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Blogger Throwdown: Fallout From DC Burbank Story Scorches Rich Johnston

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TimH

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Postby TimH » Wed Oct 30, 2013 7:28 pm

habitual wrote:I went through this when I worked at a toy company and this is exactly the kind of thing that an Executive staff and Human Resource Department want to handle exactly the right way.

This was the opposite of that, I would expect that whomever revealed this to Rich should expect to lose their job.


LOL, if the guy who told Rich loses his job, maybe he shouldn't have... told Rich?

What did NOT happen at DC:

DC Exec: Pssst! Hey, Rich, keep this under your hat, but I need a shoulder to cry on. We're moving to Burbank! But, don't tell anyone this. Cross your heart. Or, I might lose my job.

Naw, I think Rich's source knew exactly what he was doing.

As for Rich being "shitty" for passing it on--I think it would have been stranger to tell his source, "Nay! I shan't reveal this news! How heartless and cruel!"

There were probably rumors already flying around. My work group was rumored to be moving, and for two years rumors flew, with each new cycle spawning mass disgruntlement and defections.

It's good that Rich outed the bastids. DC was probably planning to tell them on a Monday morning... when their badges suddenly no longer opened the doors. I've heard of companies nowadays not even paying relocation expenses.

"We are thrilled to arrange for you to meet with a financial adviser to determine whether this exciting opportunity is the right choice for you."

PS. what is with this passive-aggressive corporate speak? And the euphemisms. People don't even get "let go of" or "downsized" anymore. They get "invited to seek exciting new opportunities"--spoken by some half-witted HR person feeling absolutely clever with her svelte turn of phrase.
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xaraan

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Postby xaraan » Wed Oct 30, 2013 7:39 pm

sdsichero wrote:
Wait, did a DC official okay it or not?



You are told many things off the record by people. Doesn't make it less true, just makes it "not official."

The Old Doctor

Postby The Old Doctor » Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:26 pm

So when does the OH staff have to move to California?
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xaraan

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Postby xaraan » Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:53 pm

Cat-Scratch wrote:So when does the OH staff have to move to California?



Most of the important staff already live here :twisted:
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Tintin Quarantino

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Postby Tintin Quarantino » Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:56 pm

I am full of comics insider information tonight but I won't tell anyone anything.
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sdsichero

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Postby sdsichero » Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:56 pm

jeremy wrote:

You are told many things off the record by people. Doesn't make it less true, just makes it "not official."


Wasn't part of that verification that it was okay to run with the story?
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xaraan

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Postby xaraan » Wed Oct 30, 2013 10:14 pm

Victorian Squid wrote:I am full of comics insider information tonight but I won't tell anyone anything.



Tell me! I'll name you as "trusted source" and since it's the outhouse, nobody will believe the story anyway.
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xaraan

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Postby xaraan » Wed Oct 30, 2013 10:15 pm

sdsichero wrote:
Wasn't part of that verification that it was okay to run with the story?



No, I don't think he is saying DC told him to run it, I think he's saying that the people he spoke to told him he should run it and get the story out so DC would act on it and tell everyone. Which is what happened.
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Jeff Welder

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Postby Jeff Welder » Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:13 pm

Jim Lee ate 18 twelve year old girls.
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S.F. Jude Terror

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Postby S.F. Jude Terror » Thu Oct 31, 2013 1:36 am

jeremy wrote:

No, I don't think he is saying DC told him to run it, I think he's saying that the people he spoke to told him he should run it and get the story out so DC would act on it and tell everyone. Which is what happened.


Or because the story was gonna come out and Rich had to run it then to beat the other sites.
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sdsichero

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Postby sdsichero » Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:28 am

jeremy wrote:

No, I don't think he is saying DC told him to run it, I think he's saying that the people he spoke to told him he should run it and get the story out so DC would act on it and tell everyone. Which is what happened.


Okay I guess I misunderstood that part.
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guitarsmashley

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Postby guitarsmashley » Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:07 am

You know why it matters? Because all the day to day people that work at DC offices just found out that they're getting fired because they're not moving from Brooklyn, Queens, Yonkers, Jersey city, Staten Island to Burbank. Marz thinks it's shitty that Rich is the one that told them they'll be losing their jobs.
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Simon Joseph O'Connor

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Postby Simon Joseph O'Connor » Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:19 am

"Bob Harras sodomised Dan Slott."

Now, wouldn't that bring down BOTH Marvel and DC? :)
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Postby StarCruncher » Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:37 am

guitarsmashley wrote:You know why it matters? Because all the day to day people that work at DC offices just found out that they're getting fired because they're not moving from Brooklyn, Queens, Yonkers, Jersey city, Staten Island to Burbank. Marz thinks it's shitty that Rich is the one that told them they'll be losing their jobs.
They got more of a notice (for Batman-esque prep time!) than they would have if Rich hadn't run the story.

I wonder how many DC computers are generating resume pdfs this week.
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MrBlack

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Postby MrBlack » Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:53 am

guitarsmashley wrote:You know why it matters? Because all the day to day people that work at DC offices just found out that they're getting fired because they're not moving from Brooklyn, Queens, Yonkers, Jersey city, Staten Island to Burbank. Marz thinks it's shitty that Rich is the one that told them they'll be losing their jobs.

Yes. This isn't going to affect upper management or the editorial teams (who will likely be given the opportunity to be relocated) or creators (who largely work from home). It's going to affect all the people who do the behind the scenes work that actually get comics out the door, and no one will care because these folks don't get their names on the front of a comic book every month.

I understand that this is a business decision, and it obviously wasn't reached lightly, but that doesn't make it any easier on those who are going to lose their jobs. At least the move isn't happening until 2015, so they have some time to look for new employment.

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