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Monday, August 31, 2015

Do I want to Publish Isis Series Comics…Or Isis Graphic Novels?


Last week I finished my first comic script, an adaptation of E’steem: No Good Deed. And right now I’m working on a new comic script, an adaptation of Isis: My Sister, My Frenemy. I’m testing the waters and getting ready to pursue one of my lifelong dreams of writing comics.

 But if I took the plunge and actually published comics at SJS DIRECT, what format would I prefer to produce work in? 32-page Comics or Graphic novels?

While I grew up with 32-page comics and I love them, they’re just not cost effective for me as a publisher to produce or to sell to the reader at retail. Today a floppy 32-page comic costs $5. Any customer could go to a local bookstore and put a few dollars more with that to get a full paperback book that provides a higher entertainment value per dollar.

Would you buy an Isis series Graphic novel? 

If I published comics, most likely they’d be in graphic novel format. As anyone who has read this blog regularly knows I’m a big advocate for selling comics in the trade paperback format. It’s the format most people buy comics in these days and it gives readers the most entertainment value for their dollar.

From a publishing perspective graphic novels are the best fit for the work I publish. Stories like those I write in the Isis series work best as graphic novels in the trade paperback format. With each story being told in single self-contained volume readers can pick and choose whatever stories they want to read at any point in the series.

Graphic novels would also provide me with an opportunity to reach the largest audience of readers. In addition to comic shops, Graphic novels are also sold in bookstores like Barnes & Noble and online retailers like And thanks to their long shelf life they offer an opportunity to reach those retailers like drugstores and big box retailers like Wal-Mart and Target.

I’ve seen examples of the kinds of Graphic novels I’d like to produce in the YA/Kids section of Barnes & Noble. The Graphic novel trilogy Smile, Sisters and Drama from Scholastic perfectly represent the format I’d like to use for the Isis series. These paperbacks are just the right size for reading, carrying and sharing. And the price (Under $14) is perfect for allowing new readers to buy and try titles.

If I published Isis series graphic novels they’d be about 120-160 pages in length. I believe that’s a pretty reasonable size to tell a story effectively in pictures. A 120-160 And cost wise it’d be easy to price at $14-16 after it’s printed with a POD company or with a printer like Lightning Source.

In addition to the print copies, there’d be digital ones as well. eBooks are a big part of my business model and they’d be an integral part of any graphic novels I’d publish. The prices would be a LOT higher than 99 cents though.

Latest Isis series book!
All of this is still in the planning stages. While I’m finding my voice in the comic format the same way I found it in screenwritng, there’s still a lot to for me to learn before I go out and look for an artist to pencil up my ideas, an inker and a colorist. Comics are a team project and each person has to work well with the others to produce the best quality publication possible.

And after the comics are created, there’s the business side. Finding a printer, finding a distributor along with promotion and sales. I’d love to have a webcomic preview of any comic I published just like the sample chapters I publish.  And If I went and spent the kind of money needed to produce a graphic novel I’d want to start doing comiccons and shows and meeting people.

Producing a Graphic novel would be part of a major business expansion. And I’d love to do it. But I’m taking it slow. Building towards that foundation is writing well-crafted stories and I’m making every effort to make sure that the comic scripts I produce are just as strong as the original Isis series books.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

E'steem: No Good Deed Comic Script

Today’s blog features my first comic script, an adaptation of the short story E'steem: No Good Deed This is my first draft of the script and I’m still learning how to tell stories in the comic panel format. It’s a major challenge getting the images and dialogue in my head to fit into one solitary image for every panel, but I think I’ll get the hang of it eventually. Enjoy! 
Copyright (c) 2015 Shawn James 



The close space of a fitting room inside one of Madison Avenue’s designer boutiques. E’steem, a sexy sista with a fit, hourglass figure wearing a red bra and bikini panties stands and stares at her reflection in the full-length mirror. Her red wrap dress and designer heels lie on the fitting room bench in the background. There’s an annoyed look on her face as she ponders-

E’steem: (thought bubble) How long does it take to find a dress?



Closeup on E’steem grimaces as she looks at her watch.

E’steem: (thought bubble) The saleswoman said she’d be right back. It’s been five minutes and she still hasn’t returned with the size four she said was just supposed to be just on the rack-

Medium shot, ¾ wide panel. Outside on the sales floor of a Madison Avenue designer boutique. Slow day. One of the salesladies is working the counter and another is fishing through dresses for E’steem’s size on a rack when-

A pair of obese hood rats with brightly colored hair weaves, tight jeans, tight T-shirts and gaudy multicolored sneakers kick the door in. One holds a nine, another holds a shotgun. One woman points her pistol at the sales clerk at the register the other aims her shotgun at the ceiling and lets off a round.

