GeekGround This is how you act when your comic is cancelled

22 days ago
1/1/01
Posts: 47597
From http://www.jimzub.com/talking-about-champions/
 
Once the October solicits arrived online, I knew discussion would start around our current run. It’s with a heavy heart that I let all of you know CHAMPIONS will be wrapping up with issue #10.
 
I built this new take on the team as a way to try and bridge classic teen superheroic drama with an eclectic cast of characters – old school Marvel brought to the present with a new generation of heroes.
 
I took a risk with the book and it didn’t click the way we hoped, so my long-term plans for the series have been cut short. That’s the way it goes sometimes.
 
It hurts. Dressing that up any other way would be disingenuous. I wish it had worked out. I’m sorry I let you down.
 
The readers and reviewers who keyed into what we were going for were incredible. Their excitement kept us going month after month. If you didn’t get a chance to read the current run, I hope you’ll consider giving us a shot in single issues, collections, or digital.
 
Big thanks to our whole creative team – Steven Cummings, Marcio Menyz, Clayton Cowles, Juanan Ramirez, Kim Jacinto, and Rain Beredo. An even deeper thank you to editors CB Cebulski, Tom Brevoort, Alanna Smith, and Shannon Andrews for letting me run with this idea in the first place. The risk didn’t pay off this time, but the only way we can build new classic stories is to push out into the unknown and see what’s possible.
 
If you’re reading this and lamenting the future of your favorite young heroes, I can tell you that there are big plans for Marvel’s teens in 2020. I’ve heard about the next stage of the Champions story – It’s exciting, vibrant, and absolutely worthy of the House of Ideas. I’m a bit wistful that it’s not mine to tell, but also hopeful for the future of these inspiring young heroes.
 
Thanks for the support,
Jim
Edited: 22 days ago
1/1/01
Posts: 47598

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.

22 days ago
3/7/05
Posts: 31192
Classy is always a good look. No blaming the fans, no claims of political agendas or sabotage. Sorry it didn't work out, we will get them next time.
20 days ago
6/1/07
Posts: 20780
Agreed.

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.
19 days ago
3/7/05
Posts: 31197
It is a strange bit of narcissism to think something you create is anything less than great, but some people get into that mindset.