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Chris Roberson speaks out on DC Comics sacking

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Chris Roberson has opened up about DC Comics' decision to fire him as writer on Fairest.

The scribe was dismissed from the Fables spinoff after publicly criticising the company's ethics, but has now said that it is a "relief" to be able to speak openly and move on.

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He told Comics Alliance: "My statements about the company's ethics were cited as the specific reason for my removal from the book. I had considered that might be a possible consequence of speaking out, but in spite of that it's a huge relief to be able to speak my mind and move on.

"To be honest, I hadn't considered that a public declaration on my part would get quite so much attention, but the amount and degree of support both publicly and privately has renewed my faith in the comics community."

DC co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio also spoke up about Roberson's dismissal during the Before Watchmen panel at the LA Festival of Books.

Lee said: "You have to imagine from our perspective, for our own internal morale, what does it say for a company to hire somebody who's that vocally against our principles and yet we're still paying them? From that standpoint, it doesn't make any sense."

DiDio added: "As far as I'm concerned, he made a very public statement about not wanting to work with DC and we honoured that statement."

Fables creator Bill Willingham pledged his support to Roberson in the wake of the announcement, saying he would work with him again "any time, any place".

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