Happy Friday, Outhousers! Ol' Jude Terror is manning the shop without editorial oversight today, as Outhouse Editor in Chief Christian Hoffer is busying dealing with his conflicted feelings of joy and self loathing after learning that Lebron James is returning to Cleveland to rejoin Hoffer's beloved Cavaliers. It's a really difficult time for him. When I asked him whether it was a good thing or a bad thing, he told me, "The best player wants to play for my team? Hell yeah it's a good thing!" Keep telling yourself that, Hoffer. Maybe one day you'll really believe it. Send him your well wishes on Twitter. Hopefully he feels better soon.
In any case, Hoffer is absent in a time of great need, because it looks like we might have a DECISION of our own to make. Remember yesterday, when we reported on the new Batgirl creative team and the new direction for the character? And we said that it looked like Gail Simone left the title of her own volition? Well, as it turns out, there's a little more to that story. It seems that Simone left the title due to... wait for it... creative differences with the book's editor. Whick editor? Well, it could be middle management editor Mike Marts, who left DC for Marvel - good luck with that, Marvel - in the wake of Burbankmageddon, or it could be Batgirl editor Katie Kubert , who also left DC for Marvel, but it's definitely not current Batbook line editor Mark Doyle, since Simone specifically credits him with turning things around for the better. She does confirm that the editor in question left DC after she quit, so we know it was one of the two. Bleeding Cool says Kubert, and she was the most recent depature and Uncle Rich may have been posing as a potted plant in DC's offices for months to get that info, but, at the same time, Simone specifically praises Doyle, Marts' replacement. I know! More scandalous than a Lebron James free agency (wait, do I have to stop making fun of Lebron James now?).
Here's what Simone said on Tumblr (full post here):
I was not fired, I quit, over creative differences. However, the book has a new editor and he is much more open to creative suggestions and I think the book will benefit HUGELY from his presence.
Bleeding Cool, by virtue of being located an England and living on a godless reverse timetable, managed to collect all the tweets about this we were sleeping, and you can read them all here. We're going to rearrange them a bit to put things in context. Also, please note that Simone wishes no ill will to the new creative team, and we don't either. The new book does look like it will be a lot of fun. So don't hold this against them. Ok, here we go:
Okay, just to clarify. I did not get fired on Batgirl. I left the book over creative differences.— Gail Simone (@GailSimone) July 11, 2014
No, it isn't. I am sad to leave, but glad they are finally allowing Batgirl to not be so grim every issue. @aloudernoise— Gail Simone (@GailSimone) July 11, 2014
So Gail left over creative differences with the editor, then the editor or editors left DC, and the book was finally allowed to be what Gail wanted it to be, but there was already a new creative team? Oh, for fuck’s sake. Again, we're guessing the editor in question is either Mike Marts or Katie Kubert, though he or she is never mentioned by name. His replacement seems to be faring better, in Gail Simone's eyes at least:
New editor Mark Doyle is breathing new life into the bat-verse and taking chances and that is a great thing.— Gail Simone (@GailSimone) July 11, 2014
The lighter tone came with the new editors. Which is a good and much-needed thing. @aloudernoise— Gail Simone (@GailSimone) July 11, 2014
Yes, as always, my timing is spectacular. @aloudernoise— Gail Simone (@GailSimone) July 11, 2014
But fear not, Gail Simone fans - there’s plenty to be positive about:
The big thing is, I got to work with some amazing, amazing artists on a character I love, and that is what I am most happy about.— Gail Simone (@GailSimone) July 11, 2014
That part is not great at all, but at this point, a change is needed for the book. @aloudernoise— Gail Simone (@GailSimone) July 11, 2014
This stuff is never fun to talk about. It just sounds like bortching. The good news is, yay, new projects!— Gail Simone (@GailSimone) July 11, 2014
The positive thing is, the new editor has been great and I get to go out doing some fun stuff in this last story. Like including Huntress!— Gail Simone (@GailSimone) July 11, 2014
I am doing fun, rewarding work for a bunch of great publishers right now.— Gail Simone (@GailSimone) July 11, 2014
So any news on some of this fun, rewarding work we haven’t heard of yet? Well, it’s not Birds of Prey:
I am not writing a Birds of Prey book, I understand how the rumor got started but it is not true.— Gail Simone (@GailSimone) July 11, 2014
Maybe something a little different…
I might as well come out and say it, I am writing a new book called World's Finest Asses and it stars Nightwing, Booster Gold, and Catman.— Gail Simone (@GailSimone) July 11, 2014
We know that’s a joke, but we swear to God DC, make that book happen, and we’ll strike ten previous counter resets from the record.
So yeah, DC drives a beloved creator off a title they are synonymous with, you know what we have to do. We have to. We have to reset that counter. Those are the rules.
But thankfully, this one seems to have worked itself out before anyone even caught wind of it. As we said earlier, we stand by what we said about the new Batgirl team’s work looking promising, and Gail does too. She prefaced her comments by saying:
And later added:
I absolutely meant what I said a couple weeks back, the bat-books are going to DESTROY this year. AMAZING stuff is planned. Honest.— Gail Simone (@GailSimone) July 11, 2014
Everything I saw at the DC offices a few weeks ago showed a renewed energy and creativity. I am really looking forward to it.— Gail Simone (@GailSimone) July 11, 2014
I hope you give the new Batgirl a try! And I hope you try my new books, they are going to be goodness! @PoetCourtney— Gail Simone (@GailSimone) July 11, 2014
That’s what we plan to do. And so, it is with mixed emotions and some optimism that we say: it has been 0 days since DC did something stupid. Now, let’s welcome the new creative team to Batgirl, look forward to more great work from Gail Simone at DC and elsewhere, and enjoy the schadenfreude of watching the residents of Ohio rationalize egomaniac Lebron James’ return to the team he left in one of the biggest public spectacles to ever insult an entire city.
He won championships, something that he couldn't do in Cleveland before. Who can blame him for that?— Christian Hoffer (@OH_IGW) July 11, 2014