When it comes to breaking into the comics industry, competition can be fierce — it’s not an exaggeration when they say that more people play in the NBA than work on comics at the professional level.
But nowhere was that competition more out in the open than with Zuda, DC’s online comics initiative.For more than two years, every month had creators submit the opening pages of their stories, with voters deciding which comic would stay. Yet on the Zuda blog, Ron Perazza announced last week that the competitions would be no more.
“The format absolutely has merits; engaging the community and giving them real decision making power, giving creators a level of exposure that they might not have otherwise had and encouraging an ongoing dialogue about storytelling, quality and what makes good comics,” Perazza said. “However it’s also had its shortcomings; accusations of cheating, confusion about the process, spamming in the the name of promotion and argumentative, dismissive or even aggressive behavior. Is there a better way to achieve the former without having to endure or encourage the latter? I think so.”
It’s interesting to think of the implications of this call — although I can agree with Perazza that it will certainly raise the civility of it all, at any rate. Comics are hard enough to get into without trashing other people — but at the same time, I can also see the argument that even with spamming and promotions and ultimately the ones with the best connections/best pro credentials arguably getting the best platforms, this was still a democratic choice. What say you, Rama readers? What do you want to see for Zuda 2.0?