Deadpool: If we can find him, we can end this.
Spiderman: Wait, why do we want to end this again? Deadpool: Yeah you're right! This franchise could pay off the national debt!
"In ten years, there's been 25,000 products based on the franchise, including... pez dispensers, a... blender, a shopping cart and... buckets?"
"Assassin's Creed is not a series of individual games anymore. Assassin's Creed is a fucking line graph. The line went down a bit for AssCreed III, but now it's gone back up again, and maybe it'll keep going up in the next one — or maybe it'll take another plunge. What I do know is that this line graph is being drawn on what appears to be a very depressingly-long piece of paper, at the end of which stands Ubisoft (and I do not like the look of that stapler it's holding).'
"In this new world that video games inhabit and helped to build, people are unimportant. The talented artists and artistans who make the games don't matter half as much as the brands: the titles, the licenses, the intellectual properties, the copyrighted fictional entities featured in the product. Quick, without looking it up, name the guy who directed BioShock. Name one of Super Mario Galaxy's level designers. Name Street Fighter IV's character artist. Chances are, you're not able to do it — even though you certainly do recognize BioShock, Super Mario Galaxy, and Street Fighter IV. Video game consumers are most attuned to IPs. And as you can tell from today's mainstream gaming landscape — saturated with sequels, remakes, and "Brand X Vs. Brand Y" titles — the publishers conduct their business with this fact foremost in their minds. The staff is disposable. The brands are not."
"Expend less energy, cut costs and somehow make more money anyway. Sadly, save for only a few epic hardcore titles like the The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Super Mario Galaxy, this mantra of sorts has been the Nintendo way through Wii's lifecycle."
The problem with the first two movies in this reboot series is that they seem to have been primarily a business decision by J. J. Abrams to take over a big budget tentpole franchise, thus raising his profile (and salary). And it seems to have worked; he just landed his dream job of directing the next Star Wars film. Congrats to J.J.! Hereís hoping that the studio replaces him with someone who actually gets Star Trek, and is interested in doing something more than reimagining moments from the franchiseís glory days. Ah, who am I kidding? Get ready for the Borg to show up in the next one.
"Marvel might sell 100,000 issues of a big-time book, but the law of diminishing returns kicks in as they load up on books that tie into that big event. Marvel and DC are so obsessed with making sure that they sell more and more to a smaller and smaller audience that they donít realize that many people are not only skipping those events, theyíre giving up on ALL superhero comics that the companies sell. Weíve all heard stories about how kids love comics, and thatís true, but theyíre not buying superhero comics in the magnitude that they once did. And older fans arenít going to live forever, even if the characters they love do!"
— Greg Burgas, "How Kurt Busiek (unwittingly) ruined Marvel and DC superhero comics!"
"The whole reason Watchmen has a unique place in superhero history is that itís an actual, honest-to-gosh novel, with a purpose, and a beginning, middle, and end. The reason there arenít more books like Watchmen is because DC and Marvel donít understand the difference between making something like that and creating IP that can be spun off into continuing franchises. They donít really understand that thereís a difference in the results when art is created for personal expression, and when itís created for t-shirt sales. Recycling is just as good as creating. Better, really, because then you donít have bitches like this Alan Moore character with some personal connection to the work muddying up the issue. When people make sausages at a factory, they donít get worked up over what sort of sandwiches those sausages are eventually used on. Better if the artists they employ understand their place as cog polishers, rather than thinking theyíre clock makers. The fact that [Dan] DiDio has referred to Watchmen prequels as being their attempt at being bold and creative shows that he doesnít really have much of a concept of what creativity actually is. Creativity typically involves creation."
"Highlander: Endgame tanked the franchise. It bombed just like Highlander II and Highlander III did, but there was no television show going on to keep the brand fresh and popular. Even diehard fans started to give up on the franchise, and after four box office failures, folks finally caught on that the franchise was never going to succeed in theatres. (Of the movies, only the original can be considered a success, and even it lost money at the box office Ė it was home video and international sales that kept the franchise going.) Despite that, Davis-Panzer Productions would not let the thing die. At this point, Iím pretty sure that they didnít actually care about the film versions of Highlander but rather wanted to keep the brand going so they could sell merchandise. Highlander has a lot of fan paraphernalia, ranging from novel tie-ins to replica swords. The fact that there was ever a fifth Highlander movie suggests that the money was coming from somewhere, and it sure wasnít from the films themselves."
Well, part of the rub is that it isn't actually his cow to slaughter, even if he wanted to. It's WotC's cow (as is the Forgotten Realms), and it keeps their pockets filled... they just redistribute some of it Salvatore's way for performing regular "cow maintenance." And, nothing can go on in their farm without their written, in triplicate, consent.
In essence, it doesn't matter how far Greenwood, Salvatore, or Cunningham may want to take a character, because WotC's always going to hold the rope and decide which pasture the cow feeds from. An author can say, "how about the 'character death' pasture," but they can easily be countermanded with, "no, the grass at 'looked bad but it was Only a Flesh Wound' looks a little greener today, go over there."