Jubilee wrote:It's ridiculous the favoritism certain people get.
If you justified "Before Watchmen" because it was going to made money. Then you deserve this.
If you justified Supermans family getting money from WB because they signed a contract. You deserve this.
You get the industry you deserve. Too many of you don't vote with your wallet. You download stuff you like, you buy stuff you don't. You stick up for ideals now, but before you were fine with everything going on.
Creators keep getting screwed. Creators keep leaving the big 2, and the quality keeps declining. In the last few years Brubaker, Morrison, Millar and Vaughn have left the big 2. This is part of the reason why. But as long as it's "Crazy old Alan Moore" complaining you're ok to just laugh it off.
I'm so glad I'm done with this antiquated industry which is floundering in front of everyones eyes. Too many people are blaming Didio or Quesada. It's the whole industry.
For the most part, I agree. It's incredibly hypocritical that people turned their noses up at complaints by John Rozum, Mark Waid, Greg Rucka, Alan Moore and even Rob Liefeld are suddenly outraged over what happened to Gail Simone. But to lump the entire industry, even the big two, with Didio and Harras is unfair. My personal belief is that creators should have nearly the same amount of creative control of their big two work as they do their indy work. Only the most extreme stories should be rejected and editors should never make demands of a writer. I believe that unrestrained creativity makes for better stories and better stories makes for a stronger industry. In that that sense, neither Marvel or DC come close to my ideal, and they haven't for a very long time. But some people are worse than others. Ed Brubaker isn't leaving Marvel because he was screwed over and micromanaged by editorial. He's leaving because he's burned out on the big two superhero books and wants to do different things that he owns. That's a lot different than Greg Rucka leaving DC comics because over broken promises made by Dan Didio. You mention Before Watchmen, but it took 20 years for new Watchmen material to happen. Why? Because Paul Levitz didn't want to do more Watchmen. Within a couple of years of Dan Didio replacing him, we have new Watchmen material. Karen Berger, a DC editor, ran an imprint defined by creator control for nearly two decades with Levitz' blessing. Dan Didio demotes her and systematically dismantles everything she built within three short years.
The big two are far from ideal, but even in recent history, a lot of executives, including Alonso, Breevoort, Berger, Dunbier, Levitz and most of the time even Quesada have attempted to find some kind of middle ground. Not so with Didio and Harras. We hear a lot about their micromanagement because it is a level outside the norm, even for the big two. If they and their cronies were fired tomorrow, I doubt that DC would achieve my ideal. But odds are that they would be significantly closer to it than they are now.