Former DC publisher Jenette Kahn isn’t mentioned too much around comics these days, but was undoubtedly a pioneering force in comics, helping shepherd in royalties, creator owned comics, Vertigo, Watchmen and many other important things. These days she’s making movies, but here’s a hour long interview with her that was conducted recently at the Chicago Humanities Festival. I haven’t watched the whole thing, but Sean Kleefeld has a write up here and reports an anecdote that “Joe Orlando threw up in the men’s room when he heard that a woman had been put in charge of the company back in 1976.”
Kleefeld wished that Kahn has talked more about the whole “women in comics” thing, but I always got the sense that Kahn wanted to be an important person in publishing, not an important woman in publishing. Anyway, we probably won’t see her likes again.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.