In the thread in question, someone proposed to do a column involving interviews with current Vertigo creators. It seems that they're a fan who wants more people to read Vertigo comics. So, if they would get it off the ground, it would basically be free promotion, rather than anything overly critical or investigative. Some of the creators seem okay with the idea, not surprisingly. That's where Dallas chimes in:
Just so you know though, an endeavor like this wouldn't just involve lining up Vertigo creators to be interviewed. DC Comics' Publicity Department has a strict protocol about interviewing their creators. Before the interview can be conducted, DC needs to approve the interview request, and they need to approve the interview questions that are going to being asked. After the interview is completed, DC needs to see and approve the transcript before it gets posted.Now, it goes without saying that, if true, this practice is utterly preposterous. I suppose you can't blame DC for trying to get away with it. It's anyone who actually goes along with this nonsense - whether it be creators or interviewers - that should be tarred, feathered and laughed out of town on a stage coach.
I'm not passing judgment on this protocol. I'm just saying I'm familiar with it because of my ComicsBulletin.com editing duties (which includes the "Vertigo Spotlight" column: http://www.comicsbulletin.com/vertigo/121322943225813.htm ).
DC is mostly very accommodating when it comes to interview requests, but I have had requests denied with no explanation given, even though both the Vertigo creator and I were eager to do the interview.
I'm aware that the bulk of comics press coverage isn't even interested in anything beyond promotion, mind you. Still, these things fascinate me, so I'd be delighted to know: Which other comics publishers have similar "protocols"? And which comics media, online or print, don't go along with them?