DC are a powerhouse comic publisher, and have shown an unwillingness to play ball with probing journalists in recent months, so it’s no surprise that people interviewing high-ups over there are a little bit… cautious at the moment.
Still, after the bizarre – and very public – editorial 360 pulled around Gail Simone’s job writing on Batgirl recently, it’d be near negligent for a news-site granted an audience with Bob Harras and Bobbie Chase – DC Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Director respectively – not to at least raise the question.
Which CBR did:
Since we’re on the topic of creative changes, one of the things that was a big discussion point for a while was Gail Simone being on and off “Batgirl.” With Gail now reinstated on the title, I have to ask — how much was fan outcry and fan support part of that creative editorial decision?
Well done, CBR! This is one of the questions people really wanted to know the answer to, especially as it pertains to the question of how DC editorial is treating creators at the moment. At the very least, it gives DC a chance to set the record straight, on what was doubtless just a misunderstanding…
Harras: What we had was Ray [Fawkes] coming on for two months to help out, schedule-wise. We’re very happy Gail is back; she’s on the book moving forward, so to me, that was a moment in time where we were just looking for Gail’s next plot to come in and we’re moving forward.
…riiiight. That almost seems to suggest that this was all about helping Simone fulfil her duties on the book. Like she was struggling with the schedule? Maybe a follow-up question would be appropriate, just to clarify…
Going back to announcements, one of the huge things, and something that Jim Starlin has been teasing a little bit on his own, is the fact that he’s going to be writing “Stormwatch.” How did that move come about?
OH OKAY NEVER MIND, JIM STARLIN ON STORMWATCH IS WAY MORE INTERESTING.
This isn’t particularly controversial… in a lot of ways it’s business as usual for the comic media, and one can’t really blame CBR for not pushing the point… this isn’t real news, it’s an entertainment site servicing a relatively niche audience, who demand up-to-date information about releases over actual news. CBR can’t afford to be off the press-release list.
HOWEVER, when I read this, I couldn’t help thinking of champion of journalistic half-arsery, Peter O’Hanraha-Hanrahan, and his trademark style of incisive reporting – “CBR, you’ve LOST THE NEWS!”: