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February 23, 2012

A Modest Proposal: Put Creators In Proximity To Creations

I want to try something here at CR for the month of March, and I hope that some of the other writers-about-comics will think about joining me. I'm going to try and make a point of emphasis out of linking all of the creations we talk about in comics on a regular basis with their creators. Therefore, if there's an Aquaman movie announced next month, I'm hoping to say "Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger's Aquaman character" as opposed to automatically writing "DC Comics' Aquaman character."

I know that there are way to club this notion to death with Internet lawyering. For all I know where Aquaman came from is in serious dispute on the sea-related superhero message boards. There are also instances where it could be said that referencing an original creator isn't all that appropriate when it's a subsequent creator or creators whose efforts are the reason the creation is being discussed. I also don't imagine this changes much of anything; it's not even the kind of thing where I can see people making blog posts along the lines of how awesome it is to stick it to The Man this way. It's also not like CR needs any additional prodding in the direction of publishing convoluted, qualifier-laden sentences.

Still, I've grown maybe too comfortable about the way I routinely grant these works of creation autonomy from those that made them by never bringing those people up, or by emphasizing corporate ownership over creative provenance given a choice between the two. Maybe this will work a bit better, and is something that can be continued beyond next month.
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