Off Panel #162: The Comic Maker with Paul Levitz

In this week’s episode of Off Panel, writer and DC Comics legend Paul Levitz joins the show to talk his career and latest trade paperback, Brooklyn Blood. Levitz discusses his comics journalism background, what comics were like when he joined DC, comic book pro poker night, Jenette Kahn’s impact, his time writing the Legion of Super-Heroes, his self-created position at DC, the development of the modern DC creator contract, the direct market, the development of the trade paperback and its market, Vertigo and its 25th anniversary, how different his role was as president/publisher, Brooklyn Blood, the trickiness of the Dark Horse Presents format, how he approaches writing, collaboration, the current state of comics, and more.

You can find Levitz on Twitter, his website and his work in the upcoming collection of his Dark Horse Presents series, Brooklyn Blood.

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Header image is from Brooklyn Blood, art by Tim Hamilton. Intro and outro music is Vulfpeck’s Outro from their album Vollmilch. Thanks to the band for letting me use the track.