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Matt McGloin

CBR Asks DC The Tough Questions But Not Marvel; So DC Bails

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7013 This is a funny sort of thing that happened at CBR.

As we all know, Marvel owns CBR and we see more of that in a rather interesting turn of events that recently went down with the site and DC Comics.

Over the course of the past four months, CBR was holding regular columns with a pair of DC executives.

Well, for some odd reason CBR decided this week to ask DC some rather "tough" questions in regards to Orson Scott Card and Jerry Ordway.

While CBR and Axel Alonso laugh about gay jokes surrounding Nova ("Dick Rider"), CBR makes a big deal out of the fact that Orson Scott Card was chosen to do work with DC while at the same time DC tries to reach out to the LGBT community with the likes of Alan Scott and Batwoman.

Note: CBR hand picks the questions.

We find out after the column in an editor's note that DC chose to end the feature with the note stating:

Editorial Note: With regret, CBR News has to inform our readers today that there will no longer be a "B&B" column on the site after only four short months.

When CBR proposed the idea of a regular column with DC's executive staff, our stated intent was for the feature to be a place to connect the decision makers at the publisher with the wider comics community. Aside from product and story information, discussing the industry news and debates of the day was something we always planned to focus on both in the regular interviews with Harras and Chase and the monthly fan Q&A. However, the DC team has made it clear to CBR that discussing some of the more controversial debates surrounding the company and the comics community is not something they feel comfortable doing in this format, and ultimately they decided to no longer participate in this feature.

Specifically, Harras and Chase declined to comment on questions about DC exclusive talent Jerry Ordway in regards to his statements about his work with the publisher. (Though it should be noted that DC Co-PublisherJim Lee did discuss the matter in a recent CBR TV interview)

After ensuing discussions on the matter, CBR regrets that DC has decided not to continue what we consider a valuable discussion for readers, retailers and creators. We will however continue to cover the company's comics, editorial moves and broader impact on comics to the best of our ability – including future interviews with DC executives and editorial staff as they are willing and available.

I suppose CBR really doesn't have much to worry about as Marvel will surely feed their coffers with exclusives, and in turn, CBR can cater to the Marvel Editors and creators on their forums by deleting negative posts about Marvel books.

And they can alway ask Axel Alonso their planned questions come Friday as well.

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