Remembering the Fall of the Berlin Wall: A Firsthand Account From a Flipboard Curator

Flipboard’s curator for Germany, Stefanie Bastian, remembers the night the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and suggests magazines to flip through in honor of the 25th anniversary of this historic occasion.

When I moved to West Berlin in 1988, the wall had been there all my life. Ostberlin, the capital of the communist German Democratic Republic (GDR), was right behind that wall—and yet worlds away. Nobody would ever have been bold enough to predict if would some day fall again.

After the war, Germany had been divided among the victors. U.S., UK, France and the Soviet Union each got their sectors. Berlin, the former capital, which was now located in the middle of the Soviet sector, got divided in the same way, which immediately led to conflict culminating in the Berlin Airlift in 1948. The Western sectors got shut off by the Soviets and needed full supply by air for an entire year.

In the 1950s, as the discordance between the Western Allies and the Soviet Union grew, the border between the Western and Soviet sectors gradually got more fortified. There was an upheaval in June 1954, which got silenced by Soviet tanks. By the late 1950s, more people wanted to leave the Soviet sector. So in 1961, in a surprising move, the wall was built, separating families and friends for over two-and-a-half decades.

Fast forward to 1989. The President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, had just called for increased openness and transparency (aka glasnost) and people in the East listened carefully to this fragile wind of change.

I was with friends on the night of November 9, 1989, when an overwhelmed GDR official accidentally announced on TV that citizens of the GDR would be allowed to travel—effective immediately!

We rushed to the Brandenburg Gate. We had a strong feeling that the state officials would try to revoke the mistake so we wanted to get there on time. The border guards hadn’t even been given orders on how to deal with this situation, so it was lucky that nobody started to fire. Eventually they opened the checkpoints, letting people flood through.

At the Brandenburg Gate, the guards, who at first had been hosing people off, got overtaken by the events. They finally withdrew, leaving the hoses behind which we in turn used to climb up the wall. Here we spent the entire night, arm-in-arm with strangers that seemed so foreign and yet so familiar. I will always remember the feeling of sheer happiness and the privilege of being part of this amazing moment in history.

In the last 25 years, Berlin has become the wonderful city it is today, fully embracing its open-mindedness and welcoming spirit. These magazines celebrate this special place and time.

Berlin by Lina54: Rambling through Berlin’s cafés and pubs.

Berlin by Sven Knippenberg: Cool places to stay, eat and visit.

In Berlin by OstenWesten: A foodie’s Berlin.

Berlin by Ma Ja: Berlin’s buildings and hangouts.

DDR Era Germany by Neil Young: Amazing pics and historical information.

Fotostrasse by felipe tofani: Things to do and see in Berlin, off the beaten track.

1 Berlin 21 by Daniel Stecher: Flipboard community staple curates about his hometown.

Mauerfall – Fall of the Wall by Flipboard Deutschland: Historic pictures and anniversary celebrations.

~StefanieB is reading “Kochen in Herbst und Winter

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Let’s Talk Topics on Flipboard: Top Things to Know

One of the defining features of the new Flipboard is topics.* Topics are designed to give you more of the stories you want, no matter how niche the subject. At the same time, topics empower you to discover a diversity of sources and magazines you might not have known about before. Here are the top things to know about topics and how they can supercharge your personalized experience.

So, what are topics?

  • Flipboard topics are filled with a diversity of recent stories, from publications big and small. Choose from over 30,000 of them to see top articles about your interests.

Fueled by Zite’s technology, topics range from “wine tasting” to “sustainable design” to “cute animals” to “marine biology.” Flip through a topic to see popular stories from publishers as well as articles curated into Flipboard magazines (more on this soon!).

Where are topics?

  • Get started by picking your favorite topics after updating Flipboard to 3.0 or higher.

When you first open the third generation of Flipboard, pick a few topics from the list. Scrolling down this list reveals even more related topics.

  • Return to the list of topics to pick in the tile tab.

You can always go back to this list of topics to follow—just use the tile tab. (On iOS, filter to Topics and then Find More Topics to Follow. For Android, scroll to the bottom for the same option.)

  • Search any topic you want.

Know exactly what you’re interested in? Type keywords into the search tab. For example, searching for “healthy food” gives you exactly that plus other related topics like “raw food,” “vegan,” “food crisis” and “food policy.” Tap the results to see articles, photos and videos from sources and magazines across Flipboard.

