Always Stay Safe wrote:Scott pilgrim and kick ass. They're all making big bank
With the ones I named, that's still barely a handful compared to the HUNDREDS (if not thousands) of books in the last 20 years or more that really don't, and haven't, done that well.
what Kirkman is saying, but it's foolish to think that every book will be a Scott Pilgrim or every new creation will be an Invincible.
I do think that more big name guys should branch out a bit.. I'm really happy to see Jonathan Hickman returning to some creator-owned stuff as well, but I don't think it needs to be an "either/or" thing as Kirkman seems to be implying.
Guys like Warren Ellis and Bendis have gone basically their entire careers doing both established properties and their own creations. But at the end of the day, they're able to keep doing the creator owned work BECAUSE they do the Big 2 work.
Creator owned books are just not that profitable. Otherwise everyone and their mother would be doing them, no?
Moreover, there are now avenues open to people under exclusive contracts to keep their own creations under one roof with ICON and Vertigo (granted, who knows how long Vertigo will be around now)
For Kirkman to keep going on and on and on about this just reeks of a publisher-based agenda. And that's fine. He's a head honcho at Image. Of course he's going to want big name creators to come work for him.
But it's just not sensible to think that the industry is in a downward spiral because it is too reliant on superhero books. If anything, superhero books are all that's keeping it afloat at this point. They're the only books that sell by and large.