McDuffie stated that the firing came due to Rich Johnston's posting of a compilation of his various behind the scenes reveals in his Lying in the Gutters column earlier this month and had nothing to do with the quality or sales of the title.
My question for everyone is, who's to blame? McDuffie for making the comments? DC for their politics and inaction in addressing McDuffie's concerns for the past 2+ years? Rich Johnston for posting the compilation? My thoughts after the jump.
Also, McDuffie takes full responsibility for the quality of the work and readily accepts the restrictions imposed upon him during his tenure while giving a straight answer to reader concerns that does not come off as creator complaining or even a slight against DC (DC is doing a good enough job on its own in that regard, these comments from McDuffie only reaffirmed what we already knew about the title). To me, it was simply a refreshing discourse from a creator that gave some nice insights into the behind the scenes politics of DC's biggest book.
In regards to Rich Johnston posting the compilation, I don't think there's anything wrong with that. I did something similar back in March before this whole thing blew up in Lying in the Gutters. If it's online already, it's not your fault for reposting it or drawing attention to it.
To me, this is really all just DC's fault. They let it get this far by a) crapping all over McDuffie's run in the first place, b) not even being able to keep up with what their own creators are posting online for over 2 years and c) for trying to save face by firing the one person probably willing to put up with this crap.
So, I ask again, who do think is to blame for this whole mess? What do you think of this in comparison to previous creator firings over online postings? Did McDuffie deserve to be fired over these comments? Who do you think should replace him on the title?