I still think comics should be produced more along the lines of a TV
|Posted: 25 May 2011 at 10:47am | IP Logged | 11
A writer and artist assigned as "showrunners" for a year. They create,
essentially, a year-long "bible" for the title this is the main story we're
telling in the next 12 issues. The year-long arc will have a distinct
beginning, middle and end.
The showrunner team will be responsible for producing at least 6 (and
more likely 8) issues during that year, start to finish. These issues are the
big ones the arc issues, the ones that deal with the overriding story.
The remaining 4-6 issues will be fill-ins, scripted and drawn by others
working within the parameters set by that 12 issue bible. The showrunner
team and this is known to all upfront will review, polish, even re-
write these fill in issues as befits the overall arc.
The editor acts, essentially, as the voice of the network. He/she
approves the original arc, helps in assigning the fill in teams, makes sure
the characters stay on-model, ensures that readers hopping in in the
middle of an arc understand what's going on.
It seems to me that genre TV a real business that ALWAYS ships on
time provides an almost perfect model for modern comics. You get
continuity, you get reliable ship dates, you provide room for one-and-
done issues, you give up and coming artists and writers a chance to work,
and you allow big name creators to have both control and time.
Guys like JB, who can do it all and do it fast, get to do it all and do it fast.
There's no penalty for being Aaron Sorkin on West Wing or Steven Moffat
on Coupling in fact, if that workload becomes a sort of badge of honor
for some, all the better.
It's easy to say "Just hammer everyone to stay on deadline, and if you can't
produce a comic in a month, you shouldn't be doing comics" but that
hasn't really worked out for the last decade or two.
Edited by Sean Blythe on 25 May 2011 at 10:48am