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James Tynion IV sets the record straight around move to Substack

James Tynion IV explains his move to Substack doesn’t mean his creator-owned work at DC Comics and other publishers will stop, and more.

James Tynion IV took to his newsletter late today to clear the air on some rather big questions fans had about his move to Substack. Questions like whether he’d continue his work at Image Comics, BOOM! Studios, and whether The Nice House on the Lake–a comic published by DC Comics–would no longer be coming out, and more. You can read the newsletter here, but the long and the short of it is that all is well and will work itself out.

Earlier today, James Tynion IV announced he would be departing DC Comics and more specifically departing his superhero work. That includes both Batman in November and The Joker in April 2022.

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Titles like The Nice House on the Lake will continue, as Tynion said the creator-owned project, “is just getting started, and we have big plans for its future.” Fans who may not be interested in reading digital comics can also expect these titles to be in print at some point, though Tynion admitted he doesn’t have a publisher in mind yet.

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The cover to Tynion, Oeming, and Bidikar’s ‘Blue Book.’

Tynion also explained fans should expect 10-page comics bi-weekly, which will likely be delivered in email with the option of downloading a PDF. Tynion didn’t rule out other ways of delivering digital comic experiences since it’s still early in figuring out how this all works.

Retailers should also expect to be within Tynion’s plans as he explained he’ll “be making more cool stuff for you to sell.” He’s also continuing to work on titles that will be in print first. In fact, Tynion revealed he has plans to have at least two titles release in comic book shops from now till the end of 2022. That includes ongoing titles like Something is Killing the Children, The Department of Truth, and Wynd.

It’s clear at this point Tynion has plans to leave superhero comics writing, but he’s certainly not even close to finishing his comic book career.

Tynion isn’t the only creator moving some or all of their operations to Substack. Jonathan Hickman also has big plans for the platform and detailed them earlier today. Scott Snyder will also be hosting new Comics Writing 101 courses, Saladin Ahmed announced his Copper Bottle pop-up imprint, and Molly Knox Ostertag is launching In The Telling which you can check out here.

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