DARK HORSE PUSHES 12 CREATOR-OWNED SERIES FOR SDCC, INCLUDING ‘FIGHT CLUB 2′, ‘LADY KILLER’, AND ‘HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.’
By Andrew Wheeler
Over the last twelve days, Dark Horse has thrown a spotlight on twelve new creator-owned titles that they plan to promote at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The series include the Fight Club sequel from Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart
How much of the Fight Club sequel is Cameron Stewart going to own?
I have no idea what people at this level of comics means when they say “creator.” I read the Image Expo keynote address, in which Eric Stephenson makes fun of corporate comics use of the phrase “creator-driven” as a marketing ploy, when that’s what he calls the “bare minimum” of what’s needed to make a comic even be readable, I guess in contrast to being “editorial-driven,” or “video-games-division-driven.” But if Marvel, let’s say, says that Daredevil is “creator-driven,” wouldn’t that imply that the direction the book takes would be dictated by Bill Everett, the creator of the character, and not the current writer and artists? Saying Fight Club 2 is creator-owned… Like, that’s in contrast to the Buffy The Vampire Slayer comics written by Joss Whedon just by virtue of licensing from a movie studio, right? BPRD is creator-owned by Mike Mignola even when Mike Mignola doesn’t work on the comic. Brandon Graham’s work on Prophet is owned by the creator of the character, Rob Liefeld. This is superior to comics and characters being owned by Warner Brothers or Disney but it seems like people use the term “creator” interchangeably with “creative people” when it suits their purposes.