Posts tagged: dc
The Long Halloween
I feel that we are once again moving in the wrong direction, creatively. I’ve been down this road before, and it’s a road we can and should avoid. I don’t need to tell you what Greg Rucka and numerous other respected creators have already told you – that the Big Two have removed their focus away from the creators and towards the maintenance of the characters. I don’t blame Disney or Warner Brothers. After all, Avengers made a lot of money, didn’t it?
But me, I love to write comics. I have always been captivated by the potential of the medium. Comic book creators enjoy a tremendous advantage in the way we can tell a story, with our wonderfully collaborative interaction between artist and writer. Over the course of my career in this industry I have had the opportunity to work on all of the major characters at Marvel and DC, and for much of that time it has been a lot of fun. But honestly, the entire medium deserves more than we are currently giving it. So do the fans, the people who currently shell out four dollars for each comic that they buy. We have taken away the consequences of the stories we present to them, and I feel the mainstream product is becoming a homogenized puddle of “meh.” I have no desire to appeal to a reader’s indifference, nor be involved in a final product that I do not fully support.
-Paul Jenkins, on his decision to stop working at Marvel and/or DC for the foreseeable future. Jenkins has committed to an exclusive deal with Boom Studios.
Hope to see more of this in the coming years. In an ideal world, Marvel and DC would be where creators hone their craft before moving on to their own projects (and occasionally dipping their toe in Marvel/DC when the mood suits them).
I added the emphasis because the lack of meaningful consequences in stories has been a bit of a pet peeve of mine re: Marvel/DC Comics over the last few years. Stories without consequences lack power.(via infectedworldmind)
I wonder to what degree this kind of mentality among creators will spread. Possibly even opening up an environment where enough of them create on their own to build something similar to the comics era of the 90s