  • Find topic tags on articles. Tap to see more.

Don’t know exactly what you want? Topic tags live all over for you to explore. Find them nestled in the bottom left corner of articles. Tap on them to deep-dive on top stories. Careful! These little but powerful tags can get addictive. Starting in “photography” might lead you to “aerial views.” From there you might stumble across “virtual reality,” then wander to “game development.” You never quite know, so just see where topic tags take you!

I found a topic I really like, how do I save it?

  • Follow topics you like and they’ll be saved in your tile tab.

Loving that “painting” is a topic on Flipboard? Follow it! It’ll be added to the list of topics you follow in the tile tab for easy access later on.

  • Follow topics to improve your Flipboard Home.

If you follow a lot of topics, it can be a lot to keep track of! Luckily, when you follow topics, Flipboard finds the best stories for you in Home. Go to the home tab to see highlights across what you are following. Save time by seeing a blend of everything you like.

I’m getting good at this. What’s the next level?

  • You, too, can power topics. How? Just make magazines on Flipboard.

Great topics include the best of what the Flipboard community collects into their magazines. On some stories, you’ll see the attribution a person who flipped it. Tap the person’s name or profile picture to go to their profile and see more of what they’re flipping into magazines.

Contribute to topics by making magazines on Flipboard. Tap + on any story to begin. Set your magazines to “public” to ensure that what you collect can show up in topics as well.

We’re excited to deliver the stories that matter to you, in a smarter way. With topics, we hope to make it easier to see a different view or get more of what you like. Have fun!

*Currently, topics are only available in the U.S.

~DeanneC is reading “Smashing Maps

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The Week in Review: Big Republican Win in Midterm Elections

The most expensive midterm election in history culminated Tuesday night with a Republican Party wave. Nearly $4 billion in spending turned state houses, governors’ mansions and districts throughout the country red.

The GOP now controls two chambers in 29 states (the biggest numbers since 1920), 31 governorships (the highest since 1998) and, for the first time in the presidency of Barack Obama, the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.

Voters who were dissatisfied with Obama’s leadership, lacking trust in government and worried about the economy helped buoy the Republicans, according to exit polls.

More than half of voters disapproved of Obama’s job as chief executive and those who described their own financial situation as worsening over the last two years voted for Republican congressional candidates by a 2-1 margin.

President Obama and the likely soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner will now work together to govern—or not. Trade and tax reform, immigration, health care and the environment are among the items potentially up next on the Congressional docket. Although the leaders sounded mostly conciliatory in public, conflict is already festering.

In a post-Election Day press conference, Obama admitted “Republicans had a good night,” but he also reiterated his commitment to protecting unauthorized immigrants from deportation. McConnell responded by saying that for Republicans the move was like “waving a red flag in front of a bull.”

Get caught up on the 2014 election results and stay up to speed with Congressional developments as the shifting dynamics unfold.

ELECTION 2014 by The Active Screen: The results and reprecautions from Election Night.

Women in politics by Stacey Ashlund: 2014 was a historic election year for women. Learn about who’s coming to Washington.

North Carolina Politics by Linda Schlensker: News from one of the most competitive states of the election cycle.

New Hampshire News & Politics by sw0mp d0nk3y: Granite States politics were front and center this year. Find out why and what transpired.

Politics of Congress by Keith Fitzgerald: Will Washington be different with new Senate leadership? Follow the political battles around the corner.

2014 Election by thenewsdesk: Read all the 2014 election news from the beginning of the campaigns.

~GabyS is reading “Restoring the Capitol Dome

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What I’m Reading: California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom

Wanna run for office? Be prepared for some heavy reading. Besides writing laws that impact millions of people, you need to stay hyper informed and alert while the issues of the day rapidly unfold. For California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, that’s a vital part of the job.

Newsom says he quickly digests top stories in one place: Flipboard. Whether comparing governments to tech startups or advocating for gay marriage, the former Mayor of San Francisco uses Flipboard to find a diverse mix of sources, get up to speed on the latest news and make sense of the most important issues of the day. He also creates magazines to help constituents understand his way of thinking.

And because Newsom is more than a politician—he’s a stylish guy raised in tough circumstances and a budding basketball star who soon developed a nose for wine—we were interested to ask him a key question: what are you reading?