SFX (Door) BAM!
SFX (Shotgun pointed at ceiling) BOOM!

In the fitting room a curious E’steem cocks an ear after hearing the commotion and the store clerk’s scream.
SFX: (saleslady) AIEEGGGH!

There’s a pissed off look on E’steem’s face when she realizes what’s going on.
E’steem: (thought bubble) Great. Out of all the stores on Madison Avenue they had to rob it had to be one I was shopping in. I’m not in the mood to be a hostage today.


Double wide panel wide shot, outside on the sales floor. One hoodrat has her pistol trained on the salesclerk at the counter while she’s stuffing money from the register in a bag. While the other points her shotgun at the saleslady near the dresses-

Hoodrat with pistol: Is there anyone else in the store?
Saleslady: N-No…
Hoodrat with shotgun: I’ma go check the back.


Double wide panel. The Hoodrat kicks in the door of the stall of the fitting room. There’s a gradient effect while E’steem starts to fade from sight holding her iPhone as she starts to activate her cloak.

SFX (door kicked in) BOOM!
Hoodrat #1 Is there anyone back there?”

Hoodrat: Ain’t nobody in here!

Saleswoman: There has to be someone in there! She was our only customer!

E’steem stands in the corner of the stall on the bench with a piqued look on her face.
E’steem: (thought bubble) There’s some customer service for you. Rat out the only person who isn’t a hostage.

The hoodrat with the shotgun looks around and sees nothing unaware of the invisible E’steem in the background.

The hoodrat bolts out of the fitting room unaware of the invisible E’steem standing in the corner.

Closeup as E’steem becomes visible again as her reflection can be seen in the mirror. She coyly smiles as peers down at her iPhone thinking-
E’steem (Thought bubble): I could call the police. Or I could take the law into my own hands…

E’steem gestures. A flash of light envelops her silhouette and…
Caption: A spell is chanted. And in the place of the attractive shopper stands-


Caption: E’steem, The Devilish Diva! Once one of the most feared she-demons in All Hell, She now fights on the side of the Angels.

E’steem, stands posed in front of the mirror The sultry she-demon has long black horns jutting out of the top of her head, yellow reptile eyes, black cloven finger and toe claws. She wears a tattered red dress and a smile on her face.

E’steem: Time to scare some kids straight.


Double wide panel. In the background E’steem in demon form rushes out to the sales floor. The smiling Hoodrats are snatching a bag of money from the saleswoman behind the counter and heading for the exit.
HOODRAT: Nice doing business with you.

The hoodrats are terrified when-

E’steem stands in front of the door arms akimbo with a smile on her face. A flash of light behind her to signify her teleporting.

E’steem: Excuse me, I’m with loss prevention. Can I see your receipt for that cash in your bag?


Caption: Demon I’m a demon. Don’t they ever see the horns?

One of the terrified Hoodrats fires her pistol at E’steem. Bullets bounce off her chest as the charging E’steem who smiles and reaches for her gun and-

Hoodrat with shotgun: SHOOT IT! SHOOT IT!

E’steem: Just like a human kill what you don’t understand.

Closeup on E’steem’s hands. She crumples the gun like paper.


Panel FIVE
Side view of both women as they look at each other. The taller E’steem smiles as she looks down at the terrified Hodrat and asks-
E’steem: Do you want to give up now?

Hoodrat swings at E’steem as her flight or fight response kicks in. E’steem blocks the blow and-
Hoodrat: You’re not gonna take me to Hell! 

The scared hoodrat catches a backhand slap from an indifferent E’steem that sends her to the floor.

E’steem peers down at the fallen hoodrat who slumps under the sales counter, smirks, and tells her-

E’steem: Hell? I was going to let the police take you to jail.


Saleswomen react to the action. They’re gasped in awe of E’steem’s feat of strength.

Saleswoman #1 Did you see that? She knocked her out with a slap to the face!


A smiling E’steem looks over at the hoodrat with the shotgun and asks-
E’steem: Now are you going to atone for your sins? Or am I going to have to smite you?

Nervous, the hoodrat cocks her shotgun in defiance and points it at the heads of one of the saleswomen. E’steem’s body is frozen in an aggressive stance.
Hoodrat: Don’t come near me! She barks. “I’ll blow their heads off!

