Being the selected wisdom of a certain writer of adventure picto-books, Gail Simone.


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23 December 12

Anonymous said: This is going to sound ridiculous, but I'm sad that you accepted DC's offer to take back Batgirl. If it's what you truly want, then I'm happy for you, but I can't help but feel like they made a serious mistake and, maybe it's petty of me, but I wanted them to face the consequences. You would have been fine. Your fans are going to follow you wherever you go. You're probably too modest to admit it, but DC would be f*cked without you. I wanted them to learn that the hard way.

No worries, I received several notes like this. I understand, I know everyone means well.

But there are several things here, some I can’t talk about yet.

First, good faith.

When the thing first happened, I was pretty down, it was my last book at DC and clearly it was a sad thing to happen for everyone.

But I got calls and emails from all the bigwigs at DC immediately, and they were incredibly supportive and kind, and they made it very clear that they wanted me to be happy, and that they still wanted to work with me. Not just sympathy, but practical plans for the future as well. From everyone, including some projects I could not have imagined in my wildest dreams.

I was very touched. It meant a lot to me.

And for the record, I didn’t do any sort of ‘power play,’ to get Batgirl back, I didn’t even know that option was on the table.

But they promised to work with me and look at our options, and they FOLLOWED THROUGH. That’s a big deal. It’s easy to make empty promises, but they followed through both personally and professionally.

And I have to say, even if nothing had worked out, even if I’d still been mad, it is not in my nature to try to hurt people I’ve enjoyed working with for years. Writing comics is my dream job, I’ve loved doing it. Because of DC, I’ve gotten to write Wonder Woman, Black Canary, Batgirl, the Secret Six, on and on. I’ve gotten to travel the world, work with amazing artists…I wouldn’t forget all of that over a disagreement.

They went way above and beyond to try to make this right for everybody.  They did. The whole story isn’t out yet, but a lot of people took this very, very seriously and went to bat for me, and they did it in good faith. I could not have expected this result, I didn’t even know it was a possibility.

There are things that I still want to do in Batgirl, things that are personally important to me. That’s a big reason to come back, right there.

I don’t have ‘Stockholm Syndrome,’ I have left many books in the past when I felt it was not comfortable to stay. I had many other offers (some of which I am still doing, by the way). 

DC didn’t NEED to ask me back and I didn’t NEED to stay. It happened because we all talked in good faith and had very frank, open, helpful conversations. My nature is that if someone reaches a hand out to you sincerely, that you take it and extend your own.

And there’s more announcements to come, very cool stuff that people will never be expecting in a million years. Thrilling stuff that I have dreamed of doing for a long time.

On top of that, we all talked out the Batgirl stuff, our bat-team, and it’s been lovely. I swear, the issue I come back on, 19, is just ridiculous. People will be talking about what happens in that book for ages.

I’ll be able to talk more about some of this stuff, soon. But I strongly feel that in light of those discussions, I made the right decision. 

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh