DC Opens Up Group Editor Job Listing, Mad Cave Snags Disney License, Comic-Con: The Cruise Is Coming | Comic Book Club News For February 15, 2024

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DC Comics opens up a Group Editor job listing. Mad Cave grabs Disney license. Comic-Con: The Cruise announced. All on Comic Book Club News for February 15, 2024.


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You could be DC’s next Group Editor.

Mad Cave grabs Disney license.

Comic-Con heads to sea!

This is Comic Book Club News for February 15, 2024.

DC Comics Opens Up Group Editor Job Listing:

You could be the next DC Comics editor! Yes, you! Actually, probably not if you don’t have the right qualifications, so, maybe you!

Anyway, last week we brought you news that DC’s Group Editor position for the Batman line of comics was currently open after Editor Ben Abernathy exited the company. Editor Katie Kubert is temporarily stepping in, but now — perhaps coincidentally — a new posting has gone up for Group Editor, without specifying which group exactly.

As reported over at PopVerse, before you think this is a “be a DC Editor for a day!” contest or something, just know this is a real job with real responsibilities and actual requirements. Per the posting, prospective applicants need 7-10 years of directly related experience, two years managing a team, and must hate Marvel Comics with a fiery passion.

Just kidding on the last one, but it does come with your requisite requirements like copyediting and proofreading skills, being able to talk about art, and probably generally having a comprehension of what works or not in a comic book beyond saying “it rules” or “it drools.” Those are commonly used phrases to describe comics on social media, right? Cool.

If you think you have what it takes apply now, and you could be the group editor for the Matter-Eater Lad line of books in no time.

Mad Cave Studios Snags Disney License:

One frequent refrain heard throughout comic book fandom is a general confusion about how licenses work. For example, Star Wars is owned by Disney, who owns Marvel Comics. Yet Marvel, IDW, and Dark Horse all currently publish Star Wars comics.

The reason is pretty simple: different publishers are better at making and distributing certain types of things. And to that end, while the Disney animation comic book line doesn’t exist at Marvel other than occasional parody covers, and Dynamite’s line of Disney comics continues to expand, Mad Cave Studios’ Papercutz imprint is gearing up to release six new graphic novels based on Disney and Pixar properties.

As reported by ICv2, and previously reported on this podcast, the line will kick off with a Free Comic Book Day issue, before launching The New Adventures of: Turning Red Vol. 1 on May 14. That will be followed by Phineas & Ferb on June 11, The New Adventures Of: Encanto on June 25, Frozen: Olaf’s Comics Collection on July 16, Disney Fairies 4 in 1 on July 30, and 101 Dalmatians Early Readers on August 13.

Of note, it seems at the moment that Papercutz may only have this license through August. Though presumably if it does well, we’ll be able to pack even more fairies inside other fairies in a future volume. Five in one? Six in one? The sky is the limit.

Comic-Con: The Cruise Announced For 2025:

A comic convention at sea? It’s more likely than you might think! Back in 2017, Comic Book Club took to the high seas with Fan2Sea, a four-day convention featuring comic book creators and celebrities like the casts of The Walking Dead and Stranger Things mingling with extremely confused older people who were just looking to shop and gamble. And now, Comic-Con International, the people behind San Diego Comic-Con, are trying the idea again in 2025.

The inaugural Comic-Con: The Cruise will set sail from Tampa, Florida, to Cozumel on Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas, and the all-inclusive cruise costs $990. Which, honestly, is cheaper than it takes to get most hotels at Comic-Con in San Diego.

The guest list is currently a little slim. It features host Felicia Day, as well as guests Warwick Davis, George Takei, Ernie Hudson, Mary McDonnell, Michael Trucco, and author Robb Pearlman, the latter of whom I assume has some sort of blackmail on Comic-Con to be announced in the first wave of guests. But it’s nice to know that it might not all be celebs.

Certainly, the big question is how much this will lean into the celeb signing and panel side of Comic-Con, versus all the other aspects of the convention. Like, you know: comics. The official site teases screenings, panels, photo ops, themed cosplay parties, exclusive performances, meet-and-greets, games, book clubs, karaoke, and “meaningful interactive, one-on-one experiences.” Which I assume means watching Ernie Hudson groggily grabbing eggs at the all-you-can-eat buffet while silently willing Ghostbusters fans to leave him alone for one second until he can have a sip of coffee.

The cruise will be held from February 5–9, 2025, with tickets on sale now.

For Comic Book Club News, I’m Alex Zalben. And I don’t think I can afford tickets, but I’m hoping there will be fun free experiences around the cruise, just like they’re around the convention center at Comic-Con. You know. In the ocean.

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