Saladin Ahmed: Marvel writer spews bigotry, blames others for blowback as EIC C.B. Cebulski silent

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There once was a time when Marvel writers and artists didn’t use the Christmas season to go on bizarre and bigoted rants against “white” people. Saladin Ahmed, however, is a sterling example of the “House of Ideas” (or was it the House of Ideologues?) under Sana Amanat and editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski.

Mr. Ahmed — for years — has publicly offered his “white people” lamentations, and yet he is a.) rewarded for his bigotry by the company’s top brass, and b.) plays the victim with a straight face.

This weekend the Marvel scribe must have watched your friendly neighborhood blogger’s live-stream on his disgusting rhetoric because he came into work on Monday with fresh rants about “right wingers” who are “trying to get me fired.”

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Given that Mr. Ahmed is obsessed with white people, it is perhaps fitting that a White Stripes song spotlights what he does after professionally embarrassing himself on social media.

From Jack White’s Effect & Cause:

Well, first came an action
And then a reaction
But you can’t switch ’em ’round
For your own satisfaction
Well you burnt my house down
Then got mad
At my reaction

Well in every complicated situation
Of a human relation
Making sense of it all
Takes a whole lotta concentration, mmm
Well you can’t blame a baby
For her pregnant ma
And if there’s one of these unavoidable laws
It’s that you can’t just take the effect
And make it the cause, no

Take a bow, C.B. Cebulski. While you tweet about your “Air Supply” dreams, Marvel writers are doing everything in their power to alienate readers with bigoted Twitter accounts.

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Check out my latest YouTube video for a more extensive look at what is permitted at Marvel on Mr. Cebulski’s watch.

The White Stripes’ Effect & Cause:

 

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Linkara peddles Comicsgate critics’ lies: Atop the Wall of Hypocrisy

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A funny thing happened as the movement called Comicsgate grew over the past two years: YouTube personalities with millions of subscribers joined industry professionals in calling any criticism “racist” and anti-LGBT.

Guys like Rob from Comics Explained said in 2017 that individuals who openly reject “forced diversity” sound “racist” (e.g., turning Iceman gay after decades of continuity that says otherwise; trying to replace iconic heroes with minority derivatives).

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Guys like Benny, aka Comicstorian, called Comicsgate a bunch of “idiots” despite previously claiming that he wanted to remain a neutral.

Enter Linkara from Atop the Fourth Wall this weekend. He echoed the “raaaaaaacist” and “homophobic” allegations on Twitter while simultaneously asking to hear about quality comic book reviewers.

Your friendly neighborhood blogger/YouTuber was tipped off by someone who has frequented this website for years — Carl — and within 24 hours Linkara blocked me for having the temerity to call out his passive-aggressive shots at Comicsgate.

Linkara claimed that he suddenly had to hit the block button because racists were coming out of the digital woodwork, but is that true?

He provided zero evidence and his Twitter feed shows a different story — users were recommending YouTube channels like Professor Geek, ClownfishTV, Captain Frugal, #1 Marmaduke Fan, and Just Some Guy.

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The reality, dear reader, is that certain YouTube personalities desperately want to stay in the industry’s good graces. They like freebies. They like getting press passes. They like getting invited onto convention panels, and they like to be offered all sorts of other perks that having the right political bent brings within a corrupted industry.

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The bitter pill to swallow for many people is that Comicsgate is an incredibly diverse network of individuals who are tired of unprofessionalism, cronyism, partisan politics shoehorned into books, subpar writing, and uninspired art.

Comicsgate as a whole is not hated because its critics’ allegations are true; Comicsgate as a whole is hated because its critics allegations are false.

Check out my latest YouTube video for the bigger picture, and then check out Professor Geek, Just Some Guy, Captain Frugal, and #1 Marmaduke Fan if you doubt me.

 

Tom Brevoort: Marvel’s ‘King Nothing’ gives Stan Lee backhanded compliment after industry icon’s death

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Stan “The Man” Lee’s death last week left fans across the world with a heavy heart. Kind words filled Facebook walls, Instagram pages, and Twitter feeds. There were random exceptions (e.g., professional wet blanket Bill Maher), but in general millions of people handled themselves as expected when a beloved public figure exits this world and enters eternity.

Marvel editor Tom Brevoort, however, didn’t get the memo.

Yes, that’s right, one of Marvel’s very own decided it would be a great idea to remember Stan Lee’s life by weirdly turning it into an excuse to play “Who Will Have the Greatest Legacy?”

Tom “King Nothing” Brevoort tweeted:

“Stan Lee was both the best-known comic book editor in the world and the best writer of his era, the 1960s. The fact that others surpassed him in this endeavor by building on what he did changes nothing of it,” (emphasis added).

Ask yourself this question: What kind of person uses the death of an industry giant to immediately begin figuring out creative and professional pecking orders?

Ask yourself this question: What kind of person gives a backhanded compliment about Stan Lee that translates: “Yeah, he was an pretty amazing guy — in the 1960s!

People ask me why and when the movement often labeled “Comicsgate” started. Giving an exact date is a rather pointless endeavor, but readers can glean important information merely by looking into the social-media musings of Mr. Brevoort.

