Roger Landridge, critically acclaimed cartoonist, says that it was creator rights that motivated him from no longer working with the big two.
To quote him, "I think it's down to everyone's individual conscience but I think those of us who have options, and I do have options, I've got a working relationship with a couple of other publishers, I've got illustration work I can fall back on, I'm not beholden to Marvel and DC for my bread and butter. If you do have the option, you maybe should think hard about what you're doing and who you are doing it for.
I was writing the last issue of John Carter when the news came that Marvel had won a lawsuit against the heirs of Jack Kirby and Steve Bissette wrote an very impassioned post about the ethics of working for Marvel under those circumstances. Pretty much then, I figured I should finish the script I was writing and move on... I think it's beholden on the creative community to ask themselves what kind of industry they want and act accordingly."
As of recently we've seen a trend of creators that have spoken out against the big two because of their treatment of creators. Now, will these talks further motivate creators working with the big two or those who have thought about working with the big two from staying away from them and speak out against them? Could these speaking out get traction and go mainstream, where the general public will know what's going on behind the scenes of the big two? Or is this just one of those moments in comic time where, creators spoke out, nothing happened and we're back to normal.
What are your thoughts comic fans? And let's try to be a civil as possible, I know this an explosive issue for the comic community and emotion/insults can run wild (guilty of this) on both sides.
For me, I whole heartily stand behind Roberson, Landridge, Moore and others speaking out against the big two and their treatment of creators. And for those wondering, the reason I chose e community forum is because this forum gets a nice mixture of indie, dc and marvel fans and I think we can get a nice discussion going.