SuperginraiX wrote:You can also send a shout out to John Byrne, who has been giving up the Big Two off and on for twenty years. I salute you, good sir.
Brian Hitch is also done with his Marvel commitments and is doing the completely original America's Got Powers series. This forging ahead into new, unexplored territory is what is going to save comics for a new generation.
There are many fine creators who every year follow the example laid down by the founders of Image and Dark Horse: work for the big two on fan favorite characters long enough to become a name star and then work on you own projects which are mostly derivative to what you were working on at the Big Two or other popular media. If that doesn't work, throw in a monkey or an ape. It's this forward thinking that has me excited about the future.
Comic creators! Burn your Big 2 bras and declare in one voice your independence! You HAVE the ideas for the next great Spider-Man story but... do you need to be writing Spider-Man to TELL it? Todd McFarlane says no and you should too.
It's funny you should say "If that doesn't work throw in a monkey or an ape", when Marvel have just recently finished there "Pet Avengers" and "Marvel Apes" storylines.
I can not see why anyone would want to tell a Spider-man or Avengers story. I don't think anyone creative should really think that way. People should want to tell a good story, I can not for the life of me figure out what makes Spider-man different from 100 other properties.
Take a leaf out of Alan Moore's book. Or someone like Kirkman whose not a fantastic writer by any stretch, but has tried to make his own properties, and has succeeded in mainstream success.