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:-) - actually I was more thinking that those guys steal from EVERYBODY - fashion, street culture, whatever. It's easier for them to do that because they can be shallow while under scrutiny
their message is "listen to this music", "wear this, look sexy", "drink this, be young", "look at me - I'm an artist".
I'm not saying that comics can't incorporate other media ideas/elements - just saying it's harder for them to make it work because what they're trying to say is more varied and complex.
I was told there was pushback against the Secret Warriors covers (they all look the same - we can't tell which issue is which... hint: Bigass number on the front - we even color-code it for you each month). And this is pretty straight forward stuff: more white in a field of Heidelberg jizz makes a cover pop...
I don't think people grasp the negative effect that the combination of shrinking market, shrinking economy and a suffocating distribution system has on the creators.
No lie, if this digital stuff takes off you're going to see a goddamn renaissance in the American good-stuff market.
What you're talking about here is more focussed towards advertising
I'm also going to toss this into the mix, because I remain a bit smug about it, because it was my idea (even though Ariana, you know, fixed it, and made it work, and made it pretty, and pretty much did everything, and Mark did shitloads of consultation to define the technological boundaries and etc):
Which I throw into the mix because, at the time, it asked a question of me: what is the requirement that a comics cover have comics art on it?
I think the arguable decline of the monthlies is a blessing in disguise and offers an exciting challenge to artists willing to rise to the challenge.
Completely unrealistic position to take for the sake of the entire industry, but I want ridiculous levels of variety in format as much as I want in subject matter, with thoughtful and compelling design informing every bit of it.
A sleeve would be pushing it further.