||[Jun. 21st, 2009|08:37 pm]
I always find it a little sad when a new comics company starts up.|
Let me explain why.
I started reading about 1993. For those who were around then - you remember Valiant? They had some good comics, man. Visitor, Hard Corps, Harbinger, XO-Manowar, Eternal Warrior, Solar, pretty solid books. Good concepts. Started in 1989, almost had a crossover with Image in 93-94, sold in 1994 (after the Great Comics Collapse), went under completely in a fiasco in 1999, might or might not be doing anything useful as of last year.
Or how about Crossgen? Man, I miss these guys. Meridian, Negation, and Abadazad were some of my absolute favorite books. Founded in 1998, went under in a horrific bout of financial mismanagement. I had a "lifetime" subscription to their online comics, which unfortunately lasted about a year before they finally took it down. I read almost everything they had published in that year. Remaining assets owned by Disney. (Finish Negation War? No? sigh.)
How about Defiant Comics (1993-1995)? Awesome Comics (1997-2000)? Come on, they had Alan Moore. Tekno Comix (1995-1997)? They had licensed stuff from Roddenbery, Asimov, Nimoy, Gaiman... sheesh.
So when a new comics company starts up, I don't pay any attention. However...
Boom comics was under my radar. Started in 2005. Did some miscellaneous stuff, nothing I saw or knew about. Even when Mark Waid joined up, I was a little sad that he was probably wasting his time on a company that would collapse. However, just the other day they picked up the license to publish Disney comics.
Yeah, they're set for life.