Welcome to the twenty-fifth weekly instalment of Lying In The Gutters, a gossip and rumour column serving the comic book industry like you would a jolly roger. Now, it’s the twenty-fifth column, which means a chromium cover and the death of a supporting character. Today, that means regular LITG plugger, Eduardo. Sorry Eduardo, brave sacrifice and all that, you’ll get killed saving a bullet meant for me. Everyone will think you’re great. Now. Remember the rumour rules. Red light means it’s probably bullshit, Yellow light means I think there’s an element of truth and Green means you get bet your life on it. Or someone’s life. Not mine, I’ve been wrong before. Take everything you read with a sense of scathing abuse – and if you do repost information here elsewhere, please include a warning to that effect. And a link. Man does not live by hits alone – but I could do with the attention.
As could Eduardo. Will he pull through????????
MASTERS OF MUNDANITY
Picture the scene.
“My baby, where’s my baby…?”
“Mrs Skeletor, I have to ask you, did you smoke during your pregnancy?”
“So what if I did?”
“Mrs Skeletor, you do know that smoking while pregnant can cause low birth weight…?”
“I know… but who wants a fat baby anyway?”
OH, LIKE IT WAS A HARD HITTING INDEPENDENT PARAGON OF JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY BEFORE…
I’ve heard, however, that another interested party may be trying to buy the WizardWorld.com site from the receiver and reemploy the original employees.
Yes folks, it’s CrossGen.
Here’s the new look for the One Man Army Corps.
A slight diversion from the original designs there, then.
ROUNDING UP CATTLE
Although, after a recent mention of Joe Weems, Weems told that the reason he wasn’t working for Top Cow anymore was because they still owed him for pages, though Top Cow say that his page rate was too high for them. This could be interesting.
And as to where exactly Michael Turner has gone, I hear it’s a new company set up by himself, Geoff Johns and Jeph Loeb.
Gorilla II? Nah, new company, probably start with the letter ‘A’…
Although between this and New X-Men, isn’t this ironic that Top Cow began 2002 with the promise that this year Silvestri and Turner would return?
However observers have pointed out that DC employed Miller long after they were aware of his feelings. Miller says “I was ‘warned’ to stop discussing the homosexual issue by my then ‘Adventures of Superman’ editor, Eddie Berganza, then later ‘warned’ to stop espousing any and all political beliefs by my then ‘JLA’ editor, Dan Raspler. I complied with both of these requests, mind you, that didn’t stop the campaign to get me blacklisted.”
Other allegations include that he objected to drawing certain scenes in DC titles, though Miller corrects that as well. “I had actually never objected to drawing a scene. I had questions about a scene, and spoke to J.M. Dematties, the writer about it, and understood better what was going on. My objection was that of Clark Kent doing something I thought out of character, not over any particular moral beef.”
As to his behavior on the DC message boards that did seem a tad overboard to me. Miller responds “I dared to state that I was a Christian, someone from a totally different message board came on the DC message board with a great big warning about how no one should buy my books because I’m a homophobe. I defended myself, stating that I was a Bible believing Christian, and it all just snowballed from there. You see, you can’t say you are a Bible believing Christian without certain personality types calling you a bigot, a racist, a homophobe, whatever. And apparently, the fact that I work for a gay publisher, and had a gay friend tell me about my homophobic blacklisting at DC did little to sway the minds of those who think I hate homosexuals. These folks with their panties in a bunch then started a letter writing campaign and posted Bob Schreck’s (a known and outspoken homosexual, and an extremely powerful group editor at DC) email address asking any and all to email him to get me blacklisted. Well, me no worky at DC no more… So I guess they won! More power to ’em. I’m over it.”
However, all this isn’t the reason that some DC employees have been given for Miller’s continued lack of employment at DC. Rather he had the reputation of being, how shall we say, slightly critical about other people’s work, even abusive, often to the people who were employing both him and them. Didn’t go down too well. There were similar allegations about when he was working at Malibu.
