Asked whether there was any bad blood between Kirkman and Marvel, the Image Comics partner answered, "I don't have bad blood with Marvel per se, aside from the fact that I think they're a poorly run company that is partially destroying the comic book industry."
Kirkman added that he thinks there are a lot of good people working at Marvel, and that they publish some good material. Nevertheless, he said, upper management is "extremely short-sighted," leading to negative effects on the industry as a whole.
The fan base Marvel caters to, which Kirkman counts himself among, "is not going to be around for a hundred years," Kirkman said, adding, "I always try to look at the long game."
None of this is meant to start a fight, though; Kirkman said that whenever he is critical of Marvel, it's because he loves them, and "wishes they were doing a better job."
Another interesting note that came out of the conversation was a half-joking follow-up from a fan who asked, "So the Ant-Man movie isn't going to be based on yours?"
"I wish, but I don't think so," Kirkman reportedly told the audience, adding that he's heard the movie Ant-Man will be Scott Lang.
You can read a conversation we had with Kirkman about the film prospects of The Irredeemable Ant-Man here.