Today’s guest is my cousin, Karen Berger, an award-winning editor of graphic novels. At DC Comics for 34 years, she ultimately became executive editor for DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, where she helped expand the genre of mainstream comics, diverging from tales of super heroes in favor of complex, challenging stories, from gonzo journalism to positive depictions of gay characters, from fairy tales to global pandemics. Berger also pushed for creators to keep the rights to their work instead of surrendering their characters and ideas to the publisher. Berger won the Comic Buyer’s Guide Award for best editor every year from 1997–2005 and the prestigious Eisner Award three times in the early 1990s. Since 2019, Berger has been the founder and editor of Berger Books, an imprint of creator-owned comics, published by Dark Horse Comics.
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