It’s that time again, where I tell you what’s really grinding my gears for the week of October 30th, 2019.
Some weeks it’s mostly likes, other weeks it’s dislikes.
So what’s grinding my gears this week?
Comic Book Media Deals and Options
Is it me or does it seem like there have been a lot of media deals and option announcements lately?
Now, don’t get me wrong, production studios do this all the time to hold the rights on a particular book for it’s story and characters to explore if it will be good fit for television or film but it certainly seems like a lot of these recent options are coming off as marketing tactics to boost sales. Particularly the ones that are announced around the time the book even debuts.
A book getting media deals or options is great for the creators but doesn’t it seem odd that they (the studios) would be so quick to pick up the rights for a book before it even proves itself in print form? Are studios and production companies in a battle of owning the rights of potential shows due to lack of their own creativity or lack of material from other sources? Is it creators hinting media deals if there’s even nothing signed but just general interest when there’s no studio named?
Maybe it’s just me but I think these really early announcements are doing more harm on the overall comic industry market than good. It’s almost as if they’re creating false demand. There are so many great books that have the potential to be great television series or movies out there that have come and gone, while still picking up new readers with the trades and hardcovers, etc.
Regardless of whether a book goes the whole way after a media option, the only thing we can do is buy low, sell high. Right? Unless you’re not flipping books, keep reading what interests you then.
And on a side note, Anthony and I have started a spreadsheet of books that have been optioned. Trying to nail down the date of announcement, who made the announcement and other details of such deal. Hopefully we can get a comprehensive list going and then keep it updated when new deals are announced as sort of a tracker for these things since so many books get options, we tend to lose track who’s gotten them and who hasn’t.
That’s all I got this week for my gripes this week. What’s bugging everyone else? Or what else is everyone liking this week?