Wednesday, May 16, 2007

EIC Random Thoughts

All -- Could you do me a favor when you're posting stuff on Tom's blog? Could you include a title for each post that has something consistent in it? Like "Updates From Spider-Offices" or "X-Editor News" or whatever. The titles come through in a bold, bright blue color and that'd make it easier for me to scan through and make sure I don't miss your comments/thoughts.

Phil -- Wish I'd thought of this sooner, but I'd like you to look into seeing what we need to do get a comic adaptation of the FF movie going. Are we too late for it, can we get creators on it fast enough, what legal hurdles do we need to jump through, etc? I'd suggest intentionally using drawings that do NOT look like the actors so we can bypass getting their autorization/consent for artwork. (Don't know if you saw the (real) version that came out with the first FF movie, but they did the same thing there.) If we can get something out in time, put some reasonable, but not pricey, talent on it. (I'm seriously thinking of folks from smaller presses that not many readers have heard of and are eager for a shot at the "big time.") If you can get it done in time for the movie, just go to it -- I'll trust your judgement; no need for further approvals here.

6 comments:

Josh said...

I've said it on Tom's blog, and I'll say it again here. You need to start locking up your talent to exclusive contracts before Wacker starts poaching them.

Philip Schaeffer said...

I'll post a quick question about it right now, but I imagine we're operating in something of a vacuum/this is something that would have presumably already happened several months ago.

Patrick Cook said...

I know it's been kicked around, and Sean, I know you're taking care of it, but this exclusive thing would be key to have wrapped up for us ASAP in the overall picture as we're moving forward.

Obviously, we'll have a back up, but let's try to avoid having that be one of the surprises dropped on us at the 11th hour.

Philip, I also assume it's taken care of, but for the sake of avoiding a landmine, let's assume it's NOT.

Patrick Cook said...

One other thought, Sean, we should all include a hyperlink to this working-in-progress blog on all our Marvel posts so folks can watch the process unfold and see that we're doing lots more behind the scenes than just drive-by posts on Tom's.....

Sean Kleefeld said...

Working on the exclusives already -- I'm kind of dependant on Tom saying whether or not any given creator agrees to it or not. Just because I extend the offer of an exclusive doesn't mean they necessarily have to sign it!

RE: linking to this blog from Tom's. I don't know that it's necessary to post that every day. Or certainly by every editor -- that'd just bog up Tom's blog. I think once every few days is sufficient. Phil's already posted something about twice, so I think we're good for a couple days at least.

Philip Schaeffer said...

A good non-invasive way to keep the blog name out there is having the url be your subject line for non move posts. I do that about every three times or so.

And I also direct people to the blog post in direct responses to people's complaints or questions.

I'm probably a little overzealous about it; Sean's right that we needn't over do it.