Why are popular comic writers leaving Twitter for another platform?
- Several writers are unable to maintain close contact with readers on Twitter
- There was a time when the platform enabled fans to have a say in creative decisions
- Writers are leaving the social media platform for other alternatives
If you are a fan of comic books then it is highly probably that you have heard of Substack, an online platform which allows writers to send digital newsletters directly to their subscribers. Several comic book writers have been shifting to the platform as it provides an enticing alternative to Twitter.
Popular comic book writers have been shifting from the popular social media platform due to a number of reasons.
One of them being the writers’ inability to meet the expectation of maintaining close contact with their readers in addition to performing their everyday tasks.
There was a time when writers were intertwined with Twitter and even took the help of their readers to make some creative decisions.
In case you have forgotten, the death of Jason Todd was decided upon by a very close vote. It was one of the many decisions taken by the fans which guide the course of several storylines.
James Tynion IV, the man behind the Batman comics announced his decision to not extend his contract with DC Entertainment after coming to an agreement with Substack.
The writer has also shut down his old Twitter profile and announced his decision to do so in one of his newsletters.
Gerry Duggan who is the writer of the Deadpool series and has collaborated on several other projects also talked about his own concerns on social media’s impact. He addressed the issue in his very own newsletter.
Ed Brubanker, who is the co-creator of Winter Soldier has openly criticized Hollywood studios for not giving enough recognition to the minds behind the creation of popular superheroes who have gone on to become global icons.
Another reason behind writers choosing Substack over working on a contractual basis is that the platform offers the writers complete creative control and retains no rights to the content.
However, there is a long way to go before the platform becomes a staple for comic book writers since not many enjoy large popularity and are still very much dependent upon Twitter to maintain their growth trajectory.