Always difficult to know exactly what to say. I do like licensed product and after something like Hellboy is out for so long, you almost think it is licensed product. But of course it is not actually. I do agree that it would be nice to see more original/creator owned properties. I couldn't totally disagree since I have hoped to see a book by one of my customers for years now. I guess it would not be creator owned since they paid him for the series, but he was greatly disappointed when they decided to shelve the project; and keep the series in limbo for some future day. I believe they own the series and have total control. The customer, however, was so disillusioned I have not seen him in several years. I think he may have given up creating and drawing comic books.
On the other hand, from a business perspective, I understand that some projects have to be halted regardless of how far you have gone and how much you have invested. Sometimes you have to hold back in a difficult economy. I imagine they have many projects (and disappointed creators) that had to be put on hold since they became too cost prohibitive in the current economic situation. You need to have an expectation of return to put out much money in today's economic environment.