Michael Davis: Milestone Rising
I don’t get it.
I just don’t get it.
Last week I wrote to both my audiences at ComicMix & Bleeding Cool that I’d answer any and all Milestone questions. (Well, that’s any and all questions except the ones I won’t answer.)
Over at Bleeding Cool I got a TON of questions. So many in fact I’m missing my weekly deadline so I can better organize my responses.
And what about ComicMix?
ONE guy supplied ALL the Milestone questions.
Translation…WHAT THE FUCK?
I just erased a few hundred words of righteous WTF wisdom. Why? What’s the point? I’ll just answer Doctor R-Man questions and spend the rest of the week pouting.
Does DC have to pay Milestone any amount of money to either publish Milestone titles or have Milestone characters appear in their books? i.e. in teams or in guest appearances? Hence, no Icon in the Justice League or no Static in Teen Titans?
Sorry doctor-that’s a business question best left alone.
Going from the previous question, is the reason DC isn’t publishing Milestone titles or having Milestone characters make appearances in DC books because there’s not enough people purchasing them or enough demand to justify publishing them, as a result of those fees DC has to pay? Hence, little return on their investment?
Believe it or not, the powers that be at DC and Milestone editorial don’t think ‘bank’ first. Both think about what can or can’t work as a story or story arc. At the heart of the Milestone agenda is reaching people of color. That said we always, and I mean always, include everyone in the mix.
Milestone is a Black owned company—NOT a Black only company.
Do you think there be enough fan demand to keep a Static, an Icon, or any other Milestone book going or is it just a vocal minority that wouldn’t be able to support the book in substantial enough numbers to keep the book alive?
Milestone is twenty-one years old and our following keeps growing. It’s my belief that fans would embrace the universe financially if they knew it was going to be around for a moment. One shots and mini series are cool but seem (to me) false someway.
Is one reason DC may be apprehensive about Milestone appearances due to problems potentially arising when they want to reprint stories, similar to how there’s a bunch of stories Marvel can’t reprint, especially team-ups, because they feature Rom in them? So in this case, potential reprints problems might be a huge issue with Milestone characters making appearances?
DC is a business—but issues about why something should or should not happen are rare, at least as of this writing.
Is the reason we aren’t seeing any Milestone appearances because there’s currently no writers interested in writing them, especially big name writers like Geoff Johns or Gail Simone? It’s weird. You would think Gail would like to at least write ONE Milestone character, given that she was one of Dwayne’s best friends. It’d be the least she could do for him.
Dude—you on crack? Given the chance to write a Milestone book most writers in the industry (those who don’t belong to the Tea Party) would JUMP at the chance to write a Milestone book.
Is another reason DC might not be using the Milestone characters because they have little freedom in what they can do with the characters?
OK, listen up. DC Comics has NO I repeat NO editorial juice over what Milestone does or does not do. They can choose not to publish but that has not happened, nor do we anticipate it happening.
How is your relationship with DC? Is it positive?
I hope everything gets worked out. I’d love to see more Milestone in the DCU, especially Static.
Milestone’s relationship with DC has never been better. But, my good doctor, all things in time my friend. Trust me-it’s all good.
That’s it people-anyone else have a question?
- Milestone Unplugged, Part One – Michael Davis, From The Edge (bleedingcool.com)
- DC Comics, The Ugly Black Stepchild, And Vinnie, by Michael Davis – Straight No Chaser #332 | @MDWorld (mdwp.malibulist.com)
- Michael Davis: Milestones at ComicMix (comicmix.com)
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