This is “Point/Counterpoint in the Blogosphere…” where we take a look at what has YOU talking. Twice a week, I’ll be showcasing two opposing discussion points about a particular topic, to help you keep up with some of the hot topics in comic fandom.
So, how important is personality when it comes to the way we see industry figures? Can personal charm mitigate questionable professional decisions?
Jake at Ye Olde Comic Blogge is not a fan of Rob Liefield’s art, however, he finds it hard to dislike the man as a person, thanks to his new video diaries on You Tube:
But the truth is, when I see Rob Liefeld in person, I can’t help but be charmed by his personality. He’s a genuinely nice guy whose enthusiasm is infectuous. Incidentally, I think that’s a big reason editors continue to work with him. I can see him sitting in my office saying, “I know I’ve missed a lot of deadlines before, but this time things will be different. I’ll get a nine month head start on this four-issue miniseries and the whole thing will be 75% done before the first issue goes to press,” and totally buying into it.
Kevin at BeaucoupKevin(dot)com counters Jake’s comment, however, by mentioning one of the man’s more unfortunate professional decisions.
Ye Olde Comic Blogge finds it hard to hate Rob Liefeld. Despite my mind-numbing hatred of his art, he really does come across as a nice guy. That is, of course, until you remember he’s screwed over Alan Moore and Rick Veitch on royalty payments and gave us one of the ugliest reprints of a modern superhero comic because he can’t find the original art.
So what’s your take on this?