When DC Comics drives a popular creator off of a book through editorial interference, they usually like to do it after the book has been solicited for maximum negative publicity, which we imagine powers some kind of doomsday device hidden in a sublevel of their corporate headquarters. However, a new post on novelist Brian Keene's website indicates that DC is ramping up their timetable, as Keene was apparently driven off of two or three ongoing titles that weren't even announced, and were planned to start sometime next year. From the post:
I was supposed to write two ongoing series for DC Comics next year (with the possibility of a third), but when it became clear to me that I would not be a good fit with the current editorial team, I walked away before the series were announced. (Since I was paid a kill fee, professional decorum requires that I say no more, so please don’t ask).
The post also contains a treatise ranking Keene's preference for which social media network fans should contact him on (long story short: tweet your dick pics to @BrianKeene), and if you're interested in checking out Keene's novels or past comics work, you can find some convenient links to those there as well (the post is, after all, originally intended as a new reader orientation).
It's becoming commonplace for creators to announce their departure from DC books via personal blogs or social media, but this marks the first time one has done so this far in advance. We don't know what books Keene was working on, but our sources suggest that this may be part of a new initiative at DC to increase net profits by creating embarrassing controversies around books that the company doesn't even have to bother producing.
"Humiliating public scandals are the bread and butter of DC's executive business strategy," explained DC Co-Publisher Dan Didio, who appears frequently in drug induced hallucinations whenever we drop acid before writing our articles. "Obviously these scandals can be expensive because we have to pay creative teams, printers, black market lenticular paper cartels, and all sorts of other unnecessary expenses before the sweet payoff of media backlash and nerd rage. If we could create scandals around the concept of books that the creative team never even has to start on, it would be pure profit.
"Just imagine it," the vivid hallucination continued. "We would never have to publish another comic again. We'd just hire popular creators to write blog posts saying they're not going to write or draw one for us, and, cha ching, the money comes rolling in."
We tried to convince the lifelike apparition to explain exactly how negative publicity and widespread outrage translated to revenue streams, but he soon morphed into several shrieking skulls and proceeded to fly around our head threateningly, so we felt the better course of action would be to lie down on the floor, curl into the fetal position, and whimper softly until the drugs wore off.
We think that driving an award winning, best-selling novelist and comic book writer away from books is pretty goddamn stupid. However, since Keene could not ethically provide any specific information or further details on the books, and the stupidity technically takes place sometime in the future, we are unable to justify an official Has DC Done Something Stupid Today counter reset. Thus, it has been 9 days since DC last did something stupid, 4 days shy of the record and counting. Can they break that record?! Stay tuned to The Outhouse, because our finger is on the button!