As an avid reader, Flipboard has become my go-to source for information. No, really. I use Flipboard almost 20 times a day! With such a hectic schedule, it can be difficult to take the time to visit each news site to find out what’s going on. That’s why I like having one place where I can find out the latest information and the day’s news.

Some of my favorite sources of information come from traditional news sources such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Politico and The Atlantic, all of which I find reliable and quick to update. But I am also sure to keep up with TechCrunch and Re/code to know what’s going on in the world of technology, as well as Forbes and the World Economic Forum to stay current on all things business.

In addition to my go-to sources, I appreciate varying views on any given topic or issue, which is why I follow sources from opposite sides of the aisle such as the Drudge Report and The Daily Beast.

It’s not all business, though. I also check out Buzzfeed and Reddit as well as The Huffington Post, Esquire, and Men’s Health for the more human touch.

I do not have my tiles arranged in any particular order, but I do like creating magazines based on specific content. When I find the latest events, news and important information going on in our state, I flip that into my “California” magazine; when I find interesting articles explaining what’s happening in technology and civic engagement, I keep those in my “Citizenville” magazine.

Recently, I’ve added two more magazines. The first is “Environment.” There are so many local leaders addressing climate change, not to mention many discussions happening nationally and internationally around how to address it.

The second magazine is “Marijuana.” The discussion and debate around decriminalization has increased in the last year and I think it’s important to stay up on the latest. As I do my research with the ACLU Blue Ribbon Panel for a potential ballot measure to legalize the drug recreationally in California, it’s important to know what some of the discussions are, whether in support or opposition of the idea.

The Internet as a whole has allowed me to know what’s going on at the click of a button, but it’s also given citizens the opportunity to see what I’m following and interested in, without having to wait for an official press conference, which I think is an incredible benefit to the world we are living in.

~ShonaS is curating “Compulsive & Conscious

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The Week in Review: Giants Win the Series

A 25-year-old North Carolina native who married his high school sweetheart at 20 broke the record for most postseason innings pitched, was awarded the series MVP and won it all for the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.

Madison Bumgarner held the Kansas City Royals to two runs in Game 7, helping capture the Giants’ third title in five seasons.

“I’m numb through all this,” Giants Manager Bruce Bochy said after the game. “You’re so blessed and fortunate to get in the World Series and get to one; it just doesn’t happen very often. I’m amazed at what these guys did.”

They became the first team since the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates to win a Series Game 7 on the road and only the second team to win three championships in the 21st century.

Although this wasn’t the expected World Series, given that both teams were wild cards, there has been consistent “dynasty” talk since the win.

“Dynasty is a tough word, because the bodies will change, but next year will be a new movie, which is a good thing,” Giants President Larry Baer said.

“If you win three, I think it’s a dynasty,” Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt said. “I definitely wouldn’t say no.”

Let Flipboard be your baseball hub from World Series recaps to team magazines and baseball history.

San Francisco Giants by Adam Hatch: Giants news from an ultimate Giants fan.

Kansas City Royals Blue October 2014 by Julie Wolfe: Relive the best Royals game moments and fan moments.

World Series 2014 by thenewsdesk: Catch up on all your World Series news, game by game.

Baseball by Cayden Cline: The news about baseball, from the regular season to the World Series and latest on the players.

Baseball History by Tom McMahon: Review baseball history, an American tradition for over 140 years.

Baseball Visual by John Lackey: Images new and old from the fields, teams and stadiums.

~Gaby S is reading “Mariners

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The New Flipboard Gets Personal with Over 30,000 Topics to Follow

We’re on a quest to create the world’s best personal magazine, and today’s update—the third generation of Flipboard—builds on our core tenets. The new Flipboard is both more personal and magazine-like. Here’s how:

1) With over 30,000 topics now available, your Flipboard can be as unique as you are. Topics range from “action hero” to “zoology” (and everything in-between), and you can find them via search or by tapping on the new topic tags on articles. Press “follow” every time you want to add something (or someone) to your Flipboard and watch as your experience becomes tailored to your life.

