Thursday, August 14, 2008
On this edition of the word balloon podcast, host John Siuntres engages in a friendly debate with writer Robert Kirkman. Yesterday, Kirkman released a video message explaining some of his reasons for leaving Marvel Comics, and becoming a partner at Image Comics. He's decided to focus on his creator owned original books, like Invincible, The Astounding Wolfman , and The Walking Dead. Beyond that the video is a call to arms for fellow creators to focus soley on their original stories, instead of the licesened work from the big 2 comic book companies, Marvel and DC. He explains further, that DC and Marvel should gear their main titles and stories on the younger end of the comic reading audience and should leave more mature stories to smaller publishers. He's calling on the industry as a whole to come together and figure out a new publishing strategy for the entire business. Kirkman came to Word Balloon to expand on some of these ideas.