Marc Alan Fishman: An Open Letter To Bob Wayne

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. I like Bob Wayne.
    I enjoy Bob’s persnickety old man approach to dealing with obnoxious fans.
    However, at last years Diamond Seminar, when DC announced that Rob Liefield would take over several books, several (the majority) of comic book shop owners balked. We as a very large group who spend more money on their product than anyone else in the world (no data to back that up so written for sensationalism), and we were told “there is no one more excited about working on our books”. That’s really more of a paraphrase than a legit quote.

    The muttering went around quick that we, the retailers, could walk through the aisles of C2E2 the next day and find hundreds of people that would be even more excited about working on their books on both sides of the aisle (fan and creator).

    I then personally asked why would you cancel MEN OF WAR and bring out G.I. COMBAT. He told me that these were completely different books, and were nothing like each other. I mentioned the only that that would occur would be a #1 spike as would be expected, and then a massive drop off till cancellation. There are several witnesses to this conversation.

    So, while I still enjoy Bob’s crotchety old man tactic to dealing with obnoxious fans I don’t take him or the rest of editorial very seriously anymore as a retailer. I could care less what they say. I keep my own inventory, I follow the numbers in my store, and I push books that I think are well done. I am a DC guy from a very early age. I’m not pushing anything in their entire line of books very hard right now.

    I’d rather push people towards RAGGED RIDER, BODE TROLL, FIVE GHOSTS, and almost the entirety of MARVEL NOW. MARVEL NOW is wiping the floor with DC in the quality department right now, and my numbers are showing it. I hope DC enjoyed their ONE YEAR return to the top of the comic pack, as it looks like it was very short lived.

    As a retailer I WANT DC to be incredibly successful. I want great years for the entire industry, but editorial and management need to get their heads back in the game, and put their egos away.

    Oh, and NEVER, EVER, for ANY REASON allow Didio to write a comic. His work should be used as a primer to new writers on what to NOT DO.

  2. Eric Garneau says:

    Marc, I take your point with a lot of this, but I do wonder about the line: “Hiring your C-Level staff to write your books, when there are literally tons of talented independent ones beating down your door?” I’m not sure there are any current DC writers who didn’t work their way up through the indies, so this really seems to me to be a matter of opinion.

  3. How are we not best friends, when you are clearly in my head?

  4. When I first broke into comics Bob Wayne and I became very close. Then we weren’t. Long sad story. Bob may not know this but I have nothing but respect for him and I miss being friends with him.

    I don’t regret much in my life but I regret not being able to hang out with Bob. He is truly an original. Marc-this was a wonderful piece.

    I hate that. ;-)

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