Welcome friends to Back Issue Bloodbath, a comics-centric podcast presented by Geek Hard. Join hosts Andrew Young and Sammy Younan as they get down and dirty in the four-colour world of comic books, focusing on classic stories, new issues, comic creators and hot button topics.

Marvel and DC Comics are known as “The Big 2” in the world of monthlies and graphic novels. Their titles make up the lion’s share of the products at your local comic shop. They have so many characters that there are multiple editors in charge of keeping certain books straight. Aside from their main core titles, they also introduce “Imprint” lines from time to time. Imprints collect a grouping of books that all share a common link. This link can be thematic, or it can be between the creators working on the titles, or it can be just a big marketing ploy. Regardless of motive, Imprint lines are pretty common at The Big 2.

A recent trend at DC is to have “Pop Up Imprints” that are curated by a certain creator. Creator Curated Imprints run by Gerard Way (Young Animal) Brian Michael Bendis (Wonder Comics) and Geoff Johns (Black Label). While these are great creators, the question to be asked is whether Creator Curated Imprints are a good thing or a bad thing for the industry?

Join Andrew and Sammy as they attempt to answer this question by looking to the past. The late 90s to be specific. A time when Marvel experimented with their own Creator Curated Imprints like Heroes Reborn, MC2 and Marvel Knights. It’s a trip through time as we look to the past to understand the future? Sure, let’s go with that.

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