Marc Alan Fishman: Licensed to Bore

Marc Alan Fishman

Marc Alan Fishman is a graphic designer, digital artist, writer, and most importantly a native born Chicagoan. When he's not making websites, drawing and writing for his indie company Unshaven Comics, or rooting for the Bears... he's a dedicated husband and father. When you're not enjoying his column here on ComicMix, feel free to catch his comic book reviews weekly at MichaelDavisWorld, and check out his books and cartoons at Unshaven Comics.

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  1. John Ostrander says:

    Unshaven One

    You must have known I would respond to this. I know there are lots of people — including our esteemed editor — who refuse to read the Star Wars comics and that always steams me. The books that I do — primarily with Jan Duursema — have good story, good characters, great art, the dialogue is pretty good. They’re just good comics. Better than a lot of superhero comics out there. But some folks won’t touch them because they don’t want George Lucas cooties (now Disney cooties). Some licensing stuff can drive you mad and IS very constrictive; others, not so much. Good work should be enjoyed, no matter the genre, no matter the publisher, no matter if its indie or mainstream.

    • John,

      With your sentiments? I completely agree. I find the MAJORITY of licensed books to be too constrictive to be ‘good’. I note that YOUR run on SW has been very popular, not only with the Lucas sect. That being said, I wanted very much to read it. As I lamented though? They’re always sold out. It’s a great sign to the quality of the story you obviously must be producing.

      But what I yearn for more than a book with the SW label on it to draw the crowd, are the original creations you do (like GrimJack) where you are even freer to create.

      That being said, I wholly respect your opinion. Now when are we have a lunch to discuss this more?

  2. IDW’s reboot of “The Transformers” and splitting into 2 different titles (something that was LONG overdue) with “More Than Meets The Eye” being critically acclaimed for it’s humor and great characterization, and universe building, and “Robots In Disguise” being a somewhat more a post-war political drama that
    is more about rebuilding a destroyed culture/society/government/planet with a new faction of Transformers dubbed the Nails as neutral TFs during the war and they not fond of the Decepticons and the Autobots and the books blurs the line between heroic Autobot and evil Decepticon.
    “The Transformers: Autocracy” a 12 issues web comic that shows how the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons began if you though Megatron was bad Zeta Prime is even worse.
    These aren’t the standard “The Transformers” type stories of the past and finally shown the potentional of the franchise is as limitless as any superhero universe.

    • It certainly shows the potential, but how are they enticing fans of the cartoons… the young kids… to latch on to something so sophisticated? I’m all for universe building, but I fear it increases the barrier to entry beyond the simple.

      • That is what series like “Transformers: Regeneration One” and “Transformers: Prime-Rage of the Dinobots”, which is based on the current TF cartoon show, are for.
        Even so there is nothing graphic in either of the series I mentioned earlier (“MTMTE” and “RID”) I would have no problem with my kids (well if I had any kids) reading them.

        I should point out that NONE of the Marvel/Dreamwave/IDW “G1 Transformers” comics were based on the TV show (other than the 86 Movie) and the same with “G.I. Joe” in fact there are a LOT of TF fans and Joe Fans that actually downright HATE the 80s cartoon shows.

        • Kyle S. says:

          I’ve never met a TransFan that hates the 80s cartoon. Most of the hate gets leveled at the post-G2 media, and most of that is unfounded (and I’m looking at you, Jovanka Kink).

  3. Kyle S. says:

    I’m curious, what are your thoughts on a situation such as Larry Hama’s work on GI JOE for Marvel, way back when? While the property was licensed from Hasbro’s toyline, Hama was responsible for the creation of the characters and canon pretty much from start to finish. The licensed comic basically is the canon, or at least one of the canons, in that case. Right?