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Vertigo founder Karen Berger to launch own imprint with Dark Horse Comics

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Legendary comic book editor and award-winning founder of DC’s iconic Vertigo imprint Karen Berger will acquire, edit and oversee Berger Books, a brand new line of creator-owned titles to be published by Dark Horse Comics.

The announcement was made at ComicsPRO, the comic book industry retailer event, where Berger was named the winner of the ComicsPRO Industry Appreciation Award yesterday.

Speaking about the announcement, Dark Horse President and Publisher Mike Richardson said “Karen is someone I’ve always respected and admired. She’s a visionary thinker and one of the most highly regarded individuals in the comic book industry. Her fiercely independent streak and forward-looking storytelling instincts are a perfect match for Dark Horse Comics. We’ll have more news in the near future, but today we’re thrilled to announce that Karen Berger and Berger Books have found the perfect home at Dark Horse Comics.”

Berger added, “Dark Horse has been at the frontline of independent, creator-owned comics for decades.  It’s great to be working with a company that has such a rich history of publishing scores of many incredible books by some of the best writers and artists in comics. I’m very fired up about being back in the game in a big way, and to be producing this new line with top, diverse creative talent and exciting, original new voices.”

More details about the creators and titles involved in Berger Books will be announced in due course, but given Berger’s track record – founding Vertigo in 1993 and leading the line for twenty years, during which time she oversaw over three hundred properties, including Sandman, V for Vendetta, Preacher, Swamp Thing, Fables, Hellblazer, Y: The Last Man, and 100 Bullets – this is definitely something to start getting really excited about.


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