Platinum Studios finally unveils the comic they squeezed creator Mike Strang out for!
Submitted by strangq on October 2, 2007 - 00:04
Hello Comic Book Creators,
My name is Mike Strang and a few months ago I posted a controversial blog here about howÂ my dealings with Platinum Studios Comics over my creationÂ Weird Adventures in Unemployment and how they removed me from it.
also detailed in a greatÂ article by Heidi Macdonald here...Â
The comic they fired me for so they could produceÂ instead hasÂ finally hit Drunk Duck, completley rewritten and redrawn by some one else. I was never shown any of it beforeÂ it hit the netÂ and honestly I have to say ...I hate it.
In fact I'mÂ close toÂ tears.Â I'm not saying I'm Stan Lee but it'sÂ nothing but a pale watered downÂ rendition of whatÂ I wrote and artist John Keene drew. It was much edgier and ambitious with a broader visual scope I must say giving props to Mr. Keene, thanÂ what's now presented.
I would like to reiterateÂ the point of my first post...Â
NEVER SIGN A WORK FOR HIRE CONTRACT IF YOUR ATTACHED TO YOUR CREATION ORÂ IF YOU HAVE ANY ARTISTIC INTEGRITY!Â
I feel bad sayingÂ I hate it, not shedding tearsÂ over Platinum's feelings mind you, but for the new writer and artist Brandon J Carr. I don't know him or haveÂ a beefÂ with him personally. He probably doesn't even know who I am, and is just some guy working a gig under their direction.Â A gigÂ that was long in the works before the formality of actually firing me took place under theÂ guise ofÂ my outraged and justified reactionsÂ towards Platinum.Â Â Those actionsÂ were usedÂ as an exscuse to finally remove me from my creation, as detailed here...
Having your creation which you worked so hard on and basicallyÂ RAPED like that is what can happen when you sign a work for hire contract with a corporation likeÂ I naively did a few years ago. I signed that contract and trusted my characters where in good hands, which they were when EIC Lee Nordling was at Platinum. But he was removed from the company and my creation wasÂ left in control of less caring individuals likeÂ Â Dan Forcey, VP of Content DevelopmentÂ at PlatinumÂ who could care less aboutÂ creators. Comics can be a soulless business.
There would have been no first blog if he would have ever been straight with me and treated me with any respect. Instead he dodged me and passed me off onto others hoping I'd go away when I was on to the fact they were replacing me without telling me. Â
Although I don't endorse the work that goes under the name Werid Adventures In Unemployment that is featured on Dunk Duck and has my name on it,Â I would be even angrier if they take my nameÂ off the credits do to my latest tirade here. My comments on Drunk Duck were already deleted. I wantÂ my name toÂ attached to it and PlatinumÂ for the the disrespectÂ theyÂ show towards many of their creatorsÂ that they take advantage of with their false promises and double dealings.
I want my name to be remembered so others won't get Mike Strang'ed.
Now let their shills attack me...