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Stalzer2002 wrote:I disagree. There are a lot of industry legends who suffered greatly in their later years because they didn't own anything that they created. They got to write and shape those characters too, but when they got sick, doing so didn't pay their medical bills. With today's creators, you can't find very many major writers who haven't learned that lesson. No one will argue that people like Kurt Busiek, Peter David and Mark Waid don't enjoy working for the big two and never considered it a lifelong dream to work in those universes. But like nearly every other writer, they've done their own work to take care of themselves, to take care of their families and even to stretch their creative muscles beyond the bubble of the big two. Geoff Johns is nearly alone in regards to not doing those things. I think that is more than valid to look at him and ask whether he's too stupid to understand the need to own something yourself, or simply not creative enough to craft something on his own.
It's fine to wonder why a writer hasn't branched out to work on their own projects but to criticize a person because you think they should? What if it is a simple as Geoff Johns doesn't want too? Why should anybody question or criticize where and how the man chooses to use his talent? You may think he is too stupid to understand that he "needs" to own something but he could very well be completely content with the contract that he was offered by DC. He could spend the rest of his career writing comics for DC and it would probably be because at the end of the day that's what makes him happy.
I just don't understand why that's such a problem or why it has suddenly become expected for writers to branch out on their own. If a friend of mine had a job that he really enjoyed and he had the opportunity to start his own business but was not 100% convinced that it was the right idea for him, I wouldn't tell him that he should quit his job and start the new business. I would tell him to do what makes him happy. Ideally, yes, a writer would strive to
have something to call their own. Something that they can look back and say that was all theirs. But it isn't really our job to expect that from them.