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WAITING FOR TOMMY
By Richard Johnston

Last week, a user known as Felicia posted to the Brian Bendis message boards over at Imagecomics.com. She wrote much sound and fury about Marvel. And most everyone scoffed. After all, she was making up ludicrous stories, that Mark Waid was to be fired off Fantastic Four, to be replaced by Bill Jemas.

Earlier this week, Newsarama ran that exact same story from different sources and got quotes from Mark Waid. It transpired he was fired by Marvel after Felicia had made that post on Imagecomics.com. Basically, she knew before Waid did. Waid also said he'd been told Jemas would replace him.

Later this week, Joe Quesada denied that aspect of the story. But I have had a number of conversations with prominent industry figures connected with Marvel that confirm Bill Jemas was to have been replacing Mark Waid on Fantastic Four. However, in the light of the immense fuss on the internet, that's either no longer the case, or he'll be co-writing the title, uncredited.

Which is an accusation levelled against him for a number of Marvel books right now, for better or worse.

But back to Felicia. The girl with connections at Marvel and not afraid to spill the beans over comic book badness. Now, I've been made aware of who she is and why she has connections with Marvel. And naturally, that's not being revealed here. Unless of course this is another stunt from Joe Quesada and she's just Bill Jemas in a dress. But we'll get to that later.

Felicia makes a number of comments about Marvel and Marvel employees. I am sure that Nick Barrucci at Dynamic Force would like me to point that these are not necessarily the view of Dynamic Forces. Hell, the way Nick and Bill and Joe play around in the men's saunas, I'm sure they're not. But it's a credit to Dynamic Forces that they'll allow the following to be printed, when they're such a commercially sensitive company. Go buy a statue or something [Ed Note: Thanks Rich, readers can do so right here!].

Right, to the woman in hand. Felicia makes a number of quite bold statements in this column. They are her opinion, based on her observations and understanding. She has biases which should be clear in the content of her statements, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. This is, if nothing else, the opinions of one person - just that of one person who appears to be remarkably informed.

She picked up the phone. For one so brazen online, she had quite a soft spoken voice.


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RICHARD JOHNSTON: Felicia. You caused quite a fuss this week, you know. The Image boards are down, news sites are down, too much traffic everywhere, the internet can't cope. How does that make you feel?
FELICIA: I think the reaction was primarily due to the fact that the news was about Waid being let go more that I knew beforehand. Though I'll tell you, I think Bendis is mad at me because his board went down for what it seems like two days now. A lot of people are privately messaging me and asking who I am. So I guess it makes me feel a bit special... I've been accused of having a bloated head in the past... but I'm trying not to swell up with glee if that's what you mean. The fanboy and fangirls know who they like, so (Waid being fired) that's a bigger shock than some girl from nowhere knowing it was going to happen.

RICHARD: It's fun when you make the internet crash - only done it a few times myself. For you it seems like second nature. It's even more fun when publishers start having meetings about you and deciding what to do about you. Are you afraid, are you very afraid?
FELICIA: Well, yeah. What was scary was that I ended up going to all these sites, and my post was up everywhere. I knew then it was no time before someone would end up emailing it to someone else over at Marvel. There was a lot of suspense, you know, waiting to see if there would be a reaction from them over there, then after a few hours yesterday... it would be a downhill rollercoaster ride both for me and the person(s) I care about working within the company. I'm more concerned now that this person(s) may be found and fired.

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