What'd you think about your homey Stephenson's ComicsPRO speech? It seems to have sparked a healthy discussion (even though most people seem to agree with most of what he said). Care to weigh in?
Yeah, I like what Eric said. (the full thing is here)
Image is in an amazing position right now. People are paying attention and I think it’s a great time to take some risks and really try some new stuff. The scary thing is doing work that lives up to the potential.
It all makes me wanna work a lot harder (and draw more)
I’d love to see a lot more new types of books at Image. When I look at what Emily Carroll or Michael Deforge are doing with comics— guys who really push the medium to new places. That is what I would like to see more of on comic shelves.
My favorite parts of Eric’s speech:
"over the years, when the writers and artists and editors and publishers I looked up to talked about advancing the medium, about producing more challenging content, and creating comics that appealed to adults, never once did I mistake what they were saying to be, “We need to find a way for superhero comics to appeal to more adults.”
This is the comic book industry, not the superhero industry, and if we want to stick around for the long haul, we need to recognize that and capitalize on that, because as much as I fond as I am of the superhero comics I read when I was younger, the full scope of what comics are and what comics can be is what will ultimately bring the world into your stores.”
We talk about being obsessed with expanding our audience, but if publishing lesser versions of people’s favorite cartoons, toys, and TV shows is the best we can do, then we are doomed to failure.
Simply reframing work from other media as comic books is the absolute worst representation of comics.
We can invite readers to innovate with us, but repurposing someone else’s ideas as comic books isn’t innovation – at best, it’s imitation, and we are all so much better than that.
New creativity that is native to comics is what makes this industry stronger. It shows what comics do, what comics can BE.”