Sunday, February 6, 2011

Revolution In Ruin? Doubt It...

The last time this country saw a true revolution, it involved a united front facing the overwhelming odds of a hierarchy whose reign, though already well established, sought to continue its domination over those who broke away to seek new worlds of their own.


Sound familiar?


Superbowl Sunday is the flavor of the day as PLANET GRIFFIN returns to orbit to comment on other clashes that have taken place over the last few weeks... I speak of the supremely intriguing; albeit lukewarm, commentary of the ' Indy Comic Revolution'--- from Eric Powell's infamous Youtube video (revealing a cowled superhero straddling one of its artist across a kitchen table) declaring the emergence of a Creator's Front, to the impassioned statements of Steve Niles, Robert Kirkman, and others, to the varied criticisms from online reviewers--- all of this chatter culminating (so far) in the removal of the Creator's Front facebook page and the bewilderment of many a fanboy as the online chatter quickly changed from 'Gotta Revolution' to 'What Happened?'  


Frankly, in an industry surrounded by incredibly talented individuals, the abundance of ego's in this business are just as incredible, so revolution is putting it a bit strong... Which offers one explaination of Powell tearing down the FB site; citing 'his own personal enthusiasm' to carry him forward... Really, the mainstream wouldn't have to worry about such sides--- they have corporate sponsorship. Independent power players like Niles and Kirkman can afford to speak on such issues... In fact, in the wake of television, film, and multimedia, they can afford to do whatever they like... Sigh.

Y'know, I could continue on with this, but for those of you who took the time to read up on PLANET GRIFFIN archives, you would've already known that this blogsite foretold the situation over a year ago!  Bold statement, I know, but considering that even in its dormant state, this pirate blogcast has been sitting on ALL of this information for some time, so for those of you who've followed this site, you're already ahead of the curve. This little heads-up is brought to you by The Infamous RodBuddah.

BACK TO WORK...

4 comments:

Will Caligan said...

Man, I did not realize the Facebook page was gone. I went to look for it the other day to post something up and it wasn't there. What the freak? Why did he take it down?

RodBuddah said...

Good question, Will. One possible factor is the amount of flack that Powell was receiving concerning the fact that because he was already established (as is Steve Niles, etc.) as a 'working professional' in the industry, why is he 'bitching and complaining' about pitching other projects that he CAN get greenlit as opposed to other upstarts who don't have that same stroke. Powell was also doing this on his own, as opposed to Niles, who had the support of CBR to establish a 'Spotlight Column' on the CBR site. (Spotlighting 'indy' titles like HELLBOY is a waste of space to me, seeing as how Mike Mignola is a man who needs no introduction--- we've known his genius for years) The real spotlight must now shine on the new 'underground' talents since Independent titles have far better chances than others...

Will Caligan said...

Well, you know from my post that I was not to thrilled about this guys yapping at the mouth. I felt they did not have a grasp on what the real issue was with indy and small press guys. I still say Diamond is the majority of the problem and until something is done about them the industry will not see a change.

RodBuddah said...

I'm in complete agreement with you there. Diamond has had the industry in a stranglehold for years now... A monopoly that will not break until a better alternative for 'print ready distribution' can be found.