I don't see what this "lawyer " war is all about (did I miss something??), usually when a company announces a fan cover contest, the artists submit art while implicitely agreeing and accepting the rules , which consist in the artist LOOSING all rights to the drawing , in favor of the company who holds in the end all rights, even those to modify or use the art at will , as long as they want etc etc.
. that cover contest was a great idea.
It was also, if you recall, a complete disaster. Dark Horse's PR guy posted saying that he would never do something like that again. While trying to run a fun contest he ran into a wall of lawyers.
Because with a property like Conan, there are many fingers in the pie, all trying to get their way on what they think is best.
granted, point being there is A LOT they could do...they got that idea from running all the fan art in the letter pages, previously they had a great idea with getting different artists to do those covers but it's who they chose that got them afoul of fans, that wraparound cover for example. their problem seems to be in execution of the idea and the shape it takes.
Monk , I agree that Dark Horse comes up with brilliant ideas but sometimes mashes everything in the end, it must be the art direction .
For example when fans were asking less Linsner covers (it was getting old) and new fresh covers, Dark Horse remained deaf, but one day they released that damn wraparound which I spoke of earlier as well...as if they thought that was the type of "refreshing new material" the fans were waiting, or perhaps a pun made intentionally , as to deliver the tongue incheek message "Linsner is our pal, and you fans want someone new? Well then get a taste of this double page -wraparound!! How's that you're not really hot about it? (heavy laughter ensues) "
On the other hand, there are less fudged up covers with DH than there were with Marvel up to now ( the wraparound is pure junk but don't forget the 90's Conan ones... or those I mentioned in my reply to Dave..) , but hand painted covers DO feel absent nonetheless in the Dark Horse Conan comics line.
Edited by JainkhulTamhair, 06 March 2012 - 02:39 AM.