When writers strike, you can bet the experience will be well covered, and the Writer’s Guild Strike is certainly living up to that precept. With comics and holly wood crossing over every which way, there’s much to cover.
Went to a nearby restaurant afterward, where we bumped into John Stamos and Moira Tierney, both of whom said they would be joining us on the picket line in the afternoon. Big thanks to them, we need all the help we can get!
The big question for comicdom is: what will all those TV and movie writers who dabble with comics do with all this free time? Write more comics? Will Damon Lindelof finish Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk> CBR surveys several scribes:
Daniel Knauf (creator of HBO’s “Carnivale” and current writer of “Iron Man”) told CBR News that fans could absolutely expect his comics output to increase in the coming months, but that that has more to do with the “creative oppression endemic to television” than it has to do with the strike. “The truth is, I’ve been much happier with the creative freedom I have experienced with comics for some time, and have considered redirecting my efforts toward graphic storytelling rather than television series creation,” Knauf said. “An idiosyncratic show like ‘Carnivale’ would never be greenlit today. Comics, on the other hand, are much more willing to gamble on fresh concepts.”
Others say despite needing the money and the temptation to get going, the strike will hopefully afford the time to get ahead on comics deadlines and not get into more. Vaughan had this to say:
I’m lucky that my phone started ringing from editors at Marvel and DC as soon as the threat of the strike materialized, and while I’ve gotten some cool offers to work on existing books, I think I’m going to take however long the strike lasts (which could be anywhere between a day and forever) to concentrate on making Ex Machina kick as much ass as possible as we start to head into that series’ final year, and to continue to develop my next big creator-owned projects now that I’ve finished all my scripts for Y: The Last Man, Runaways, Buffy, The Escapists, Doctor Strange, and the upcoming Logan mini with Eduardo Risso. (Sorry, gratuitous plugging isn’t prohibited by the WGA during the strike.)
But this isn’t a vacation. I’ll be walking the picket line every single day, so if you’re visiting sunny Burbank, drive past and honk your support for the pasty bald kid, won’t you?
From the comics side Evan Dorkin sums up the fears:
I mean, I’m exaggerating here (I hope), and I’m sympathetic to the writers, even if I hate most of their work and don’t give a rip if late night talk shows are in reruns, the 2008 pilot season might be fucked, or the next Saw movie might be delayed. I just wince thinking about the possible influx of yet more overvalued and under-talented Hollywood dinks into the already fattened Previews phonebook of horrors.
Colleen Doran has a non WGA-member view of why we should support the strike. The Beat was but a young tyke working at the trades during the last strike (in 1988) but it went on for far too long, and devastated the economy of Southern California. People who are out of work don’t eat fancy meals and so on. It all trickles down. The toll this time on Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf may be incalculable.