And yet another. Or is it a repeat, as artist George Perez had some words back in the day when he left the New 52 Superman? Anyway, new day, and a new exclusive creator at Boom, with new projects on the horizon, as he told CBR:
Q: That said, I don’t doubt that a creator of your caliber would be able to pitch a series anywhere from DC and Marvel on down through every publisher listed in the Previews catalog. Why was BOOM! the place you decided to make your new home?
A: I don’t know about that first statement, especially regarding DC and Marvel. From what I can see, it’s not the new that either company wants now, it’s the familiar. Why gamble with an unknown property when another Batman or Avengers title might be more of a sure thing? Fewer and fewer final decisions are made at the editorial level. Warner and Disney think they can do it all better — and they’re the ones with control and money.
When I was approached by BOOM!, they offered me a chance to work on something I wanted to do, something they hoped would rekindle the creative spark that I felt was being squelched these past few years. I was also offered something that was a bit unique — an employment contract, meaning I would actually receive all benefits of being an employee with tax withholding and medical benefits. To be fair, I was receiving medical benefits at the Big Two as well, but it was frightfully expensive and required full exclusivity. BOOM!’s package is a little more flexible regarding exclusivity — and a good deal cheaper.
So yeah, pretty simple, and sensible. It’s good that Boom is now in a position to offer a creator of Perez’s caliber am employment offer he found equitable– more options for creators is always a good thing. And while you could sort of dismiss Perez’s comments as “sour grapes” or whatever, it’s really more a qualified observation on the state of his employment options. As he admits in the interview, Perez—who has had several health issues in recent years—isn’t as prolific as he once was. At the same time, he’s a quality creator with a legacy that has enriched comics immeasurably, with long foundational runs on Teen Titans, Wonder Woman and Avengers. He’s earned a situation that allows him some security and a chance to be creative.
So, a happy story for now.
Boom and Perez will announce his first project at the Baltimore Comicon.