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Follow Batman (and friends) sweep into NYCC 2023 with Gotham City Confidential

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One of the most exciting parts of New York Comic Con is getting to hear what's going on (and what's going to be going on) with our favorite comic book characters from the biggest publishers in comics. So - you can bet that Team Popverse is excited for the DC Comics Gotham City Confidential panel this year. The panel is slated to take place on Saturday October 14, 2023 from 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM, with guests to include Jason Aaron, Rafael Grampa, Tini Howard, Jorge Jimenez, Joe Quinones, Christian Ward, G. Willow Wilson, and Chip Zdarsky.

But if you can't make it to the Javits Center (or into the appropriate room) at the time of the panel, no worries! We'll be providing a live play-by-play in the liveblog below. So you wont have to miss out on a single upcoming announcement, Batman-related or otherwise.

Popverse will be providing wall-to-wall coverage of New York Comic Con 2023, with an all-star crew of writers, editors, and video producers there all four days (and nights), as well as in advance of the show. You can follow along to this coverage as well as the panels we're streaming with our NYCC Popverse coverage guide.

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Hello friends. I am seated front and center for Gotham City Confidential.
We're starting with Marie Javins, the editor in chief of DC Comics and surprise guests Paul Dano and artist Stevan Sejic!
Just started, and already a lot of surprise!
How did the collaboration on The Riddler: Year One go?, Javins asks. Dano responds "Stevan and I developed a relationship on Zoom." Dano says that he wanted to be really involved, as he wasn't sure if he'd ever have a chance to work on a comic again.
"The route of his character is all in trauma and the emotional damage that he had been through as a child. I was literally trying to find out the best way to visualize that," Sejic says.
"Every issue became my favorite as it went," Dano says, giving much compliment to Sejic's artwork.
To prepare for writing, Dano studied color theory and sequential art and how people make comics. He names Batman Year One as very influential.
Sejic says that many of his influences are European based, like Moebius and Toppi, who many Americans might not recognize.
Sejic said that he was working to be as unique as he could, so the comic would not look like any other book.
Sejic is working on something that is starting in January of 2024 (no deets)
And we're getting a new panel, Chip Zdarsky, Jason Aaron, G Willow Wilson, Tini Howard, Christian Ward, Rafael Grampa, and Joe Quinones, with Jorge Jiminez!
They're drawing pictures of Jason Todd as a donut.
Check our twitter @PopverseSays to see a photo of Chip Zdarsky's donut Jason Todd
Looks like DC Comics is making a fascimile edition of... A Death in the Family? With Marie Javins (EIC) coloring the pages!
Original Jim Aparo and Mike Decarlo art, held in the DC vault for all these years!
Now time to chat Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War Parts 1-5. Zdarsky says that they wanted to push the idea of what stops crime, and how Catwoman and Batman have different ideas about it.
Tini Howard says that she's really proud of this project and that its taken a lot of tweaking and pushing.
Chip Zdarsky apparently refers to the Robins as "the beautiful boys."
Zdarsky teases the upcoming "mind bomb" arc which he's been working on for a year and a half. The Joker is also involved.
Jimenez is talking a bit about the new Joker suit. He jokes that his English is not strong, but that he's working hard on the art.
Tini Howard talks about how the way that Batman and Catwoman coexist is "the way they want to." That they find each other a rock, but that they both need alone time. "Can they coexist when they're fighting? Honestly, I think they prefer it."
Now it's time for G. Willow Wilson to talk about Poison Ivy. "We're coming to the climax of year 2. We're going to tie together a lot of what we've set up in the story so far. We're going to see a lot more of Harley."
Wilson says that the fun of Poison Ivy is that she's contradictory. She's been vegetarian, she's eaten meat... and so on so forth. "The tying in with the Harley Quinn series, we're going to bring in some of the more wacky elements."
Killer Croc has a role in this one too!
We just saw a peek of an upcoming Poison Ivy cover with a pregnant (?) Poison Ivy, and Wilson says, 'It's not what you think.'
Now about Jason Aaron and Doug Manke's Batman: Off-World. "There are a bunch of new characters, it's a new corner of the DC Universe," but there's a lot of connections to what got Jason Aaron reading comics. He calls DC Comics the "gateway drug" of getting him into comics.
"This is my first full DC project ever," Aaron says, calling it a love letter to DC.
Javins asks Aaron how he voted on the Jason Todd poll. Aaron says that he was actively reading the comic and did not like Jason Todd, so.... "There's nothing worse than Jason on Jason crime," Aaron jokes apologizing for the mistakes of his youth.
Time for Joe Quinones to talk Batman '89 Echoes. This story is taking a look at how characters end up where they end up because they weren't villains at the start.
Now time to chat Christian Ward's Batman: City of Madness #1, which is on sale now. Ward says that he's excited to be here and that it's a dream come true. The pitch is "That there's another Gotham" below the Gotham that we know. But it's being guarded by the Court of Owls. An earthquake causes some of the Gotham Below to get let out - Batman Below.
Batman is going to team up with the Court of Owls to figure things out...
Gotham Below will also have Batman's Rogues, but slightly more twisted, so Ward has had fun playing with these classic elements of Batman.
Grampa is chatting his beautiful Batman book and including some cliches for Gotham and Batman for those who have never read a Batman book. Book 2 is where the story really begins, he says.
"He needs to understand who Bruce Wayne is first," Grampa says, "What really happened to Bruce Wayne?"
We're watching a trailer for the Grampa book now, and the trailer is very cool! AS is Grampa's art, of course.
Everyone is answering the controversial question who is your favorite Robin, and Nightwing is really winning. Zdarsky votes Tim Drake though.
And that's a wrap! Thanks for following along. We have a full Jason Todd story on the main site.

Popverse will be providing wall-to-wall coverage of New York Comic Con 2023, with an all-star crew of writers, editors, and video producers there all four days (and nights), as well as in advance of the show. You can follow along to this coverage as well as the panels we're streaming with our NYCC Popverse coverage guide.

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