FOR TOMMY: GEOFF JOHNS
Well, many see you as comics' last great hope - a popular
writer with a desire to bring back what the industry once
had for today's audiences. Yet you clearly see a lot of promise
and quality in other work around you right now. How can other
work of comparative quality find the kind of audience that
you're currently gaining?
I'm certainly not the last great hope. You're either over-rated
or under-rated in this business and that would be over-rating
me. There are way too many creators out there that are working
their asses off to make the best comics they can because they
love comics. There are so many talented artists and writers
today, you just need to let them do their thing.
shove them into a mold that works somewhere else and make
them work a certain way. It doesn't make anyone happy.
Okay then. The internet appears to have radically changed
the creator-reader dynamic. Instant feedback, in all its forms
is the norm. And as you've become more high profile, you've
collected your fair share. How do you deal with the... let's
go with 'extremes' shall we? What are the issues this new
relationship has raised for you?
How often can you work on OS X and have a problem or suggestion
or compliment and talk with the designer responsible directly?
are small enough where the creators and fans can interact
like this. We're lucky for it. You forget how cool this really
is! Look at how much Bob Wayne interacts with retailers on
CBIA. Brian Bendis and Mark Millar with all of their readers.
I've never had a real problem with the internet. Sure you
get readers or reviewers that don't like your stuff, rude
and less-than-constructive comments, but that cliche saying
is true. You can't please everyone. And trying to won't let
you do your best work. For some, I'm not what they want in
a comic. Okay, by me. Everyone has their own opinion. I do
really like getting instant feedback and meeting people and
reading other creators get interviewed. It's fun. At the same
time, there are negatives, like spoilers. I hate spoilers.
A lot of people will dog a book without even reading it, or
follow a book by reading the 4 preview pages and then the
Previews text. Personally, I'd rather not see those preview
pages on the internet. I'd rather keep Previews to a minimum.
However, at the same time everyone wants to know now what's
coming up next and retailers need that info.
I've met way too many interesting people, seen books like
the Flash and JSA find an audience because people recommended
them, and found comics that I would've never found due to
recommendations because of the internet. At the end of the
day, you can't let negatives outweigh the positives of the
internet world, because it's not THE world it's A world. You
can spend as much or as little time in it as you want.
getting a higher profile means getting more feedback and being
put into one of the spotlights at times, even if you don't
want it, but being critiqued comes with the job. Roll with
the punches, learn if you can, and keep trying to be a better
honesty, there are so many review sites out there and message
boards, you really don't have time to sit there and search
the internet much when you're working on four books a month
so I try to hit the major ones for me like Newsarama, Wizard
Universe, CBR, Aint-It-Cool-News and my site. I also like
Millar's site. Very well put together. A few others here and
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