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Thursday, June 06, 2013 

Paul Jenkins leaves both Marvel and DC

Another onetime contributor to Marvel and later DC has decided to make an exodus from their list of writers and work instead for indepedents. He recently told Bleeding Cool why he left the latter:
DC is in the toilet right now. It reminds me of the way Marvel was just before we did Marvel Knights. I'll let you draw your own conclusions about the similarities and connections. Suffice it to say they have created a culture of dishonesty that affects too many creators. And the worst part of all is that they bully their creators. They tried to bully me, and I told them to go to Hell. The horror stories are many and varied. I have a few of my own, and I have heard way too many of them from various creators who are being beaten into submission with the threat of losing their jobs if they do not play ball. DC seem to have developed a culture where they think "professionalism" is screwing a creator in some fashion, and then pretending to be friendly at a convention. Professionalism is about handing in quality work on time, or about being friendly to fans at conventions, or about working towards a mutually beneficial goal. Professionalism is about dedication to your craft, not about running around the offices like a demented gerbil telling everyone how busy you are - so busy, in fact, that you forget to do any actual work. Here's what pisses me off about this situation: it does not take a rocket scientist to see that there are a lot of very unhappy creators at DC lately. Well, can you imagine how many more are unhappy that we don't know about because they feel if they speak out they will be blacklisted? Can you imagine the miserable conditions some of these creators are subjected to? (Disclaimer: not all creators, I am sure. Some are perfectly happy. Just not me.) The point is that DC has begun to act like a bully, to subject people to shitty working conditions as if it is doing them a favor. If I have seen good comics come from the creator/publisher collaboration, why the hell would I allow myself to be subjected to that nonsense at this stage of my career? I have numerous other interests, including film and video game work and my first novel.
I don't think much of Jenkins, but still, he's doing the right thing not to give any satisfaction to the editors at DC, or even at Marvel, which is just as much a closed circuit now where the properties are hostage to a crossover whenever the editors decree. Too bad he won't name the editors, as I'm sure that would put them on the desperate defensive, which would be interesting to view.

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