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#460244 - 03/02/01 02:58 PM Joe Quesada Interview!
Jamie Coville Offline
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I interviewed Joe Quesada last month. It wasn't a hype fest of Marvel's latest offerings either. Those interested in big picture issues surrounding the comic industry should read this.

Among the topics are Marvels Exclusive Deal with Diamond, The Direct Market without Marvel, Female readership and the new 'Bad Girls for Fanboys' line, Recent media coverage of high quality independent comics, co/creator credits for Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko and more.

You can find it at http://www.CollectorTimes.com .



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#460245 - 03/02/01 03:15 PM Re: Joe Quesada Interview!
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Quote:
Coville:

How well did Ultimate Marvel Magazine #1 and #2 do on the newsstands?
Quesada:
Phenomenally well and our exposure base is growing as we gain more accounts! So far the experiment is going well.

Coville:

Do you think they would have sold that well on the newsstands if they were available to comic stores through Diamond?
Quesada:
Sure, the fact that we didn't solicit it through Diamond was a grievous oversight.


He looked you in the eye when he said that?

Ahh well. Thanks for the laugh.

(in his shoes, I might have done the same thing, though. If you want to cause the newstand operators to reconsider changing the future contracts of the comics distributed through newstands, what better way than to throw them an exclusive, albeit temporary?)

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#460246 - 03/02/01 03:36 PM Re: Joe Quesada Interview!
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Why is "grievous oversight" so suspicious, so difficult to believe? I doubt there's a "newsstand" (which includes bookstore and drugstore) operator in the country who cares whether his ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN was available through comic shops or not. I'd be surprised if they paid that much attention to their comics product -- but more importantly, can you imagine a newsstand owner getting upset because he's carrying PENTHOUSE, but it's also available in porn shops? It's a whole different market.

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#460247 - 03/02/01 05:19 PM Re: Joe Quesada Interview!
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Nice interview, Jamie.

I've been sufing over to Collector Times since I found out my buddy, Joe Singleton was doing work for them.

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#460248 - 03/03/01 01:45 AM Re: Joe Quesada Interview!
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Stuart:

Matt Ragone (think I spelled that right) specifically said in a post to a comic industry forum that he advised to Jemas to not distribute Ultimate Marvel #1 to comic shops via Diamond.

So I'm left to assume that Quesada is out of the loop regarding Ultimate Marvel happenings or making a fib. Based on my limited dealings with Quesada I doubt he would out and out lie about this stuff so I'm assuming he's not all that involved with the Ultimate line of comics.

Oh and thanks Joe. Joe Singleton has been writing for CollectorTimes.com for a long time now. Look up his past columns [img]/resources/ubb/smile.gif[/img]



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#460249 - 03/03/01 06:50 AM Re: Joe Quesada Interview!
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Oh -- didn't know that. Thanks.

(I suppose I could only post about things I actually KNOW about -- but where's the fun in that, huh?)

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#460250 - 03/03/01 02:45 PM Re: Joe Quesada Interview!
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Does anybody know what "legal mumbo-jumbo" he's talking about with regard to creator credits? From an outsider's point-of-view, one would think all that's needed is a note to the letterer to add a little box in the corner. I'm sure from Quesada's perspective, and that of the company, it's a very real and complex issue not easily resolved, and I'd be interested in knowing how they get to that.
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#460251 - 03/04/01 12:55 AM Re: Joe Quesada Interview!
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Does anybody know what "legal mumbo-jumbo" he's talking about with regard to creator credits? From an outsider's point-of-view, one would think all that's needed is a note to the letterer to add a little box in the corner.
I can't speak to this specific case, but other cases I've heard details on suggest one possible explanation. A company using a character creator's name on products featuring that character can be seen as exploiting that creator's name. Without having been granted the permission to do so (by the creator or his estate), they're risking a lawsuit.

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#460252 - 03/04/01 09:30 AM Re: Joe Quesada Interview!
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Originally posted by NatGertler:
I can't speak to this specific case, but other cases I've heard details on suggest one possible explanation. A company using a character creator's name on products featuring that character can be seen as exploiting that creator's name. Without having been granted the permission to do so (by the creator or his estate), they're risking a lawsuit.


I imagine there may well also be some copyright and ownership issues. Stating that someone is a character's "creator" might be perceived as implying that that someone has some intrinsic rights to that character, which (absent other specific arrangement between creator and company) might well be an issue that the company does not want to make more conspicious.
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#460253 - 03/04/01 12:36 PM Re: Joe Quesada Interview!
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I also wonder if Steve Ditko would want Marvel to put his name up there. He's refused to draw Spider-Man or Dr. Strange despite many offers over the last 3 decades. Or perhaps he wants whatever was promised to him way back when before allowing them to use his name..



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