Sunday, May 16, 2004

"Rage" subsides: At Silver Bullet Comic Books, Markisan Naso announces that this week's installment of "All The Rage" will be his last:

"... [T]here are really two things that made me decide to step down. The first is this sense that the weekly gossip column is becoming a tired institution. Nearly every comic site has cloned Rich Johnston, and editors are starting to realize they can cover gossip from newsgroups and message boards in their regular news sections. Second, despite this spike in activity, rumors are increasingly hard to come by. Publishers are Big Brothering down on employees to plug information leaks and people aren’t as willing to talk as they used to."

Occasional "Rage" contributor Blair Marnell will take up the rumor-mongering next week.

In his final installment, Markisan delivers the long-promised interview with Colleen Doran about the Scenes From the Small Press documentary, her comics work, and her struggles with sexism and sexual harassment in the industry:

"... I realized that most of the power that these people have over you is power you can take away from them at any time simply by speaking up for yourself. If you recoil from them and act frightened and shamed, then they live on that. That's why they act the way they do. They love to see the little woman scared and cringing. Your power is their shame. They fear exposure. None of them ever want any of this to be made public. If this guy is one of those small press weenies, a freelancer shouldn't fear speaking up for one second. These guys are pipsqueaks on a cosmic scale. They don't seem weak when you're a kid just starting out, and you will probably never see the money they owe you if you fight them, but you don't want to be stuck working for those jerks anyway. Might as well leave and let everyone else know what they are in for if they go to work for this freak. There was no internet when I was starting out. There is now. News travels fast. If the man who is giving you a hard time is working for a big company, he is a major liability to that company. If you keep careful records, get him on tape and if you are smart, you can really build a case. Go directly to your superiors and let them know what is going on. No major publisher wants a scandal or a lawsuit. They will be forced to deal with the matter, one way or the other. Ultimately, you just want to do your job in a place where you don't want to be grabbed and jumped and bullied by some pervert. If your behavior is impeccably professional, you will win in the end."