12 comments on “For The Haters: The Weekly Business

  1. Beautiful Dwight! Couldn’t have said it better myself! I’ve got nothing to add.

  2. Had lunch with a buddy of mine who works in the movie and TV biz (not a celeb, he’s one of the craftsman types), and told him about what the margins are really like in the comic book business. He about choked – no one really knows how little the creators get, even on “hit” books.

  3. Indeed, Charles. It would be laughable–if it weren’t so tragically sad.

  4. Seems like graphic novels would be a GREAT way to shop a story around Hollywood. Isn’t the story somewhat storyboarded through the graphic novel? Seems like a perfectly acceptable practice to me. I would “sell out” in a second. It makes the art form we all love just that much more mainstream…and the more mainstream, the more of it we’ll get to see.

  5. Joel, indeed! It’s good for all of us. Glad you “get” it, and thanks for reading and commenting!

  6. I don’t completely disagree with you, but I don’t think the topic is as clear cut as you spell it out here.

    More often than not, the contempt I see is not for creators attempting to shop their stories around Hollywood-types. That’s their right and prerogative, and anyone calling them sell-outs for that IS an hypocrite. No one would disagree with that.

    BUT I have repeatedly seen a lot of comics (particularly from some companies that I won’t name) that are little else but glorified storyboards in the aspect that they were never intended to be comics in the first place. They are pretty easy to spot because they will usually have a credit that says “Created by” completely different from the “Written” and “Illustrated” credit. The “creators” in this case is usually a third party that commissions the story to be made into a comic so then they can shop it around as a Hollywood project.

    The quality of this kind of comic, more often than not, is not very good, particularly the art (again, you can spot it because the art is usually very static and stiff, perfect for a storyboard, not so much for a finished project). I wouldn’t call this inherently bad, because it DOES provide jobs for people in the industry. However, it often does not lead to good comics, and the attitude can be seen as condescending to the comic medium.

    Like I said, I don’t disagree with you completely, and I think it’s a topic worth exploring.

  7. To be honest, Matt, most of the current comics created by “comic creators” are crap. My point was that it’s not really doing any harm. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it. Likewise, film studios/producers pass on crappy graphic novels.

    Live and let live.

  8. I really enjoyed your article Dwight. Your work as a property is an
    inescapable fact from this industry anymore.

  9. Thanks for reading, Bruce. As always, your support is greatly appreciated.

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