- Posted by Johanna on April 24, 2007 at 7:29 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
Some bad ideas I’ve seen in the blogverse lately…
Voting for someone for an Eisner not based on the nominated work, but because “they deserve it” for the rest of their career, as Tom Brevoort suggests.
Writing creative and personal work as a way of trying out for Batman or Superman, as Cecil Castellucci hints at in an interview. (Worse: supporting that idea, because I wouldn’t wish that meat-grinder on an enemy.)
Hey! It’s Tom Brevoort again! He thinks manga doesn’t really compete with Marvel and DC as comic publishers because “most manga publishers aren’t competing over the same talent that we and the guys uptown are using” (thank goodness!) and because manga publishers actually bring in new readers.
He’s right, it’s not a competition — because manga has clearly won. They don’t gain sales by taking them from the leading competitor in a petty see-saw that doesn’t benefit readers or the industry. As Brevoort says, “What manga has done is to get a lot more people reading comics.”
Of course, he goes on to sink back into the same old dinosaur tar-pit:
And while they may really only like that one type of comic, at least at the moment, that does open the door to the potential that we could lure some of those readers into checking out what we’re doing.
To trot out a tired ol’ metaphor: Hey! Maybe those people driving those new-fangled automobiles will enjoy getting out on the roads so much that they’ll come buy our horse-drawn buggies!
(Note: It doesn’t have to be us vs. them… but that’s the approach Brevoort started with, and it seems to be the way that too many of those raised in the superhero world think of things.)