-growing universe. A slew of cover reveals kicked off the panel, including Batman #13(which will see the much-anticipated return of the Joker) and the launch of Talon #1, which will follow a deserter from the Court of Owls. According to Snyder, “the Joker has a secret.” His excitement about the project was evident, considering he called the upcoming arc “the biggest, baddest Joker story ever.” This is a bold statement, considering there are dozens of memorable stories starring Batman’s greatest adversary. Gail Simone, also present on the panel, spoke up about Batgirl and what’s in store for her. She had the most to say about Batgirl #0, which will apparently focus on Barbara Gordon’s personal motivations and her decision to become Batgirl.
The panel proved to be a must for every Bat-fan, and it offered those present a look into stories that won’t hit stands for months.
From Concept to Page
Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, the team behind The Flash, talked about the process behind getting comics into the hands of readers and how much work goes into a single issue. As someone who loves comics and appreciates the work that goes into them, I found this panel both informative and enjoyable.
They began by talking about the first idea and developing it, and proceeded to show some early notes on the Flash and how they evolved into the comic we see today. Costume designs were displayed on the overhead projector, and there must have been dozens of different designs up there.
In addition to learning about the creative process of making comics, those present were also treated to a rare look into the lives of these two talent individuals. Manapul explained how hours spent on Skype with Buccellato helped make The Flash happen, and how the two are great friends. Information like that isn’t particularly important, but it certainly makes these creators more real to readers who have only known them through their work.
The panel was interesting and fun, and those wanting to break into the comic book industry, myself included, found it incredibly rewarding.