CBR has a round-table chat with Robert Kirkman, Mark Millar and Steve Niles about creator-owned comics and the industry that’s just filled with interesting stuff, even if I’m not sure I agree with all of the logic. It’s also filled with some wonderfully quotable stuff, like this from Millar:
There are advantages [to work-for-hire] as well, though. I won’t say that I’ll never do company-owned again, even though I make more money from my creator-owned work. The best payday I think anyone has had from corporate comics for the past ten years was “Civil War.” Steve [McNiven] and I made a lot of money on that, but what Leinil Yu and I made from “Superior” was more. It’s financially so much smarter to do creator-owned, but sometimes it’s just fun to write those classic characters. Sometimes you write something not for money but just because you love it. So I don’t view this as a kind of “them versus us.” I have a much more holistic approach to it, and right now, I’m doing work where I just want to do creator-owned stuff, and for the next year at least I’ll be doing that. But I won’t rule out more company-owned stuff in the future. I loved writing “Ultimates” and “Civil War” and “Old Man Logan.” There’s a buzz to it.
I like the Marvel and DC guys, so I don’t want to do any name calling. But I don’t like them so much that I’d create a character for them. [Laughter]
In related news, Dear Marvel and DC: This might be a good time to reconsider your creator participation policies. Now that people are actually laughing about the fact that they won’t come up with new characters for you and all, I mean…