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Around the web: The end of WildStorm

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This week brings the end of an era, as DC Entertainment announced that the WildStorm imprint is shutting down in December. That, of course, has brought a lot of commentary and remembrances around the web.

  • Both Newsarama and The Beat have round-ups of reactions from creators and former WildStorm employees. As Heidi notes in her intro, “…it isn’t just another in a long list of comics imprints that have ended over the years. It’s the end of a comics company that made history for 18 years as a vital part of several revolutions in commercial comics.” She received a comment from Rob Liefeld that really drives home how game-changing WildStorm was, noting how several prominent creators got their start under WildStorm, and how WildStorm published some of the biggest comics works of the past two decades.
  • My favorite piece on WildStorm is probably Andy Khouri’s essay on ComicsAlliance, where he talks about the generation of comic fans who have grown up with WildStorm (and Fairchild’s breasts). “… the history of WildStorm tracks well with that of many turn-of-the-century babies like myself, whose unconditional affection for the comics medium (and, in some cases, employment in the comics industry) can be traced back to WildStorm founder Jim Lee’s pied piper act, where the most influential comic book artist of the 1990s lured a generation away from the safe, altruistic heroes of our childhoods and into much darker, much sexier and much more violent comic book worlds where we roamed free before he finally led us back to water,” he wrote.
  • Over at Techland, meanwhile, Robot 6 contributor Graeme McMillan takes a closer look at WildStorm’s rebranding and relaunches over the last ten years, many of which didn’t work too well, from Eye of the Storm to Worldstorm to World’s End.
  • And David Brothers wonders “What did Wildstorm do that DC couldn’t do just as well?”
  • Rich Johnston has a piece up on how the purchase of WildStorm by DC Comics was initially reported.
  • And finally, Kurt Busiek has posted a bit of an update on Astro City, noting that his contacts at the imprint have been in meetings ever since the announcement occurred, so he hasn’t had a chance to talk to them about Astro City, the Arrowsmith novel or Witchlands, his upcoming creator-owned series. “I won’t speculate on what the upshot will be, but I wouldn’t worry about it,” he writes on his blog. “Astro City is a profitable series, and DC isn’t going to be in a hurry for it to go away. [And frankly, even if they were, in the last few days I think I've heard from almost every American comics publisher whose staff isn't tied up in meetings, letting me know that if it should possibly happen that DC and Astro City part ways, there are safe landing spots.]“

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“And David Brothers wonders “What did Wildstorm do that DC couldn’t do just as well?””

That’s what I was thinking, the WildStorm Universe was rarely of interest to me, and DC could easily publish Astro City or Witchlands (that might even fit at Vertigo) or Arrowsmith, or Planetary.

Random thought: DC could distinguish it’s creator owned line with a specific logo, the newer DC logo could apply to DCU properties, and they could bring back the old venerable bullet in chameleon like shades to blend into each cover for the creator owned line, no fuss, no muss. And any WildStorm Universe titles could get a WildStorm logo.

Would be interesting if DC integrated the original WildCATs characters into the DCU, replacing their own Bloodlines era Image riffs, most of which sucked.

Except Loose Cannon, the Mood Ring Super Hero. He was fun.

Totally missed the point about Fairchild. It wasn’t the breasts so much as the legs, man, the legs! They go up to everywhere!

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