Marko Djurdjevic ends Marvel deal, blasts editors [Updated]

If you're breathlessly awaiting for more Marvel work from Marko Djurdjevic, you may be disappointed. The acclaimed artist, known for his character designs and for his covers for FF, Daredevil and Thor, revealed last night at FanExpo Canada that he's ended his exclusive contract with the publisher -- a split that apparently couldn't come soon enough for Djurdjevic.

"When I get hired for movie work or video game work, I get hired for my creativity," Djurdjevic said in the ironically named "Team Spirit" panel. "At Marvel, I get hired for what they know sells. It's really just a pigeon hole for an artist."

According to the Comic Book Resources report, softspoken FF artist Steve Epting stood in stark contrast to a joking yet visibly frustrated Djurdjevic, who complained about interference from Marvel editors and repeated requests for revisions without additional pay. "I was fighting with the guys at Marvel about this," he said. "You can't make people re-work your shit because you can't decide what you want. Either pay or leave." After showing the audience numerous mock-ups for his redesign of Lady Bullseye -- mocking editors' comments in high-pitched tones -- Djurdjevic added, "When they would not interfere with my direction, they would get results that would amaze even me."

He didn't restrict his criticism to the editors, however. Asked by Epting whether he wished he'd done more interior work at Marvel, Djurdjevic replied, "They never put me with any writers that I liked." From there, CBR reports, he launched into a tirade about the company and fired a few shots at former Thor writer J. Michael Straczynski, who he said writes "like toilet paper."

Read full coverage of the "Team Spirit" panel at Comic Book Resources. FanExpo Canada continues in Toronto through Sunday.

Note: The post has been edited to reflect that Djurdjevic was actually criticizing J. Michael Straczynski, not Duane Swierczynski.

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