Vertigo is closing its doors, per a Friday announcement from DC. It’s heart wrenching news for a medium losing one of its seminal publishers, sending swathes of fans, critics and creators to Twitter to voice their reactions. Some are honoring their favorite Vertigo titles, some take pride that they were part of the movement. Creators working there currently address their series and others can’t help but critique the decision. For a full rundown of the news, you can check out our coverage, but for now, here’s a selection of the many, many thoughts on Vertigo’s finale.
Most creators, whether they worked under the imprint or not, were hugely shaped by a Vertigo title at some point, as Jody Houser points out.
Very sad to see Vertigo go… Where so many people got their start reading comics, and where I got my start writing for the Big Two. https://t.co/Vy9Eyi6Sdy
— Jody Houser is Vaccinated! ✒️🗯️🎲 (@Jody_Houser) June 21, 2019
Of course, she’s not wrong, as many other creators point out.
I cannot express how proud I am to have been a tiny part of Vertigo. And while my creator owned work like American Vampire will continue under Black Label, I just want to take a second and thank everyone who made Vertigo what it was…
— Scott Snyder (@Ssnyder1835) June 21, 2019
My life very literally wouldn't be where it is now without #Vertigo. B/c it did more than change the face of #comics, it made sure everyone there knew they were part of a family. Gutted to see it go, honored to have been a small part of it
— Pornsak Pichetshote (@real_pornsak) June 21, 2019
The comics that made me want to be a writer were Vertigo books. My first job in comics was as an editorial intern at Vertigo, working under @sxbond around the release of Fables 100. I still have more Vertigo trades on my shelf than Marvel (and I have a lot of Marvel Trades).
— James Tynion IV (@JamesTheFourth) June 21, 2019
VERTIGO was my start at @DCComics and an obsession as a longtime reader of the books under its wing.
But I applaud the move to clarify the brands. There is no greater product killer in this era than confusion.
— Mitch Gerads (@MitchGerads) June 21, 2019
Those early Vertigos are like the orange spine Penguins — timeless, perfectly perfect books. My shelf (and myself) wouldn't be the same without them. Let's all raise a cup of moonglow to old friends who made our lives better. Goodbye, Vertigo. You were good to us. https://t.co/kkLGmHFKAp
— Joe Hill (@joe_hill) June 21, 2019
Goodbye, @vertigo_comics. I don't think I'd be in comics if it weren't for those books. Deep thanks to the pioneering @karenpberger and all the editors and creators that made it such an inspiring place.
— Cliff Chiang (@cliffchiang) June 21, 2019
Sad to see Vertigo going. I always hoped I’d get a Vertigo book one day. (Tho they did publish a short of mine) I suppose however that in a way my dream can true already working with Karen Berger on Invisible Kingdom. A rose by any other name….etc
— Christian Ward (@cjwardart) June 21, 2019
Speaking of the legendary editor Karen Berger…
Rob Sheridan (High Level) and Zoë Quinn (Goddess Mode), both currently working for Vertigo, gave their thoughts as well.
Everyone’s asking me about the DC/Vertigo news and what it means for High Level. I don’t really know much more than what’s been reported, It’s a corporate/strategic plan to bring everything in under the DC brand umbrella, but it does NOT affect High Level! https://t.co/IgO5iGpxB9
— Rob SCARE-idan Wears A Mask #BLM #ArtIsResistance (@rob_sheridan) June 21, 2019
Vertigo meant so much to me as a young comic reader, and again as a fledgling comic maker. I’m sad to see it go, but I’m honored I got to be a part of it before the brand merging, especially amongst everyone else in the last relaunch under the Vertigo name https://t.co/3arHJQyxNm
— zoë “leonardo doujinshi” quinn (@UnburntWitch) June 21, 2019
Lilah Sturges (Lumberjanes) hopes to bring some levity (and free pizza) to the conversation.
To celebrate Vertigo comics, let's do a Vertigo #transpizza! If you are trans and want pizza, reply here with your favorite Vertigo title. I'll pick a winner at random and send them $20 via PayPal for pizza! You have two hours.
— Lilah Sturges, Kindness Lady (@LilahSturges) June 21, 2019
And Trungles (Twisted Romance) is unafraid to ask the question many fans are wondering.
When I think "Vertigo" I think of rad editors and writers and artists who made work that expanded my conception of comics when I first started reading them. When I think "DC Black Label," all I know about it is people got really fussy about Batman's penis.
— Trung Lê Capecchi-Nguyễn (@Trungles) June 21, 2019
Chris Conroy, DC cover artist, is here to wrap things up on a light note, urging Vertigo stans to keep their heads up.
This was the first cover I commissioned for the SANDMAN UNIVERSE line, and while I didn't know at the time, it became a prophecy. We're soldiering on, just in a new galaxy. And we've got something VERY exciting coming for the second year of the books… you'll hear soon! pic.twitter.com/ikmcNYwwab
— Chris Conroy (@ConroyForReal) June 21, 2019