You may have missed it because there were so many controversial things said by Marvel executives over the weekend, but at the Marvel retailer summit, Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso had something to say about the ability of artists to sell comic books (from a report of the summit by ICv2):
There are fewer artists that impact sales than there are writers, Alonso said, and they're harder to promote. "It's harder to pop artists these days," he said. "There is no apparatus out there. There is no Wizard Magazine out there that told you who the hot top 10 were. We don't have that anymore. We can hype our artists all we want, but I don't know if we know how many artists, besides maybe McNiven and Coipel, absolutely move the needle on anything to be drawn.
Needless to say, the statement didn't go over very well with artists, or with the people who work with them every day, writers. Some of that was covered in Bleeding Cool's general reaction article on Friday, beginning with one of Marvel's own artists, Chris Samnee:
And as also included in an earlier Bleeding Cool article, some like Image founder Erik Larsen explained that the situation Axel describes is a one of Marvel's own making:
Even DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee got in on the action:
With a reply from Ryan Ottley:
Haha indeed! Writer Cullen Bunn believes that animosity between writers and artists could negatively affect the product:
But journalist Steve Morris puts it more bluntly:
What's a publisher to do?
So tell us, dear readers: which artists move the needle for you?