Former Marvel production artist Damien Lucchese explains to fans why those considering a boycott or protest over last week’s layoffs may be missing the point:
The MARVEL characters many of the fans are not familiar with are the ones who work regular work hours and continue to stay late to ensure they’re getting their job done to the best of their ability. They stay late because they work with talented people from around the world. They lose friends over time because they can never make it out on Friday nights because they’re ushering comics off to the printers. Family sometimes think that you don’t care about them because you’re always so busy with work. Getting home on time to have dinner with their families is a treat for some of these people.
Why do they? Because they are passionate about what they do.
Even with all the stress of deadlines and very little praise, they LOVE their jobs, otherwise they wouldn’t be there, making sacrifices.
Hard working, creative, talented, passionate PEOPLE so dedicated, they make sacrifices.
They endure the nasty, angry, “fans” that are never happy with anything and think they can do a better job, scratching and picking at what they had just worked so hard on. Week after week after week…
When I was kid, growing up reading MARVEL comics and I saw that classic logo, it was a symbol that stood for a family I belonged to. I saw it as amazing art, interesting stories, exciting characters and I knew there had to be fun people making it happen.
What I’m trying to say is that I don’t want everyone to just see the MARVEL logo and think of a huge, top-heavy company, full of money hungry suits that make poor descisions (in some peoples’ opinions.) That’s not what MARVEL is and there are still people working very hard (even harder now), day after day to put out comics for people to enjoy. (Or hate ::shrugs::) They’re coming up with new storylines and characters to brighten your days, take you out of reality for a few and for kids to dress up as.
They still need your support.
A classy, classy move.