DC Wednesday revealed the expansion of its creative partnership with WEBTOON,the world’s largest digital comics platform, into the global book market beginning in fall 2023.
“Batman: Wayne Family Adventures Vol. 1″ and Vixen: NYC Vol. 1” will go to print and be available wherever books are sold in August, and “Zatanna & The Ripper Vol. 1” will hit shelves in October, introducing a new audience of comics fans to the DC Universe and DC’s iconic characters.
“Fans can’t get enough of our DC and WEBTOON content,” said Anne DePies, DC’s senior vice president and general manager, “and expanding DC’s creative partnership with WEBTOON into print with books like ‘Batman: Wayne Family Adventures’ reflects this demand. Each page of these new volumes is meticulously reproduced to be read seamlessly in book narrative format. DC’s continuing partnership with WEBTOON combines legendary franchises with new technologies and global fandoms, and we can’t wait to get these new print editions into your hands.”
“We’re immensely proud of the stories we’ve been able to tell with DC and thrilled to bring these narratives to bookshelves,” said David Lee, VP of content at WEBTOON. “The creative teams behind these series have given fans fresh takes on legendary DC characters, and we’re excited to give WEBTOON and DC fans a new way to enjoy these titles.”
The smash-hit collaboration between DC and WEBTOON began with “Batman: Wayne Family Adventures” in September 2021. The Eisner Award-nominated webcomic series, exploring Batman’s adventures as a father to a dynamic group of adopted, fostered, and biological superhero children, is currently in its second season, with new digital episodes rolling out weekly. “Vixen: NYC” launched in May 2022 to tell the story of college freshman Mari Jiwe discovering she can channel the power of the animal kingdom, and a time-displaced Zatanna story launched soon afterward in “Zatanna & the Ripper,” a magical serial-killer murder mystery set in London in the 1800s.
“Batman: Wayne Family Adventures Vol. 1” (9781779523273, $14.99 US) publishes on August 1 and collects episodes 1 through 25; “Vixen: NYC Vol. 1” (9781779523280, $14.99 US) publishes on August 15 and collects episodes 1 through 9; and “Zatanna & the Ripper Vol. 1” (9781779523389, $14.99 US) publishes on October 3 and collects episodes 1 through 11.