Chase the Blues Away wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:53 pm
Now you're misrepresenting the story Slott himself told. Here's the link to a Wayback Machine capture, for those having a hard time getting to the original site: https://web.archive.org/web/20120616142 ... ic-booked/
So let's let Slott tell it:
I had a sister who was getting married, so I came to New York, I knew I was going to be in Manhattan and I set up an interview through the college internship program. I just filled out all the forms, did everything I was supposed to and I was there all of five minutes and one of the questions they asked was “What college do you go to?” I said “Well, I just graduated from…” and they said “We can’t use you. We give you college credit. We don’t pay you, and if we can’t give you college credit, it’s slave labor, we’re not doing that. Thank you, but goodbye.” And I was kicked right out. And luckily I have a twin sister who got married six months later, and I had to come back to Manhattan. And I knew they weren’t going to remember me from five minutes, so I had a college professor write me this form for a post-graduate credit. When they asked me what college I went to, I lied and I just said I was still in college. And then I was the intern who didn’t leave. [laughter] Most guys usually do a month or two months; I was on month three. And I wasn’t getting paid, I was living on money I was getting from Kinkos at night, and things were getting kind of iffy when someone came up to me and said “You know, we have this staff job we’d like to give you, but you have to go back to college.” I went “I LIED!”, and they gave me the job.
A couple weeks later, a couple pay cycles later, I wasn’t getting any checks. And this was before direct deposit. A guy would wheel a cart down the hall and hand everyone an envelope with their paycheck. And he kept skipping by me. I had to go to the Editor in Chief and say “You guys aren’t paying me”. “Well what where we paying you before?” “I was a college intern.” “Well then you have to go back to college.” “Well no, I lied.” And this was Tom DeFalco, if you meet Tom DeFalco he’s a really nice guy.
Yeah, I’ve had the pleasure.
Yeah, he’s a loveable guy, but as Editor in Chief he ruled everything with an iron fist. You did not mess with Tom DeFalco, Editor in Chief! And here I had just said that to him, and I’m a foot shorter than him, and he’s just looking at me like “Don’t ever do that again!” And I’m like “Okay!”, and the next week I got paid. So that’s how I broke in. And every time I meet a college intern… There’s this saying that any time you find a way to break into an industry, it’s like breaking out of prison. They seal that crack so no one can ever do it again. So because of me every college intern has to sign all these tons of forms. And whenever I meet a college intern, they’re like “I had to do that because of YOU!” And they are correct, that is me.
Yeah, I honestly don't think this is how it happened in any way shape or form.
First of all, I doubt they'd kick him out after "Five minutes." Also, those "Forms" he'd have to sign would likely have to have the name of his college on it. Marvel also would likely have to check with the college, go through a review process and set things up with the college itself to process the credit. People don't just show up for internships, and the company has to say "We'll give you college credit." It kind of has to go through a process. They don't just rely on the intern to pass the information back and forth.
Also, note how Slott kind of skips over the whole issue of him saying he lied, and then them giving him the job. Sorry, but if you lied to take an internship, then the people in charge aren't going to hire you. You just showed yourself to be completely untrustworthy. There is no reason why they should accept that this person- after just a month of work- would be someone they'd want to hire on full time.
I'm also not sure that the EIC would be in charge of payroll. Why would Slott go to Tom Defalco? An issue like that would be better served through other departments. The EIC hands out the stories. He doesn't issue the paychecks. That's handled through the accounting and payroll department. Like it is at pretty much every company.
Notice how he also kind of gives a backhanded compliment to Defalco. "Oh, he's a great guy, but ruled with an iron fist!" And "Yeah, I've had the pleasure." Sounds like Slott didn't much care for Defalco. So it's no surprise that he's crafted this story where he outsmarts everyone at Marvel, including the EIC, but everyone just loves him so much they wouldn't dare fire him. Which every single company would have done in such a situation.
Honestly, I think this is just Slott inflating his self importance. I think what happened was really a lot simpler. He applied for the internship, and was turned down, but was told he could apply again in a few months. He did so, and got the internship. Then he got offered a staff position, which he accepted. And then there was likely some issue with his payroll, which he had to get sorted out. Slott probably had a handful of interactions with Defalco, none of which had anything to do with payroll, and he's just equating the incidents in his head.
That's the tricky thing with memory. Especially if you are someone who tends to fabricate a story to make themselves look good in any situation. Slott also did this with the Crawlspace itself, rebranding it as this "Frat house" of people who are just "Upset" about the marriage being gone and just want to endlessly hate his work. When in reality his biggest issue with the Crawlspace is that the site would not allow him to endlessly berate and belittle the other posters on the site when he used to come onto the boards, and treated him like every other poster. In that regard, it's more convenient if Crawlspace is just this entity out to "Get" him, rather than him being in the wrong.
Or it's how he took credit for all the "Funhouse Mirror" versions of Marvel characters in the past few years, like Kamala Kahn or Miles Morales, due to his work on Superior. Completely overlooking the fact that Miles predates Superior by several years, and there is no indication that Kamala Kahn was influenced by what Slott was doing on ASM, and was instead a more personal story from the author.
Or how Slott tried to spin a story about how he tried to make a "Funny" comment on another board several years ago, when he claimed that another, separate poster, was actually Slott "In disguise." That poster immediately started to get harassed on several boards due to people being upset that they felt that this poster lied to them and pretended to be someone else, when in "Reality" he was Slott "In disguise." Slott apparently apologized to the poster, but in private. And he never publicly apologized for his actions. Instead he tried to spin it as "Don't you see? That's what us writers on the book were getting all the time!" Never acknowledging that people may have been upset for different reasons, and trying to spin it so that he was never at fault.
That's Slott's history. He reinvents the narrative to make himself look good, and everyone else look bad. And I have no doubt that he's doing the same thing here.
Because, here's the thing- if he's trying to take credit for the amount of paperwork a college intern has to sign to work at Marvel, he must have a massive ego to think that it's there all because of him and him alone. Marvel is a massive multi media corporation with offices all over the world, which is now the division of a massive global conglomerate, who are likely going to be very sensitive about the information they share. So they absolutely have to take steps to make sure that they are covered legally in case anything happens. And they wouldn't put all this stuff in place just because of one guy, several decades ago. And if they did, you can be sure that said person would not have continued to work at Marvel, or be allowed back to work for Marvel in any capacity.