Why can’t we have fill ins instead of filler?

It hit me rather suddenly when reading Invincible #82 (which hit stands yesterday). Why don’t we see creator own books have guest writers? Stay with me for a second and I’ll tell you my thought process. I discussed on the podcast that I was surprised that issue 81 of Invincible felt a lot like filler and that I was concerned that the book was going down the road of Walking Dead (in which I thought the whole last arc was just filler).

I mean, it makes sense if you take ten steps back and look at what Kirkman’s life is like write now. He’s got his own imprint, a hugely popular AMC show that’s coming back for a second season, as well as trying to balance a couple of different monthly titles. That has got to take its toll, and something is going to give with that much on your plate.

This begs the question: why not just let someone else write your title for a couple of issues until you can come back to it? Who’s to say Erik Larsen (some one you can trust to do it right) doesn’t have a great pitch for Invincible and could take over for a quick three issue story arc and give Kirkman a little time to decompress?

Is it the issue of readers will only accept a writer on their own book? Is it the fact that writers rely on that income to pay their mortgage and can’t afford to pass off the title? I honestly don’t know, but I’m sure it isn’t a case of vanity.

I’m also not saying that fillers only happen for one reason, I’m sure there’s a lot that goes in to setting up something big that I’m not intending to purposely ignoring here. I just think that when someone gets too many irons in the fire there’s a tendency for the quality to suffer. I relate it to the Bendis effect, start getting tapped to write more books than you can logically handle and it’s not rocket surgery to figure out that you’re going to get stretched too thin.

Hmmm maybe it’s just the fanboy in me after all. I’m fantasizing about Brubaker writing Powers right now! Who’s to say that the boys that brought us Witch Doctor don’t have a Walking Dead story they’d love to tell? As long as a creator has a writer’s bible I don’t think it’s a stretch for someone to take a crack at your mythos. And hey, who doesn’t love a little fanfic every now and again?

On this episode of PaperkegWest we are joined by Timmy Wood. This episode is big, it’s bad, and it’s full of bleeps. Discussions include:
Discussion Topic: What do we think of Amanda Waller’s new look?
What does it mean that Ultimate Spider-man #1 is the best digital seller ever?
This weeks books: Ultimate Spider-man, Punisher, Fear Itself, Gladstone’s School, and more.
Lightning Round
Trade of the week: Batman & Robin Vol. 1: Batman Reborn.
Your letters
And another big huge thanks to Brad Heitmeyer for his amazing art. How does he do it?
If you have thoughts, idea, complaints, e-mail the show: West@Paperkeg.com
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On this episode of PaperkegWest we are joined by Timmy Wood. This episode is big, it’s bad, and it’s full of bleeps. Discussions include:

  • Discussion Topic: What do we think of Amanda Waller’s new look?
  • What does it mean that Ultimate Spider-man #1 is the best digital seller ever?
  • This weeks books: Ultimate Spider-man, Punisher, Fear Itself, Gladstone’s School, and more.
  • Lightning Round
  • Trade of the week: Batman & Robin Vol. 1: Batman Reborn.
  • Your letters

And another big huge thanks to Brad Heitmeyer for his amazing art. How does he do it?

If you have thoughts, idea, complaints, e-mail the show: West@Paperkeg.com

Get it:

Direct Download 

iTunes

Paperkeg West #4

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On this new episode of PaperkegWest, we are still down a MandyBu, but there is still pleanty of great show. We get into…

Topics

  • What do we think of the Nealson Ratings working with DC?
  • DC is over, what are we sticking with
  • Avengers EW cover, our thoughts. 

Then we jump into this weeks read pile, which includes:

  • All-Star Western
  • Four Star Studio
  • I,Vampire
  • The Flash

Then, the whole worlds favorite segment, which we stole: Lighting Round

Then our book of the week, Frank Cho’s 50 Girls 50

Then we end it with your Letters

If you want your letter on the show be sure to email it to West@Paperkeg.com

Get it: Direct Download here or iTunes

Enjoy!

Paperkeg West Double Episode!

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On this double sized Episode of Paperkeg West: First we have Jon and Cameron solo as Timmy and Ryan get ready for NYCC. On that we talk about: Detective Comics, Uncanny X-force, TMNT, Conan, Venom, Batman: Death in the Family, and more. Then on episode 6: Jon, Timmy and Ryan talk about being at NYCC. Jon didn’t yell at a creator and got a free sketch. Timmy relaxed and Ryan got some burgers. Also parties were had. And Cameron had a Poltergeist moment. 

Then we get into some books we are reading:

  • Batman/Superman Annual #1
  • Batman and Robin #2
  • Mr. Murder is Dead
  • Xenoholics
  • Sweet Tooth
  • JLA: The Age of Wonder
  • and more…

Send letters to: West@Paperkeg.com. Get it here or iTunes

    Paperkeg West #6

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    On this new episode of PaperkegWest we are lacking the Wood, TImmy Wood, but we get into a big ol’ discussion: We talk about The Avengers Trailer, Cameron has a rant for DCwomensomethingsomething, and finally this season of the Walking Dead so far. 

    As for this weeks books, we discuss:

    • Shield 
    • Annihilators
    • Spaceman
    • Lighting Round.
    • Then our trades of the week:  Captain American Omnibus, The Mask, Walking Dead Book 7.

    Then we read a letter from FeartheJake

    Send letters to: West@Paperkeg.com. Get it here or iTunes

    Paperkeg West #11

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    We get into the news with:

    Dark Horse digital pricing, perhaps not so low. 

    Avengers vs. X-men

    Bendis leaves Avengers, Aaron off Wolverine. 

    Books of the weeks:

    • X-men Schism, Post Schism
    • Uncanny X-Force
    • Jon Unleashes the fury. 
    • Big Guy and Rusty the boy Robot

    Our new segment: We love cartoons. We go over the first three episodes of “X-men: The Animated Series.” 

    Then we get into our trades of the week, and e-mails. 

    E-mail the show at West@paperkeg.com

    Get the show on iTunes here or direct download here

    Paperkeg West #13

    On the newest episode of Paperkeg West, Cameron is out sick, because he’s a puss. But we’re joined by Pat Loika of the Loikamania podcast! We talk about the controversy over Kevin Smith’s new show “Comic Book Men”, then some comic talk, a lot of comic talk, before wrapping up with “X-men: The Animated Series” and Colossus from Russia. 

    And as always, lightning round and letters

    Send Letters to West@paperkeg.com

    Follow Pat on twitter here and be sure to listen to his podcast Loikamania here

    Get the show here or Itunes