Author Chuck Wendig took to Twitter Friday to announce he was fired from Marvel Comics due to "not being civil." He's unsure whether this decision came from Marvel itself or from Lucasfilm.
Basically, because I was not civil.— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) October 12, 2018
His comics work for Marvel includes Star Wars: The Force Awakens Adaptation, Darth Vader, and Hyperion. For Lucasfilm, he wrote the Aftermath trilogy: Aftermath, Aftermath: Life Debt, and Aftermath: Empire's End.
Wendig has been the recipient of harassment since the release of the first Aftermath book with the reveal that there were three queer characters, continuing to being harassed for enjoying The Last Jedi.
I09's Beth Elderkin summed the situation up better than I could.
Marvel's fine with safe-guarding an EIC who posed as a Japanese man, but abandons a creator who's been bombarded with harassment because he cares about equality?— Beth the Elder One (@BethElderkin) October 12, 2018
Stop f*cking up, @Marvel. https://t.co/Z9rSJNXsM9
See Wendig's complete Twitter thread below.
(I hesitate to talk about this, because honestly, it gives the Worst Possible People a win, something they’ve wanted for a while. But I also feel like I’ve long held to honesty and forthrightness, and I don’t feel like lying when people realize I’m not on these books anymore.)— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) October 12, 2018
That resulted in both a negative review campaign, found across various FB groups and other Worst Places on the Internet, that began mounting the very minute the book dropped online.— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) October 12, 2018
(And as a caveat, obviously I recognize that yes, some people just don’t like the book for the Usual Reasons, and people who hold those reasons are not to be lumped in with the more septic side of fandom. Tl;dr see also TLJ reviews.)— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) October 12, 2018
Some of it was bot stuff, obviously, or sock puppets, but some of it was pretty creepy, and very personal. I didn't call a lot of it out or even highlight, but it was there, a sort of... constant background noise.— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) October 12, 2018
And I was worried of course because, jeez, I thought I had screwed up. I wondered for a time if the book was bad. But then it hit list and stayed on list for four weeks – and the next two books hit list, too, and EMPIRE’S END landed even higher on the list than the first book.— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) October 12, 2018
And it made me very proud to work for them, too, not just because -- holy hell, basking in the glow of STAR WARS, but because the people were great, and they totally got it.— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) October 12, 2018
And real-talk, I'll be okay, I've got books coming out and some other cool stuff in the works -- comics was (thankfully) a marginal resource for me, though I hope to keep working in comics somehow, if only because I dig it.— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) October 12, 2018
Be more concerned for people with less power and more marginalized voices -- who even BEFORE big projects at the bottom of huge funnels of harassment. Be good to each other. I'm gonna go hug my kid and eat a sandwich.— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) October 12, 2018