You know those movies, the ones with a similar name, logo-deisgn and theme to a big budget movie, but made at a fraction of a cost and starring c-listers on hard-times? Do you want your creative project to be thought of as one of these?
There is a real danger with looking to what is currently hot and trying to do ones own take on it that your own project will fall into the facsimile trap.
On my off days I wonder if we are all just a little bit suffering from polishing turd syndrome. So many movies, comics and series seem to be slightly dressed up retreads of those things which looked cool when we were six or twelve or whatever. Where are the new ideas coming from?
When something does it big, we all seem to flock towards it and try to grab some of the bottled lightening before it fizzles out, before running to the internet to talk about how bad the thing was initially anyway.
For my own projects, I have come to terms with the fact that I feel as though I cannot compete with mainstream books. I have put too much effort into dressing up the packaging to try to make it work, when what I really needed to be focussed upon was finding my own voice, my own style, my own take on things. It may not be popular now, but at least it is my own.
Who knows... in the future...
I am a little worn out by the retreads of super hero books told in the gritty real world, post-Watchmen mold.
I'm really not in the mood for more Tarrantino-esque dialogue driven narratives.
Alan Moore and Quinten Tarrantino are great at what they do. Let's just let them do it, and find our own styles.
Same goes for a lot of hot creators now. Let's give them their room to create, and worry about our own back yards for a while.
There is a real danger in trying to ride the coat tails of others for too long - we don't grow as a consumer and a creator of art. Instead we get the watered down xerox's, the slightly faded, worn version of the same old thing. Eventually it becomes so faded and worn, that it's worthless.
I don't want that from my comic books, movies, books or art.
Time to move on, everyone - let's see what our own big things will be.