§ David Brothers rounds up the last five years of disgruntled creator exit interviews. and there are some classics:
The past couple years has seen a rise in those fires. A number of creators have left the Big Two, meaning Marvel Comics and DC Comics, under less than friendly circumstances. These creators also felt comfortable enough in their career to fire shots back publicly at the company that they felt wronged them. While the two companies have never released a statement about the dismissals and accusations, having several angry ex-freelancers talking about their practices in public likely indicates something going on behind the scenes.
§ Apparently, Rush Limbaugh has seen his Bluewater comics biography, and discovered it misnamed his cat, and as Rich Johnston reports, it was also the occasion of a confessional of sorts on his radio show:
RUSH: I’ve never read comic books, in fact. I just never have. You know, I was stunned. I mean, I’ve heard of Spider-Man and all that stuff but I’ve never read them. I didn’t know Iron Man was a comic book. They make these movies. (interruption) The staff is worried here that I’m somehow doing harm to myself by admitting truthful aspects. What is so horrible about not having…? (interruption) Well, I’m sorry, Snerdley. Sorry, Snerdley. (interruption) Snerdley’s telling me that Marvel comic books are a way of life for American boys. See, that’s… (interruption) X-Men. I never knew the X-Men was a comic book. When I saw the first X-Men movies, I thought, “Wow, somebody’s got a creative imagination.” I never knew X-Men was a comic book.
The idea that an unfamiliarity with comic books could somehow sully the reputation of a reformed drug addict shows just how far we’ve come since the Wertham days.
§ Scott McCloud is the latest person to wonder why Zuda’s interface is so crap
The reason I’m frustrated is because I actually LIKE the basic design of Zuda. The screen-fitting, full screen option is so natural. Such a great way to lose yourself in a story.
But with every page, the interface intrudes and rips you back out.
Which draws a frank response from Zuda overloard Ron Perazza:
One of the primary drivers behind using Flash when we designed the core site (3 years ago) was because we felt “full screen” was the ideal reading experience – no ads, no site even. All comic. Flash made that possible in the most elegant way at that time. As time goes on things change, new technologies develop, you learn from how your users behave and actually use the site and which features they don’t use.
MJ: Recently, you, Ware, Tomine, and Ivan Brunetti created four covers that formed a hidden image when you put them together.
DC: That was such a pain in the ass! Now that it’s all done, I’m glad we did it. The only editorial comment I’ve ever gotten was on that cover where I used the word “priapic.” David Remnick said, “There’s no penis jokes on our covers. That will never happen.” I folded immediately, but Francoise was like, “No, that’s the perfect word; it’s essential.” We fought for it and Remnick was like, “Okay, I give up.” So I got the first penis joke on The New Yorker. It opens the floodgates…
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.