Freelancers, tell your editor he works for you, not the other way around. Routinely fire them to remind then you call the shots.
As FCMM notes, it's just Liefeld proving his massive ego once more. Freelancers really aren't in the position to tell their editors anything, because they're the bosses and are paying the freelancers in the first place. So his point is moot. Thankfully there are people on Twitter who are calling out Liefeld for that idiotic comment. Here are some of the replies:
And, also, that's kind of a douchey thing to say to people who hire you and pay your salary.
Yeah, it's never smart to badmouth your bosses no matter how much you dislike them. I'm 22, Liefeld's 45 and I know that doing so wouldn't be the smartest thing in the world. When you're being paid money to do comic books, a profession many can only dream about getting into, you'd best keep your mouth shut, do your job and cash in your checks. At least that's what I would do, but then again, not everyone's like me and has common sense.
Here's another reply I like:
No. Definitely not. You and the editor should be a team. Part of their job is to help refine the story & be a sounding board.
Exactly right. The editor's job is to help refine the story and make the story readable. The writer and editor should work together and try to determine what the best direction for the story to go in is. Of course Liefeld has this delusion that he's the best thing since Jack Kirby, so naturally he's not going to want to listen to an editor's advice on something. A lot of non-comics writers have good relationships with their editors and some, including Stephen King, have said that editors "save me from myself" or "find things that never even saw." So in other words, editors can be pretty helpful at times.
Thankfully, as I noted in the title of this post, Liefeld's lamebrain Twitter posts may have cost him any future work with Marvel and DC. Marvel's Tom Brevoort was asked this question on his Formspring account:
Now that Rob Liefeld has left DC, can we get him back at Marvel? Would love to see him back on X-Force or Deadpool!!
I think the person who asked this question should take a gander at these posts from my buddy Hube's old comics blog and see how truly awful Liefeld's art is. Or this site here. Anyway, here's Brevoort's reply:
After that Twitter flame-out, I can't say I'd be in a hurry to get onto that train.
Good call. I've criticized Brevoort in the past, but this is a smart move on his (and Marvel's) part. I wouldn't want Liefeld anywhere near my company if he's going to make those kind of idiotic comments on Twitter. Also, I like this reply to the Liefeld fan's question: