Some of the changes to comic book publishing are obvious since Hollywood started salivating over their wares. But a lot of changes influenced by the film industry have happened without most loyal comic book fans even realizing it.
The biggest and most apparent shifts within the world of publishing have happened just in the last year. DC Comics is now calling itself “DC Entertainment,” reporting directly to Warner Bros. Pictures Group. Marvel now runs its own movie studio under the umbrella of Disney’s entertainment conglomerate. And comic book’s top writers, like Brian Michael Bendis and Geoff Johns, spend much of their time nowadays consulting on scripts for movie projects and TV shows.
But other changes to the comic book industry have trickled down to even smaller publishers in ways that are less noticeable to readers, but all-too-apparent within the industry.