Must-read #2 of the day: Chris Roberson on his recent experiences with DC:
In fact starting at the beginning of February I did a number of interviews that were specifically and only about that, but I think that because many of them were audio podcasts, no one took the time to listen to them all the way through and realize that I was saying all these very disagreeable statements about company policy, and in some cases much more confrontational and inflammatory than what I ended up getting castigated for. So yeah, I expected at any moment for there to be blowback, but no one appeared to be paying attention until the day that three of my tweets were quoted on Bleeding Cool. And within two hours of that appearing on Bleeding Cool, I got a call that I was no longer was employed by the company.
And they told you that the reason for this was because of what you’d written on Twitter. Yeah, and specifically the one tweet which questioned the ethics of the company. Because I have done one or two work-for-hire things using DC properties I would occasionally get questions from readers asking was there a chance I would work on X character or this particular book, and after I said I don’t have any intention of working for DC again, somebody said, “So you’re not going to work on Legion of Superheroes then?” and I said, “In a better world, characters like the Legion would be owned by a more ethical company, but sadly not in this one.” That was enough apparently to inflame the ire of the higher-ups at DC.
Again, so much more at the link, including a change in creator-owned contracts at DC, hints at what Roberson is doing next (“[A]ll creator-owned stuff, meaning that I own it and the artist owns it”) and a sign that the comics internet isn’t all snark and bile: “I will say though that within minutes of me saying I didn’t want to work for DC anymore on Twitter, I not only got questions from readers, but I was also contacted by other publishers.”