In a bold move that could revitalize a slumping comic book industry, Captain America writer Nick Spencer urged a mass exit from popular social media site Twitter from his Twitter account today. The industry has been plagued by delays for years, especially when it comes to super-mega-crossover event books, with the last two Marvel super-mega-crossover events, Civil War 2 and Secret Wars, shipping their final issue months after line-wide relaunch events spawned in their wake. The late shipping books are confusing for readers trying to keep up with the latest ways in which the Marvel Universe will never be the same again, and wreak havoc on the schedules of retailers, who end up spending their extra free time writing ill-conceived articles for Bleeding Cool.
Spencer’s attempt to get comic book creators off Twitter, where it’s estimated they spend an average of 12.5 hours per day tweeting about politics, arguing with fans, and laughing at each others’ jokes, comes at the most advantageous time for Spencer himself. Spencer is writing the next big super-mega-crossover event, Secret Empire, which ambitiously plans to ship three issues in May. If Spencer could get Marvel’s creative staff, and, most importantly, Spencer himself, off of Twitter before then, Marvel might actually have a snowball’s chance in hell of meeting that goal.
Knowing that an appeal to work ethic wasn’t likely to motivate most comic book creators, Spencer couched his appeal in a protest of Twitter policies, tweeting:
— CNBC (@CNBC) February 24, 2017
It’s unclear what policies Spencer would prefer that Twitter pursue with Nazis, but presumably it would involve making Captain America into one and also not punching them. At press time, no creators, including Nick Spencer, had committed to leave Twitter yet.