Member Since: 1/1/01
paw comments: Stastically, none of you read Champions - which is why the title is being cancelled. My point in posting Jim Zub's reaction is that is strikes me as very professional at a time when it seems the trend is to rant, rave and accuse the company you were working for of deliberately undermining you. (Sidebar: The company probably isn't undermining you. They are paying you money and they want to make money. Undermining you would be silly.)
Anyhoo, kudos for Jim Zub for being such a wonderful example of how to act when your comic is cancelled. He's gained a fan in me and I look forward to supporting his next title.
A comic writer/artist has two jobs.
1. Write a compelling story ...
2. that appeals to a wide enough audience to support the comic
You have to succeed at both if you want a comic to remain ongoing. If you fail at the second, your comic is going to get cancelled no matter how good it is.
Art is a lot like baseball, in that it is defined by failure. Even great hitters fail more often than succeed. That's just the nature of the game. The same is true in art. Very few artists are successful, and even the successful ones have a litany of failures in their portfolio. Accepting that failure is an intrinsic part of the craft, rather than blaming those failures on others (publishers, fans) is what allows the greats to push past failure towards success. Wallowing in self-pity and finger-pointing never made anyone great.