webcomic history: ryan sohmer, author of bad webcomic Least I Could Do, featuring “rayne summers”, has been trying to break in with Big Two superhero comics for ages - specifically, he’s been trying to get in to write Deadpool, well known at this point as one of marvel’s biggest comedy focused characters. so intense has this desire been to write deadpool, he got a fan to ask during a Marvel panel at New York Comic Con sometime around 2008, “When are you going to let Ryan Sohmer write Deadpool?”
the response from then editor-in-chief of marvel comics, Joe Quesada, was “never heard of him.”
ryan’s response to this was to set up an ipetition to write deadpool, which gathered a fairly decent amount of signatures, but one could wager the response to this persistent question - as seen again here in this tweet from sohmer himself in 2011 - would be “never heard of him”.
interestingly, fellow webcomics author Brian Clevinger, responsible for one of the more long lasting entries during the age of sprite comics, “8-Bit Theatre”, has gone on to write several comics for Marvel, as has another webcomics alumni, Chris Hastings (Dr. McNinja), who has gotten to write deadpool in specific, even getting an entire mini about him during Fear Itself.
ryan sohmer will never get to write deadpool, and that is wonderful and good