Thoughts on Gail Simone’s booting from Batgirl

This post was initially going to rant about Gail Simone getting booted from Batgirl.  But, I talked myself out of it.  I’m never one to really get into the mucky muck of why a creator leaves/gets booted from a book.  And though I don’t like the news, I don’t get to make those decisions.  However, one of the first commenter on the Robot 6 article highlights something that you often see when these announcements are made.

Someone made the comment:

What a dumb move by DC. Gail Simone is the only person writing comics that really gets Barbara Gordon. It was bad enough taking her off Birds of Prey. I’m glad I don’t buy DC comics anymore with the exception of Fables and the two Grant Morrison books that he’s getting ready to leave.

Now, there are a couple things in this comment.  First, the “…only person…that really gets Barbara Gordon.”  That’s debatable, but it’s just a matter of personal opinion.  Someone later was happy because they didn’t like her Barbara Gordon.  But whatever.  Like I said, matter of personal opinion.  The line that really stuck out to me was “…don’t buy DC comics anymore with the exception of Fable and two Grant Morrison books…”

If you weren’t buying Batgirl to begin with, then apparently you didn’t think it was that great of book.  It is that simple.  If Creator X being on Book Y is so important to you, then you’d be buying the damn book.  And while this is usually an issue with a cancellation, I believe that this is a pretty universal premise.  If something is important to you, then support it.  And supporting it means doing something more than voicing your opinion on the Internet.  People outraged on the Internet is meaningless, because the fans on the Internet only make up a small minority of overall fans.

But, this is a move that shouldn’t be all that surprising.  A new Editor was coming onto the title, and had a different direction in mind.  Gail Simone posted on her Tumblr:

Sadly, the new editor nixed everything we had planned. I think it’s very likely that will still be covered, but it will not be in the way we had been building to, which I am very sad about. And those issues are already written, but will not be published, I gather.

Frankly, this is something that happens all the time when new management is brought in.  In college sports, a new Athletic Director often spells doom for many of the coaches.  A new CEO is likely want to do things their way, and that might mean some heads will roll.  It’s not uncommon in life.  I think some comic book fans have difficulty accepting this, because they become so invested in the stories they are reading, that they forget that there is a business aspect to it.

Well, I think I’ve rambled enough.  In closing, sure, it sucks that Gail Simone won’t be writing Batgirl anymore, but it’s not like she’s never going to write another comic ever again.  She’s an author I’ll follow onto other projects.  Like the Leaving Megalopolis she’s collaborating on with J. Califore, and publishing independently.  (I ordered my copy while the Kickstarter project was open, like I assume everyone complaining about her being underutilized has done.)


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