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Statement regarding “Whiteface” accusations

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

In the wake of the revelation that new Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski admits to having created a fake (Japanese) identity in order to get around the restrictions on editors working as freelancers, some people have started playing “whatboutism” and accusing Priest of having done “the same thing” himself, including reviving rumors that he and Michael Golden had gotten fired for similar things while working as editors at Marvel.  Priest’s been really busy catching up on writing, but he gave me permission to post and share the following statements.

On the Golden rumor:

“There’s a story that you and Michael Golden got into trouble at some point for hiring each other as freelancers. Is there any kind of real story there?”

No.

I have no idea what this is about, first I am hearing of it. Please LMK where to find this so I can shut it down.

At the time I was on staff at Marvel, it was perfectly fine for editors to hire other editors. But I never worked for Michael Golden and, to the best of my recollection, never hired Michael for any projects I was editing.

There was no policy against staffers freelancing. In fact, the exact opposite was true. Jim Shooter would actually insist “full” editors, specifically, do some kind of freelance work– writing, art, coloring, etc. It was Shooter’s policy, one with which I strongly agree, that learning the discipline of meeting deadlines as creative talent is the best way to help editors understand the challenges and frustrations of our creative pool.

You really can’t manage freelance talent if you’ve never served on their side of the desk before, a chronic problem with today’s corporate environment. I would imagine as high as 90% of editors working in comics today have never themselves worked as freelancers, and as a result far too many editors simply don’t understand what that life is like and therefore cannot efficiently manage their talent pool.

Michael is, today, a close and valued friend. The only reason I never hired him as creative talent was everybody else was hiring him as creative talent. I would loved to have hired Michael and would work with him, today, on absolutely anything he wants to do.

On “Whiteface” accusations:

I really wish people would stop inventing nutty things about me. The worst rumor about me and “whiteface” was the silly (and enduring) rumor that I was using the pen name “Peter David” (presumably because the writing was too good to have come from some guy in Marvel’s sales department).

Other than that, oh, please. I was born with the name “James.” At Marvel, everybody (then and now) called me “Jim.”

 

Note: Priest is on tour and stuff

Monday, November 6th, 2017

He’s been really busy doing promotional stuff, working on JLA, and other projects, hence his lack of presence here.  Sorry about that.  (A few people tried to fake being him, but didn’t get past moderation.)

You Heard It Here First (Maybe)

Friday, September 15th, 2017

This Just In

Sorry to be gone so long. More on Tuesday!

I’m Back, Baby!

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

http://boards.4chan.org/co/thread/92739997/deathstroke-vs-jesus

“Priest is a hack and Deathstroke is overrated.” by Anonymous

“A nigger.” by Anonymous

“He’s also a self hating nigger”

And this guy–

http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/7017132.html?thread=185868972#cmt185868972

Such hostility. Sheesh.

FTR: No, I did not get permission from DC beforehand. And this nut–

“What’s his ‘Death of Jean DeWolff?'”

Actually, my “Death of Jean DeWolff” is “Death of Jean DeWolff.” I edited that book and helped Peter plot it in his living room.

It’s great to be back!!!

WikiPriest

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

I never look at my Wikipedia page, mainly because anyone can post anything there and have things accepted as fact:

Professional and personal disagreements eventually led to his removal as editor and his leaving Marvel. Marvel’s editor-in-chief, Jim Shooter, later recalled, “I fired Jim Owsley because his tenure as an editor was a train wreck. When I fired Jim Owsley, he thanked me. Seriously. He said, ‘Thank you.’ He admitted that he just wasn’t good at the administrative stuff (i.e., schedules). P.S.—there was plenty of work for him as a writer, so it was not such a big deal. In fact, it was like giving him a raise. He … [was] meant to be a writer, not an expediter.”

So, now, I guess I can run around the web trying to un-quote people or correct derogatory mentions, but chasing your tail is a real waste of time. I have to respond to this quote if only so somebody else can update my Wikipedia page with a quote from me.

Jim Shooter was my mentor and a tremendous friend. The last thing I’d ever want to do is say anything negative about him personally. People who turn on or lash out at friends who’ve helped them are, in my view, complete jerks. Jim opened huge doors for me, and I will be forever grateful.

Everybody’s entitled to their own memories but not their own facts. As Spider-Man editor, I never missed shipping. If my tenure was “a train wreck,” it was because I never missed shipping, which meant throwing in fill-ins as needed. And they were usually needed because Jim was driving me crazy. That was his job– drive the editors crazy by rejecting everything that came across his desk. Nothing was ever good enough, no writer ever talented enough. If my watch was a train wreck, it was Shooter himself piling driftwood on the tracks. (more…)