A short post from my days-of-yore Marvel blog concerning one of our regular Marvel creative retreats, which was then in progress.
We’re holding one of our creative retreats this week, so there’ll be far less blogging than usual, if any. In town already are Brian Bendis, Jeph Loeb, Matt Fraction and Allan Heinberg, Local boys Greg Pak and Dan Slott also joined up, and we’re waiting for Ed Brubaker’s flight to get in to complete the set.
For the next 48 hours, we’ll be brainstorming on the overall direction of the future of the Marvel line, from the end of 2008 and the climax of SECRET INVASION well into 2009 and beyond. There are a bunch of ideas and plans already buzzing through the halls, but inevitably everything is going to change before our meeting time is done. The only real certainty is that there’ll be some moment somewhere within the two days when I’ll change color.
Like in the past, it’ll be an interesting combination and collision of any number of creative mindsets, and virtually nobody’s storylines will escape completely unscathed–but hopefully better for having come through the experience. For myself, the two big areas of interest will be in getting to know Matt Fraction, who’s been doing some outstanding work lately and who’s really a guy to watch, and spending some time picking the brain of Allan Heinberg, who’s one of the best guys in the business when it comes to breaking stories and making sure that character motivations and reactions remain true to the characters. This is the first Marvel summit that either of these guys has attended, so it’ll be interesting to see how they interact with the rest of the group (and how the group functions without Mark Millar or J. Michael Straczynski in the room this time, both of whom had other commitments that prevented them from attending.)
This is the moment when the future gets decided, so look for updates as things progress.