CBR TV @ NYCC: Todd McFarlane on “Spawn,” DC Comics, Walking Dead Toys
The always outspoken Todd McFarlane rejoined CBR TV at New York Comic Con to talk all things comics, but first the legendary creator played with his new Walking Dead action figures, showing off the latest wave’s special features for the camera.
The comics talk opened with Todd revisiting his DC Comics relaunch prediction, stating that while he gives DC credit for a solid launch, he’s still betting against the publisher’s ability to maintain the momentum half a year down the line, expressing a sense of caution about the retailers’ solid orders for issues 2 and 3 being met by the same enthusiasm by fans once the comics hit the stands.
From there, Todd discusses his own changing approach to comics publishing, his resistance to variant covers or similar gimmicks and the fact that as soon as he bowed to pressure and matched solicitation information with the shipping books, sales began to drop. Despite this, McFarlane insists there is no temptation to reboot the series at #1.
McFarlane wraps by delving into his newfound role as mentor, pointing to his relationship with current “Spawn” artist Szymon Kudranksi, offering notes and encouragement to the up-and-comer while still encouraging his longtime collaborator Greg Capullo as he builds “Batman” for DC with Scott Snyder.