Flash @ DC Nation (San Diego) — Barry Allen: Rebirth

I’m in the DC Nation panel, and it looks like wifi is working. Dan Didio just walked up on stage and walked back off.

I won’t be trying to post everything as it happens, but any Flash-related stuff will go up as quickly as I can type it.

Dan Didio, Judd Winick, Keith Giffen.

It just hit me that I’m liveblogging something.

Geoff Johns & Ethan Van Sciver are working on Barry Allen: Rebirth. Bunch of applause.

More people on stage.

Talking about Trinity.

Someone in the audience said something like “Thanks for bringing back the best Flash.” So Didio responded, let’s settle this, and had the audience vote. About equal applause for Barry, Wally, Bart. Almost as much for Jay. Someone shouted out, “Flash Thompson!”

Polling panelists:

  • Bill Willingham – “The guy in the flower delivery hat”
  • Peter Tomasi – Flash Gordon
  • Barry
  • Greg Rucka? – Pass
  • Jay Garrick
  • Jann Jones – “I’m the coordinating editor, not the story editor”
  • Bob Wayne – Jay
  • Mike Carlin – Flash Flood
  • Keith Giffen – (didn’t catch his answer)
  • Judd Winick – Quicksilver
  • Johns & Van Sciver: All of them!

Barry Allen: Rebirth or Flash: Rebirth is due in January. [Note: Final Crisis and Alan Burnett’s arc on Flash, “This Was Your Life, Wally West,” both end in December.]

Talk about Batman: RIP.

Kevin Smith walks in — huge audience reaction. Doing a Batman mini, Cacophony. Joking about how it’ll take 6 years.

Turning over to questions.

“Does that mean ‘Crisis’ is done?…are we going to use ‘calamity’ next?”

Fan to GJ: Just read RR, loved it. “When are you and Kolins coming back? It’s been a mess.” GJ: “Ethan and I are doing Flash: Rebirth. So we are coming back.” [Note: This doesn’t say anything about whether they’re staying after Rebirth, or just coming in to fix it.]

Fan asks what went wrong with Countdown. DD wants to know what we thought was broken about it. “If we don’t know what the problems are, we can’t address them. We can’t fix them.”

DD: “One of the things we wanted to do with Countdown was to try to be completely different from 52. Obviously we succeeded.”

Elseworlds: Mike (Carlin?) & Cary Bates on one project.

Fan: “If I’m allowed one man-crush on a team, Geoff & Ethan.”

DD re: Justice League movie: “No plans at this time.”

Fan: Crisis books keep scaring people off by killing characters off. Will you bring Rainbow Raider back? Geoff: “Sure, I’ll bring him back.” (Not clear how serious.)

Fan: Really excited about Barry — how will you distinguish them? Geoff: Read the book. (Longer, but that’s basically what he said.)

Geoff JOhns will be staying on GL after “Blackest Night.”

OK, I’m off to dinner.

Related: Vaneta Rogers at Newsarama interviewed Johns & Van Sciver about Flash: Rebirth. (Thanks to Stormking at Comic Bloc.)

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