I didn't mean Si Spurrier, that was an error on my part. Si Spencer, maybe I'm thinking of? Very similar names, whoever wrote it. Eh, too lazy to check. It was Hellblazer: City of Demons with artmy Sean Murphy though. Which was very, very good.
I just saw this while looking around in Kickstarter and apparently there is a group trying to create a live action adaptation of Hellblazer very faithful to the comics here is the link
Hellblazer (Series) by MaddMannFilms — Kickstarter
Not to mention, Azz wasn't as big a name at the time he was on Hellblazer
*shuders to imagine a Chris Claremont Hellblazer*
Though I would totally buy an Aragones Hellblazer!!!!!!
My issue isn't that I don't have empathy that a beloved book is being cancelled. My issue is the ridiculousness that gets attached to that sentiment.
There is no either/or here.
I can't tell who'se "the - choke - expert" here, because JLD books and trades are outselling nearly all the HB trades. In fact, I think I've sold less than a hanful of HB trades since I've started working at my shop. I've sold dozens of JLD trades.It's the 'long tail' sales period that helps: Watchmen is still coming up with 20-30 grand a month because people still know the name. 5-10 years from now, who will remember Hellblazer? You think JLD/Constantine trades will outperform the Hellblazer trades, and their back catalogue, fair enough. After all, you're the - choke - 'expert'...
But clearly I'm no "choke - expert" on the subject, so please, do continue to enlighten me.
Yeah, claiming DC is somehow the epitome of evil, because they cancelled a long standing book that wasn't selling that well, in order to reposition the character, is somehow far from a knee jerk reaction, right?What blame? DC are making a business move, some fans are not happy, I can see why they're not happy. Your knee jerk urge to defend anything DC do is still vaguely disturbing. Maybe you should either drink the Koolaid or bathe in it, not both?
And you think that's what's happened in this instance, right?Fan responsibilities? Buy the books you enjoy, don't buy books you don't enjoy, provide honest feedback to publishers on which are which and why.
They sure as hell didn't keep the HB creative team in work, did they?Beyond that, as paying customers, they're already keeping people in work. Including you.
And..... This is an influential factor on DC.... Why, exactly?Fact is, they cancelled a book that's been around forever, for a book that will be cancelled and ignored. Look at how many creators were dissapointed by this on Twitter and you will see why the fans are upset.
So then, I will write you off as someone that lives in a fantasy world. Cunningham and Wayne already commented on the reasons why. But of course, we should listen to the ranting fans, over the people who are actually responsible for this stuff.I truly believe sales have very little to do with the decision, pretty much no matter what anyone says. It's not like sales dropped much recently, it's never been a huge seller. They just want to have a new 52 book. Period.
You know, the "choke - experts".
Right, because that's exactly what happened to the book that JC is currently appearing in. JLD is clearly on its way to cancellation, as we speak, right?It might sell "double" but for how long, six months? Then it'll just slide down the charts to cancellation.
You'll pardon me if I place no stock in your predictions. For all this "love" for a character, I continue to be amazed at people who route for his downfall, rather than his success.Also, good talent actually yearned to work on Hellblazer, whereas I doubt talent is hoping "one day" to work on 52 Constantine. I see 52 Constantine as a short term solution that's taking away a valued and highly regarded book in the long term. Hellblazer was a cornerstone book, whereas 52 Constantine is just another book that will eventually probably end up being a blip on the radar. A footnote in the history of the character.
Besides, how many of them actually pitched a HB idea to DC/Vertigo?
Paul Cornell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Doctor Who: "Stairway to Heaven" (with co-author John Freeman and pencils by Gerry Dolan and inks by Rex Ward, in Doctor Who Magazine #156, 1990)
"Teenage Kicks" (illustrated text story, in Doctor Who Magazine #163, 1990)
"The Chameleon Factor" (with pencils by Lee Sullivan and inks by Mark Farmer, in Doctor Who Magazine #174, 1991)
"Emperor of the Daleks" (with co-author John Freeman and art by Lee Sullivan, in Doctor Who Magazine #197-202, 1993)
"Time and Time Again" (with art by John Ridgway, in Doctor Who Magazine #207, 1993
"Metamorphosis" (with art by Lee Sullivan, in Doctor Who Yearbook 1993)
"Blood Invocation" (with art by John Ridgway, in Doctor Who Yearbook 1995)
Pan-African Judges (with Siku, in Judge Dredd Megazine vol. 2 #44-49, 1993–1994)
Deathwatch: "Faust & Falsehood" (with Adrian Salmon, in Judge Dredd Megazine vol. 3 #8-13, 1995–1996)
XTNCT (with D'Israeli, in Judge Dredd Megazine #209-214, 2003–2004, trade paperback, XTNCT: CM ND HV G F Y THNK YR HRD NGH!, 48 pages, hardcover, December 2006, ISBN 1-904265-69-3)
Wisdom (with Trevor Hairsine and Manuel Garcia, 6-issue limited series, Marvel Comics, January-July 2007, tpb, 144 pages, August 2007, ISBN 0-7851-2123-4)
Young Avengers Presents #4 (with Mark Brooks, Marvel Comics, April 2008, collected in Young Avengers Presents, 144 pages, October 2008, ISBN 0-7851-2975-8)
Captain Britain and MI: 13 #1-15 plus annual (with Leonard Kirk, ongoing series, Marvel Comics, May 2008 - July 2009):
Secret Invasion (collects Captain Britain and MI: 13 #1-4, 104 pages, Panini Comics, January 2009, ISBN 1-84653-407-0, Marvel Comics, March 2009, ISBN 0-7851-3344-5)
Hell Comes To Birmingham (collects Captain Britain and MI: 13 #5-9, 120 pages, Panini Comics, June 2009, ISBN 1-84653-423-2, Marvel Comics, July 2009, ISBN 0-7851-3345-3)
Vampire State (collects Captain Britain and MI: 13 #10-15 + annual #1, 184 pages, Marvel Comics, October 2009, ISBN 0-7851-3952-4)
Fantastic Four: True Story (with Horacio Dominguez, 4-issue mini-series, Marvel Comics, July–October 2008)
Dark Reign: Young Avengers (with Mark Brooks, 5-issue limited series, Marvel Comics, May–September 2009)
Dark X-Men: The Beginning (with Leonard Kirk, 3-issue mini-series, Marvel Comics, September–October 2009, hardcover, December 2009, ISBN 0-7851-4230-4)
Black Widow: Deadly Origin (with Tom Raney and John Paul Leon, 4-issue mini-series, Marvel Comics, January-April 2010)
Dark X-Men (with Leonard Kirk, 5-issue limited series, Marvel Comics, January-May 2010, premiere hardcover, June 2010, ISBN 0-7851-4526-5)
Action Comics #890-904 (with artist Pete Woods, ongoing series, DC Comics, August 2010 - October 2011)
Soldier Zero #1-7 (with Javier Pina, ongoing series, POW! Entertainment/Boom! Studios, October 2010 - April 2011)
Knight and Squire (with artist Jimmy Broxton, 6-issue limited series, DC Comics, December 2010 - May 2011)
Batman & Robin #17-19 (with Scott McDaniel, ongoing series, DC Comics, November 2010 - January 2011)
Stormwatch #1-6 (with Miguel Sepulveda, ongoing series, DC Comics, November 2011-February 2012)
Demon Knights #1- (with Diogenes Neves, ongoing series, DC Comics, November 2011-present)
Saucer Country #1- (with Ryan Kelly, ongoing series, Vertigo, May 2012-present)
As someone already pointed out, Cornell has been writing comics for over 2 decades now.
"You might think that. I couldn't possibly comment"
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