Topics are fueled by Zite’s technology but they’re also powered by people: Flipboard’s magazine makers, to be precise. Our “MagMakers” have curated over 10 million magazines around subjects they’re passionate about, often flipping in insightful articles, stunning photos and powerful videos and music. Our community’s hand-picked selections, indexed by our algorithms, yield a potent new mix of topical content you won’t find anywhere else. Take a look:

2) Want to catch up on the news in a fast, definitive way? Meet The Daily Edition, a carefully curated roundup of top headlines in news, business, tech, sports and culture, along with some fun elements, like a daily track and a Parting GIF to send you off on your day with a smile. Curated by the Flipboard team, The Daily Edition is currently available in editions for the U.S., UK, Latin America, U.S. Latino, Brazil and India, and is ready every day by 7:00 a.m. local time. You can find it among your tiles.

3) We’re rolling out an all-new design for the phone, where Flipboard has been re-imagined to be more magazine-like and elegant. Open Flipboard, and you’ll be immediately immersed in a highly-visual and up-to-the-minute stream of articles, photos and more based on your areas of interest. There are airy full-screen covers, fresh typography and a new navigational bar that lets you quickly access your home feed, your tiles, search, notifications and your profile.

4) The MagMakers among you will be excited to learn that there’s an updated look for profiles and a new Web tool called My Analytics, which offers an overview of how your curation is performing on Flipboard. And because we admire the work of our MagMakers, we’re launching a new series today called “My Magazine,” videos that spotlight inspiring people, their personal journeys and magazine expressions. Be sure to check out the clips and share your story with us using the #MyMagazine hashtag.

Finally, as part of this new edition of Flipboard, we’ve updated our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use (effective October 30, 2014) to accommodate all the new features and to explain our practices more clearly.

There’s something for everyone in this third generation of Flipboard, whether you have deep interests, are a passionate curator or just want the latest headlines. So update today, start following topics and people, and truly make Flipboard your own.

~The Flipboard Team

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Meet Some Extraordinary People in the New “My Magazine” Campaign

Over 10 million—that’s how many magazines our community has created since March 2013, when the feature launched. Now anyone can curate magazines focused on the things they care about most. But a nagging question has always been: how do you find these amazing collections, which cover everything from adaptive urbanism to zen running?

Today’s launch of the third generation of Flipboard includes a key new feature—Topics—that will help many of those magazines find the audiences they deserve. Search for a topic of interest, and the results will include content from magazines curated by people passionate about that subject. In other words: magazine makers will move into the spotlight on Flipboard as never before.

With that in mind, we’re highlighting some particularly moving curators/storytellers for a new video series called “My Magazine.” At a key moment in their life—some extraordinary, some seemingly mundane—they identified their passion and then made it their mission to share that with the world. They’ve also transferred that expertise and enthusiasm into Flipboard magazines.

Former NFL-player-turned-astronaut Leland Melvin‘s story could be summed up in two words: “second chances.” His position as a wide receiver for the Detroit Lions was well deserved, but back-to-back hamstring injuries put him on the bench for good—so he went the only direction he knew: literally up and away, all the way to outer space and later as a champion for S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art and math) education.

In Carolyn Malachi‘s case, it was music that moved her—not just to dance, but to tell her own truth. Despite having a famous jazz pianist for a great-grandfather, Malachi was nudged by her parents towards business school. As a born leader, it seemed like a perfect fit. Today she’s a Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter whose music acts as a way to trade stories, morals and mythologies about who we are.

And then there’s Steve Hawk, older brother to pro skater Tony Hawk, and no less accomplished. A journalist and lifelong surfer (one of the few people to have ridden waves on all seven continents), Hawk has translated his love of the ocean to readers of Harper’s, The New York Times and Outside Magazine, positioning surfing as the thinking man’s sport. Today he’s the executive editor at Sierra Magazine and acts as Secretary for the Tony Hawk Foundation, a charity focused on youth empowerment.

How about you? What’s your passion and are you using Flipboard magazines to share your expertise and interests with the world? We’d love to hear from you using the #mymagazine hashtag on social media, or upload your own inspiring video as a response to these videos on YouTube, Vimeo and/or Vine.

~ShonaS is curating “Proof of Experience

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Give Us a Few Flips, And We’ll Give You the World…in The Daily Edition

The Daily Edition is a new essential for Flipboard readers who want a fast, definitive roundup of the day’s news—with a little bit of fun thrown in the mix.

