Okay, well, so you don't blame lateness for the boom and bust,
I think some retailers with columns of Deathmate may disagree,
but what about other factors? Do you feel at all responsible
for the boom and bust, and the resultant dramatic fall in
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No, everything fell in sales. We're living in a depressed
comic reality. But certainly I am responsible for shipping
either late products or no products and losing money for retailers
and faith with fans. But I'm not accountable for say, the
fact that other companies books ship late. Whether Image contributed
to the early '90s boom or not is really not for me to say.
Some say yes, others, no, but regardless we'll always be strongly
associated with the boom and bust. Image Comics created mass
hysteria and that resonates strongly with many people from
that time. I have interns at studios telling me how they waited
in lines for our books and they associate that with good times.
We made so many mistakes though and that is also harbored
by many fans. But as for the bust, I refer to my previous
Alright, let's look at the work. Your critics, myself among
them, find little artistic endeavour in your writing. While
I have a fondness for some of your artwork, I find myself
agreeing that much of your work has lacked form, function
and storytelling ability. To what do you ascribe your success
in the field, which seems to take so much time out to criticize
My success came largely as a result from the radical departure,
both conceptually and artistically, from what had come before.
It's pointed out in Scott Mcloud's Understanding Comics that
the style I developed, and Todd developed, and others copied
to a large extent, was a much more hostile approach to the
page than was currently available.
were very static and rigid and then we rebelled on the page
using jagged lines and broken panels and two and three page
splashes in ridiculous excess, and we connected with the youthful
audience who responded to our rage and energy. We were literally,
the "Grunge music" of comics. Instead of Nirvana, Pearl Jam
and Soundgarden, there was Spawn, Wildcats and Youngblood.
stories that I've penned, Rich, I'll be the first to tell
you that they are pure pop and fun. Cable/Stryfe/New Mutants/X-Force
was a great romp, with great twists and turns along the way.
It was pure super soap opera with well-timed cliff-hangers.
Simple and entertaining. The time will come to tell something
more personal, compelling, but not just yet. There are some
scathing themes in Bloodsport, but that's Millar's gig.
We'll get onto Bloodsport in a minute, I'm sure, but how about
those pesky critics? If it's all such fun and games, why can't
they, and many other readers these days, see it?
The critics are welcome to their opinions. I'm not sure that
in most cases I would disagree with some of the harsher critiques,
but again I have not aspired to have created brilliant work
up to this point
Okay, when Alan Moore addressed your universe of characters
in Judgment Day, they were revealed to be the wish-fulfillment
fantasies and ravings of an obsessed adolescent, given too
much power. What do you think he was trying to say?
That I'm a former power mad crazy adolescent and that if given
absolute power would destroy the Universe as we know it. I
try to have fun with my work, if it's not your cup o' tea
then keep moving.
But is that the only reason they keep moving? Rob, since you
left Image, hell, for a while before, your output has been
sporadic at best and you've gained a reputation for not delivering
what you've promised. Series remain unpublished, or cut down
before completion. Lateness, even on your latest project --
Youngblood: Bloodsport -- has been the norm. How can reader
and retailers trust you again to deliver on your word? Why
should they pick up this first issue when your recent history
at least indicates that they might never get the finished
This is a great and valid point. I can't think of anything
I could say that could convince anyone that the product will
arrive on time. I just need to produce the work, and I intend
to do just that. Hopefully the fans will enjoy the results.