Comic book fans tend to love a good fight, and one was waged on Twitter today between Ron Marz — current writer of Top Cow titles including Witchblade and Artifacts, and a veteran of Green Lantern, Silver Surfer and plenty more — and the official account of Bluewater Productions, the always-controversial publisher of largely unauthorized celebrity biographical comics of everyone from Taylor Lautner to Michelle Obama.
Things got started when Marz, while linking to a press release on an upcoming Bluewater biography of Ayn Rand, stated, “If there’s a better pairing than horrible, selfish nutbag Ayn Rand and Bluewater, I’ve yet to hear it.” Highlights of the quarrel include — after prompting from Bluewater — Marz offering to write a sequel to Bluewater’s Justin Bieber biocomic (provided he was paid his full page rate, which he would donate to the Hero Initiative, and that Bluewater would donate their profits to a charity of their choice), and Bluewater declaring “Bio books are what people want,” along with making lots, lots, and lots of comments about Witchblade sales being low. After being initially denied, the offer is currently at the “trying to smooth it over” stage.
In the ensuing melee, Bluewater (via the account run by the company’s publisher Darren G. Davis), responded to a number of other harsh criticisms of their company centering around alleged non-payment of creators, including one from frequent Marvel artist Mark Brooks, who stated, “You STILL owe me money from 10 years ago. It’s a fact, not made up. I’d drop this Darren.” Davis simply responded “tidalwave,” a reference to Bluewater predecessor Tidwalwave Studios, which Brooks worked for a decade or so ago on comics like Atlas, and an apparent attempt to separate past accusations from current ones. Brooks, in response: “it’s still you Darren. Semantics don’t change that.”
Also getting involved: Greg Harms, who inked Bluewater title 10th Muse circa 2009, accusing the company of “creative bookkeeping” and letting Davis know “I’d tell you to your face that you are an ass.”
Since it’s very possible Bluewater might think better of some of their harsher allegations and reach for delete, we’ve documented a few for posterity’s sake — along with a few of Marz’s barbs — and assembled them into an ersatz highlight reel. Those are after the jump. (And yes, the adorable pup in Marz’s Twitter avatar most certainly does go a long way in making the heated discourse seem much more amiable.)
And, some time later…
Addendum: I interviewed Davis around this time last year for an article, which you can read here.