More firings from DC?

Seems like A LOT of speculation from bleeding cool ... but the twitter responses are very....interesting


The more vocal objectors were what you might describe as ex-DC Comics writers. Who didn’t have future work to protect.

Nick Spencer:

Seeing lots of “that’s how it is in this business,” stuff in regards to the day’s news. It really isn’t, and it certainly shouldn’t be. To be a little more direct: the way DC treats a lot of their freelancers is absolutely abhorrent. When it happened to me on SUPERGIRL, I didn’t say much, because I didn’t want to dwell on the negative. But when you see it happen to so many good people, and the damage it does to their careers, their incomes, etc… it’s just not okay. I don’t understand the need for it, & I wish it were otherwise. I love DC, love the characters, & I know I did some of my best work there. And I’m VERY happy for my friends who have been successful there. But I would tell any creator– especially newer, younger ones– to be extremely careful in doing business there.

Mark Waid

On behalf of dear friends: It is UNCONSCIONABLE for publishers to fire creators through the pages of PREVIEWS. At least pick up a PHONE.

Yes, he’s talking about DC. Sterling Gates wrote;

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! WORST EFFING NEWS EFFING EVER! EFF TODAY! Seriously, that’s so g**damn upsetting. One of the most-consistently brilliant and enjoyable books on the market. You know what sucks? Everything. :( I love Superman Family Adventures, and I’m incredibly sad to see it go. Sigh. Well, at least in good news NO WAIT THERE IS NO GOOD NEWS SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES IS CANCELED

And seemingly separate from this was Chris Roberson’s rant which demands that at every comic convention people must buy him large flagons of beer with vodka chasers.

In the LA Times a few months ago, Joe Michael Straczynski was quoted as saying about Superman;

What makes him interesting other than that he’s really, really strong? That question led me to want to redefine Clark in ways that made him more interesting and more flawed as a person. Not in a dark, mean, cynical way, because that’s way too easy. But as a true outsider whose heart is vulnerable. I wanted to emphasize the loneliness of a kid growing up knowing just how different he was from everyone else, who had to keep his distance for their protection and his own.

Responding to it being reposted, Chris Roberson, who was credited as co-writer on much of the Superman: Grounded arc, and was fired from DC after criticising the Before Watchmen project, tweets;

That this nimrod is still writing Superman and @MarkWaid isn’t is all that need be said about what’s wrong with DC:

In this guy’s head, Superman crying over a dead kitten shows his love of life, but passing out guns is a learning experience for volume 3.

Some day I’ll be drunk enough to post the one page of sloppy “outline” that was handed to me for Grounded (and which I ignored completely).

But he still gets half my royalty check for every sale, even though he had nothing to do with it. Maybe that’s what he means by “morality”?


What is chris roberson bitching about?

BigWilliam - What is chris roberson bitching about?

JMS' view of Superman.  There's probably more to it than this but, Roberson was the co-writer of the highly criticized Superman: Grounded (what that really means is that JMS ploted Grounded and left to write the Superman graphic novel, leaving Roberson as the guy who was hired to "write" what JMS had plotted and take the brunt of the criticism when JMS left).  Additionally, Roberson was very vocal that DC should not have made "Before Watchmen" given Allan Moore's feelings (and the way that DC screwed Moore, etc...)

Needless to say, he was fired from DC

Yeah I remember his run on that Superman arc. That is pretty much where it started to go downhill in a major way. JMS is a better writer than he could ever hope to be.