Jamal Igle announced on his blog that his DC exclusive contract is up with the end of The Ray.
The artist, known for his quintessential run on Supergirl with writer Sterling Gates, leaves DC after a seven year stint that saw him work on Nightwing, Superman, Firestorm, Zatanna and more. Rest assured, there are no hard feelings on Igle’s end.
“Frankly, this has been a long time coming,While I was very happy for many years to be exclusive, There comes a time when you’re ready to move on,” he wrote on his blog. “There’s no animosity, in fact just the opposite. I’ve never been calmer or more centered than I have since I made this decision. I was forced to turn down a lot of outside opportunities while I was exclusive because I was so busy that I couldn’t take them on or contractually unable to do them.”
Igle fans can look forward to a bunch of announcements from the artist in the coming months including work for other publishers and possibly creator-owned work. Igle is looking forward to the future.
“This is a big deal for me. A lot of my identity for the better part of a decade was tied up into being a part of DC’s internal talent pool,” he wrote. “Hell, I started working at DC when I was a teenager. I’ve done more work for DC than any other publisher. However, it became clear to me that I needed to be more than that again, not just “DC Exclusive Artist Jamal Igle”. I remain a DC Comics fan, I’m exceedingly proud of the work I’ve done. Still, I’m a different person now, and hopefully a better artist, than I was seven years ago. I will always be thankful for the trust the DCE placed in me for so long.”