.. What on earth are DC doing? This is being removed from my pull list now; I was really looking forward to Diggle's take.
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@tupiaz Dumb? Sure, you can lose motivation. Sure, you might lose drive, or you might not have another Eureka moment for a long while. Your basic talent, though, is virtually timeless. A storyteller is always going to be a storyteller; it's all about your desire to tell those stories. That doesn't mean your work is always going to be amazing, but it means that if you come up with a good idea, you have the potential and the capacity to make it amazing.
Edit: A lot of it is about perception, too. Film-makers are always accused of making terrible films in their twilight years. I think it's more likely, though, that the issues that they represent in their film-making are no longer relevant, or their style is outdated, or they just haven't kept up with societal change. That doesn't make them any less talented; it hasn't gone anywhere. They just don't connect with the audience anymore, as the audience's perceptions of what a film should be, or what they want to take from a film, have changed.
I never actually owned the original Ultimate Alliance. Has it aged well enough to justify buying the Xbox 360 port? I realise that the DLC is no longer available unless you pick up the gold edition, but that's over £50 on eBay.
The Long Halloween was one of the first comics that I read, so it will always have a special, nostalgic place in my mind. Also, it's actually a very good book. Like anyone, Loeb has had dips in form over the years, but then so have many of the comic industry's darlings; Grant Morrison's current run on Action Comics, for example, has been nothing to write home about, and Geoff Johns' Justice League was very dull until Throne of Atlantis. The first issue of Nova was promising, and your talent and ability to write is not something that you can lose.
I'm a literature student, so I find I can sit and read for pretty much any length of time. It's a learned skill, I think, to just get yourself in the zone. I managed to read the Spider-Island TPB in one sitting the other day, when I should have been reading Lolita, and that's about seventeen or eighteen issues, I think.
John Blake doesn't have the martial, intellectual or acrobatic prowess to be Robin, and he's too old to be trained. DC have made a point of keeping the DC Universe and the Nolanverse quite separate thus far. I don't see any reason for that to change.
Looking to the future, I wonder how well publishers are going to fare. Digital sales are sky-rocketing, and are accounting for more and more of Marvel and DC's profits. With companies like ComiXology allowing individuals to publish their comics through their store, without an attached publisher, what's to stop writers and artists from skipping the middle-man? Sure, they don't have rights to the characters. That's their get out of jail free card, but would the publishers retain their enormous market share in an environment where their top-talent can easily head off to work on more lucrative, personal enterprises?
Wait... Johns is ahead of Alan Moore? Ahead of Gaiman?
What is this?
I think it is because the question refers to your favourite writer, rather than the best writer. My favourite film, for example, is Se7en. It is by no means the best film out there, though.