I love seeing adaptations of comics to both film and television. It lets me know that anything is possible. It has taken a very long time for technology to catch up to the imaginations of creators. (I love old b/w movies and shows, and I often wonder what people of that time would react watching the films and shows of ours. Setting aside the vulgarity of the language, mode of dress and simulated sex and just going on the spectacle of the view, would they think it was magic? It’s been over 100 years for sound in film, and I get that, but from then to now…staggering leaps in technology.) As a creator myself, it gives me hope to know that if I put myself in certain positions, one or more of my creations could end up being seen by the world. (Comics is an extremely small pool. If you didn’t know that, you should. People don’t read anymore. This is part of the reason why Borders is closed, and why Barnes & Noble are struggling.)
The problem with a lot of new creators is that they don’t have a plan. They haven’t done any research into anything. They have a vague idea as to what goes into making a comic, and then they instantly believe that Hollywood is going to swoop down and make them an offer for their property, no matter what it is.
Having a belief in yourself and your creation is fine. Understanding how things work is even better, though. Knowing how something works means you can take your idea from concept to either in a consumer’s hands or their eyeballs, protecting yourself all the while. (Only you can protect you. Don’t count on a company to do it for you.) Knowing how things work means you can put yourself in a position to have your creation have the dissemination you want, in the avenues you want.
It’s very true that knowledge is power. If you want to see your creation as something other than a comic, research how to get it done. Learn. Just don’t think Hollywood is going to tap you on the shoulder and show you a contract just because you have an intellectual property. It doesn’t work that way.