Ken Penders wrote:
I'm sure you didn't think you were doing so, but thank you for re-establishing my point. Since they are on the same level as Ken as far as fan awareness, means that Ken as well is practically a "Joe Unkown" in the grand scheme of things
Hardly. First off, website page views alone don't establish credentials anywhere near the level of credit I have. I'm a paid professional, with credits at every major comics company in the industry as well as actual credits in film and animation. I've never concentrated my efforts on the web as that has never been a priority for me beyond being able to keep in touch with the fanbase, float an idea or get out a particular message. If I do business with someone and they check me out, I can assure you I get more attention and serious consideration than anyone who simply throws their work up on the web for all to see.
My priority has always been my work. If people like it, that's great. Not everyone will. Do I care if I get recognition? For my work, yeah, but I don't seek the spotlight in particular nor do I care where I measure up in terms of relative popularity. People contact me all the time saying how much they like what I did, and where they have complaints, I'm interested in that as well.
Be honest with yourself as well. People wouldn't be as angry with me taking the stand I currently am with Archie if I were simply a fan-based creator. They'd think it's a joke and treat it as such, more than likely ignore it. It certainly wouldn't get much attention in the press, if at all. However, I do know a LOT of people in various quarters are paying attention because of my track record with Archie and SONIC. That is something no one can take away or deny. I'm constantly surprised by the number of people who've been following my efforts as well as the level of support as a result. People also wouldn't be as interested in my BROTHERHOOD OF THE GUARDIANS project if I were simply just another fan creator.
Also keep in mind just because someone is in the news doesn't mean everyone is familiar with what they've done. I couldn't identify a single Garth Brooks, Lady Gaga or Kanye West song to save my life, nor have I ever watched an episode of FRIENDS or LOST. Don't care to either. I think a lot of people would be a lot happier if they could simply get paid for doing what they like to do. I'm fortunate in that regard most of the time, and in general I wish everyone else could be as well.
Thanks for misunderstanding my point. Your credentials are not what I was arguing: People in the Sonic fandom know of artists and creators that are NOT paid pro's, yet fans still know them just like they know you. You're known in the Sonic community mainly, which you can't deny, considering the fact that you still seem to be trying to milk something out of the comic book series that you were released from 5 years ago. I'm sure people in the comic book world know of you, but again, that wasn't the point either. You are a lower level comic book writer, in an industry that is small in and of itself anyway. Not that I'm bashing that specifically, because that's great that you get paid to do what you like. But your cockiness in response to the person above was unnecessary because you are not Brian Michael Bendis or Stan Lee.
Also, to quote you, "keep in mind just because someone is in the news doesn't mean everyone is familiar with what they've done." This more so applies to you than any of the people you mentioned above, but you come off as if you're on their level because you are a freelance comic writer and artist, which is laughable if indeed you think that. You might not know their work, but you know their names. Do you think they know yours? I didn't even know about this crap you're pulling until a couple days ago while it's been in the public domain now since July. Wow, you are such a big deal!
Understand please that a SMALL number of people are angry about it. How many people could possibly read the sonic comics? I haven't read one in years. Even the biggest comic sales come from Marvel, and that's only 100,000 pre-orders or so. NOT a large number. Considering Sonic doesn't sell nearly as much, your point of "oooh so many people are mad at me!" makes it sound like you think you're well known. Again, in the Sonic world, sure. In quarters throughout the comic industry? Sure. Is the comic industry big? No. It's like being a well known local band. This entire thing you're doing with the Sonic comics is one giant ego stroke, and it's sickening.
No, people wouldn't be as interested in Brotherhood of Guardians if it was fan-fiction because: It would be fan fiction. What a silly point to make.
Again, it's great that you get paid. *claps* Don't bother patting yourself on the back, because you stroked your own ego enough in your response to me. I wasn't arguing that you're a professional: I was arguing that you're a lower level comic book writer/artist. Which, like you said, is something no one can take away or deny.