Miller retorts, “With Eddie Berganza, this might be true. I’ve since apologized to Eddie for being so critical of my inkers. It’s kind of a habit with me, I can’t stand how anyone inks me, and I will probably never find that ‘perfect’ inker. So they get the brunt of my dissatisfaction. It’s a bad habit, that I’ve been convicted to break.
“Actually, I’ve been doing rather well with it lately. But that’s just Eddie… I had a green lit ‘JLA’ prestige format miniseries waiting for scheduling… Had the writer, the inker (who I chose myself, so I couldn’t complain) all lined up and ready to go… And all of a sudden it got blocked from ‘higher up.’ When my inker, Armando Durruthy, asked what was going on with the book, Dan Raspler said ‘I can’t talk about it.’ Dan to this day consistently says he wants to work with me, but lo and behold, nothing. For a year yet.”
“The reason I was given for my miniseries getting blocked was that it wasn’t ‘important enough.’ Even though it had previously been green lit, and far less ‘important’ mini’s have come out since that time. But still Dan says he wants to work with me. And still I haven’t gotten one phone call. And when I call, he’s got nothing for me… And though I was pretty much the ‘fill-in’ guy on ‘JLA,’ when the fill-ins come and go, they don’t have my name on them.
“You know, I hate bringing this up to defend myself, because it all smells like sour grapes on my end. I don’t harbor any ill will toward the folks at DC. They’re doing what they’ve been told to do. Their jobs are more important to them than my career. I would expect nothing less from anyone. But what happened, happened.”
As for Malibu, Mike writes “This is true. I was a butt-head when I worked for Malibu. 🙂
“Though that was a decade ago… And before I gave my life to Christ.”
As to the mini-series cancellation, there were a number of green-lit books that bit the dust in that period when, reportedly, Dan Didio started swinging his dick around the building. I know, I know, what a pleasant image. Nevertheless, a year is a long time…
Miller concludes “Look, this is all in the past. God had bigger plans for me than ‘JLA’ or anything DC could put together. I’m going to be on two of the biggest miniseries of next year. I am currently working with George R. R. Martin, the greatest fantasy writer since J.R.R.Tolkien. I would never have been able to take these jobs if I were working regularly on a title at DC. What those who did this meant for evil, God meant for good. And that’s okay with me.”
You can see Miller’s current work at www.underdogstudio.com
Look everyone, some of them have got backgrounds.
They weren’t so quick to challenge the rumour that Marc Silvestri is taking on “New X-Men” however, though it seems he’ll be on for an arc rather than becoming an official ongoing penciller. For now, anyway.
THE RUMBLE BEHIND THE THUNDER
At the time, not even the creator’s fans would talk about it on public forums – although it was all they were talking about in certain private forums. And it would be a terrible thing to confirm the identity of the individual, even at this late stage.
So I won’t.
Gods… could it be Garth Ennis? He has been in New York meeting with Marvel recently.
Remember folks, the likes of Mark Millar and Grant Morrison like superheroes. They love them. They sometimes have a twisted way of showing it, but they’re all over them.
Garth Ennis *hates* them.
I wonder how many extra sales rubbernecking would put on.
At least, after “Brotherhood,” we know it won’t be Howard Mackie…
Apparently a number of ‘name’ online writers in the comics industry have been approached as well.
Chuck Dixon has an alternative anecdote to share on his Web site. After talking about his original memories of the character, he shares the information that “John objected to (but finally drew) a western story I wrote in which an unmarried couple were shown together in bed (this was for the more adult-oriented ‘Savage Tales’ magazine). Could he have willingly participated in this? I doubt it very strongly. I’ll bet he was handed a plot with no idea that the subject of the Rawhide Kid’s ‘secret’ would be revealed in the dialogue.”
Dixon then goes into a little scary rant which I’ll leave you to discover for yourself. Mike Miller would probably approve, though.
ANOTHER NEW CON
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RECRUITING IN THE GUTTERS
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