DC Shrinks Some Classics for New Compact Comics Format

DC Comics will roll out a brand new manga-sized format for some of their most celebrated graphic novels in 2024.

The new trade paperback format, dubbed DC Compact Comics, will feature a 5.5″ x 8.5″ size, designed to sit comfortably next to manga at your local book store or comic shop.

SVP & General Manager of DC Anne DePies said “The DC Compact Comics price and sizing is perfect for readers of prose and manga looking to pick up a new-reader-friendly storyline in a self-contained full color graphic novel. This 5.5″ x 8.5″ paper cut is the most widely circulated softcover book size in the US and is popular among graphic novel aficionados in international markets.”

The initial DC Compact Comics line-up will include the following titles (at a $9.99 price point):

  • Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
  • Batman: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
  • All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
  • Far Sector by N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell
  • Wonder Woman: Earth One by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette
  • American Vampire Book One by Scott Snyder, Stephen King, and Rafael Albuquerque
  • Batman: Hush by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee
  • Joker by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo
  • Harley Quinn & the Gotham City Sirens by Paul Dini, Peter Calloway, Tony Bedard, Guillem March, and Andres Guinaldo
  • Catwoman: Trail of the Catwoman by Darwyn Cooke and Ed Brubaker

The new format also includes a genre designation such as “Thriller” on the Watchmen cover or “Mystery” on the cover of Batman: Hush.

Check out a size comparison between a standard Watchmen graphic novel and the Compact Comics’ size below and look for them in stores this June.

One comment

  1. well, this is interesting–it doesn’t seem ‘that’ much smaller than a regular comic book but then…what do I know? One might think that a smaller print size would allow for less paper and ink and a cheaper price but I know enough about that publisher to realize lowering prices is NOT their philosopny.

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