Update: Sorry folks the NY Times put a filter subscription on this story. Dam, I wish I had copied more of text to this post. Live and learn...
This has been out for a few weeks but this item from the NY Times is kinda interesting (see here).
But now it is the comic-book industry that is grabbing ideas from movies and television — in this case not necessarily stories or characters, but the way Hollywood does its work
There’s a new storytelling approach in comic land. Taking a cue from Hollywood, Comic book companies are embracing a season mentality for their stories. This makes sense for properties like Dark Horse’s Buffy comic, which is basically season 8, but its’ also being applied to the regular superhero comics as well especially with big events like DC’s 52. Since movies and TV have been strip-mining comics for ideas for years it seems only natural that comic companies would borrow profitable storytelling models from other forms of entertainment. Also, management of the comic process includes the new role of executive producer, although the comic book version really doesn’t have a title at this point. But, essentially, creators are being hired to perform this very job for many comic book series. It appears to be paying off too.
Who would have though of it: if the comic guys put more time and thought into the interweaving, continuity heavy storylines, they would make more money and produce better stories… Heck, many of the writers work for Hollywood anyway so why not.