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As DC Comics leaves New York, Marvel bids it an unexpectedly tearful farewell

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

DC and Marvel, the "Big Two" of the American comics industry, have a lot of things in common. But as of this week they no longer share the island of Manhattan, as the main offices of DC Comics shutter their New York location and ship out to new digs in Burbank, California. In fact, that's part of why its Convergence event is happening right now: the two-month break in regular publishing gives editors and employees time to relocate and resettle.

A move to the west coast, particularly the Los Angeles area, has long been expected for both DC and Marvel, especially in this modern era of comic book film adaptations. Marvel has yet to make a move, but DC officially announced that it would be leaving the Big Apple to move closer to parent company Warner Bros. in 2013.

It's a bittersweet event for many folks in the comics industry, not least those New York employees who chose not to make the transition with the company. And though it might not be the kind of thing that you'd expect DC Comics' biggest competitor to comment on, the first two responses to DC's farewell tweet were from none other than the official Marvel comics Twitter account ...

... and Ryan Penagos, its digital media director.

So long, NYC offices of DC Comics, and thanks for all the fish.