O.K. Here goes whats up.
I was online yesterday and one of my old school buddies asked me why it was I wasn't trying to get in with Marvel or DC? Me being me I stopped for a hot second and pondered this question. WHY AREN"T I TRYING TO WORK FOR MARVEL OR DC?
Well, I finally got the gumption to answer this question competently, and competence is important in all things lol.
1. While I love Sups and Bats and Spidey and Cap and all them, I have a problem with the fact that these people just WON"T DIE!! I mean how many death events can any of us really be expected to show any real emotion for? We know that no matter how much we LOVE BUCKY(the winter soldier) in the mantle of cap, Steve Rodgers is coming back to get his.
We know that Batman (dead may he be) is coming back,because they are still putting out Batman books.
All this is really because of a think both these companies discovered along time ago called MARKETING and LICENSING. When you license a character say for a movie and people dig it, well when they go to YE OLE COMIC SHOP or the newstand and open that particular character's title they expect to see Peter Parker as Spiderman along with the supporting cast that they have been made familiar with from the movies or TV.
They don't know or really give a flying fuck about Ben Riley or anybody else that is not part of what they know about that character.
So ultimately, the major comic companies have traded story for mythos. Mythos pays, but ultimately it backs creativity into a corner. Dead Peter Parker means screwed up Spidey license, and possible problems with the license's revenue stream.
These companies make so much coin from licensing it pays to just keep the status que all around and rake in the dough. I don't fault them for this, but I do fault them for not using the comics as the playground they are meant to be. There is no creativity in the ultimate sense are Marvel or DC.They are like Disney in this way.
2. I am a big fan of ownership. Call me an IMAGE baby but what those guys did back in 92' was nothing short of GUTSY and BALLSY any other type of ---SY we can use. They bucked the system and WON. They told Marvel in no uncertain terms that they KNEW that the art they did was what was driving the huge sales Marvel enjoyed at the time.
They took those sales and started their own shit. Sure they made huge mistakes and some of them even went back to the majors, but they went back on THEIR OWN TERMS.
You gotta respect that and shit like that is what I want to be a part of. Stuff where you can weave your own mythos. One were you can off as many people as you want and not have to worry about the bottomline. Doing what the story demands is what I'm about.
3. I love the Japanese model of doing things. The guys in Manga do mostly creator owned stuff. That gives them HUGE LATITUDE. They are also made diverse in the TYPES of stories they tell. I used to love soap operas back in the day, so what if I want to do a soup opera type comic? Were is there room in Marvel or DC for that to be done well and taken seriously, except maybe Vertigo.
4. I am to damn OLD to be putting up with bullshit. The reason the majors like the young guys is because they are MALIABLE. They work for next to nothing just to say they have done major work and the worst part is some of them sign EXCLUSIVE contracts. Shit that has non-compete clauses in it,where you can do your own shit for a specified amount of time EVEN after you leave the company.
NO WAY DOGG NOT ME. I'm to savvy for that one. I am getting screwed by the autocompanies as we speak do you think I am gonna let Stan Lee (Editor Emeritus at Marvel) screw me. HELLS NO.
So in a nutshell thats why I make mine Independent.
Listening to: Parlement Funkadelic
Reading: Manga Studio for Dummies
Watching: Battlestar Galactica
Playing: Palladium Books Rifts RPG
Eating: Cheese Puffs
Drinking: Coke Zero