Trailblazing Comics Editor Karen Berger Signs With Dark Horse to Create New Comic Book Imprint

Berger Books will be entirely overseen by the editor of the classic 'Sandman' series.
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Berger Books will be entirely overseen by the editor of the classic 'Sandman' series.

Karen Berger, the groundbreaking editor responsible for the creation of DC Entertainment's Vertigo imprint, is partnering with Dark Horse Comics for a brand new line of comics and graphic novels.

Berger Books, announced Friday at the comics industry event ComicsPRO, will be completely overseen by Berger, with the former DC executive editor and senior vp responsible for acquiring and editing the entire line. Releases will feature both the Dark Horse logo and a newly created Berger Books logo and be distributed to bookstores by Penguin Random House.

Talking to Heat Vision about the new imprint, Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson called Berger "a visionary figure in the comic industry," adding, "Her storytelling instincts and her ability to champion and discover new creators has shaped the very best parts of the modern comic book industry. And now her passion for comics and the major creators she is working with on Berger Books will have the industry talking for years to come."

Berger is an iconic figure in the comic industry. Her work on such 1970s and '80s titles as House of Mystery, Angel Love and Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld demonstrated an ability to work outside of the dominant superhero genre, but it was her efforts editing Alan Moore's Swamp Thing and Neil Gaiman's Sandman that demonstrated the market for "mature readers" fantasy work that led to the creation in 1993 of the Vertigo imprint, which would go on to publish works such as Preacher, Y The Last Man and Fables.

Outside of the Vertigo imprint, Berger would continue to push boundaries at DC during her time at the company. In 2007 she launched the short-lived Minx imprint, aimed at the female YA market, and a year later, she oversaw the Vertigo Crime imprint, which released a series of black-and-white hardcover graphic novels mostly written by crime novelists.

Since leaving DC in 2013, Berger has been mostly absent from the comic scene, although last year saw her return with Surgeon X, a series she edited for Image Comics.

“Dark Horse has been a pioneering and innovative independent publisher for 30 years," Berger told Heat Vision about her new home. "I'm very excited to join forces with them to produce this new line of creator-owned comics by a great group of diverse, distinctive and spectacular storytellers.”

More information about Berger Books will be released in the near future.