Anonymous asked: Have you read the Ask Chris #172 over at comicsalliance (sorry I couldn't post a link). It has some interesting views that semi-relate to some of your older posts. If you have would you agree, disagree or simply don't care? - JimbobMarx
Have you seen the length of that fuckin’ article? No one that cares that much about Marvel and DC is worth listening to. It means they’re actually passionate about the companies rather than wishing they’d go away so the normal human isn’t instantly repulsed by the idea of reading a comic book.
But I did read the title, laughed at the idea that a “good comic” is one that a lot of their demographic of enormous white American men purchase, and noticed what he deemed to be The Problem.
Let me tell you what The Fucking Problem is.
The Problem is that whenever a billion dollar box office superhero movie comes out in theatres, there are no comic monthlies for sale inside the cinema.
The Problem is that the notion of a gay character, which is dashed and sprinkled into the sensible mediums with abandon, is announced with fuckin’ fanfare when it shows up in a comic book, reeking of a market strategy to clumsily show relevance rather than actually be relevant.
The Problem is that DC decided, instead of hiring a unique, visually appealing artist after the Harley Quinn contest, they hired someone who, not only draws in keeping with their dreadful artistic vision, but had already worked for them.
The Problem is that people walk from the industry constantly. Revolving door style. The moment Bruce Timm walked from DC I was done with ‘em.
The Problem, Jimbob, is that the leaders of an entire medium are objectively retarded. No ambition, no innovation, no vision for the future. Their demographic ages with them, presumably it’ll die with them too. And the indies, by and large, are too small to utilise the required resources to communicate with the outside world on a large scale. If you’re in comics, you’re stuck with the people who read comics. Which is why the highest level of success in webcomics is the ability to pay a mortgage. I have plans and ideas to try and convince the humans outside of this dumb industry that some comics are actually pretty cool, but I need to make enough bread off of the people inside the bubble to communicate with those outside of it.
I s’pose none of this matters from a reader’s perspective, which is where Chris #172 is coming from. (I imagine, I ain’t fuckin’ readin’ all that shit). But from a creator’s perspective, that’s the gist. Marvel and DC are the first point of contact for a lot of people that aren’t into comics, and their work is atrocious. And so arse holes like me that DO have ambition beyond paying a mortgage and going to comic conventions to see their colleagues, need to find a work-around.
Hope that answers the question. Feel free to ask more!
It’s been awhile since I’ve drawn anything from a Twitter conversation, but today I conjured up this unholy bloated terror ‘specially for my pal Celina Hernandez, based on how I predict I’d end up if I went to Chicago and started sampling its cuisine (exotic-sounding cuisine that Celina has been foodpimping at me).