It’s the little things that hurt

I shouldn’t be surprised, but once again am disappointed at this tidbit over at Newsarama:

Thursday artist Kevin Maguire announced via Twitter that he had been unexpectedly “fired” from Justice League 3000, the upcoming ongoing series reteaming him with former collaborators Keith Giffen and JM DeMatteis set in the 31st Century.

And while declining to comment on the reason for the change, DC has revealed exclusively to Newsarama that former JLA artist Howard Porter will be the series’ new artist, and its debut has been bumped from October to December 2013.

Oh, for the love of…

I would have just shrugged and called this par for the course on what seems to be happening at DC these days. Yet another last-minute change-up of staff is practically expected at this point. But there, in the middle of that first paragraph I excerpted. Those little marks around the word fired? That’s the nonsense that rubs me the wrong way.

Scare quotes cast aspersions on Maguire’s statement for no good reason. Apparently he’s only really fired if DC makes a public announcement that this was firing, and doesn’t choose to throw some buzzy spin on their word choice? Seriously, when the guy who was doing the job is suddenly shocked to discover he isn’t doing the job any more, when he clearly didn’t quit the position? He was fired. That’s the word for it, people. The only reason to add sarcasm / scare quotes is to paint a picture of Maguire as some kind of suspect who’s willfully mischaracterizing something. It sounds like nothing so much as Newsarama covering their asses against bad feelings from DC’s PR department, since that’s one of their primary sources of “news.”

See how you just added sarcasm and insult to that last word when I used the quotes myself? You just made my point.

I can’t say that I’m best pleased that the article largely brushes quickly by an industry veteran getting the sudden boot and turns into Look At The New Shiny. It seems to me there might actually be a story there that’s being missed for the sake of expediency. But the Howard Porter announcement is, as they themselves point out, their only exclusive bit of information, so I suppose there’s a traffic-driving imperative for them to focus in on that, since why is anyone leaving Twitter otherwise?

At the absolute least, however, I think I should be able to expect this glossing over to be free of implied insults against the glossed.

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