Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Mozart—through history, endeavors have relied upon patronage in some form or another, in order to flourish creatively. In recent centuries, of course, the nature of these relationships has become decidedly less altruistic, as the role of the patron has been largely ceded to that of the sponsor. Art for art’s sake is no longer a reality. The ability to create is frowned upon, if said creation is unable to simultaneously move product.
It’s an unfortunate reality, perhaps, but it’s a reality nonetheless, one that has long since infiltrated the Web. The days of the frontier Internet have long since passed—those who can’t monetize their site can’t survive. Slate has MSN, Engadget has AOL, heck, even Newsarama has Imaginova. It only made sense that sooner, rather than later, The Daily Cross Hatch would find itself a place in the shade of some friendly media umbrella.
It goes without saying that, in our search for a new home, we were seeking a place with a true acceptance and understanding of the sequential art medium. Fortunately, that home came to us. According to the higher-ups at Wizard, we first came to the magazine’s attention shortly after a recent interview. To paraphrase the executive who contacted me, “we love what you did with Liefeld, and would like to see what you can do with Red Hulk.”
With that in mind, it shouldn’t come as too much of a shock that, with this new ownership comes some editorial changes. The indie comics scene to which we’ve long devoted our coverage, has never been the most profitable wing of the publishing industry, as any poor college student stealing copies from Kinko’s for their most recent mini can tell you.
Beginning today, the Daily Cross Hatch will be shifting its focus to more mainstream titles. And we’re just getting started. Well, most of us, at lest. At the behest of our new owners, we’ve had to let go of some of our writers who don’t quite mesh with the future of the site. Of course we wish them all the luck in the world. In the meantime, stay tuned for exciting new features like Friday’s Mountain Dew Extreme Superhero contest. What other comic book site is giving you the chance to jam with Blink-182 or get snowboarding lessons from Shaun White? No one, that’s who.
With that in mind, welcome to the new Daily Cross Hatch, and prepare to get rocked.