this week I received an e-mail from Dynamic Forces head man,
Nick Barrucci. It was cc'ed to a number of comics luminaries
and it created quite a discussion. It's been reprinted in this
column, and may well start an ongoing feature. I'm interested
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got a cunning plan. More on that at the end of the column...
Now, clearly I was only privy to the discussions
that went to everyone on the list, and I'm aware of a few
private e-mails between people involved, even including little
old me. But this is still entertaining, illuminating and in
some places quite inspiring. Enjoy. or at least tolerate.
BARRUCCI: Dear Fellow Friends,
for a quick favor. If you can please read this, and if you
agree with my thoughts or opinions - please send this out
to as many other people as you can. And please post on your
websites if possible: http://www.newsarama.com/Nick1.htm
roots movement would be awesome!
let me know what you think!
as ever, I decided to ignore whatever Nick was wittering on
about and went for the cheap dig. Dynamic Forces and Newsarama
had famously fallen out when Newsarama left Comicon for Kevin
Smith's servers, despite what Dynamic Forces thought their
agreement was (and what Newsarama didn't.)]
JOHNSTON: Good to see the Dynamic Forces/Newsarama rift
is healed... or is it????
BARRUCCI: Well, in a way, that's not the point, but thanks
for asking. Yes, DF has a good working relationship with Newsarama,
but this interview is bigger than whether or not we get along.
And if you like what you read, please post in as many places
as possible to get more people reading and please e-mail to
all fellow fans who you think that this can affect. This is
a one step at a time deal, and one person at a time movement,
and as an industry, we can all use all the help we can get.
Millar was the first to take this seriously and he kicked
MILLAR: Fan-bloody-tastic, Italian. Consider it up on
BARRUCCI: Thanks man! One step at a time, we're going
to turn this into the most electrifying industry in entertainment,
or at least have fun trying!!!!! (Yeah, right, fun :-)
MILLAR: We're cheap to produce, take more risks than movies,
games or TV and are fast becoming a fashion accessory again.
Best of all, we're the perfect petri-dish for any production
company looking to option or make the next big thing. How
can we fail? By the middle to the end of this decade, comic
creators will be the new dot.com billionaires. The potential
so, naturally, I went on a bit of a downer. All this positivity
was far too depressing.]
JOHNSTON: Remember what happened to dot.com billionaires.
The price of being fashionable, is becoming pogs... Okay,
okay, voice of cynicism, but I remember Triumphant, Ultraverse,
CGW, and tonnes of sh*te comics from Marvel, DC, Valiant and
Image when the boom hit.
is a boom, I hope it's built on content which is sustainable,
as opposed to variant covers, spinoffs, high concepts, which
Millar knocked me back.]
MILLAR: Comic guys are the only industry on Earth afraid
of a boom because a boom might mean inevitable bust!!!! Sure,
it'll inevitably peak and slide down the other end of the
parabolic curve just like the nineties, the seventies and
the fifties, but with proper planning we can make it last
and make sure a healthy industry is there at the end of it.
Just remember that Liefeld personally made 20 million dollars
in 1992. Being unfashionable in 2014 is a price worth paying
if you're ultra-fashionable in 2006. The pogs guys are billionaires.
BARRUCCI: And all I can say is - quality with bells and
whistles is fine. Sh*t with bells and whistles will stink.
Look at Friends when they have an event - they can get Bruce
Willis to appear on a few episodes. It's a stunt to get more
viewers. But it's a well done stunt on a well written and
well acted TV Show, so bells and whistles are fine in comics
if the comics are good!
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