It’s a wintry mix here in New York City as I wake this monday morning. I’m certain it’s still sunny in Los Angeles. But here, at the tip of the spear of this ongoing work stoppage, we gird for battle. I’m reminded of images of soldiers fighting on skis in the Korean War.
Here we go. Week three. In New York, picketing will resume tomorrow (Tuesday, November 20) at Sony Plaza.
Again, I feel small in the face of corporate mega-hugeness. In L.A., you’re out picketing a movie studio gate… it’s tangible. Something we all walk through for work-related purposes, sometimes, every day (when in town working/taking meetings, in my case anyway). Sony, like Time Warner Center, is a massive edifice filled with worker monkeys and hemmed in with tourists and shoppers lapping up the public relations effort. This is the interior/public food court:
I am certain we will not be inside. Nor am I confident that Spider-Man is looking out for us, citizens of New York City, in this regard.
I am also cautiously optimistic re: negotiations between the Guild and the AMPTP which are set to resume next monday, after the holiday weekend. There are so many theories flying around… are we landing punches and forcing them back to the table or are they just humoring us in an effort to help themselves in the public relations war we’re currently spanking them in? Who the fuck knows…
I’ve spent a good, fun portion of my professional and young adult life conceiving and writing stories for Spider-Man in the pages of Marvel Comics. I do not like to see us as adversaries at this point. And I remain wanting for this strike to end… though I remain adamantly in support of my Guild and its goals with even greater resolve.