Re: To Bendis, Gail, and other comic writers, about fame.
The problem is what is good or bad is subjective, their are guidelines of course, but strictly adhering to them won't necessarily make for a good story. And I believe that the author has some obligation to their fans, sure its impossible to address every concern in a way that will make you fans happy. But completely shutting them out and not listening to them when they are trying to tell you something is paramount to career suicide.
Originally Posted by Benel Germosen
Of course if you creating something from scratch you also creating your fanbase from scratch. Which can be both a blessing and a curse, because you don't have any fan expectations, but you also don't have an audience so you just throwing something out there in hopes that your work will find one.
Writers of well known characters don't have that luxury, they are already writing well established characters, so fans have certain expectations about the characters in question. Sure some of them are silly, like complaints about Heimdall being black in the movie. But sometimes you do something with a character that makes fans understandably want to hulk smash, see the wonder woman series pilot for how to do beloved and well known character wrong.
Well of course if your writing for fame your doing it wrong, But I was talking about the perks and cost of fame, perhaps fame is a poor choice of words, not sure what else to put there, reputation maybe? Anyway, lemme ask you this, Pia, lets say hypothetically your getting a lot of negative feedback about something you wrote. Either your readers just weren't feeling it or crazy about it, or the vehemently and out right hate it. Does it ever get you down, maybe not throw you hands up and give up writing altogether, but perhaps give you feelings about scraping the whole thing and writing something else?
Originally Posted by Pia Guerra
"You really can't ignore Bendis, especially when he shoots you in the face with a sniper rifle in Call of Duty."