Oh Rob Liefeld, you scamp you

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Oh man, we can just imagine the internet chatter about this lengthy profile of Rob Liefeld in the OC Weekly:

To this day, Liefeld is described as “controversial”—it’s one of the first things you’ll see on his Wikipedia page—but he isn’t quite sure why. “I ask people, but no one really has a good answer,” he says. “It’s just one of those things, like, ‘I’m controversial!’ I’ve never gotten out of a limousine without my underwear on. I haven’t been pulled over for any DUIs. . . . I think the success that I had when I was young ticked a lot of people off because they eventually told me so.”


Pages and pages more. Fun for everyone, and the author’s email is at the end!

Comments

  1. It’s Killface and his son Simon!

  2. “Come on baby, you liked me fine last night.”

  3. Cool article, nice to see the local papers doing these articles.

  4. Matt Tauber says:

    My favorite Liefeld bit was when he was at the top of his game and trying to school some folks about storytelling. On the subject of plot, he used ‘Star Wars’, explaining that the plot of ‘Star Wars’ is “save the princess”…which isn’t really at all the plot of ‘Star Wars’!

  5. Alex Buchet says:

    Rob Liefeld is such an untalented and stupid industry hack it isn’t even funny.

  6. That Loeb quotes sounds made up…

  7. Controversial? What’s controversial about the fact that his artwork sucks? Does anyone above the age of 13 disagree about its quality? And would anyone disagree that of all the Image “creators” his was by far the least original, most lazily derivative and sloppily conceived set of “creations?” Heck, for that matter did he ever create a character that WASN’T a direct analogue for an existing Marvel or DC hero (not counting his work AT Marvel, of course)?

    The fact that he’s doing his own version of a “Left Behind”-style sounds absolutely perfect for him. Once again people will buy his work entirely because of the hype around it and because it pushes the right buttons, completely independent of artistic or storytelling quality. And his persecution complex will mesh perfectly with that of the evangelical right regarding their place in the culture. I can already hear the complaints about this thing being slammed (and ignored by mainstream comix shops) because of its religious message, rather than because of its inevitable suckitude.

    Sorry about the rant; the guy annoys me.

  8. Sarah says:

    He and his Image gang members are the Nickelback and Creed of comics history!

  9. My favorite parts were him talking about how he wanted to do comics because there weren’t any ‘further adventures’ of his fave ass-kicking bible heroes, so his doing gory superheroes is just him carrying on that tradition.

    that and the fact that he has no interest in drawing naked women, but gunblasts to the face and guys gutting each other are a-ok!

    Glad to see there’s some constants in the world…

  10. Harry Keusch says:

    Liefeild obviously has a memory problem. I read what he wrote abour Jeph Loeb, saying:

    “Jeph Loeb, an award-winning comic-book writer and screenwriter currently working as an executive producer on TV’s Heroes, admitted to Liefeld some years ago that he had hated his guts.

    Liefeld recalls, “We were finally close enough where he could divulge to me, like, oh, he goes, ‘Rob, the success you and your buddies had threatened all of us; it ticked us off. And, you know, you guys made us all look like old men, and uh, you kind of were a harbinger of a new generation.’”

    Uh, sorry, but Loeb started writting comics in 1991 (his first published work was the Challengers of the Unknown, from that year), so when Image started a year later, why would Loeb feel like an old man – he was just getting into the business.

    He recently bashed Alan Moore because he was interested in receiving more money for the comics he wrote. So? Comics are a business. Writing comics is a proffession and Moore (or anyone) is entitled to get paid for thier work and seek the highest compensation… or didn’t Leifield receive money for Heroes Reborn (rumored to be in the high 6-digit area).

    So I really can’t give much credit to anything Leifield says.

  11. “He and his Image gang members are the Nickelback and Creed of comics history!”

    Does “his Image gang members” mean the other 6 Image founders, or the people in Liefeld’s studio that he brought to the industry? Either way, it’s a staggeringly ill-informed and wrong statement, but with the latter, at least that’s somewhat defensible, as the only people I’d say don’t qualify for that statement are Todd Nauck and Jeff Matsuda.

  12. “# Sarah Says:
    10/14/07 at 8:21 pm

    He and his Image gang members are the Nickelback and Creed of comics history!”

    HAHAHA. i actually did a spit-take when i read this! very funny. and if any encounters with image alumni serve me well, i think they’d find it funny too. they’ve been known to talk a bit of smack and take the piss out of each other.

    so who are the “KC and the sunshine band” and “Bay City Rollers” of comics?

  13. Jarod says:

    I think that people are too harsh on Rob Liefeld. His art was entertaining and it sold.

    Not to meantion the fact that I’ve heard he is a nice guy. There are a lot of “good” artists out there who are complete jerks. I would always prefer a fan-friendly artist who sells, over a complete jerk who pleases the critics.

  14. Dustin says:

    All i’ve ever really heard is that Liefeld sucks. He is in fact a douchebag, and i’ve even heard from those that have worked with the man that his work ethic is non existant and that he draws when he feels like it. But you know what? He can draw. When he wants to draw something cool, he draws something cool. Drawing from panel to panel is not easy at all, and i think people just need to complain about something when they are bored. His art is exciting and engaging, and he makes up for shortcomings with detail and action. And can we just bitch about Greg Land instead? That guy’s like 100 times worse.

  15. Dustin says:

    All i’ve ever really heard is that Liefeld sucks. He is in fact a douchebag, and i’ve even heard from those that have worked with the man that his work ethic is non existant and that he draws when he feels like it. But you know what? He can draw. When he wants to draw something cool, he draws something cool. Drawing from panel to panel is not easy at all, and i think people just need to complain about something when they are bored. His art is exciting and engaging, and he makes up for shortcomings with detail and action. And can we just bitch about Greg Land instead? That guy’s like 100 times worse.

  16. Dustin says:

    All i’ve ever really heard is that Liefeld sucks. He is in fact a douchebag, and i’ve even heard from those that have worked with the man that his work ethic is non existant and that he draws when he feels like it. But you know what? He can draw. When he wants to draw something cool, he draws something cool. Drawing from panel to panel is not easy at all, and i think people just need to complain about something when they are bored. His art is exciting and engaging, and he makes up for shortcomings with detail and action. And can we just bitch about Greg Land instead? That guy’s like 100 times worse.

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