CHUCK WENDIG off STAR WARS: SHADOW OF VADER

Lewis Collier
October 13, 2018

Writer Chuck Wendig explained in a series of tweets that he has been fired by Marvel Comics from its Star Wars titles for "the negativity and vulgarity that [his] tweets bring", referring to his Twitter responses to disgruntled Star Wars fans. The cause of the firing appears to be consistent and sustained harassment from the Comicsgate subcommunity, which prides itself on campaigns of harassment aimed at creators who incorporate progressive characters and themes into their works.

That sort of rhetoric led to what he calls a "Marvel decision" to fire him from the books, though he said he had "no idea" if this was a decision made directly by Marvel editor Mark Paniccia or if it came from higher up the corporate ladder. Since the book's release, the harassment levied at Wendig has only intensified.

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Wendig claims he was sacked for "the negativity and vulgarity that my tweets bring", according to his tweet. "It was too much politics, too much vulgarity, too much negativity on my part". In a series of tweets, Wendig stated that he was sacked from writing the remainder of the Marvel Star Wars series: "because of the negativity and vulgarity that my tweets bring..." It will follow the Star Wars villain Darth Vader through various eras of his life.

Wendig published a number of tweets about the issue with the final one stating that he had a "dire fear this is going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better".

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