Although it’s packed with information, it’s also a quick read. There are top stories in news, business, technology, sports and popular culture, and every day we go deep on one story, selecting thoughtful articles about that story as well as a beautiful cover image. The Daily Edition also features noteworthy opinion pieces, exclusive photo galleries and a rotating special section: On Monday it’s “Big Ideas,” the latest in science, health and innovation; on Tuesday we’ve got top culture picks in books, music, art and more; on Wednesday it’s all things politics; Thursday is your style update; and Friday previews what’s coming up over the weekend. We finish it all off with a song we love and a Parting GIF to send you off with a smile.

You can find The Daily Edition among your tiles and you’ll get a notification when it’s ready each day at 7 a.m. If for any reason you do not want these notifications, you can go into your Flipboard Settings, tap into “Push Notifications” and tap the green button next to “Daily Edition.”

You can also remove it from your tiles at any time by holding your finger on the tile and tapping the “x”—though we hope you’ll find it to be a truly useful and indispensable part of your Flipboard experience.

The Daily Edition also comes in local versions for readers in the UK, India, Brazil, Latin America and Spanish-speaking U.S.

~The Newsdesk

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The Week in Review: Remembering Oscar de la Renta, Celebrating Fashion

Oscar de la Renta shaped the meaning of elegance. With his tasteful lines, flowing silhouettes and bold colors, de la Renta proved great art in any form can transcend. In his 82 years—50 of which were spent at the helm of his own company—he celebrated women, donated his time and resources to education and cemented fashion’s role in politics by dressing the most important women in Washington.

“My job as a designer is to make a woman feel her very best,” he once said. “Work hard. Believe in yourself. It’s not the publicity that sells the clothes, it’s the woman.”

He dressed generations of women, including Audrey Hepburn, Oprah, Sarah Jessica Parker, Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer, rapper Nicki Minaj, Amal Alamuddin at her recent wedding and every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy.

“We will always be grateful to Oscar for the love he showed us, and for sharing his talent on some of the most important occasions of our lives,” the Clintons said in a statement after his passing.

“We will miss Oscar’s generous and warm personality, his charm and his wonderful talents,” former first lady Laura Bush said in a statement. “My daughters and I have many fond memories of visits with Oscar, who designed our favorite clothes, including Jenna’s wedding dress.”

In a piece penned for Vogue, Anna Wintour, Artistic Director for Condé Nast and Vogue Editor in Chief, wrote, “There is much being said that his passing yesterday marks the end of an era. Not true. He was the most democratic man I knew and he would have lived happily and defined any era.”

De la Renta’s influence is seen in magazines on Flipboard, in topics ranging from bridal inspiration to women’s rights.

Wedding Wishes by kpease1: A bridal how-to, covering everything from de la Renta’s inspirational dresses to invitation options and location suggestions.

Clothes and Fashion by Amelia Shepherd: A look at fashion throughout our lives, from the runway to the street.

RunWay by universal_style: The models, runways and designers that comprise high fashion.

Bridal by margaret marshall: Iconic wedding dresses from de la Renta’s atelier and other lines.

Women’s Rights by Cena Bussey: Supporting the pursuits of women across the globe, inclduing the first ladies de la Renta famously dressed.

Tributes & Obituaries by thenewsdesk: Celebrating those we’ve lost.

~GabyS is reading “New York, New York

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On the Red Couch with Comic Book Icon Jim Lee

Young, talented Ivy League graduate leaves the safe confines of higher learning to pursue his dream, founds a company that transforms an industry and becomes wildly successful in the process. Silicon Valley startup entrepreneur, you say? Try comic book creator with an origin story worthy of the very pages he creates.

Jim Lee, world-renowned artist, writer, editor and publisher, has been a pioneer in the comic book industry for more than 25 years. Among his many accomplishments are founding Image Comics and Wildstorm Productions, becoming the current Co-Publisher of DC Comics, and being in the Guinness World Records for having penciled and co-written the best-selling comic book of all time (X-Men No. 1).

He might be best known for his distinctive drawing style, but Jim’s knowledge and influence over an entire publishing medium has been even more eye catching. We were fortunate enough to hear his stories, thoughts and insights below.

