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Saturday, February 25, 2006

NEW YORK COMIC-CON: VERTIGO PANEL

NEW YORK -- Jim Lee, already the artist on two titles, has been working on another major gig: DC Comics publisher Paul Levitz announced Saturday at Lee's New York Comic-Con panel that he is the executive creative director for the DCU-based multiplayer online game.

The game, announced last year, will be produced by Warner Bros. Interactive and Sony Online Entertainment. Lee and a stable of WildStorm artists have been working on the game for seven months.

"It's going to take the familiarity of the DC Universe characters to the next level," Levitz said. "And integrate them back to the comics."

"My job to make this game the DCU," said Lee, who is very familiar with the gaming world. "And that's not as easy as you think."

Lee's liason at Sony is Mat Broome, a former WildStorm artist. Current stablemates Carlos D'Anda, Ale Garza, and Scott Iwahashi are working with Lee on creating all the initial art assets.

"It's a work in progress," Lee said. "We haven't designed 3,205 characters. We're doing it as things are needed in the game."

When will the game be available?

"I'm not allowed to say," said Lee, who admitted he couldn't give away too many details. "It's in progress and when it's finished, it will ship."

Lee's two comics -- All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder with Frank Miller and the WildCats relaunch with Grant Morrison -- will both be bi-monthly titles.

After a span where WildStorm's business activities kept him the drawing board, Lee said he's glad to be busy creatively.

"It feels great," he said. "When I get in the zone, it doesn't feel like work. It's one of the best parts of my day."



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