MikeyCrotty, thanks for going through the trouble of registering on the board to let us know how you feel.
You're welcome, I've posted here since the boards began but found I had to re-register because of the last update.
It's a shame your submission wasn't picked up by Image, yet they allow two no-talent hacks like Millar & Quitely publish a book. There's just no accounting for smart business decisions, I guess.
I've never submitted to Image, though as Gav notes, like him I have worked on a book that was published by Image; for Erik Larsen, free gratis and it was a privilige to support a creator who's done so much for comic creators and the industry.
You're right the decision to accept the Millar and Quitely book can only be a business decision, the same way DC and Marvel choose what to publish and that's sad. This is the third series Image has accepted and supported from Millar; the first two were abandoned by Millar never completed, with this 3rd series there wasn't even any artwork submitted when Image accepted it (Millar posted about getting the first Quitely artwork weeks ago and the cover 2 days ago).
There is apparently a submission process for creators, amateurs and pros for Image, Erik often posts on it. The fact that Millar can bypass it given his track record with Image is a poor reflection on the company I've supported tirelessly for twenty years that I thought valued creators more than the other comic companies.
The fact that Image gets behind a new series from Millar when he's abandoned his last Image book War Heroes halfway through and has since concentrated on Books for Marvel's Icon line saddens me, it's a smack in the face to the retailers who ordered issues that never appeared and fans who bought the book only to see it vanish halfway through the story.
Whilst you talk about the "potential" of this project Murch I'm looking at the real;ity and probabilities based on facts; Millar has never finished a project at Image despite enjoying their support and promotion and Quitely is locked into a DC book with Grant Morrisson has a reputation for being slow, missing deadlines and leaving books. Image accepted this project without any conditions any other creator in a similar position would be in such as completed scripts, artwork or even issues to hand to allow for September publication.
The last time Image bypassed all their rules for big name creators who are notorious flunkoffs brought us the "awesome project" that was Image United. A shining star in the companies history.
I'm not bitter about Image I just hate some of the decisions they make that crap all over what Image was and is meant to be for the sake of headlines.
BTW sorry for the doom and gloom Erik, how's Image United coming along?