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One of the weird things about the comics industry in 2018 is that books are often far less interesting than all the bizarre drama that creators bring upon themselves. Regular readers know why this is the case: The unprofessional antics of Mark Waid, Dan Slott, Gail Simone and others have been covered for years.
The past week, however, provided a sterling example of the industry’s corruption. The DC-Vertigo book Border Town was torpedoed after one of its writers had a #MeToo scandal explode on social media; almost no one wanted to talk about it.
If you went to any of the mainstream comics news sites, then you were greeted with the sound of crickets chirping.
If you went to the Twitter feeds of all those creators who chimed in Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination process, then you were greeted with crickets chirping.
The only people who were substantively covering one of the biggest comics stories of the year (and doing it with a fairly even hand) were YouTubers within the Comicsgate movement.
The Hollywood Reporter eventually chimed in, and so did Gail Simone — but the latter somehow found a way to make Comicgate the focus of her anger and frustration.
Ms. Simone even attempted to say with a straight face that she “never heard” of Border Town writer Eric M. Esquivel until “three days ago.”
Yes, that’s right, even though Comicsgate’s members have been told for years that the industry is a small community and they’ll never work for Marvel and DC, we’re now supposed to believe Ms. Simon didn’t know of the guy who *cough* was literally featured in one of her projects: Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico.
Got that? Gail Simone, “industry juggernaut,” was in the same book as “industry juggernaut” Eric M. Esquivel, yet she only heard of him “three days” ago. Weird.
Ask yourself: What are the chances that two “juggernauts” within a small community of creators never heard of one another?
Ms. Simon’s other message — another lie — for Twitter followers was that Comicsgate YouTubers who dared to point out the industry’s hypocrisy are really just the organizers of a long-running “harassment campaign.”
Those who are wondering why someone in her shoes might lie need to only search through the history of this blog. Ms. Simone has been behaving like a mean-spirited ideologue (to combat vets) since at least 2015.
Yours truly has covered the way she and her ideologue peers alienate long-term readers, but in Ms. Simone’s mind that constitutes “harassment.”
If you want to know why the comics industry is in dire straights in 2018, then look no further than the laundry list of lies from creators like Gail Simone.
You’ll also want to look at the gaggle of Cable Guy-esque characters who are elevated to the level of creative “juggernauts” by shill websites.
Ms. Simone likes to call guys like me a “puppet,” when the truth is the exact opposite.
- The real puppets are the individuals in the comics media who wait for their industry masters to tell them when to talk and what to say.
- The real puppets are the writers and artists who should “Believe Women!” when an accusation is leveled at a political opponent, but then sit in silence when allegations land in a colleague’s lap.
This blogger and YouTuber has never shied away from telling you what’s on his mind, which is why women like Gail Simone often go into overdrive to peddle easily disproven lies.
Note to Gail: The internet never forgets. Your tweets are archived. Your interviews are archived. No matter how much your try and scrub, scrub, scrub away your online history, guys like me will find the truth and present it to readers.
It was only a few short years ago — 2015 to be exact — that your friendly neighborhood blogger tried to warn Marvel’s Joe Quesada that seeds of unprofessionalism planted at the company were going to bear bad fruit. He liked to play dumb when readers confronted him on the partisan bile spewed by Dan Slott, Mark Waid, and others within the industry, and in time my predictions came to pass.
Fact: Alienated but social-media savvy readers connected in 2017 on YouTube after years of sounding the alarm bells in small pockets across the internet. Our collective efforts to discuss the need for professionalism, strong storytelling, and honest journalism became known as Comicsgate.
Cut to Mr. Quesada, the company’s chief creative officer. He’s flummoxed. He’s angry. He doesn’t know what to do because guys like Richard C. Meyer, aka Diversity & Comics, have over 90,000 subscribers who are regularly learning just how corrupt the comics industry has become.
What does Mr. Quesada do in response to the new status quo, you ask? Does he admit to dropping the ball in 2015 when he was warned of the coming backlash?
Answer: Of course not. Instead, he looks for the most unstable people on Twitter and tries to exploit their condition. He cozies up to anonymous individuals who spend all day (and many nights) obsessing over Comicsgate and ways to destroy the personal and professional reputations of those associated with it.
In short, Mr. Quesada has tried to weaponize troubled individuals — those who come across like Mark Wahlberg’s character in the 1996 movie ‘Fear’ — against the industry’s critics in an embarrassing display of “ends justify the means” vindictiveness. He literally follows and interacts with what amounts to full-time Twitter trolls because he has no answers for guys like myself, Just Some Guy, That Umbrella Guy, artist Ethan Van Sciver and others.
Yes, telling the truth is always an option, but Mr. Quesada decided at some point in time that honesty and transparency regarding the industry’s problems was off the table.
What Mr. Quesada fails to realize is that it’s no longer 2015. A tipping point was reached with the creation of Comicsgate, and for every underhanded and unprofessional move he (and his ideologue peers) make, tens-of-thousands of people soon hear about it.
Those alienated customers talk. They tell one, two, three, four or more friends about what’s going on. There is a cascading effect — and not in a positive way for Marvel Comics.
That, dear reader, is why more and more people every month are speaking out about the industry.
YouTube, Twitter and other social media platforms have freed consumers from shill websites with Orwellian moderators.
Consumers are better organized, better informed, and unafraid to shine giant spotlights on the immature behavior of men like Mr. Quesada.
There is much more to say, but for a better picture of what’s going on I invite you to watch my latest YouTube video: Joe Quesada exploits Wahlbergian ‘Fear’ clones in blind hatred of Comicsgate.
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