- Posted by Johanna on June 30, 2008 at 7:18 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
Don MacPherson ponders how Marvel and DC deal with the press. He says:
“No comment” … invariably means “There’s something we’re not telling you.”
Is that really true? Could it just mean “I don’t want to bother talking to you”? There’s a lot of ego involved with what’s ever-more-erroneously called “the big two” of American comics. I can see a perception that they don’t have to do anything they don’t want to wrongly taking root.
Don goes on to say (and this part I strongly agree with):
What the comics-journalism community … needs to realize is that Marvel and DC (and Tokyopop and just about every other publisher, big and small) need access to it more than the community needs access to them. Brady was the one who broke the news that the late Jerry Siegel’s family sued over the rights to Superman and Superboy. He still has access. DC (and every other publisher) still wants readers to know about its new titles and initiatives.
Based on his own experience in a day job as a “real” reporter, he concludes:
Eventually, people let go of the anger or realize that the story had to be told, that there was nothing personal about it.
Unfortunately, as I said at the comics journalism panel, people in comics hold grudges and have very long memories. Some of them have no real-world experience in any other business, so they can tend to act in a more juvenile fashion than you might expect. That’s one of the things that I hope goes away as comics is forced to grow up as an industry in order to deal with more competition and outlets.