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Re: Future of Comics

Dan Cassity

    I think you are correct in assuming that many of the current reader of 
Comic books today started with Marvel or DC comics.  I did.
    However, I believe that even if Marvel was overwhelmed with letters and 
e-mail's asking them to stop whatever practices the reader was apposed to.  
Those who actually operated/managed Marvel were going to do whatever they 
thought would earn them a bonus.  Whoever they were, they did not care about 
the long term health of Marvel, the editors, writers, artists, employees or 
the characters and least of all you the reader.  No matter how many letters 
or e-mail's you write.  "They" do not care. 
    I seen the same thing in the defense industry.  And they only have one 
client the US Government.  You do not see Defense contract care if they rip 
off the Government.  They are not going to go to jail.  If the client stop 
buying from them.  Then they layoff the employees and management gives itself 
a raise.
    You are wasting your time thinking they care.  If, marvel could possibly 
take the industry down with it if it actually implodes.  It is my opinion 
that it would do that in a heart beat rather then address it's problems with 
it comic book business/ universe/ policies not their toy and other business

In a message dated 10/17/00 8:15:09 AM, Daniel.Cassity writes:

<< Gutters Folk=-)

    I've seen a lot of Marvel bashing lately, and want to stick in a

couple of words to see if we're all on the same page...

    Yeah, Marvel had some crappy management in the past couple of years,

but lets give credit where credit is do.  The first comic book I really

picked up and "read" (about 12 years ago) was not Concrete, or Bone, or

Appleseed, or one of the many other cool independant comics that are

floating around out there...it was Batman Part 4 of "Death in the Family".

I think a lot of us (not all of course) started out with characters likes

Batman, Superman, Ironman, Avengers, X-Men, or Spider-Man.  Those are the

ones that catch comic book readers while they're young, and THAT (what

Marvel is doing) is just as important as keeping readers as they grow up.  

    Marvel just needs a little help and support to get the ball rolling.

Right now, they've got a lot of Baby Boomer fat cats sitting around a table

just thinking up ways to make more money per project, instead of putting the

"heart" and energy into their comics that they deserve.  I sometimes wonder

if any of the Editors and Presidential staff ever sit back saying "...you

know what would be frickin' cool to do in this comic...", instead of

"...Statistics show that Wolverine and Blade are really hot items..." and

that is why their stories and business are dying.   

    I'm part of a lot of message boards on the Internet just like

Gutters, and we all seem to have the same 20/20 vision about what should be

done.  However, not too many Spawn issues ago, I read a response on the

letters page saying that they printed certain stupid peoples' letters

because they don't really have enough customer feedback to choose from!  As

a comic book community, we all need to put the pen to paper (or burn up the

keyboard) and tell places like Marvel, DC, and Image what we want to see.

Tell them we're TIRED of multiple covers (unless they are included in the

back of one single issue), we DON'T think holograms are nifty for an extra

$1.50, we DON'T want 5 versions of the same titles, annuals ARE NOT for

up-and-coming artist/writer teams (make something important happen for

$3.50), and mini-series are GAY if you have to buy a separate book to keep

the continuity in your title.  If you want to see horror, western, sci-fi

comics, or WHATEVER, let THEM know.  Don't just wine about it to a bunch of

people that are already on your wavelength.   

    I don't think anyone really benefits by Marvel's failure.  Don't get

caught up in "Damn the Man" articles, and remember what comic books are

about... "Reading adventures in a treehouse with your best friend, chewing

Bazooka Joe, eating Slim Jims, and having the time of your life!"

Dan Cassity

daniel.cassity >>


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