Of all the people to propose a new business model for the comic industry, somehow it ends up being Jim Shooter…? Even stranger, some of his points are surprisingly progressive: Allowing for “dandelioning” (that is, essentially online pirating) of the work, considering it as a loss-leader that will bring new readers to comics, or treating creators of creator-owned work like the book publishing industry treats authors. But then, there’s this:
Here’s a big key: COMPANY OWNED,W4H AND THEREFORE “UNIVERSE” TITLES MUST ALL BE CREATED BY EMPLOYEES ON STAFF. SHARED UNIVERSE WORK INHERENTLY MUST BE CREATED BY AN “ORCHESTRA” OF CREATORS UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF A “CONDUCTOR,” OR EDITOR (WHO IS A WORLD-CLASS VISIONARY).MAKE ANYONE WHO WORKS ON YOUR UNIVERSE TITLES A WELL-PAID, SALARIED EMPLOYEE WITH BENEFITS AND PERKS WHO WORKS ON YOUR PREMISES.