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Subj: Priest's Own Words...
Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 at 12:07:02 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Stay off the crack youngin'
Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 at 11:41:16 am EDT
> THe fact of the matter is that all of his titles failed for whatever reason and he had long had a history of writing failing books within the industry.
PLEASE don't attack me Yaw.
This is just some additional info regarding your words about Priest's last few books.
From Priest's blog:
"On PANTHER, I was always nagged about bringing in new reader, about making the series accessible. Which made perfect sense and was what the company was *supposed* to do. But, my thinking was, there’s only so much audience for Black Panther no matter who’s writing it and no matter what you do. Not to say things couldn’t be better, but, overall, part of the fun of PANTHER is how uncannily wily the guy is. It’s difficult to demonstrate wiliness *and* be completely transparent and accessible all at once. My approach, therefore, was usually to annoy the audience for a few arc installments until Panther started snapping all the mousetraps shut (one of my favorites: T’Challa making a monkey out of Iron Man and stealing his company with one phone call).
Hard to do that and make it episodic and accessible."
"That is, essentially, the BLACK PANTHER problem. Assembled together as a trade, they just read better. I’d crawl across cut glass if Marvel would release ENEMY OF THE STATE ii or STURM UND DRANG as trades. I guarantee they’d make a lot more sense.
Kasper Panther was supposed to have Artist A on it, but he bailed for another project or something, and the whole BLACK AND WHITE arc—which I worked *incredibly* hard on—was given to an artist who’d never *seen* Brooklyn and had no idea at all about urban hip-hop culture: the very things Marvel was pressing us for (suggesting, essentially, that BLACK PANTHER wasn’t “black” or “street” enough).
Which is why I enjoy writing novels. I don’t want to run around blaming artists—I’ve made far more than my own share of mistakes. But, with a novel, I can stand up and go, “Yup, I screwed that up.” In comics, there’s a team. Once a script is delivered to the editor, it’s out of my hands, but I tend to catch all the flak for it."
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