Closeup of E’steem’s face as she smiles at the girl

E’steem: I’m not moving.

Closeup on the Hoodrats’ multicolored weave smoke starts to starts to smolder.

Caption: And I don’t have to. I have such precise control over Hellfire I can make it ignite pyrokinetically.



Flames full on the hoodrats head. She drops her shotgun and is flailing around like a chicken with its head cut off. Saleslady in the background picks up the shotgun


Hoodrat: “AAAAHHHHH!!!! MY WEAVE!”


And the hoodrat has wide eyes when she’s staring down the barrel of her shotgun. Her hands are on the back of her head trying to put out the fire.

Hoodrat: But-but my hair is on fire!
Saleslady ON YOUR KNEES!

Hoodrat has tears in her eyes as she’s on her knees. E’steem takes a bottle of water off the counter and pours water on the girl’s weave to put out the fire and laughs.
E’steem: Big cryaby.

Women smile expressing their gratitude to E’steem

Saleslady: Thank you so much for saving our lives Miss.”

E’steem Why you’re welcome. I couldn’t have crooks robbing my favorite store.”

Saleslady#2 Well, the next time you come in, we’ll make sure to give you our employee discount on anything in the store.”

E’steem smiles pondering what she’ll buy with her discount as she talks to the saleswomen.

Caption: That reward would sure help me in buying that little black dress I was trying on a few minutes ago.

E’steem Er…Don’t you have a customer in the back?”
Saleslady #1I forgot all about her!”

A flash of light shows E’steem teleporting as one of the Salesladies rushes off the salesfloor


E’steem reappear in the fitting room in her underwear. A flash of light behind her to signify her teleporting.

SFX: Rapp! Rapp!

E’steem stands in the doorway of the fitting room in her red wrap dress and heels with a nervous smile on her face.

E’steem: I’m fine.

Saleslady: I thought she’d gotten to you-

E’steem: She would have gotten to me, but when I heard the commotion, I grabbed my cell phone, ran into another fitting room and called 911.

E’steem gives the saleslady a curious look.

Saleswoman: Just be glad you stayed in here. You didn’t have to see the demon!

E’steem: Demon?”

E’steem has an engaged look on her face as she listens to the story.
Yes, a tall Black woman in a raggedy red dress with yellow snake eyes, horns, and black claws.
E’steem: Wow. She sounds scary.

Saleslady I’d say she was. She bent steel like it was paper, and set the other one’s hair on fire.”

E’steem: I doubt they’ll ever pull another stick-up again.

She sure scared them straight.

There’s an eager look on E’steem’s face as she anticipates her reward.
E’steem: So do you have the size four in the little black dress?

There’s a befuddled one on the saleslady’s face.

Saleslady Oh…I was coming back here to tell you that we’re all out of your size. I’m sorry.


Shrugged shoulders and a playful smile on E’steem’s face as she looks to the readers and tells them-

E’steem: {Thought bubble} I save the day and I still don’t get the dress I wanted to buy. I guess no good deed goes unpunished.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Shawn Writes a Comic Script

I just wrote my first comic strip script! Nothing fancy, just an adaptation of my short E’steem: No Good Deed. I figured before I tackle a full Graphic novel adaptaion of an Isis series story or an original story for another character in the format I decided to see if I could get my style to work within the medium.

I chose E’steem: No Good Deed because it was one of my shorter works. (only three pages) And since it was short, it would be a good test to assess my style.

I found it interesting how only three pages of prose and dialogue story turned into nine pages of comic panels.

The big challenge with comic writing was trying to create single images only using words. I thought I could use some techniques I picked up from screenwritng, such as creating images using a limited amount of words, however in comic writing a writer has to use even fewer words to create their pictures.

The big difference is while the images are moving in a screenplay, in comics a writer has to tell a story using a series of static soilitary pictures. So writing for the medium is a lot trickier. Trying to get the thousand words down to four or five that effectively tell a story in one picture is quite the challenge.

I’ve been studying comic scripts for a few years but it’s a major challenge to actually sit down and write one. The formatting is completely different from novels or screenplays. Each page has its own set of panels and that really limits how much story a writer can put on a single page. While I could easily put an intro and go right into story on a novel or a short or just start writing action for a scene in a screenplay after FADE IN, for a comic I have to have to create an inciting incident with a single solitary image for the splash page. Then that has to followed up with panels that transition the action and move the story forward in pictures. Not easy. Not easy at all.

