Looking for a theme at Comicon isn’t always the most sensible thing to do. It’s a big show and there’s a lot going on. I am, however, seeing some momentum being gathered — in force — from a trend that seemed to spin out of the Image convention this past spring. It’s a little bit more than a movement back towards creator ownership, though that’s certainly part of it. It’s about the era of exclusive contracts dying and an age of , for lack of a better term, playing the field coming back.