You decided to take a huge gamble on your passion in life, like many startup founders. What gave you the confidence to jump into comics?
It was largely stupidity. When you’re young and just starting out, it’s less of a gamble because you’ve got nowhere to go but up. You’re not thinking about buying a house or saving up for my kids’ college fund. It’s all about immediate gratification. When I was deciding what interests me, it was creating and telling stories with pictures. I couldn’t envision a life where I didn’t get to do that.

Your work has made a big impact on an entire industry, particularly artists. What influenced your style—that has in return influenced the style of so many after you?
I was very much a kid of pop culture and mainstream comics: John Byrne, Neal Adams, George Pérez, Frank Miller. When I first started in the business, I was still looking at past comics as a source of inspiration. But in my second year, I basically put down all those comic books I loved and said, “I’m going to throw that out of my point of view and just rely on what comes to mind.” My style did go on to be copied, perhaps because it was commercially successful. One of the more gratifying things I hear at Comic-Con is from young people who grew up on my comic books and were inspired to pursue a career in the arts because of them. There’s no greater honor than passing inspiration forward.

You were at the top of the game at Marvel when you took your second big entrepreneurial leap to start Image. How did that gamble end up happening?
Maybe it was less of a gamble because I always felt like, “Hey, if things go horribly awry, maybe they’ll take us back.” [Laughs] But at the end of the day, I launched Image with the other guys because they were my friends—we grew up in the business together, we had a lot of shared sensibilities and desires, and we didn’t know any better.

In addition to being a commercial success, Image also changed the game for independent creators from a business standpoint. How would you describe Image’s lasting effects on the publishing industry?
Well, first off, I think creators owning their work outright was a big change. We were able to pass on most of the profits to the creators themselves. But more so than that, showing there were other options out there for creators was important and continues to be to this day. Whether it’s Kickstarter or self publishing or web comics, I think it’s healthy for the business and healthy for the talent community to have as many options as possible.

Tell us about The New 52 project at DC. What was it like to reboot the most iconic characters in the DC Comics universe?
It’s interesting. This touches on many of the themes of what prepares you to take gambles in life. I certainly drew upon the experiences I had at Marvel with Heroes Reborn, where we rebooted the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Avengers and Captain America. And I looked at history, as well, since DC had done what’s called the Silver Age reboot of the characters back in the 50s. We wanted to take the entire DC universe and do something exciting that would essentially reset the table to make it inviting for both new and old fans.

When you think about The New 52 and how dramatically sweeping those changes were, there was a risk of damaging these icons that have been around for 75+ years. There was a furor and controversy in the press leading up to the launch as fans were up in arms about these changes. But it was one of those instances where it paid off to stick to your guns because when the books came out, it was a huge success. It really showed that you can’t always rely on a certain subsection of your readers who may be the most vocal but may not represent the bulk of your potential sales and audience.

Something near and dear to Flipboard is the technology shifts that are happening in digital publishing. Are there any new consumer technologies related to the comic book industry that you find interesting?
One of the great things that helped The New 52 gain so much traction was the same-day-digital [publishing] across our entire lineup—you could buy the print edition and the digital edition at the same time. That opened up the world: it made The New 52 just a couple clicks away for a potential consumer to read an article about what we’re doing, find the website, and purchase the comic book that they just read about.

The other thing that happened was that portable media devices allowed us to experiment with interactive storytelling and tell stories in dramatically different ways. Instead of your traditional left-right, up-down narrative/flow that you would normally have in a printed comic book, you can now build panels in a dynamic way that mixes visual and story elements. You tap the screen and get a word balloon; tap again and get a sound effect; tap again to see a previous panel, and so on. It’s like building a song using notes in a very different way.

It seems like comic book characters and their stories are more popular and relevant than ever, with several of the highest grossing movies this year being based on comics. What do you think has caused this renaissance?
The common answer here is that comic books are the mythology of pop culture today. But I think these movies are so popular because they are based on great stories. What you get out of publishing great comic stories for 70-80 years is a sort of natural selection. The stories that have survived are the best stories of an entire industry over decades. The glitzy CGI is then great for bringing those stories to life on the big screen. But at the end what brings people to the cinema are the stories about the people and that human element. I don’t think it’s a surprise that some of the very best movie heroes out there are comic book heroes.

DC Comics’ “Justice League: Origin” is available for free download now through our partner, iBooks, as part of its iOS 8 celebration. You can download Lee’s book (and others) via the iBooks pages in this magazine:

~EricF is reading “Ten for Today

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