No Good Deed worked fairly well for a comic script. The action flowed smoothly from panel to panel. While it only it took a day for me to write the original story, it took a week to write the script for the comic. Maybe that’s because I was learning the ins and outs of formatting, but I’d like to think I could produce a script at the speed I write many of my Isis series stories.  

I wrote the E’steem: No Good Deed script kind of loose; I wanted to leave it a little rough in case I ever got to work with an artist on it. Working on comics is different from the novel or the screenplay. The novel is a solitary project where the writer works alone. And the screenplay is where a writer works alone. On the other hand, a comic is a collaborative effort and a writer has to be open to changing things when working with an artist to tell the right story in pictures. When you work on a comic the artist is just as important as the writer and their input is just as valuable to the finished product. They may have some ideas to add during the revision process that make the final story the best it can be.

This is my first script and it’s a really rough first draft. And I’m hoping to trim it from the nine pages to about six or eight or possibly even four. A simple story about a hero foiling a stick-up doesn’t have to be that long. The original E’steem: No Good Deed was just a basic story to introduce the character to readers and establish her new direction; and that’s what I’d like the comic to be when I get a chance to publish it.

I’d love to learn more about comic writing. I believe the techniques used could help me with the novel the same way screenwriting helped me become a better novelist. Now that I’m starting to write comic scripts I’ll be working on more projects in the medium in the future.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Isis/E’steem Crossover is now Available on Smashwords!

The Isis/E’steem Crossover is now available on Smashowords and Smashwords affiliates such as Barnes & Noble and the iBookstore. Both books feature covers by Hero Busine$$ artist Bill Walko and feature a Smashwords exclusive trade dress! Both books are 99¢ and well worth the purchase price! 

Vampires! When E’steem is given a project that takes her out of the office, Isis fills in for her on the job at the Morris Phillips. While she’s escorting CEO John Haynes to a charity event the demon D’lilah and a brood of disgruntled Vampires crash the party looking to take a meeting with him. Can the goddess next door help her boss take care of business dealing with the undead?

Bad Girl Gone Good! Good Girl goes undercover! When E’steem and John find stolen boxes of Marshmallow cookies in a Bronx Bodega, she goes undercover at the Nabiskit factory in Philadelphia to find the employee responsible for the thefts. Can the Devilish Diva stop the cookie crook and put an end to their confectionary caper?

Note: There will be a video about Milestone Media and the heroes of Milestone Media in the future. Right now I’m doing research and digging all my old Milestone comics out of the closet to do that feature!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Isis Series Book News and the John Haynes Sequel

Isis: Night of the Vampires and E’steem Undercover are coming to Smashwords!

But with a twist! Bill Walko did an amazing job on the art on the Isis/E’steem crossover covers. And he even did a pair with a different trade dress. And with Smashwords having a larger distribution network than Amazon, I thought that would be a great place for both to get their debut!

In other book news I’ve just completed the first draft of  sequel to The Temptation of John Haynes. The book is tentatilvely titled The Man Who Rules the World. I'm pondering calling it  John Haynes: The Man Who Rules The world to keep it in line with the other Isis and E'steem series books. Temptation was one of my most acclaimed novels in 2011 and it had a fairly strong following. Some asked me back as far as 2011 if there’d be a sequel, and I wanted to have just the right story premise in mind before I made any promises.

I planned this story back as far as 2009 and I’ve been trying to write The Man Who Rules The World for close to seven years now. I started this book and stopped it numerous times and struggled to get this book to go anywhere. However, while I was stuck on Isis: Imitation of Life I got inspired to write The Man Who Rules The World and completed the entire story in a week.

Some of my readers have wanted me to write books for Black boys for several years. And I wrote this story specifically with Black boys in mind. I made it a point to create a story where we see a Black man in a leadership position being assertive, authoritative and commanding. I’ve learned a lot of lessons about manhood and the male identity in the last seven years and I wanted to make sure they were applied in this story.

Readers of the Isis series got a glimpse of John Haynes in his appearances in Isis: Wrath of the Cybergoddess and Isis: Night of the Vampires. And the story of The Man Who Rules the world will take place right after Isis: Night of the Vampires if you follow that continuity. Like Temptation, this one is action packed and is extremely fast paced. If you like superhero movies like The Avengers, you’ll love The Man Who rules the World. Almost every major character from the SJS DIRECT Universe makes an appearance here.

