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Comics A.M. | Ex-Marvel staffer says layoff protest misguided


Publishing | Damien Lucchese, a production artist laid off last week by Marvel, explains why fans should not boycott the publisher over the layoffs: “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 decisions (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.” [Blog@Newsarama]

Digital piracy | Jim Mroczkowski posts his third interview with a digital pirate; as in the first two episodes, what comes through is that social pressures and one-upmanship have a lot to do with it. Also, piracy is expensive for the pirates, who usually buy the comics they scan—and often don’t even read them. [iFanboy]

Creators | Following up on a post from the summer, former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter shares more details on the publisher’s failed plans to license several DC characters — specifically the plot for a Superman comic by John Byrne. [Jim Shooter]

Creators | The Columbia Basin Herald profiles Axe Cop creators Malachai and Ethan Nicolle. [Columbia Basin Herald]

Wolverine and the X-Men #1

Comics | USA Today talks to writer Jason Aaron and artist Chris Bacchalo about Wolverine and the X-Men, which has Wolverine becoming headmaster of his own school. [USA Today]

Conventions | Lance Fensterman, who presumably has had time to rest up a bit, looks back at the latest New York Comic Con. Among the high points: The White Space invitation-only pre-con event, and 7,000 kids showing up on Kids’ Day. [Graphic Novel Reporter]

Conventions | Robot 6 contributor Brigid Alverson covers the Womanthology panel at New York Comic Con. [MTV Geek]

Conventions | Stumptown Comics Fest director Indigo Kelleigh looks forward to next year’s show, which will include special guests Kurt Busiek, Stan Sakai and Geof Darrow. [GeekDad]

Drops of God

Manga | Vertical Inc. marketing director Ed Chavez talks about Drops of God, the manga about wine-tasting that has finally made it to the United States after winning much acclaim in Japan and France. [The Globe and Mail]

Webcomics | Cory Doctorow gives thumbs up to Dan Goldman’s Red Light Properties, the story of a real estate company that clears out haunted houses and sells them cheap. [BoingBoing]

Comics | Larry Cruz looks at how The Addams Family went from single-panel cartoons in The New Yorker to a television show, movies and more. [The Webcomic Overlook]

Digital | Viper Comics is launching a new line of direct-to-digital comics. [Broken Frontier]

Digital | Mike Romo explains why he is a convert to digital comics. Reason #1: “The art just looks better.” [iFanboy]

Journalism | Kristy Valenti has some good tips on how to interview comics creators, many of which would apply to other interviews as well. [ComiXology]



It’s interesting to see loyalty for Marvel despite being fired. How many other jobs can you think of where that might happen?

Actually, that’s a big reason why I went digital – modern coloring works much better on the screen than on the page, especially when you have a portable device.

Brian from Canada

October 26, 2011 at 8:52 am

I can think of plenty jobs like that, Andrew, when it’s lost due to economic hardship and can return when things turn around. What I find amazing is that it’s needed to be noticed: Marvel must be seeing a lot of boycott messages on the Internet to get some employees worried that it could be a trend.

I, myself, have dropped all my Marvel books — but that’s because of the corporate attitude towards readers, not with the recent layoffs (which I feel great sympathy to those affected for).

Brian, what’s Marvel’s corporate attitude?

I stopped buying monthly Marvel comics (for that matter, DC too) because I believe shelling out nearly $4 for an incomplete story, 20-22 pages of a chapter from a larger piece, is just …well, pretty stupid.

For anyone that loves the “behind the screen” aspects of comics, the Jim Shooter blog is a MUST read. I didn’t really get into comics until past his time as E-I-C, and just assumed the stories about him being horrid were true, but reading his blog is fascinating.

That’s what I love about the comic industry, it’s that great. people will say ‘The ruined Spider-man’ and still want to read it. They still want to work in it.

Who on earth was boycotting Marvel over layoffs?

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