I get Erik's frustration, but I'm not sure Jim deserved to pay for all the others who keep on suggesting unrealistic stuff to Erik like he was to Image what Jim Lee or Dan Didio are to DC, or something.
Now, that being said, I demand that Erik/Mister Image-Man buys the rights to Blue Falcon and Dynomutt because damn it, I want them to fight Powerhouse. C'mon, do it. Why don't you do it it, Erik? You're so mean.
The reality is--I can
move mountains. I can put any book on the schedule that I want to. As an Image partner I can do that--BUT--I don't. Having backed off from being the publisher--I don't think I should be doing that. I have passed on books to Eric Stephenson that I thought were worth doing and he's taken some on and hasn't taken some on but the number of books I've forced down his throat are almost none.
What I don't want to do is lose the company money. That never goes over well and is not in anybody's interest. But realistically--I absolutely DO have the kind of power Jim or Dan do (plus I don't answer to anybody the way they have to).
Still--it puts me in an awkward bind to have people suggest that Image publish books by friends that I know won't make a profit. I don't want to hurt them or their feelings. I don't want to publicly humiliate them by turning down a book they didn't even pitch. When we turn down books that are pitched at us it's done in private. They don't have to tell the next guy that Image turned them down unless they choose to.
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