Another comics writer quits Marvel and DC over ethical concerns

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Jun 26, 2015

Another one bites the dust. Just a few weeks after comic writer Chris Roberson (Superman) dumped DC and blasted its ethics on the way out, fellow comic writer Roger Langridge (Judge Dredd, John Carter) has now announced he doesn't plan to work with DC or Marvel anytime soon, either.

Langridge has worked with both major comic publishers in the past, but he told the folks at Orbital Comics he's had enough with the tricky ethics.

"Marvel and DC are turning out quite problematic from an ethical view to continue working with...

I think it's down to everyone's individual conscience but I think those of us who have options, and I do have options, I've got a working relationship with a couple of other publishers, I've got illustration work I can fall back on, I'm not beholden to Marvel and DC for my bread and butter. If you do have the option, you maybe should think hard about what you're doing and who you are doing it for.

I was writing the last issue of John Carter when the news came that Marvel had won a lawsuit against the heirs of Jack Kirby and Steve Bissette wrote an very impassioned post about the ethics of working for Marvel under those circumstances. Pretty much then, I figured I should finish the script I was writing and move on.

It's not like Marvel need me. It's no skin off their nose if I don't accept anything from them in the future. I think it's beholden on the creative community to ask themselves what kind of industry they want and act accordingly."

Regardless of which side of the debate you fall on, it's good to see folks standing up for their convictions—whatever they may be.

Sound off: What's your take on the ethics battle in the comics community these days?

(Via Bleeding Cool)

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