Has there been a witch hunt that you're aware of at Marvel?
FELICIA: Yes, but it's only at the higher ups. You
see, they really don't trust anyone below a certain level.
There are a lot of micro managers over there that I'm sure
are being questioned as suspects. What they'll do now is create
a couple of false rumors and try to find where the leak is.
So I have to watch out for those. Last year, they tried this
number on someone else who was leaking, and made up a few
fake rumors about X-Men characters that were dead coming back
and reincarnating as other characters. Then there was this
completely, blatantly fake one about Mary Jane having been
an evil villain or something to that extent.
And I never even got those. My web-fu is weak. Is it too late
for Marvel to shut the stable doors over this? There are calls
for boycotts, threads that have sprung up everywhere at great
length... honestly, I don't think a lot of people realised
Mark Waid had such a fanbase - least of all Marvel. Do you
think damage has been done to the company?
FELICIA: Yeah, you know what. When Joe got online to
counter argue yesterday, I knew something magnificent had
happened that I hadn't see before and I so had to laugh.
got online to complain and to publicly kick Joe and Bill in
the nuts, I realized as it was happening that Joe and Bill
would definitely have to rethink some or a lot of the plan
they'd laid out, post the firing of Waid. So then Joe gets
on and drops that pathetic announcement denouncing "rumors"
and that Bill isn't taking over. It was all just the fan "proverbially
slitting their wrists". jumping the gun. Sorta like "You fans
are crazy... we just fired Mark Waid, but you guys are the
when I heard Bill actually blinked about writing the book,
I smiled and was so proud about what the fans had done that
day. I wish they would band together more often like that.
Marvel really doesn't respect what their fans think, and instead
throw numbers and demographics at us that are supposed to
tell us what we like and don't like. I think we know what
as damage to the company, well... they lost Waid. I think
that's pretty damaging, but the most damage they are doing
right now is happening within. The way they treat their employees
and the disrespect that they have for a lot of good editors.
That is what will do them in if they continue. Most likely
they won't admit to it until it's too late, and by then many
of the fans will be voting with their wallets after there
are no more good editors to stop bad decisions.
Of course, it's not just all about Waid. You seemed to back
the comments Stormwatch writer Micah Wright made about pitching
for Epic, the attitude the company is taking to submissions
and the incompetence under impossible odds there. And Joe
Quesada tried to knock those back as well. But again, I'm
now hearing the same from a number of respected professionals.
You've really pulled your finger out of the dyke on this one,
FELICIA: Oh god. (PAUSE) Allow me to say something
in favor of that whole Epic thing before I once again bash
it. There are a lot of people over there with good hearts
and intentions working on this. I almost hate to say what
I say about it when I think about them. These people working
under Joe and Bill pretty much have to function the way the
rest of editorial does: mindless robots who carry out orders
by Bill. Bill is sort of enjoying his playground, and if you
don't play by his rules, you're out. Basically, Mark Waid
had the balls to tell them to back off.
I still stand by what I said about Epic. Though, with all
the anger on the internet, and the fact that people are now
suspecting something is up, I wouldn't be surprised if Bill
and Joe really get a real "no name" to put out one of the
Epic books in a sort of flipping me the bird.
that stuff about what Micah said about the current editors
on the Epic line not knowing certain things about comics that
they should know. it's so true. You can expect things to come
out of some of these editor's mouths like: "Who's Darkhawk?
Or, there two different colored Hulks?"
Who's Darkhawk? Sorry, go on.
FELICIA: (LAUGHS) So Micah is really hitting it on
the nose with what he said, people just tend not to like the
way he says things, so they feel better about disagreeing.
By now they know who these characters are, but they basically
took a crash course at comics 101 while they started their
jobs as editors. So that kind of stinks.
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