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DC Entertainment's Burbank Office Tour

You would think DC's West Coast office would be cool. Turns out it's better than cool. It's unbelievable.

As we read comics everyday, once in a while you start to wonder, what goes on at the publishers' offices? What must it be like to work at a place whose main goal is to provide fun and entertainment for the world? With all the deadlines top secret meetings, it's possible to believe that the offices must feel like a cold factory, determined to crank out product after product. We can happily say that isn't the case.

A couple weeks ago, we got an invitation to read the BEFORE WATCHMEN comics. All we had to do was make our way to DC Entertainment's Burbank office. Since we're located in San Francisco, it's not that far by plane. Entering the lobby and being allowed in by security, we made our way to the second floor where immediately you'll see a rack of comics by the elevators. Walking into the lobby of DC's floor feels like you're stepping into something similar to the Fortress of Solitude.

This isn't your average office. The lobby area is filled with different DC Comics memorabilia. You could easily hang out here for a while and not get bored. There's so much to see and this is just outside the elevators.

== TEASER ==

Just as seen at DC's booth last year at San Diego Comic-Con, there are actual costumes on display. Besides Superman/Clark Kent, there's also a Green Arrow costume from Smallville and Heath Ledger's Joker costume. There's plenty to do in this waiting room area including a chess set with DC figures as well as some DC Comics-themed arcade and pinball games.

Around the corner is an impressive display on the wall of the DC, Vertigo and Warner Bros characters. Opposite this is a shelf with several copies of comics. If you're working for DC, it makes perfect sense that you keep up with what's going on. There's also the kitchen which has a Wonder Woman theme to it. Just like Wonder Woman, this kitchen/break room kicked ass. I drooled a little over four framed Mike Allred Wonder Woman pictures from the recent cosmetic line from MAC Cosmetics.

There are cubicles in different areas. The sound of that might make you cringe a little but these are like super-cubicles. Everything is well lit and everyone has a ton of action figures, statues and collectibles all over the place. Some are products from the DC Collectibles division (so much cool stuff there) and others are personal pieces belonging to the person working there.

Those that have offices are in for a treat. The offices have sliding glass doors with an image of a character on them.

What's inside each office? Depending on whose office it belongs to, we got glimpses of DC Comics and all sorts of collectibles. Trade paperbacks, statues, action figures and comic art could be seen everywhere. Check out this shot of an interior of an office.

Besides all the collectible decorating each worker's cubicle, you can find several items on display all over the place. Whether it's giant Batman figures simply sitting on a table next to some magazines, life-sized replicas of Dr. Fate's helmet or a break down of the different stages in creating an action figure on display, there is so much to be seen everywhere.

It was funny but while on our tour, there was talk of several "secret rooms." Of course it makes perfect sense for an office dealing with superheroes and secret identities to have secret rooms. One cool room we got a peek into was where they take pictures of upcoming products. Of course we didn't see anything at all in there…or did we?

There's also a sweet media room where people actually have to play video games to ensure the characters are being used properly in the video games. We have LEGO Batman 2 to look forward to next month and it's a great feeling knowing that they take the use of their characters seriously rather than simply let them be used.

Another cool thing is simply all the framed art and posters everywhere. There's some vintage art here and it truly gives you a sense of exactly how long DC has been doing this.

All of this is just the tip of the iceberg. There was also the digital crew pit where several people are working on the digital comics as well as the converting process. There was a secured library with a lot of old books and comics inside. And of course those other secret rooms and who knows what else. The DC Entertainment office is in a great location and has to be a remarkable place to work. I can't wait until I get to visit again.

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Posted by Lvenger

Aw now I want to go there!

Posted by BKole

@sethysquare: That isn't a girl, I'm pretty sure that's the actual Sandman, Morpheus.

Posted by LordRequiem

I want in.

Posted by Deliritori

@sethysquare: Its not a girl it a man... The Sandman. (or Dream)

Posted by hammers_of_justice

Awesome, just fricking awesome !!

