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Regular readers of this blog know that on any given day there will be an honest comic book review or a post that exposes the hypocrisy of partisan writers within the industry. If a book is good — like Renew Your Vows — I’ll say it. If a book is bad, like Brian Michael Bendis’ Invincible Iron Man, then readers will know exactly why. Certain Marvel scribes have tried to claim over the years that this blog is irrelevant, but a strange thing keeps happening to me: Writers and editors who I never even talk about block me on Twitter. That seems like an odd action to take for someone who is not effective…

Consider J. Michael Straczynski, for instance. I never talk about the man in my blog posts, never tweet the man, and in the rare events I have mentioned him in my comments section I have been extremely kind. He was the last writer on The Amazing Spider-Man who got me excited about the book after years of mediocre writing. He “gets” Peter Parker, and if it weren’t for weird “Gwen-rape” stories then I would have even more nice things to say about his work.

Why, then, did he block me on Twitter? Tonight I ran across his name in a follower’s feed and thought, “Hmmm. JMS. I wonder what his tweets are all about,” before getting Twitter’s classic “you are blocked from following…” message.

I tweeted, “I guess he’s not a fan of limited government?” before checking it out via another account, and what do you know? I was right!

JMS Melania

Just like most of the other industry writers, J. Michael Straczynski is such a petty man that he turns First Lady Melania Trump into a vehicle to attack her husband — because it must feel so good to get dozens of “likes” or “loves” on social media for rage-tweeting.

Whether it’s Hydra-Cap writer Nick Spencer talking about the “myth of the good Republican” or ASM writer Dan Slott telling Christian supporters of Hobby Lobby to go to “Christ-Land,” this blog has consistently called out their mean-spiritedness and hypocrisy. And because it has a growing number of readers here and on YouTube, guys like Mr. Straczynski have taken notice.

Given this latest development, I will once again reiterate to you, dear reader, that if you want to see someone expose the self-proclaimed “tolerant” comic writers for the intolerant ideologues they are, then you have come to the right place. And since Mr. Straczynski was so concerned about what yours truly might find in his Twitter feed, I will give it extra attention going forward.

Stay classy, Mr. Straczynski.

Exit Question: How long will it be before Mr. Straczynski starts using weird comments about Barron Trump to attack his father?

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

10 comments

  1. LOL! Good for you. Somebody needs to call this rubbish out. At the very least it shows really poor manners. At worst, it all begins to feel a bit fascist. I am not a fan of either bad manners or fascism, so give ’em heck.

    1. “LOL! Good for you. Somebody needs to call this rubbish out. At the very least it shows really poor manners. At worst, it all begins to feel a bit fascist. I am not a fan of either bad manners or fascism, so give ’em heck.”

      I’ll take it as a good sign that I am being preemptively blocked by hyper-partisan writers. They act as if we live in a world where it’s illegal to have multiple Twitter accounts. 🙂

  2. Hmm, interesting. Apparently you must be gaining a reputation. As for Straczynski, I’ve always had mixed feelings on him. He wrote some really good stuff for Spider-Man, but the story where Gwen gets busy with Norman and gives birth to super twins with accelerated growth was just too far beyond the pale even for a comic book. Add in the weird vibes between Peter and Gwen’s super Goblin daughter and it just gets unbearable. At that point in time it was easily the worst Spider-Man story since the Clone Saga.

    Side note, I sometimes think us Spider-Man fans are gluttons for punishment. All major superheroes have their share of bad stories, but Spider-Man seems to have more than his fair share, due in no small part to the Spider-Man overload in the 90s. Dan Slott is just adding to the tradition at this point with his painful virtue signaling.

    As for Straczynski since then, I’ve only read his Superman Earth One stories and they were simply OK, not bad, not all that great. He kinda seems like a hit and miss writer to me. His stuff between Peter and his family was really good back in the day though.

  3. You can tell if a sci fi show is quality by seeing if the creator is a raging partisan democrat sociopath.

    ‘The Expanse’ is pretty good…so I’m expecting that guy to crack any minute now, though honestly, every time he gets baited into showing adherence to his religion, he ends up with the ‘all sides have good and bad people’ statement …

  4. I don’t follow a single writer online. I don’t want to know what they think. I can generally glean what they think from their comics, but as long as the comics are well written and present their idea in a thoughtful manner I’m cool.

    My old list of favorite writes is down two as Waid and Busiek are not the nicest people, so I can’t even look at their work the same way. I try to be objective but then I think about how much the claim to hate people like me for just existing it gets my inner Hulk going.

  5. Maybe he thinks of his twitter account as a promotional device, so he only wants stuff on it that promotes his products and opinions. I’m not saying he is an open-minded guy. To preemptively block you was weird. But if I think I’m running a pro-Pepsi twitter account, I wouldn’t allow any pro-Coca Cola material. These guys’ politics are their religion, their idolatrous substitute for God, so we will expect fundamentalist behavior.

    1. “Maybe he thinks of his twitter account as a promotional device, so he only wants stuff on it that promotes his products and opinions.”

      These guys are so strange to me because the only people I ever block on Twitter are those who make weird threats, or people who just string long lines of expletives together and won’t stop. Even then, I usually hit the “mute” button. I think I’ve blocked less than 10 people in the eight years I’ve been on Twitter (not counting obvious spam bots). It would be so odd to me to read someone’s political stuff and think, “You know what? I’m blocking that guy — right now. I don’t want him in my orbit of thought, even if it’s by chance. Blocked. Blocked! BLOCKED!”

  6. “These guys are so strange to me because the only people I ever block on Twitter are those who make weird threats, or people who just string long lines of expletives together and won’t stop…”

    There’s an observable difference between faith based people of more conservative leanings, and the left. It’s not an absolute rule of course, there’s always a lunkhead in the bunch, but for the most part, more conservative people are going to be far more committed to debate, discussion, free speech, even with their critics. The other people will block you, unfriend you on FB, post long slanderous screeds, report you to various authorities, and basically attempt to annihilate you in whatever passive/aggressive manner they can imagine and dream up. For them, the “personal is political” and woe be unto you if your mere existence is perceived as a personal threat to their very being.

  7. I am totally and utterly fine with this behavior.
    remember this whole thing is one giant stage and the readers are the public.

    For eight years we saw the right trying to stay away from saying anything bad or mean or even critical about the president’s wife and/or daughters.
    I firmly believe that that is the only and correct way of behavior.

    And it has been hilariously funny to see so many people loudly proclaim their righeousness for eight years suddenly insult, demeen and belittle the entire Trump-family.
    I have seen people make snarky little Twitter-posts about Bannon, that were later removed and/or sold as sarcasm or “It was just a prak,man”

    By all means keep doing this, the more we see people rolling in the mud and then try to grandstand about their own ebjective correctness while covered in crap has been a funny eye-opener.

    I have never seen so many people nailing themselves to the cross while screaming ” I am suffering for your sins”

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