Thursday, May 01, 2008
Most of the rest of the week a lot of the material I cover and review will be of a positive nature, but first, I want to do a little venting, if I may.
Now, I really like Jaime Reyes, the current Blue Beetle, but the question keeps coming up: if a character is sufficently original, then why are you even bringing it to the table at Marvel/DC's main superhero universe? This isn't to discredit guys like Rogers or any of the dozens of people who've been doing it for years now, but the question remains; after everything everyone has ever learned about how corporate comics steal and malign creators' rights, why the hell would you even consider giving them you "A" material?
If Rogers had made the character for another company, where he would have had more control over his creation (most independent companies don't do total control these days, as adaptations to other media are too lucrative to be worth passing up), and came up with his own name, well, he wouldn't have been able to mine the DCU for every penny it's worth. However, outside of the comics blogosphere (hey, we're great, but we aren't the universe) exactly whom would give a damn?
Oh, yes, going with a Marvel or DC increases the chances your comic will succeed in the Direct Market (Well, that's not entirely true; it's far from an ironclad strategy). Big Whoop. Isn't being on top of the Diamond Catalogue really that meaningful? Or is it just some sick nostalgia for the 90s when that actually had some (false) signficance? Who cares if it's 40,000 or 70,000 of your floppy first issue that goes out? Isn't about where you end up and what you can make of your intellectual property?
Putting this into some kind of semi-relevant context: If I own a patent on a Device, then it's MINE. Complete, unto itself and I will fucking cut you up (in court) if you try to use it without giving me what I want for it. Now, the truth is, depending on what it is, someone with a patent will either have to make a deal with a company, or try and become a business themselves. Going with a company is not unlike with Marvel/DC, except that usually, you get the deal UPFRONT, and not after the fact. Furthermore, with most patent rules, you still get money if a company uses what is YOURS, even if you are no longer working on it. Gerber (or his estate) isn't getting any money from Letham's OMEGA THE UNKNOWN to my knowledge, even though if Letham had something resembling integrity, he'd put a chunk of his paycheck to such a cause, and making sure future creators don't get the screws the way Gerber did.
Honestly, it makes me question why ANYONE with half a brain would get into writing comics for the mainstream guys. Yeah, I mean, there are probably concepts and characters I'd love to write myself (and one day, I will share them with you) but let me be clear on this: SO LONG AS COMIC COMPANIES DO NOT PROVIDE PROPER REMEDIATION TO CREATORS, PAST AND PRESENT, I WILL NEVER EVER CONSIDER WRITING FOR THEM FOR ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY.
So yeah, that's my rant for tonite. Enjoy.