The writer of 1/3 of DC's books believes that major comic book sites should give him fluff reviews in exchange for interviews.
Scott Lobdell publicly attacked news site Newsarama yesterday on Twitter, when he slammed the website for writing negative reviews while asking him for an interview. According to the creator, Newsarama was rude by attempting to promote his upcoming projects while allowing other writers to speak ill of the many, many comics he's currently writing for DC.
Although we have our own scruples with Newsarama, it's ludicrous to openly suggest that the company should resort to "payola", a strategy commonly employed by radio stations in which interviews and other promotional activities are exchanged for positive feedback and exposure. In a day and age where most major comic book sites are hesitant to give books anything less than a mildly positive review in case comic book companies pull their exclusive previews and access to top-tier creators, we applaud Newsarama for having the audacity to inform its readers that a comic book is bad.
This is no attack on Mr. Lobdell, of course, but just an acknowledgement that not every comic should be given an A+++++ or whatever passes as a good comic book review score nowadays.
On a totally unrelated note, please check out our recent actual podcast with Scott Lobdell (in which he does not actually criticize Newsarama) and stay tuned for a bunch of exclusive previews of his books. Also, be sure to check out Teen Titans #12, which reviewer SpiderBuggy said was "akin to reading Shakespeare and the Bible in comic book form. It's the best comic ever and you're all heathens if you don't pick up 50 copies to distribute to your friends and family." Seriously, Teen Titans is the tits, no?
UPDATE: Mr. Lobdell stopped by on the Outhouse to defend his honor and assured us that he was simply expressing his frustration at spending hours answering interview questions for a site that regularly lampoons him and was not suggesting that they lighten up their criticism to ensure that he does more interviews. As Mr. Lobdell is a seriously awesome person (no lie!), we believe his word completely and have changed the article to reflect this fact.
Our apologies to Mr. Lobdell and to staff writer Eric Ratcliffe, who had previously vowed to blow ThanosCopter out of the sky for having the audacity to besmirch Mr. Lobdell's good name.
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