More thoughts on Seed Culture:
An actual conversation overheard at the comic shop where I work:
Customer: “How’s this selling?”
Owner: “Pretty well.”
Customer: “Really? That’s great! I own 15% of it.”
Owner: “You’re buying your own book?”
Customer’s girlfriend: “Yeah, we’ve been to a lot of comic stores.”
Customer: “Well, she hasn’t been to that many, but I’ve been to a bunch this week. I’m not, I mean, really into…I don’t like comics. Fucking hate them, in fact. I’m just doing this to break into the movie business.”
From the June/July issue of Complex:
For an indie creator, when Hollywood buys a property from you, it’s life-changing. A lot of my peers fell by the wayside because they couldn’t afford to practice their craft anymore. Hollywood helps them keep making comics, which is all they want to do.
-Brian Michael Bendis
The danger we get into is everyone starts trying to create a franchise. I’ve met a lot of people in recent years who are doing it only to sell a movie. It has nothing to do with comics, or even how to use it as a medium. They really think they can just slap words and pictures together and say, “Look, it’s a storyboard!” It’s really obvious when it’s an insincere effort, and people put out comics for the sole purpose of climbing to another medium. They’re like zombie comics, without a soul.
From the Grant Morrison/Gerard Way panel at Comic-Con:
[B]ack at the turn of the century…a lot of movie stuff was starting to get made, our movies were starting to fixate on comics and steal all our stuff. So I figured the best way to fight back was to make comics even more bizarre. Because the one things comics can do is weirdness and strangeness and surrealism, and they do that better than movies. They do it better than any other medium. So my big idea was to start waving the flag for comics that were more like comic books and had a bigger, higher level of imagination in them and hopefully some people have picked up the torch like Gerard [Way] has, and are starting to create these types of books, because I think we just need more weird shit, to be honest.
Because there’s so many people now, I think, they started creating comic books that were actually just really cheesy pitch documents for movies that were never going to get made, and we really want comics to be comics and to do the things that only comics can do, which again is really weird stuff, you know. It’s just time.
From Newsarama’s Seller’s Market: Comics Hotter Than Ever in Hollywood:
“This is the summer that comic book material has dominated the box office [over $1 billion at the box office so far this year -Caleb] — including comics-inspired stuff like Hancock — so you can be sure that it signals the studios will increase production in that area. They’ll glut the market with product in a few years, but at the same time the good stuff will survive and it will continue to be a source of blockbuster movies.
From Newsarama’s Seller’s Market 2: Are Movies Changing the Face of Comics?:
That’s the kind of shift that I think people are kind of missing the boat on. You’ve got all these people who are fighting so damned hard to write Wolverine or whatever, and that’s fine if you want to do that. But at the same time, the situation exists now where those guys can also take their own ideas, and even if they don’t sell 80,000 or 50,000 copies in comic book shops, there’s life for these ideas beyond comics that would allow them to continue putting their own original ideas out there and maybe even reach a wider audience with them.
I’m not dumping on anybody if they want to put a new spin on old superhero stories. We all read that stuff and love it, and as fans, we’re always looking for that kind of thing. But I just think there’s a mindset that you’re at the top of the heap when you reach Justice League. But in reality, now that Hollywood is offering up this attention, you could write these books over here that you really want to write, on your own terms, without much editorial interference, and be satisfied with your work and able to afford to do it.
-B. Clay Moore