Steven Grant:And the reason you haven't just started your own company is...? :evilsmileI was going to spend the day spelling out a foolproof way for any publisher to turn comics publishing into a multi-billion dollar enterprise...
Rhetorical question, Steven: 1) You don't have the capital base, and 2) You've played E-I-C before and you don't want to play it again. TSR Comic modules, right?
But you've got the experience, and you and others who are like-minded to the way you think about the business and are successful talents in their own right surely have enough original content amongst you to produce.
So why would you waste yet another column telling someone else how to do it, when you've essentially already done that song and dance several times over in this column and absolutely nobody's listened?
They (the would be and the established publishers alike) haven't listened to you, or Warren Ellis, or Randy Zimmerman, or Gary Reed, or Beau Smith, or Peter David, or myself, or any number of other talents at any given level of the "food chain" in the creative community who have written any number of columns, blogs, letters in CBG or WIZARD or posted on forums all over the net about what needs to be done. And you know something? In the end, most of us are thinking on the same level. We all know what has to be done.
We just differ on how to execute it and we all have different tastes.
But that's fine. Because if we put all that aside for the moment and just get the damn structure in place - a legitimate publisher and not some corporate media group or organization more interested in licensing than publishing - I think we'd find all of us have valid points and can either produce or find the work that is worthy of being out there.
Just my opinion.