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WAITING FOR TOMMY: IGOR KORDEY
By Richard Johnston

"Yesterday I got officially fired, with explanations that management wants to take different visual approach to Excalibur, as it is one of the core books. Everything I've done so far (ish #1, and half of #2 plus cover for ish #1) is cancelled, and of course, no replacement books for me."

"So, they kicked me out very cruelly, the last humiliation in a chain of many happening last year - they removed me from my previous project (under explanation of being too expensive an artist, eventually breached my exclusive contract last year, offering me lower prices per page as a condition for continuing to work for them (and I accepted, having no other choice, knowing that I need to continue to support my big family - It was middle of the year; no chance to switch to another publisher); they supplied me with all those inkers, doing efforts to convert my art into something it's not."

 

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"They hired me as Igor Kordey, not someone else. They also forgot that I was never late doing two monthly books a month in last three years (leaving me under impression that it's not so important to be brilliant, but reliable); they forgot how much world-wide publicity they gained with this 'trade building explosion non-cancellation' affair after Sept.11; or with this 'Pennsylvania plane' illustration; or volunteering for Moment of Silence; volunteering for 'Arena' with completely re-pencilling two books and supplying color guides for whole arc; voluntarily doing book logos, editorial jobs, promoting them with interviews especially in Europe, and so on and so forth... all this in trying to prove myself as a part of the family and contributing as a loyal mercenary as much as I could."

"After all I ended up left behind just as expendable cannon fodder; no mercy, no respect...."

"On the other hand, I'd like to thank Joe Quesada for his three-years of support and appreciation, and all my editors... Powers, Franco, Hicks, Moore, Lis, Yoshi, Raicht, Moore and Marts (jeez, I changed 8 of them in 3 years - most of them got fired), for their understanding, friendship and help."

But by this point, Igor and I were already talking.

I asked Kordey to explain more about being fired over a disagreement about superhero costumes.

IGOR KORDEY: Talkin' about spandex (diapers)- that's company's direction to unify all the characters again to use them better in merchandising purposes - from toys to cereal boxes. Sort of globalisation on a company-microcosmos level. It reflects the big picture fair enough - wherever I'd go in North America, from San Diego to Philadelphia, people are wearing same fashions, eating the same food and talking the same way. My only problem with Marvel is that I'm - different. I'm different in the way I draw, different in way I tell stories. Like givin' the fight sequences the same treatment I'd give to the dialogue sequences, not just as a part of the story, but as a statement I'm making about violence. I have different tastes in fashion, that kind of thing. Globalisation can not tolerate diversities - a greater amount of differing items bring less profit than less items produced in large amounts. That's very simple and Big Brother is smiling at you, lurking around the corner.

I completely redesigned X-Treme X-Men costumes, faces and mannerism, and fans, especially the younger ones were horrified. They are not able to digest diversities anymore. It's not their fault - their way of life has been directed for years to go a certain direction, with the help of the media and entertainment industry. They are directed to be obedient and senseless, that way they are easier to rule.

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