Thursday, September 05, 2013 4:41:43 PM
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I get the frustration by creative teams, especially if decisions are being made late in the game, or changed. I get feeling stifled when editors try to give directives to creative people. I get that readers are there because of the creators, not the editorial staff. I get that. I do.
“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” ~ Bryant H. McGill
At the same time, the creators don't own the characters - the company does. The editors have been hired by the company, in part, to steer their properties. In my opinion, it's editorial's job to guide the creators in the use of the properties (although they apparently haven't been doing a great job of that).
On top of that, DC had the opportunity, with the New 52, to build to a universe with continuity and direction, in which all titles fit into an overall goal, as opposed to letting creators do whatever the heck they wanted and having other creators retconning things later. Granted, that hasn't worked out (see the massive recon that already happened to StormWatch which in turn affected Demon Knights and JL Dark, and the apparent disappearance of Hellsponte, Voodoo, Grifter, Fairchild, Deathblow, and pretty much every other WildStorm character, and dropped plotlines in Red Hood, Teen Titans, Legion of Super-Heroes and the abandonment of the Harvet/N.O.W.H.E.R.E. story). Once again, it's editorials' job to have storylines moving the way the company wants, as opposed to whatever the creators feel like doing.
For me, this is not an issue of editors smacking down creators. Without being in the loop I can only guess, but my feeling is that the editorial division isn't overstepping its bounds, but that it's going about its job in the wrong way. It appears to me that this is less about stifling the creator and more about poor communication and direction up front, or changes made to given direction at the last minute.
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