Once upon a time there was a Marvel superhero named Iceman. He did everything one would expect of a superhero for decades, and as a result he built up an impressive following. Then a weird thing happened in 2015: writer Brian Michael Bendis magically turned him gay. Colleague Sina Grace picked up the creative torch and ran with it — straight into a sales ditch.
If you thought that was the end of Iceman, dear reader, then you are mistaken! Marvel decided at the behest of “advocacy groups” and “librarians” to bring back the character so he could put MAGA-hat wearing villains into phallic ice prisons!
Yes, that’s right, instead of customers who support local comic shops across the nation dictating behavior inside the former House of Ideas (now a House of Ideologues), “librarians … the media and advocacy groups” swayed the company.
If you disagree with Marvel EIC C.B. Cebulski and comment publicly on the development, then The Washington Post says you’re “suppressing” free speech.
The author wrote Sept. 13:
Comicsgate participants in fact work to silence opinions they dislike and voices they deem malignant. The left is often accused of intolerance and antipathy to the First Amendment. The most serious new threat to free speech, however, is the use of free speech as a cover for an ongoing online assault on the enemies of the right.
Despite the fact that Marvel writers with the correct political worldview are actually rewarded for failure in 2018 (Mr. Grace’s first crack at the character was a sales embarrassment), and despite the fact that The Washington Post is now running hit pieces on Comicsgate, bloggers like yours truly are somehow a threat to free speech.
It was only a few short years ago that writers like Dan Slott were framing this little blog as an insignificant but annoying reality. Now Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada, and large metropolitan newspapers have their sights fixed on “Comicsgate” because a network of like-minded readers are changing the paradigm.
Never mind the fact that guys like me implored Mr. Quesada to do some “reflection” on the unprofessional behavior of his employees for years.
The fact of the matter is that Mr. Quesada, Tom Brevoort, and all their friends essentially created their own Frankenstein monster — Comicsgate — because they failed to heed the warnings published on this blog, Dave Huber’s Colossus of Rhodey (no longer active), and others.
Mr. Grace’s second go-round on Iceman is further proof that Marvel is doubling down on stupid and then telling customers they are the bad guys for pointing out what is painfully obvious.
If you want the full rundown on the first issue Iceman versus the MAGA-hat wearing villains, then be sure to watch my latest YouTube video. Let me know what you think in the comments section below.
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