A post from my old Marvel blog reporting back after one of our frequent Marvel creative summits. (The photo below isn’t from the Retreat being talked about, but a much later one–best I could lay hands on.)
So our creative summit ended yesterday—three days’ worth of intense creative brainstorming that, as usual, was invigorating, frustrating, terrifying, mind-expanding and chaotic. It’s always a wild ride at these things—as Steve Wacker says, they’re exactly what most people think we do all day every day—sit around and debate whether the Hulk is stronger than Thor (Jeph Loeb was at this meeting and JMS wasn’t, so this week the Hulk wins…)
I obviously can’t tell you any of the specifics of what was discussed—it’ll all come out in the books over the next year-and-a-half. But I can tell you that there was the typical balance between good-natured camaraderie and all-out screaming fights—some of them not even involving me. But it was ultimately productive, and we wound up with a bunch of good new ideas and a lot of food for thought that will turn into good ideas over the next two or three weeks as people digest what was said.
And we had some nice meals (Five Guys Famous Burgers & Fries) and some nice get-togethers along the way. It was great to meet Matt Fraction face-to-face, and it’s always a pleasure to spend time talking with Allan Heinberg. I sat in on a couple of minutes of a smaller X-MEN discussion and got to see how Axel Alonso runs such a group, and get a glimpse into what his crew is planning for after Messiah Complex, much of which sounded very cool to this very jaded old X-Men fan.
There’s a ton of great stuff percolating up ahead. I swear, at one point I thought I could feel the DC Comics building up the block shudder a little.