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1. DC Announces Move to Burbank
Yes, the No. 1 news story of the year is something that doesn't even actually happen until 2015. But the implications for this are huge, and the shifts it represents for comic book publishing as fans have always known it are significant.
Marvel and DC, the big two comic book publishers, have been based in New York City -- the traditional home of American publishing -- for their entire existence. There's a romantic notion that NYC is where comic books are made, even if publishers and especially creators are spread all across the world.
So when DC announced in late October that it was relocating its publishing branch from New York to Burbank, California effective 2015, while it was in some ways an inevitable move following the formation of DC Entertainment in 2010, it was certainly a big deal for sentimental reasons. But it's an even bigger deal for practical purposes. Though it was said at the time of the announcement that everyone in New York would be given the opportunity to move to Burbank, not everyone will want to make that move. There have already been rumors of senior DC editors contemplating moves to Marvel or elsewhere, and both publisher's editorial staff will likely look a lot different come 2015.
The move also represents an even closer tie between DC editorial and its movie and TV productions. Having all of its operations located on the west coast means an even greater focus on synergy between divisions, and as DC looks to ramp up its presence on screens big and small -- the "Man of Steel" sequel looks more and more like a "Justice League" film with each casting announcement, and about a half-dozen DC concepts are in development to possibly join "Arrow" on TV -- it's certainly appears that's a priority.
It also raises the obvious question, "Is Marvel next?" While that company may be even more outwardly entrenched in NYC than DC -- it's the home of just about all of their characters, after all -- it seems reasonable that a west coast consolidation could be attractive for many of the same reasons it is to DC.
Simply based on potential, DC moving from New York to Burbank was big news, but it'll be even bigger news to see how it all plays out over the next year and into 2015.