DC Entertainment has promoted Bob Harras to senior v-p, editor-in-chief, DC Comics and he will continue to over see all editorial operations at the comics house. In addition, Hank Kanalz, formerly senior v-p of digital at DC Comics, has been promoted to senior v-p of Vertigo and integrated publishing and will oversee the publishing operations of DC’s Vertigo imprint in addition to continuing to manage DC Comics’ digital publishing program.
Harras has been v-p, editor in chief of DC Comics over the last two years, and oversaw the successful New 52 relaunch of DC’s superhero universe, its Zero month series and the popularity and growth of its hardcover original graphic novel program.
Kanalz oversaw DC Comics aggressive growth in digital publishing including its move to simultaneous digital and print release under the New 52 series. His promotion is also tied to the recent changes at Vertigo, DC’s much lauded nonsuperhero genre comics imprint, best known for publishing such acclaimed authors as Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. Karen Berger, who directed Vertigo for nearly 20 years, stepped down in early December and her longtime assistant Shelly Bond was named executive editor of Vertigo succeeding Berger. Bond will report to Kanalz.
DC Comics co-publisher Dan Didio called Harras, “a respected and talented editor, manager and leader with a keen eye for talent,” while DC Comics co-publisher (and star artist) Jim Lee, hailed Kanalz for “strong leadership,” he said has resulted in “triple digit growth among our digital comics business. In this new role he is poised to continue DC Entertainment’s digital momentum, while working even more closely with the print publishing teams, specifically Vertigo.”