For Tommy: Ian Edginton and Joe Quesada
By Richard Johnston
How did you find Mark Alessi's relationship with the 'talent'?
Some have alleged that he divided people into loyal and un-loyal,
treating them and paying them differently. Was that true for
you? What side of the fence did you sit?
IAN: Obviously, not working on site, I didn't really
see what happened there day-to-day but from what I've heard
Mark did play his favourites. Funnily enough I did hear an
interesting story in the early days of the crisis. One afternoon
he rallied the worried troops and gave them a pep talk, after
which he gave them the rest of the day off. God bless you
guv'nor they cried! What wasn't known at the time, was that
he did it so he could give some moneymen/investors a tour
without them having to meet the disgruntled masses. That kind
of manoeuvring was pretty much par for the course.
were a good boy and towed the line, then money would be forthcoming
but if you blabbed to the press, or found work elsewhere to
supplement your dwindling CrossGen income, you would find
yourself eased to the bottom of the payment pile.
conversations Mark laid a lot of emphasis on being a team
player, having faith in the company and sticking with them.
I did buy into this at first. Here was a guy who was trying
to do something daring, something new, he's hit a bump in
the road but it's not the end of the world, other companies
have pulled back from worse, so I gave him the benefit of
my financial position was getting shaky and I needed to claw
back the money I was owed, so I simply told him and Bill whatever
they wanted to hear. CrossGen had put me in an untenable situation,
they had jeopardised my livelihood and my home, so I played
the game by their rules and lied to their faces, plain and
most of this could have been avoided if Mark had just been
up-front and honest with people from the start. No one really
wants to see a company go to the wall and everyone lose their
jobs. If he'd come clean and explained what was going on,
he would have found that the creative community was a lot
more patient and indulgent than he's given them credit for.
As it stands now, he's as good as made himself a pariah. I
don't think anyone would piss on him if he was on fire,
With the cancellation of Soujourn, what is your impression
of your work for the company and on the title? Did problems
with CrossGen affect your writing?
IAN: I really enjoyed writing Sojourn and Scion, Sojourn
especially. I'd wanted to write a sword and sorcery saga for
ages but no one was really interested, then low and behold
two come along at once!
my time in Florida I ran my ideas for the future of both books
past Ron. To his credit, he was encouraging and enthusiastic
about virtually every idea I threw at him. He wanted me to
shake things up, throw people off the track and get rid of
that damn dog! (Kreeg in Sojourn).
of my work on those first few issues of Sojourn. As for the
ones that followed, I will hold my hand up and readily admit
that their quality does waver. The simple fact is, I was writing
a book that I had no guarantee of being paid for but I was
obliged to hang on nevertheless. At the same time, the exchange
rate had started to plummet, meaning I was doing the same
job, putting in the same hours for less and less money. I
calculated that because of CrossGen's delay in paying me,
I've lost several thousand dollars simply through the radical
shift in the exchange rate.
the end I couldn't wait to leave. I was also surprisingly
saddened as well. I had at least the next two years worth
of storylines for both books roughed out, exploring aspects
of the stories that hadn't even been touched on.
Arwyn and company were going to discover that the rings encircling
their planet Quinn, were once it's moon that broke up and
crashed into the far side of the planet, which is why all
the worlds races are now concentrated on the only surviving
landmass. Arywn was going to spend a year (comic time) exploring
Qunn's lost, moon ravaged, continent
Ethan would learn that his world's dominant human race was
in fact no such thing but actually, vat-grown beings like
the sub-servant bestial, Lesser Races. or were they? Alas
we'll never know.
CrossGen has been regarded by much of the industry as "something
separate" and people who worked there have found their influence
in the industry lag. Was this a problem for you?
IAN: Do I have an influence in the industry? Did I
ever? I doubt it.
sound naive but I just like to tell stories, I like to entertain.
I don't have that killer instinct, I'm not looking to build
a multi-media career off the back of my comic work. I tried
it a while ago, all it does is wear you out, make you paranoid
and give you an over inflated opinion of yourself, not to
mention being Hell on relationships. I just want to create
a decent body of work that's fun to read.
So what now for Ian Edginton?
IAN: A cup of tea and a chocolate Hob-Nob.
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