mrorangesoda wrote:Herald, you're wrong.
Not at all.
Read on, MacDuff...
But only in specifics. The removal of company owned characters isn't what crippled Vertigo (Hellblazer is long running, but success is a little far.
In THIS industry -- and especially in an era in which a whole "wave" of books that were given an ultrahype-propelled continuity reboot sales bump can STILL get cancelled at issue 8 -- "long running" IS a success.
Swamp Thing hasn't been relevant to Vertigo for over a decade).
It was still a piece of IP controlled by Vertigo that it could have rebuilt to success. Frankly, the real problem there seems to be that they haven't figured out how to clone Alan Moore
"Vaughan was last seen working on a revival of Swamp Thing over at Vertigo, which is tantamount to wearing a sign around your neck saying 'I am not Alan Moore, please kick me'."
- Paul O'Brien, The X-Axis
Also, if DC proper had to lose character concepts that "haven't been relevant to them for over a decade", then they'd have lost a LOT of their IP pretty easily by now.
What crippled Vertigo was the new media agreement put into place a couple of years ago. They are now operating at a disadvantage to every other publisher creators could take books to.
And again, if Berger couldn't prevent or change this, what's Bond -- SHELLY Bond
-- going to do about it??
Also, if creators have the clout to pick a publisher that's going to lock their creations into a single media conglomerate they're much better off pushing for Marvel- at least Disney has a successful television station to push properties on.
Whereas Time Warner has SEVERAL successful CABLE networks -- which, I remind you, are MUCH more likely to present Vertigo concepts
unwatered-down than a broadcast network like ABC -- such as NUMEROUS flavors of HBO and Cinemax, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network's Adult Swim timeslot, etc.
But hey, maybe Disney would air American Vampire stories unaltered on the Disney Channel.
Their teen girl audience really likes vampires nowadays, so what could possibly go wrong??