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Tuesday, June 03, 2008 

Quesada keeps on denying reality

ABC News interviewed Joe Quesada, and he's still playing spin doctor:
6abc.com: And Joe, I'm going to have ask you, about Spider-Man's Brand New Day. There's a lot of fan reaction and you can look at it as a negative or a positive and I believe you've been looking at it as a positive.

Joe Q: It absolutely is a positive. There are always a few vocal people who don't like everything that we do, and it's okay, they're passionate about it, but, right now, I'm looking at sales figures, and I'm looking at how Spider-Man is flying off the racks and the letters we're getting in. Especially, the letters from converts, because they're saying 'I really didn't want to like it, but I'm digging it.' So that says a lot, for someone to actually write that, it takes a lot effort, a lot of energy, and a lot of guts, too.

6abc.com: You wanted to freshen up the Spider-Man character with this event, right?

Joe Q:Well, the big change is that Peter Parker used to be married and now he's not married and I think it adds a lot more to the drama that is Spider-Man by having a single Spider-Man out there, as opposed to a married Peter Parker.

6abc.com:: Finally, what would you tell somebody who is a little hesitant in becoming a comic book reader?

Joe Q: The simple fact is the comic industry has grown up. People remember comics back from the 50s and 60s where it tended to be a little quainter, a little simpler, and probably more directed towards kids. The Marvel revolution has really been about comics maturing and growing up. We still do stuff that's geared towards kids and that's a separate line of our books. Today, though, you can find people like Stephen King writing for Marvel, you can find people like Joss Whedon writing for Marvel, Damon Lindelof, Jeff Loeb, great, big prominent Hollywood writers and novelists writing for us. These are really important and prominent authors who write novels, movies, and TV shows of significance, who are now jumping onto the comics' bandwagon to provide readers with that same experience, and maybe in some cases, a greater experience.
Keep providing laughter, Quesada, but in this day and age, you certainly can't fool everyone. And really, the industry's grown up? Hardly. Even today, there's still more than a few examples of pretend maturity, and since Brand New Day began, Peter Parker's been depicted in so juvenile a manner, I'd say that too contradicts whatever point Quesada is trying to make.

And Stephen King is honestly not my idea of a prominent author. His works don't appeal to me at all. While as for Jeph Loeb, he may have had some interesting work to show when he first began writing comics a little over a decade ago, but since then has descended into really shallow, vapid storytelling that isn't worth the paper it's printed on. Not to mention that none of these novelists, TV and movie writers are selling particularly big right now either.

What a shame that ABC has to provide a platform for people like Quesada, though it does make for some pretty good laughter.

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