The Man Who Rules the World is the first full John Haynes story in the Novelette format. I wanted this book to be longer, but as it was writing itself this was the format it was flowing into. I would love to do a John Haynes series like I do with the Isis series, but I’d have to see the sales numbers for the book before I made any commitments.  

I’m pondering doing a Kickstarter for The Man Who Rules the World I would love to see Bill Walko’s version of John Haynes to go along with Isis and E’steem. And I’d love to see his trade dress for the cover. He did a great job with the Isis/E’steem crossover covers and I’d love to work with him again.

I’d love to release The Man Who Rules The World in Summer 2016, but I’m making no promises This is just the first draft and I have a long way to go.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

The Parallels between DC in 2015 and Disney in the 1970s


DC Comics in 2015 is a lot like Disney from 1970s-1985. A brand in decline. When one looks at the state of DC Comics and compares it to Disney during this troubled period they can clearly see the parallels between both brands.

Disney in the 1970s and early 1980s was a brand in trouble. The house of Mickey mouse and family films like Sleeping Beauty began going in a different direction for its animated films featuring stories with dark tones and gritty themes. Films like Robin Hood, The Rescuers, The Fox and The Hound and the all featured grittier subject matter and dark tones and themes.

And the public’s response to those films was not positive. Sure some Disney films like Robin Hood, The Rescuers, and The Fox and the Hound were box-office hits. But many of these darker films left sour tastes in viewer’s mouths that alienated them from the Disney brand long-term. Most parents didn’t want to take their kids to films with content that was becoming darker and more violent with each film. By the time The Black Cauldron was released with its extremely dark and violent themes for that time, the Disney brand was in trouble.

Like Disney, DC was once a brand that featured a catalog of family friendly characters like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. But since 2002 when Dan Didio took over as publisher the brand has followed a similar dark path that Disney did in the 1970s and early 1980s. Producing comics with dark themes, grittier subject matter and extremely graphic violence that gets gorier with each new publication.

And just like Disney, the fans and customers’ response has not been positive. Again, most people didn’t want to share DC comics with their children due to the content that gets darker and more violent with each new comic or each new comic storyline. In the aftermath of DC’s most recent event Convergnce the number two comic book publisher in the world actually saw sales decline for the first time in 15 years. Worse DC actually lost market share to independent publishers like Image, Boom! Dynamite.

Clearly, the DC Brand is in Crisis. Unfortunately, no one at Warner Brothers seems to understand how damaged the DC Comics brand truly is. Sure shows like Arrow and The Flash are hits. But so were Robin Hood and The Rescuers. And while some DC fans and employees focus on those bright spots like Disney fans did in the 70’s and early 80s, they don’t see how the bigger picture of the DC Comics brand is impacted by over a decade and a half of mismanagement across the board.

Movies featuring DC Characters like Man of Steel have split their audience. Trailers like Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice split their audience. And in business a Split audience is never a good thing. When the audience is split, that means half of the people are staying home and a project will only make half its money back at the box office.

 And thanks to this split audience, DC merchandise clogs comic shop and toy store shelves these days. Because fans are so turned off by the New 52, DC’s new universe that started in 2011 most DC merchandise winds up remaining on store shelves even at clearance prices. Again, because the audience is split due to all the changes, gimmicks, and events like Convergence, a majority of DC Comics fans are not buying DC merchandise like T-shirts and action figures.

These days most people spend their time arguing about DC than anything else. The fans of DC Comics are fragmented and frustrated and that’s not good for the brand long term. When a brand makes people angry they don’t buy the products from it.

And when the most senior executive in charge has to explain how their Comic book universe works dozens of times to people it proves to the world that there’s something wrong with how that product is managed. The reason why the products at DC are broken is because broken people are producing them.

Clearly the DC brand is in decline. It’s suffered severe damage due to that decade and a half of Dan Didio’s mismanagement. It’s a brand in desperate need of new management with new leadership and a new vision. Someone with a plan to rebuild the brand and bring back the fun and adventure to its iconic superheroes. Someone with the same kind of vision and leadership Michael Eisner had when he led the Disney brand back to a second golden age in 1989.

The current editorial team just can’t lead DC back to greatness. Dan Didio and his editorial team are reviled by comic fans. Just the mention of his name alienates fans and starts arguments. Even the name of people who work for him like Goeff Johns and producers like Chris Nolan makes people angry. There’s just too much bad blood in all of DC’s divisions and its sucking the life out of the products before they even get released.  The only way to get all that negative energy out of the product is to purge DC of all its editorial staff and its dysfunctional corporate culture.

