G.I. JOE writer Aubrey Sitterson is now crying wolf after IDW canceled his upcoming Scarlett’s Strike Force series due to low sales.
Sitterson whined on Twitter, “Alt-right extremists didn’t want a leftist writing G.I. JOE, so they demanded I be removed. IDW then canceled the book.” He then tried to get other comic book creators to rally to his side, “Creators: if you think I’ll be the last person this happens to, you will be sadly mistaken.”
Sitterson then links to a CBR article with an extremely slanted view that completely discounts the fact that IDW stated they canceled the book because of poor sales.
Alt-right extremists didn't want a leftist writing G.I. Joe, so they demanded I be removed. IDW then canceled the book. Creators: If you think I'll be the last person this happens to, you will be sadly mistaken. https://t.co/s6DqlUDQaJ
— THE GREAT HEART PUNCHER (@aubreysitterson) December 6, 2017
And there is a reason for those poor sales. Sitterson recklessly decided to attack people who remembered the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack.
Oh good, it's Self-Centered National Tragedy Remembrance from People Who Weren't Even Anywhere Near New York City Day.
— THE GREAT HEART PUNCHER (@aubreysitterson) September 11, 2017
Needless to say G.I. JOE fans were not happy about it and declared they would no longer purchase G.I. JOE books.
Dude, you lost me. You also lost me getting G.I. Joe. A great American hero you are not.
— Dean McCoy (@noarminian) September 12, 2017
In fact popular G.I. JOE fan site YoJoe declared they would no longer promote anything from IDW Publishing if Sitterson was still involved with them.
Eventually IDW released a statement declaring the upcoming Scarlett’s Strike Force series was canceled due to poor sales.
Our cancellation of the series is related solely to the book’s sales not being at a level we needed for it to continue and nothing else.
IDW would then go on to pretty much destroy Aubrey’s claim of being a victim due to his ideological leaning.
You choosing to disbelieve us does not change the facts of the sales not allowing this series to continue. Books that lose money from the first issue are not viable, especially when we would also owe licensing money to Hasbro for those losing issues. We haven’t printed the series but we do have orders for it, we know how much money each issue will lose. Everyone who did anything for any issues we will publish and any we won’t publish will be fully paid.
We kept Aubrey on the previous series and awarded him with a new series, too. Those facts run counter to the false narrative that we bowed to any pressure. We wish it had worked out. We wish enough fans who wanted the book had pre-ordered it so retailers would order it higher. And despite what anyone tries to say, we promoted the comic as we do any other. Do not let loud voices saying false things online convince you otherwise.
Aubrey Sitterson is a sad, sad individual who obviously cannot deal with the fact that he made a mistake. He lacks the moral fiber or courage to admit his 9/11 statement was tactless and disgusting. He refused to apologize to the fans who would have bought his book. He paid the price.
Aubrey Sitterson’s latest Tweet proves he will not take responsibility for his actions. Instead, he will try to deflect and blame others for his own actions. He cannot come to the fact that he was indeed wrong so instead of accepting responsibility and blaming himself he needs to lash out and blame others for his failures. I would not want to associate with anyone who acts like such a child.
IDW made the right move to distance themselves from him. If other comic publishers are seeing his behavior, I’d bet they wouldn’t want to associate with him either.
First, he disrespected his readers and now he’s actively attacking the company that give him the opportunity to write comics. That’s not someone I would want near any kind of business I was doing. Aubrey Sitterson is bad news.