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March 25, 2014

Assembled Extra: Bring Fan-Fiction Writers Into The Mainstream Comics Fold

imageI tend be strongly interested in writers as writers and creative people as creative people, so it's hard for me to get fired up about a distinction like "fan-fiction" as it's applied in this article by Esther Inglis-Arkell over at ComicsAlliance. I would assume opinions differ on that, though, and I enjoyed the article.

As much as I usually roll my eyes at backseat driving giant corporations, I've long thought DC Comics is missing out not doing something ambitious and crowd-sourced with its Legions Of Super-Heroes title. That's a self-contained world, has a fine pedigree of intense fan interest and would seem future-looking in a way that inviting as many people as possible to do comics featuring those characters might seem appropriate, even. It seems like there are enough characters there that just about any style could be utilized, and from DC's end, they haven't really solved how to do that title in a way that isn't backwards-looking to the 1970s and 1980s material -- again, I assume others would disagree, and some of those attempts have been admirable. The point is I can't imagine opening the Legion up like that would do any harm.
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