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REVIEW: SB: PE

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J.H. WILLIAMS III INTERVIEW

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REVIEW - BATMAN: AA

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BATMAN CRIME JAZZ

Composers talk crime jazz for Batman

IGN: MIKE MARTS ON THE BATMAN RELAUNCH!

Posted by Bob Tilley Friday, 29 May 2009

Batman DC Editor Mike Marts give us the lowdown on the Batman relaunch titles coming in June and the direction the Batman Universe will be taking:

IGN Comics: As I understand it, the wall is a way for you and your editorial team to keep everything organized and straight, rather than keep all this in your heads. What I'm curious about is how you guys break it down initially and go about relegating certain characters to certain books.

With the wall, I get this image of something like the NFL draft, with you playing the role of commissioner and the different writers vying for the chance to use each character. Obviously that's not the case, but what's a more accurate way to describe how you break down which series will handle which character?

Mike Marts: It's a combination of a few different methods. We divide everything up by regular monthly titles, and then if there are any ancillary books like one-shots or events, we include those as well. More or less we're working from what's already there and then branching out.

In other words, if Grant Morrison has an outline in for Batman and Robin, and we know that certain characters are going to appear in that series, we'll earmark those characters for that series and know that their appearances in other books will be limited or restricted. We kind of work that way, using the outlines from our writers and our conversations with our writers. Then we leave an open area for characters that are at large. And "at large" doesn't necessarily mean they're at large in Gotham City and running free. It can also mean that they're at large in that they're not currently being used in any of the core monthly titles.

IGN Comics: So it is it a common occurrence for you to have to tell a writer that Character A is off limits because he's being used in another series?

Marts: Definitely. In fact it happened this morning. I got a script in from one of our writers who wanted to use Firefly. He's a good villain, but not really an A-lister, and he hasn't really been used in that past few years other than some appearances in Gotham Underground. Suddenly it seems like for whatever reason Firefly is all the rage. We had him appear in Battle for the Cowl, and he's also going to be used in Paul Dini's Streets of Gotham.

So for the other writer who wanted to use it in his book, I had to explain that the character is being used in a significant way over here, which means we kind of have to adjust or make changes or come up with a replacement villain to be used in his book. So that's one example. It happens a few times a week, actually. But that's just one example of how the board helped us in managing the characters and knowing who appears where, when and why.

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(Source - IGN Comics)

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This week we cover the usual news in the Batman Universe. 4th to 17th Oct, including Batman: Knightfall Pt11.
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GKO: PODCAST #42

This week we cover the usual news in the Batman Universe. 20th Sept to 3rd Oct, including Batman: Knightfall Pt10.
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GKO: PODCAST #41

This week we cover the usual news in the Batman Universe. 13th to Sept 20th, including Batman: Knightfall Pt9.
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GKO: PODCAST #40

This week we cover the usual news in the Batman Universe. Aug 30th to Sept 12th, including Batman: Knightfall Pt8.
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GKO: PODCAST #39

This week we cover the usual news in the Batman Universe. Aug 23rd to Aug 29th, including Batman: Knightfall Pt7.
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GKO: PODCAST #38

This week we cover the usual news in the Batman Universe. Aug 9th to Aug 22nd, including Batman: Knightfall Pt6.
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GKO: PODCAST #37

This week we cover the usual news in the Batman Universe. Aug 2nd to Aug 8th, including Batman: Knightfall Pt5.
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GKO: PODCAST #36

This week we have a new host and review Batman: Under the Red Hood along with all the news from the week.
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GKO: PODCAST #35

This is our SDCC '10 coverage special covering all the news from July 19th to July 25th.
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GKO: PODCAST #34

This week we cover the usual news in the Batman Universe. July 12th to July 18th, including Batman: Knightfall Pt2.
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GKO: PODCAST #33

This week we cover the usual news in the Batman Universe. July 5th to July 11th, including Batman: Knightfall Pt1.
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GKO: PODCAST #32

This week we interview writer Judd Winick about the Red Hood.
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GKO: PODCAST #31

This week we cover the usual news in the Batman Universe. June 14th to June 20th.
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GKO: PODCAST #30

This week we cover the amazing release of Batman #700. June 7th to June 13th.
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GKO: PODCAST #29

This week we cover the usual news in the Batman Universe. May 31st to June 6th.
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GKO: PODCAST #28

This week we cover the usual news in the Batman Universe. May 24th to May 30th.
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GKO: PODCAST #27

This week we cover the usual news in the Batman Universe. May 10th to May 23rd.
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GKO: PODCAST #26

We return for a quick April round table episode.
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GKO: PODCAST #25

This week is our 25th Anniversary episode including a new co-host.
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GKO: PODCAST #24

This week we interview with artist Lee Garbett to talk about his current run on Batgirl
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