It was an interesting read. I like his take on how to recruit people, I disagree on the decompressed criticism. It has happened, yes, but there are also other example that disprove the idea that decompression equals a vacuous story.
I didn’t get a sour vibe off it either. Unlike your standard internet rager, Shooter at least illustrates his ideas with examples you can agree or disagree with.
I do think comic sales are diluted by other options, same as cinema. Just as a comic will sell more when you can only read the story as a monthly issue, as Star Wars sold out because the cinema was the only place you could see. Just as we have streaming and BR/DVD, so too are there trades and digital, which impacts sales.
re: Cebulski / Yoshida
Had this happened now, I think his new role would be toast. As it was 13 years ago, that he 'fessed up eventually and was forgiven, it would be quite vengeful to flay him over this.
re: Marvel Events
Let’s be honest here: When an event works, it’s brilliant. When there’s a clear reason for, combined with a good creative team that execute it well, they work brilliantly. The problem is once they started using, Marvel just coulkdn’t stop. It was Secret Invasion setting up Dark Reign that was the first time that people started getting hacked off with Marvel’s event model. Secret Invasion had been set up as this big finale, then it turned into a stepping stone to the next, real finale of Siege. (Johns did a similar mistake on making Blackest Night a piece of, rather than the finale of his GL saga.) If Avengers 4 ends with a ‘to be continued in Avengers 5’ people will flip. You can’t market a big conclusion story and then later decide it’s not going to be that.