For followers of comic history, the Comics Journal website is reprinting a Gary Groth interview with Kevin Eastman where he talks about Tundra, his well-intentioned-but-ultimately-doomed publisher from the early 1990s, and it is a must-read, if only to see just how the best intentions can end up going so horribly, horribly wrong:
I believed I was armor-plated and unstoppable. I thought I would have all the resources I needed with some of the finest work from some of what I thought were some of the best creators in the field, and that this would be the “comics company” that would break down some of those barriers. By the time I arrived at the cold “reality” of my “fantasy,” I’m killing myself for something that’s never going to work: it’s too late! This whole time, as long as I’m physically awake, I’m working. Either related to Mirage or related to Tundra: In a bed that I made myself, for sure… I really thought that Tundra would be something. But it was ludicrous. I thought I would spend a year forming this brilliant company that would break all the rules. I’d bring all these talented people in and then expect them to climb inside my head, read my mind, and try to make these impossible things happen. At the same time I’m a poor leader crippling them.
It’s fascinating, occasionally breathtakingly ludicrous, stuff. A must read.