Musical Chairs With Marvel And DC Comics

Musical Chairs With Marvel And DC Comics

"Creative differences"

It's such a wonderful euphemism. It can mean anything. Fights on the street, shagging the wrong girlfriend, chronic lateness, drug use, or someone thinking that someone else is crap. I think only the Beautiful South broke up over "creative similarities."

We've seen a number of relatively high profile people quitting one or more books at DC Comics. Sometimes they walk, sometimes they are pushed, everyone throwing euphemisms around like confetti.

I understand that there may be need for a whole lot of new confetti soon. People at DC Comics leaving books, with conflicts between editors being cited as the main problem. Specifically editors telling them one thing, only to be contradicted later when that editor's boss tells them to swing the other way. And people reaching out to Marvel to find out just how greener the other grass is.

Of course this goes both ways. I understand that a number of Marvel creators are, frankly, worried by the current state of the market and are seeing DC as a better bet. And DC have been making moves to facilitate any moves.

And also don't doubt that Eric Stephenson, Robert Kirkman and Mark Millar are whispering into their ear as well. Especially since the creator owned places are also talking to specific creators about offering page rates… and Dark Horse offering full creator owned deals too.

Let's just hope that music keeps playing…

 

 

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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