Spawn creator Todd McFarlane recently revealed that he refuses to worry about what fans think and instead chooses to not have their input influence his work.
McFarlane believes that there isn’t a need for discourse between comic book fans and those creating the stories. Speaking with Popverse, McFarlane elaborated on his thoughts, saying, “People vote with their dollars. You don’t need to read people’s comments and stuff like that. […] You’re never going to please everybody.”
While social media and the internet have made it easier for fans and creators to connect and have discourse, McFarlane made it clear it’s something that holds any power in his creative process. He explained that he’s also not interested in fans’ choices to buy or pass on an issue. “I’m not interested in why you didn’t buy it, and to some extent, I’m equally disinterested in why you did buy it, because I’m not looking for your approval. […] All I can do is make a product, finish it, and offer it up for sale. And that’s it! I don’t redo it, I don’t go back and edit it dependent on the comments, you know? […] I’m not negotiating with the fanbase on any level.”
McFarlane’s way of working continues to prove successful, even over thirty years after the introduction of one of his most iconic characters, Spawn, in Spawn #1 (by Todd McFarlane and Steve Oliff), released on May 1, 1992. The Spawn series went on to inspire numerous other comics while also receiving a movie adaptation and an animated series on HBO in 1997. In 2019, McFarlane revealed that two animated shows featuring the character would be coming, with one for adults and one for children. A reboot film with Jamie Foxx and Jeremy Renner has also been announced.
The character of Spawn has also appeared in many crossovers in other comic books, including Invincible as well as appearing in DC’s Batman comics. The character has also been the star of multiple video games and most recently had a cameo as a playable character in Mortal Kombat 11 where Keith David (the voice of Spawn in his animated debut in the 1997 HBO series) reprised his role for the NetherRealm Studios game.
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Spawn’s creator Todd McFarlane says he won’t “negotiate with the fanbase” when it comes to his work. Read More