Steve Niles, Mystery Society and Creator Owned Comics at IDW

Karl Keily, my colleague over at CBR, interviewed Steve Niles. I'm a huge fan of Niles, he's a great creator, a great guy and a great interview. The interview is mostly about the upcoming Mystery Society special coming out from IDW in March. For those who missed out on the book the first time around–the trade collecting the five issues drawn by Fiona Staples is available as a trade paperback now–it concerns a Nick and Nora-esque couple and is more of a light-hearted adventure tale than people might expect from Niles, but it's a lot of fun.

The interview does have one quote by Niles which jumped out at me when I read it:

I'll see what this annual will do, but I've been told by IDW that they just can't sell creator-owned right now. So there's not much chance of more. I don't want to get this interview going on a grim note, but chances of more "Mystery Society" are pretty slim at this point.

I'm disappointed there won't be more Mystery Society–though I'm excited there's a new special, I had given up on seeing anything more–but that IDW can't sell creator owned comics is just....depressing. Really, really depressing.

I mean just thinking off the top of my head about comics that have been released in recent years, besides 30 Days of Night there's Locke and Key, Kill Shakespeare, Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, Popbot, Lore, Fallen Angel. It's a rough market out there right now but the idea that a major publisher is worried about their ability to sell creator owned projects is depressing. Very depressing.

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