The New York Times Shows Paul Dini, Comics Some Respect

The article takes a look at applying the method of using a team of writers, as they in television, for the creation of a comic book, using Countdown as an example. Of course, the show runner on that book is iFanboy favorite, Paul Dini. And it’s not just Dini, but comic books in general get treated quite well in this article, which is still a rarity.

Thanks to Aniz for the tip!

I was impressed by the article, which was never condescending, and provided a very good overview of the comics industry, including sales numbers, which I think help to give people perspective.

Going forward, I think it’s a great idea to allow the creation of comic books using a television writing model. It’s not really for all books, but if they’d used that organized method for Civil War, I think there would have been a more consistent story throughout all the books.

As far as doing television style seasons on certain styles, I’m all for it. But when was the last time your favorite show wasn’t on the air because of creator delays? Never? Interesting.

Comments

  1. Interesting article. I’m glad the Buffy comic is doing so well, and I hope it encourages other shows to follow suit. Now where’s my Firefly monthly, Joss?

    TV shows get breaks/delays, in the form of hiatuses and summer. Look at LOST – it won’t be coming back until 2008 because TPTB want it to air continuously next season. BKV’s influence, perhaps?

  2. BKV’s influence, perhaps?

    The most junior writer on the staff isn’t going to have any kind of effect on how a network schedules a show. That’s just not how it works. Those decisions came about by looking at audience numbers and trends.

  3. But when was the last time your favorite show wasn’t on the air because of creator delays? Never? Interesting.

    *cough*SOPRANOS*cough*

  4. Not in the middle of the season.

  5. Great article. Thanks for posting it, Josh.

  6. Not in the middle of the season.

    The first couple of seasons of 24 got delayed – allegedly – in the middle because Kiefer went on binges and hurt himself.

  7. Not in the middle of the season.

    Actually, wasn’t the last season broken up in half or something? Or was it another season….

  8. It was definitely not this season. 24 has run all the way through for like four years now.