The next editor in chief, publisher and editorial team at DC Comics has to do everything in their power to all purge all of the negative energy of the last fifteen years from the DC Comics brand. All that doom and gloom, hopelessness and misery has to be exorcised from the offices of DC Comics its products, and its people and replaced with positive energy. And with positive energy from a new leadership new employees will feel motivated towards doing the long, slow painful work of rebuilding the DC Universe and the DC Comics brand.

  It took Michael Eisner close to five years to rebuild Disney and get it back to its golden age in the 1990’s. And it’ll probably take that much time to rebuild the DC Comics brand and get it back to that level of functionality. If a new editorial team works together with passion and heart then maybe it’s possible to re-establish the DC Comics brand back to its prominence and get a new generation of readers to rediscover what’s great about DC Comics superheroes.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Dan Didio Promises No more Reboots….YEAH RIGHT.

DC Comics Co-publisher Dan Didio promises there will never be a reboot of the DC Universe again. And that Post Convergence DC will be the DC Universe.

If you believe this, I have a bridge I want to sell you.

Yeah, there’s gonna be another reboot of the DC Universe. I guarantee it.

When the Co-publisher can’t even explain how his new Universe works after multiple articles and a Universe map there’s something clearly wrong with the product.

A Comic book universe is something that explains itself. It’s something a four-year-old child can figure out in seconds. People see characters or a trade dress on books and know what to buy.

The day Dan Didio is FIRED the newly hired Editor-in-chief will authorize a hard reboot to purge all of his changes from the DC Universe. Because any smart businessman won’t want to be bogged down with the baggage of Didio’s decade and a half of dysfunction or the negative energy it brings.

The reputation of DC Comics is tarnished in comic book world and even among the general public. All one has to do is mention DC Comics and it will unleash a torrent of negative posts. Most people see DC Merchandise announced at cons and go to message boards like The Fwoosh to talk about what they’re NOT going to buy. Movies like Batman V. Superman Dawn of Justice have people getting annoyed, not excited about seeing them.

No new executive worth their salt wants those storm clouds hovering above them. No, a new boss is going to order in a fleet of garbage trucks and a couple of garbage barges to take out Didio’s trash. Then they’re going to go and make the efforts to try to give comic fans an olive branch. Because they understand that rebuilding the DC Comics brand will be HARD WORK.

Readers won’t have to worry about the mess that the DC Universe has become. Because it’ll all be wiped out and replaced. At this stage in the game DC’s continuity is so FUBAR that no team of  editors, writers or artists can fix it. The story structures have become so damaged over the last fifteen years that the entire thing has to be completely wiped out.

Sad, because even as early as 2008 I thought the old DC Universe could have been salvaged. But all of Didio’s mismanagement has done irreparable harm to DC’s continuity. From a creative standpoint DC Comics isn’t just a WRECK, it’s a TOTAL LOSS.

Too many characters have been damaged. Too many stories have holes in them. Who’s dead? Who’s alive? Where’s the entry point for the new reader to pick up on an old character’s adventures? How can a new reader even access the character’s back issues? How does the new reader make anything fit? Pre-Crisis? Post Crisis? New 52? Post Convergence?  

It gave me a headache just typing that sentence. Imagine how a new reader will feel at the comic shop or on Amazon.

Didio says Convergence was supposed to solve all the continuity problems. But all he did was make them WORSE. Clearly, he has no understanding of how stories work in a universe model. And no smart publisher is going to want to deal with the baggage from his fifteen years of failure while they try to make DC successful again. 

Didio’s mismanagement has turned the DC Universe into a HEADACHE for veteran comic fans who know these characters, and it would be IMPOSSIBLE for a new reader to access.

That means any New DC Universe in a post-Didio era will have to start fresh with a Golden Age Justice Society, Superman in red trunks, Batman with Dick Grayson as Robin, Barry Allen as the Flash, Diana Prince as Wonder Woman and Martian Manhunter on the Justice League. A DC Universe familiar to old readers and new ones.

There will definitely be a reboot of the DC Universe the day Dan Didio and his gang of four are terminated by Warner Brothers executives. This will be a Hard reboot, the kind that Mac users experienced when Apple went from Power PC G4 to the Intel Processors. Yeah, there will be a lot of upset DC fans like the Apple crowd were in the mid 2000s, but most DC fans will understand if DC’s new Editor in Chief gives them a new DC Universe that resembles something like the Pre-Didio era DC and runs as smoothly as an Intel Mac.