Posted by BlackArmor

@RedheadedAtrocitus said:

I know it may sound odd...but I would actually PAY money to work in this veritable paradise! I would!

Posted by ThatThorFan

I would love to pay a visit there!

Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale

Cool stuff...outside that worthless mad tv/cartoon guy.

Posted by RedOwl_1

THE BEST OFFICE EVER :D being there would be f*cking overwhelmed

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@lazystudent said:

@sethysquare: think shes from sandman series one of the endless cnat really tell from this angle. Sure somebdoy else can.

What zombie girl? I can only see Dream
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Posted by dewboy01

that's nothin!

Posted by sethysquare

@spiderbat87: Yeah I believe its dream as well.

Posted by primepower53

@shadowknight666 said:

@UltimateSMfan said:

@shadowknight666 said:

Oh God I Want the third pic as a regular image so bad...

This!!

I'd Make it my friggin' screensaver! Lol

SAME!

Posted by FIash

New 52 Jimmy Olsen looks terrible! (image between Green Arrow and Batman)

Posted by JSAVen

really nice

Posted by Cavemold

No.... Nothing needs to be kept secret

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

OMG I wish I was there

Posted by zackattack529

@G-Man: if theyre supposed to be kept secret why did they let you take pics of it o.0

Posted by Project_Worm

@mattitude22: Grifter

Posted by SavageDragon

Wow this is awesome. Good stuff Tony.

Posted by NyxEquitis

Dude....that place looks so awesome.

Posted by Or35ti

This is so amazing! That third picture especially just makes me drool...

Posted by Tunsieon

Words cannot express how much I want to work there.

Posted by EvanTheMexiJew

WOW that third pic is amazing, wish there were a shot of it looking straightwards. Sweet pics, Tony

Posted by dewboy01

U should C what my room looks like.

Posted by kartron

I am spellbound. I just have no words!! AWESOME is the only word i can say looking at the pictures here

Posted by aouric

Wow... This is what all kids big and small are inspired to dream of, a place where you can totally lose yourself in your work.

Hell... At this point it wouldn't be work for me because I would enjoy it too much! Awesome article G-Man!

Posted by G-Man

@zackattack529: It's about trust. Images were submitted for approval to make sure no top secret merchandise was in any of the pics...

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Edited by cloudzackvincent

@mattitude22: thats Grifter

is that beast boy between sinestro and deadman?

Posted by jrock85

AWESOME

Posted by TheSuperHuman

I want all of that!

Posted by Queso6p4

I'm drooling right now...so much awesome stuff! I should break back out my SW figures and tell my fiancee they're for "inspiration."

Edited by Queso6p4

@xanthiss: Not necessarily, unfortunately. Remember her really dumb weakness of losing her powers if her hands were bound by a man? *Rolling eyes* God, her creator was creepy.

Posted by Miss_Garrick

Ok, I'm going to have to hire some crack mercenaries and plan a big heist. If the cops get me, I use this article as my defense saying you brainwashed me.

SERIOUSLY, PEOPLE WORK HERE?!? My goodness!

Posted by ComicStooge

I'd give my right hand to work at a place that awesome!

Edited by SmoothJammin

dream of the endless? :)

Posted by Billy Batson

@SmoothJammin said:

dream of the endless? :)

Indeed.
BB

Posted by Decept-O

Sweet.

Posted by yo_yo_fun

Freakin. Awesome.

Posted by csl316

Splendid.

Posted by Thelonedrow

SWEET

Posted by WZA

Sweet Jesus Ill do anything to work there lol

Posted by SuperXAsh

Rorschach in that picture looks like he's angrily stomping away from the New 52 world. "stupid retcons!!!!"

Posted by deadpool6_6_6

that collection shocked me.

Posted by Darknite32

wow that's like heaven for dc fans. I want to work there as an animator

Posted by The_Thornes_RockyX

Um no just Beast boy the person in the black cape with a red gem and really white skin is Morpheous from the sandman series created by Neil Gaimen. He also goes by the sandman or The Dream King.

Posted by KidSupreme

Thats pretty damn amazing!