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[Jun. 10th, 2011|12:26 pm]
Warren Ellis

Rich Johnson, on the current commercial comics landscape: “We’re firmly back in the Nineties, aren’t we?”

I swear, nothing else could make me want more to just say fuckit and do nothing in comics but digitally-distributed work.  With the novel and the other stuff, I’ve already massively reduced my comics output.  But “the Nineties are back”?  Just makes me want to take myself out of the equation entirely.  I already had to fight the Nineties once.

Broke the two humps that had set into the second 5000 words of the novel and am moving again.  Have filed the scripts for four of my six issues of SECRET AVENGERS for Marvel.  Contracts for Odd Digital Thing have arrived.  Draft Zero of Film Treatment Thing has passed muster, and I’m driving it to Draft One, although, as with all of my treatments and outlines, it won’t be any good until Draft Two.

And you may have noticed that I’m not posting here much either.  I’m pretty much down in the mines for the next several months.  Which is where I am now returning, grumbling about fucking Nineties comics and the lack of idiots geniuses queueing up to pay me for digital comics.

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[User Picture]From: deathstar461
2011-06-10 08:30 pm (UTC)
hey, i liked the 90s....
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From: dewline
2011-06-11 01:17 am (UTC)
It had its good aspects, true.
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[User Picture]From: hex_16
2011-06-10 11:48 pm (UTC)
How the hell does Rob Liefield still have a job?
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[User Picture]From: deathstar461
2011-06-11 01:58 am (UTC)
personaly, while I think he's a horrible writer and worse idea-person, I still love his artwork. There. I said it.

if anything, its like a bad action movie. Sometimes, its just good to indulge in a guilty pleasure.
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[User Picture]From: sui_generis
2011-06-12 07:57 pm (UTC)

The 90's were awful not just for the absurd character redesigns and Liefeld, but also for the complete lack of editorial control (or self-control) that took place. A situation which has been ramping up again lately but one which I didn't expect to explode.

HOWEVER, since DC announced this new reboot of their universe, I have been advancing a theory. It may be an overly optimistic one, but it goes like this: It's all a hoax.

Not even Didio is lame enough to throw away this many decades of storyline in the DCU that quickly and without any kind of fan input.

This whole "reboot" is, IMHO, most likely either a spinoff universe, like Marvel's "Ultimate line" (which will be revealed to co-exist beside the current DCU by the end of Flashpoint) or alternately, just an elseworlds DCU that will only stick around for all the #1 issues or a few thereafter, having the old numbers and continuity return immediately afterwards. Either way, the status quo of the old DCU and the classic designs are going nowhere, and all the new stuff will only be kept separate, or incorporated sparingly.

That's my prediction, and I will accept cookies and gold stars if the fall comes around and it turns out I'm right.

Edited at 2011-06-12 07:58 pm (UTC)

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