Acclaim made a lot of their money by licencing properties to make games from (they had the WWF licence before WWF jumped to THQ, since WCW was doing better on the video game front under that developer), perhaps Acclaim saw their purchase as a way to cut out the middle man?The video game side of things is interesting to me because I like comics but I don't really like video games. I wonder sometimes how you end up with a video game studio of all things buying a comic book company, never mind buying it for as much as they spent. If all their games were as crap as people say they were, where did they get the money?
I don't know if Layton's telling the whole truth there but I've never heard Liefeld deny it, so I know what conclusion I draw!One story I've heard relating to Deathmate is that Rob Liefeld was so late on his pages that Bob Layton ultimately resorted to flying from New York to California, going to Liefeld's house and refusing to leave until he finished his work, then Layton inked them himself in his hotel room and sent them on ahead of him via FedEx.
There's probably some amusing diversion here where they place all their hopes on Adam Warren and end up becoming the OEL manga company.Dark Horse lost Conan, Buffy, and Star Wars in a few years, and where'd they be now if Mignola had taken Hellboy to Image in the 90s?
True, but presuming Dark Horse can survive Joe Mad being too busy playing Final Fantasy VII to do any of the work he's being paid for, it could mean the that in the 2000s you potentially of people being lifted directly out of the early webcomics scene because they have a vaguely manga-like drawing style. (Unless you are referring to the scenario posited in the article, of course!)That's a real spiraling into the plughole scenario there.
Video games are simply a much bigger market than comic books. A small video game company is going to be bigger in objective terms than a small comic company.I wonder sometimes how you end up with a video game studio of all things buying a comic book company, never mind buying it for as much as they spent. If all their games were as crap as people say they were, where did they get the money?