Marvel Comics came under fire from fans today after announcing a series of editorial, production and digital layoffs. And now some are suggesting an “occupy Marvel” movement inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement.
News of the seven staffers’ dismissals spread fast among fan boys and girls, with many wondering how Marvel, owned by Disney, can justify firings for “cost-cutting measures.”
Marvel must explain “why cost-cutting had to come for what by most rational measures is a very successful publishing enterprise that serves as a powerful R&D arm for movies and licensing,” wrote Tom Spurgeon at ‘The Comics Reporter.’
As for what dastardly villain is behind the layoffs, Comics Alliance cites a Heidi MacDonald’s piece at ‘The Comics Beat’ that points the finger squarely at Marvel CEO Isaac Perimutter, not the primary suspect in mouse ears.
Writes MacDonald, “Perimutter is] an executive of legendary stinginess whose fanatical devotion to saving money — an increased interest in being hands on at Marvel – has led to a the layoffs and other draconian measures inside the company.”
It gets worse:
Marvel employees are kind of like the rats in those caloric restriction experiments. They’re given the lowest possible amount of resources to get the job done. When something absolutely positively has to be purchased, it’s half of what was asked for.
It gets downright messy. Marvel’s new offices have only one restroom for each gender. In a company of hundreds of people. The post-lunch hour piddle line is said to be especially long and people actually stagger their lunches so as not to wait in it.
Man, this gives new meaning to “not a pot to piss in.” Well, Perimutter certainly has one: he saved Marvel from certain doom in the 1990s and then made a bundle — $800 million in cash and $590 million in Disney stock — after selling it to Disney two years ago. He’s worth $1.7 billion and is reportedly Disney’s largest shareholder now that Jobs is dead.
Seizing the Occupy Wall Street, fans have now started an Occupy Marvel Twitter feed and are taking their name, the Yancy Street Gang, from a gang that often torments Fantastic Four member Ben Grimm.
Considering his and Disney’s vast wealth, it’s unsurprising to hear that some activists are pushing for an “Occupy Marvel” movement. While raising awareness on this particular matter would be great, perhaps would be best to keep “Occupy Marvel” within the main Wall Street movement. Marvel and Wall Street, after all, are one-and-the-same.
Still, this is a better idea than those other, right wing Marvel boycotts over black actor Idris Elba playing a Nordic god in ‘Thor’ and Captain America allegedly criticizing the Tea Party.