Stephanie Moore admitted as much when Epic was setting out.
To be fair, I thought that naÔve approach may have value,
not being tied down to certain preconceived ideas. But I can
see how it might throw some people. And I've never had anything
but kind words from her in conversation. As for Micah, I'm
just a British troublemaker so I generally love the way he
says things - I can generally guarantee a story every few
weeks out of his mouth.
playground" is a good summation of what's been expressed by
a number of people recently. But isn't he due some credit?
After all, Marvel is making money again, overall sales are
up, and the core books have never looked better. Isn't that
cause for celebration and allowing the guy some slack to get
his hands dirty? After all, he might just be right... FELICIA:
Okay, this question I like. I was really looking forward to
you asking me this. I'm going to paint you a picture, and
try and understand what I am about to say: Marvel is the ship
in the sea fantasy which editors, artists, pencilers, inkers,
colorists, letterers, compositors, fanboys and fangirls are
onboard. Bill Jemas is the captain and he's telling Joe, at
the helm, basically what course to take. Up ahead, lies a
fork which stems out to a dark, murky path where monsters
hide and a second way is a known raging river of death. After
thinking, Bill decides that the most dangerous one is the
most suitable choice. Joe is the one that has to make sure
that the boat doesn't sink. Joe has to execute the careful
manoeuvres and try to minimize the casualties, if there are
Marvel has been doing a great job getting attention these
past years, and like Joe said, turning that company around
in the two years they were in charge. But he gives Bill way
too much credit. Whenever these two men are in a room, and
you hear them both speak, you know which one is the genius
and which one isn't.
I give them credit for things like Origin and launching the
Ultimate and Max line, I have to wonder how the ship would
fair if Joe was the one that was the Captain and someone like
Axel Alonso were at the helm. It's not to say that Bill wasn't
involved in some good past business decisions, but it is to
say more who is the one that made into a successful reality.
I have tons and tons of respect for Joe Quesada, as the man
that he was, and still might be... but I have little for Bill
because of the way he treats those working under him and the
limelight he tries to steal from Joe and others...
like to add... Joe can sniff out a bad comic book story like
a bloodhound. Jeez, this guy is amazing if you saw him in
action. They respect him for his talents and ability, when
he walks into a room, he carries a presence that Bill does
not. This isn't only my opinion. I have plenty of friends
that know him that feel the same way. So if Bill and Joe sit
around a room and throw ideas around, Joe has a (or had...
past tense) a real knack for letting Bill keep throwing darts
until he hit the bullseye, then letting Bill feel good about
himself, because if you think about it, he has to use a lot
of tact when dealing with someone who is over him. Especially
someone as demanding as he is. So if I were Joe, I would definitely
shift a lot of credit over to Bill. Again not to say that
Bill didn't come up with these ideas, but what is that saying
about a watch that doesn't work? Or a stopped clock?
So what other skeletons is Marvel keeping in its closet?
FELICIA: Hey, now that you reminded me. There is this
closet over there where they keep a sweet old woman named Flo.
I met her a couple times in the past, a couple years back. I'm
not sure what her job is but she is really sweet! Hi Flo!
as other closets, well, there are things like this one little
man working over there who thinks he has artistic ability.
He's in the higher ups and spends most his days firing anyone
who he thinks might get in his way. I'll call him Booger.
Booger asks to make a creative decision about how to treat
certain art before printing, the man will say he will get
back to you and do something like run upstairs to ask someone
else. Then he'll come back down and be like, "well, I was
thinking..."... you know. Sort of taking credit for having
solved the problem. This is his typical day. He fired a sweet
girl who was Quesada's secretary a few weeks ago over some
trivial stuff. He's really a pathetic man, and the day he
lost his job, I wonder where he would go and what he would
the ones like him that bring in this overall negative vibe
to the inside, which makes for an uncomfortable work environment.
You should see how when people like this who aren't creative
pretend to be creative just to keep their positions.
as creative skeletons, well there is that bombshell we spoke
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