- Posted by Johanna on March 15, 2012 at 9:10 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
Kevin Huxford demonstrates what happens when a comic “journalism” site puts the desire of its reviews editor to break into writing comics over presenting honest opinions on a big superhero publisher’s flagship event book.
I had my review [of the last issue of Blackest Night] in hours before the article would run… yet my review was nowhere to be found in the article. Come to find out later that a fellow contributor had their review dropped, too. We happened to be the only two voices in the crowd that had written negative reviews about the finale. At the time, [the article compiler] was actively pitching comic book work. I know for a fact that one of the publishers he was pitching to was DC.
Too many writers about comics are doing it just to get noticed and attempt to transition into writing for the publishers they’re covering. That’s an inherent conflict of interest that many rationalize as not a problem, when it’s clear to readers that it colors their coverage choices. (To be fair, Huxford mentions others later in the article who would run negative reviews.) Huxford sounds quite jaded about the whole thing, a mindset it’s difficult not to fall into.
I swear I’d wish I never wound up on the “professional” coverage side of the divide. Once you’ve seen behind the curtain, it all starts to lose its magic. And once you see how the sausage is made, it starts to turn your stomach.
I’m struggling with that myself. I need to recapture the light-heartedness of writing about whatever I want instead of being tempted to run articles for hits. Once you’re running a business, it’s difficult to keep the fun in it.