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Liefeld and McFarlane recall Marvel exit in ‘Image Revolution’ clip

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Sequart has premiered a clip from its upcoming documentary The Image Revolution in which Image Comics founders Rob Liefeld and Todd McFarlane recount the fateful meeting they and Jim Lee had 22 years ago this month with then-Marvel Comics Publisher Terry Stewart. It’s an oft-repeated tale — it’s part of Image’s origin story, after all — that benefits from Liefeld’s animated storytelling and impressions.

Funded in part through Kickstarter, the documentary from director Patrick Meaney, Sequart and Respect! Films traces the 20-year history of Image, “from its founders’ work at Marvel, through Image’s early days, the ups and downs of the ’90s, and the publisher’s new generation of properties like The Walking Dead.”

You can preorder The Image Revolution for $4.99 digital download at Sequart.

(via Latino Review)

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I kinda wished that Liefeld or McFarlane had drawn those comic book illustrated segments. Imagine how much more awesome it would’ve been if those two were illustrated as impossibly jacked up dudes.

Also, snark aside, I think this is an interesting story that should be told. There’s little literature about that time period. Most of the stuff is online and quick to dismiss the 90’s and Image Comics in general. But it was a pretty major force that almost immediately caused Marvel and DC to re-evaluate their approach to superheroes. A lot of it was embarrassing to say the least (such as the Marvel costume redesigns, the Super-Mullet, and Az-Bats). Yet, there was an interesting vibe that comics were catching on with the teenage crowd again and the stories needed to adapt accordingly.

On the down side: this documentary looks like all talking heads and illustrated transition pictures. If it isn’t Ken Burns, it’s typically my least favorite kind of documentary.

Rob Liefeld is to comic books as Limp Bizkit is to heavy metal.
Inexplicably popular in the 90’s and now just an embarrassment.

I like dissing Liefeld as much as the next person, but you can’t deny that Marvel is still…today…making tons of money off of the characters he created. Much like DC and Marvel are living off of Kirby’s (and others) idea from over 40 years ago.

Obviously Liefeld is no Kirby but I think he deserves a little more actual credit for the IMPACT of his work, but unfortunately not so much for the Quality of it.

I kinda wished that Liefeld or McFarlane had drawn those comic book illustrated segments. Imagine how much more awesome it would’ve been if those two were illustrated as impossibly jacked up dudes.
Screaming, over-rendered faces! Pouches everywhere! Tiny triangular feet! Liefeld dressed as Cable, and McFarlane as Spawn! Oh, the possibilities…

Thigh Pouches and Dean are to comic books as Emerson and Van Housen are to cooking shows. Who? Exactly.

I’ll admit that I enjoyed Amazing Spider-Man during McFarlane’s run and I liked Liefeld’s issues of New Mutants. I bought the Image stuff when it came out and it made me realize that I liked the creator’s work more on characters that I liked than the stuff they created. I also realized that any kind of trailblazing they started was balanced by some of the unprofessional comments that McFarlane has made over the years and the fact that most of the creator’s weren’t professional enough to keep a deadline. No matter how much Todd McFarlane thinks that he was responsible for Spider-Man’s (and Marvel’s) success during that time period, Spider-Man existed before and after his era. There is a happy medium between going out and starting your own company and still respecting the fact that the companies you left gave you your start (90’s Valiant for example). The comics world is better off for having Image exist but the company’s diversity today is more relevant to comics than a bunch of guys left Marvel and created their own superheroes. The evolution of the company is way more interesting than when the original guys decided to give the Big Two the middle finger.

Why is the Liefeld denial so high all over the comics community on the net? You guys need to face reality:

1) Art quality is subjective. Why is it “stylized” when Jack Kirby draws a hand really large for effect but when Liefeld does it it’s hackery?
2) Many of Liefeld’s creations for Marvel are still in use, still popular, and still making money. Not a lot of other creators can say that.

Ugh. Seriously with the “Liefeld/90s/can’t draw” posts? Quit braying, donkey, get a new song. Holy shit.

It’s kinda funny, how Jim Lee went from rebelling against the man, to being the corporate devil he’d once rebelled against.

Someone like Liefeld is to creator’s rights what 2 Live Crew was to free speech. It reminds you that shining principle also works for that which repulses you, and you have to accept that.

Liefeld and MacFarlane produce an automatic schizoid reaction in most. First, kudos for leaving Marvel and showing you can do even better when you own your stuff and control it–financially.
And then a split second later, you also remember Liefeld can’t draw and MacFarlane is a total douchenozzle. So there’s that.

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