Books Sharper Image
posted by July 22 at 12:40 PMon
In a move that comics news site Newsarama has announced is “unprecidented” (sic), comics writer Robert Kirkman (the writer of The Walking Dead and Invincible) has been made a new partner at Image Comics.
This was reported in the New York Times this morning. The Times explains Image Comics:
In 1992, seven top-selling artists who had primarily been working for Marvel Comics decided to form their own company, Image. They had grown frustrated with having little editorial control and limited financial benefit from working on corporate-owned characters.
Kirkman’s addition is big news for comics because it’s the first time that a writer, and not an artist, is in charge of finding and developing new talent at the creator-owned company. It’s particularly appealing because while Kirkman does have a fanboy’s love for superhero comics, he has an appreciation for other genres (horror, spy), and he’s also got much better taste than the people who are currently running Image. More and better creator-owned comics are what the industry needs, because both Marvel and DC have become incredibly uninteresting Intellectual Property Farms.
I’m also mentioning this on Slog because it’s both weird and notable that it was mentioned in the Times book section. I think it got the attention because this weekend is San Diego Comic Con, the biggest comic book event of the year, but this is the first time I can recall the Times treating a change at a comic publisher the same way it would a personnel change at a, you know, grown-up book publisher.