FOR TOMMY: IGOR KORDEY
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."
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."
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
all I ended up left behind just as expendable cannon fodder;
no mercy, no respect...."
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."
this point, Igor and I were already talking.
Kordey to explain more about being fired over a disagreement
about superhero costumes.
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.
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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