Newsarama reports that C.B. Cebulski has gone back on staff at Marvel, even while pointing out that he never really left. Cebulski will be helping out with the X-office, whipping up some international licensing deals and helping with talent management. Oh, and BLOGGING.
Meanwhile, also at Newsarama, the news that editor Steve Wacker was leaving for Marvel ignited the combustible bales of fanboy rage into a 350+ message firestorm. We make it a point not to read Newsarama message boards because…well, they make us angry.
They make Mark Waid angry, too. The expressed anguish and anger over Wacker’s supposed lack of professionalism, abandoning the 52 baby in the woods for the wolves to carry off to the hotlist motivated Waid to suit up and fly a chopper right over the heart of the blaze:
The next person…the very next person…who dares even hint that Steve Wacker was ever in any way “unprofessional” is going to be eating through a straw for the rest of his goddamned life.
I speak for all the creators involved with 52 when I say that Steve is one of the best, most professional and most talented editors we’ve ever worked with, and we will miss him immensely. His contribution to this series cannot be understated. Leaving was not an easy decision for him to make, but he has earned from us our support in whatever he does, and DC’s loss is Marvel’s gain.
Steve’s professionalism is not up for debate in this forum, and to throw around a claim like that based on what little you know about comics, the industry, and life in general just makes you look like an idiot and makes Grant, Geoff, Greg and me eager to track you down and “visit” with you in a Jay and Silent Bob sort of way. Steve is a pro through and through. End of debate.
This immediately ignites a new firestorm over whether Waid should have used such violent imagery, blah blah blah — Graeme, how the hell do you do this?
All we can say is anyone who is genuinely curious about how the comics industry works should not under any circumstances read Newsarama comment threads, because from the fact that no one knows WHAT a comics editor does to the speculation and downright fantastical ideas of how the comics industry works, it is all a warped funhouse view of reality. Wait, there is ONE thing prospective comics industry workers can learn from Newsarama posters, and that is that fanboys like to complain.