The New York Times looks at how the comics industry is embracing Hollywood concepts like “seasons,” show runners, and creative teams overseen by a head writer or executive producer.
The focus is on Paul Dini, head writer of DC’s Countdown, Joss Whedon, executive producer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Seaons 8, and Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, who came up with the “comic runner” concept for Platinum Studios’ online titles.
“It’s a nonexistent title in comics, but it best fits what I’m doing,” Whedon says of his “executive producer” label. “Everyone goes through me. It doesn’t take as many people, but it sometimes comes as down to the wire to produce a comic as it does a TV show every week.”