Wednesday, April 25, 2012

This Has Been Building: An Interview with - Chris Roberson

"And they told you that the reason for this was because of what you’d written on Twitter.

Yeah, and specifically the one tweet which questioned the ethics of the company. Because I have done one or two work-for-hire things using DC properties I would occasionally get questions from readers asking was there a chance I would work on X character or this particular book, and after I said I don’t have any intention of working for DC again, somebody said, “So you’re not going to work on Legion of Superheroes then?” and I said, “In a better world, characters like the Legion would be owned by a more ethical company, but sadly not in this one.” That was enough apparently to inflame the ire of the higher-ups at DC.

That’s really interesting, that it was the direct comparison to superhero ethics.

Yeah, and that’s really one of the things about it that has rankled me so much over the course of the last months. Because the only defense that’s offered of things like either Before Watchmen or the counter-suit against the Siegels or any number of different things that have been done historically is that the company is operating within the bounds of the law. The company is doing nothing illegal. There’s no defense mounted to the ethics or morality of their actions, and in many cases they will make kind of passing nods to the fact that what they are doing might be interpreted as unethical, but that because it’s not illegal, you know, they’re going to do it. And seeing as these are companies, both DC and Marvel, that are built upon stories about paragons of virtue who s for what’s right, not for what’s nitpickingly legal, that that was really bothersome to me."

5 out of 5