Michael Davis: Dark Horse Wants Me Dead
Over a decade ago I sold a project to DC Comics and that deal fell apart.
Why? Why does the phone always ring when you are in the bathroom? Why do gay people join the GOP? Why from behind certain white guys look like girls? Why after I found out he was a guy did I still buy him a drink?
Sometimes it’s just silly to ask why. Sometimes you just continue on your journey the why becoming less and less important. I’m also not one to relive old dumb shit in my life.
This is not the place to pick at old wounds…but since I know you want to know…
The editor assigned to the project wanted me off the project. Yeah, my project, my idea and he wanted me gone. Why?
Why ask why? Why does every fat girl you made fun of in high school turn out to be a skinny fox who won’t give your stupid ass the time of day? Why don’t Democrats make it a point to never let the country forget we went to war twice for no fucking reason because of the GOP? Why do some people like fruitcake?
I’m above asking why and won’t lower myself to even think about why the editor wanted me off my own project. But what kind of writer would I be to leave my fans (both of them) wondering?
The stupid motherfucker just didn’t like me.
DC would have wrote me a check and still did the project without me but I politely told the editor “No thank you, I’ll take the project elsewhere.”
I think my exact words were something like “Fuck you bitch.”
Two days after that polite conversation, I was pitching the project to Dark Horse. Mike Richardson loved it and signed on to do it.
Take that, DC Comics!
Dark Horse is one of, if not the, best place, to do a creator owned property was going to do my project! On top of that Mike Richardson was going to edit the book himself!
Mike Richardson a legend in the business! Mike Richardson, maker of great comics, great movies, great toys!
Mike Richardson was going to oversee my project! That was indeed great news!
Mike Richardson was going to oversee my project! That was indeed a great problem!
Why you ask was that both great news a great problem?
Why ask wh…oh fuck it, I’ll just tell you.
It’s great because Mike is one of the best at what he does. Just look at the numerous products Dark Horse does all over the entertainment world Dark Horse is into movies, television, toys you name the media chances are good that Dark Horse has a project in it.
Not to shabby being in business with the guy that runs all that eh?
Why is this a problem?
Because Mike Richardson may be in Portland on a Monday, Los Angeles Monday night and Prague Tuesday afternoon. When Mike is overseeing your project meetings and feedback can take a day a week or a couple of months.
I started sending Mike outlines of the four-issue superhero mini series and Mike would send me notes or we would sit down and go over it. I did many and I mean many drafts of this superhero epic over a couple of years.
That’s right, years.
One day out of the blue Mike called me and said; “This isn’t a superhero story. Let’s take the superheroes out ”
Mind you, I had written literally hundreds of pages of outline over the course of what was now three years. Also this was to be my “Black Watchman,” a term coined by Keith Giffen, BTW.
So now I have to start all over. So I did and this was when I realized that my “Black Watchmen” story was a good story but it wasn’t this story, so Mike was right.
So for the next couple of years I’m submitting outlines to Mike he’s giving me notes and we meet on occasion to talk about the project.
Then low and behold, one day Mike says to me about my latest outline, ‘This is it, go do the book!”
So now I have to do the book.
End Part One.
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