Sadly, the kind of creator who would downplay Stan Lee’s significance right after his death is not the exception to the rule at Marvel Comics these days. Furthermore, the kind of man who is willing to rhetorically hit Mr. Lee below the belt is also the kind of man who is willing to do so to long-time readers.

There is much more to be said, but for a primer on the origins of Comicsgate I suggest watching my latest YouTube video. As always, make sure hit the ‘subscribe’ button if the video format is up your alley.

Related: Bill Maher: Stan Lee bad, Vapid celebs on ‘Real Time’ good. Beep. Beep. Boop. Boop.

Marvel’s Max Bemis puts ‘Ernst’ into Moon Knight over Comicsgate rage

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Once upon a time your friendly neighborhood blogger half-jokingly wondered if Marvel’s Dan Slott would randomly insert him into a comic as a villain. Who could have predicted that Max “feast upon my a**” BemisMax “I f***ing hate you personally” Bemis would essentially say, “Stand back, Mr. Slott. I’ve got this. Hold. My. Beer.”

Consider the following recap of the movement known as Comicsgate since December 2017.

    • Mr. Bemis lashes out at customers with his “feast upon my a**” and “hate you personally” tweets.
    • Yours truly (along with friends within the Comicsgate network) highlight the unprofessional behavior in videos seen by thousands.
    • Incoming Marvel EIC C.B. Cebulski is asked during a Q&A session about Mr. Bemis and he assures the audience that corrective measures were taken.
    • Mr. Bemis tells websites like Newsarama that he didn’t have a long-term blueprint for the book but often relies on “improvisation.”
    • The writer explicitly says in interviews and on social media that he uses the book to work through his own struggles with mental illness.
    • Mr. Bemis shares tweets by the self-proclaimed leader of the anti-Comicsgate crowd, artist Bill Sienkiewicz. Comics pros like Mr. Sienkiewicz routinely frame Comcisgate as a movement for Nazis, white supremacists, etc.
    • Mr. Bemis reveals a new “Nazi” villain named “Ernst”. The bearded bad-guy shows up in a production timeline that almost perfectly matches the December 2017 videos calling out the writer’s unprofessional rhetoric.

Ask yourself how many coincidences upon coincidences would have needed to happen for the evil “Uncle Ernst” character to appear into the book. If you’re like me, you will conclude that this is just one more stunning example of how far the professional standards at Marvel Comics have fallen.

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Modern Marvel Comics are no longer meant to inspire kids to bigger and better things.

Modern Marvel Comics are no longer written to instill a sense of awe and wonder into young minds via the hero’s journey.

Modern Marvel Comics no longer have a functioning moral compass built in the majority of the titles.

Instead, to quote Mr. Bemis, they are written by individuals who seek to wallow in something “f***ed up.”

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Modern Marvel Comics is a damaged product written by morally relativistic individuals who seek to hobble others at a psychological and spiritual level.

If you don’t believe me, then check out my latest video on the company’s newest villain — “Ernst” — and the circumstances leading up to his debut.

As always, make sure to hit the like and subscribe button if enjoy the video format. Also, share your thoughts below on Comicsgate, Marvel Comics, Mr. Bemis, or anything related to the subject at hand.

Comicstorian goes full He-Man ‘Faker’ in Comicsgate attack

It was roughly one year ago that people within comics fandom took a step back and realized that a group of guys who said they wanted to create a parallel industry were serious. Not only were “Comicsgaters” serious, but all indicators (to honest observers) were that they were resourceful and intelligent enough to make it happen.

Enter stage right in August 2017: Comics Explained with his 1.4 million subscribers and Comicstorian with his 1.8 million subscribers decided to weigh in. “Rob” wanted to frame Comicsgaters as racists and Benny wanted to make a moral equivalence between unprofessional pros and upset customers.

Your friendly neighborhood blogger/YouTuber sent word via an intermediary that I would be willing to hash it all out in private, and when Comicstorian decided to keep ranting about Twitter, the culture war he supposedly doesn’t care about, etc., I made videos exposing his ignorance.

Some people didn’t like that. They said he was “neutral” on Comicsgate and should be left alone. They also wanted to leave Rob to his own devices despite his pot shots on Twitter towards Comicsgate.

At some point in time someone must have talked a bit of sense into the two guys because they shut up for months. I allowed them to stay in their lane and did not make any videos that might upset YouTubers that I respect.

Now, for some inexplicable reason, Comics Explained and Comicstorian want to once again expose themselves as He-Man “Fakers” by insulting artist Jon Malin and the network as a whole.

I was told by multiple people over the past year that to mess with Comicstorian is to mess with the “Walmart greeter of the comics industry.” My question on Twitter and YouTube is as follows: “When was the last time a Walmart greeter called you an idiot when you walked in the door?”

If the answer is “never,” then perhaps it might be a bad idea to apply such a designation on the man. But I digress.

Check out my latest YouTube video for a full rundown on “Faker” as he dutifully does the bidding of Skelet-errrrrm, Disney.

Related:

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Comicstorian’s blunder: Misreading SJW Marvel as industry burns

Comicstorian exposed: ‘Some of us just don’t care’ about culture

Comicsgate 101: Twitter is not ‘a child’s toy’

Nick Spencer’s Spider-Man: Your worst fears may meet you half way

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Marvel’s Nick Spencer is the guy who essentially turned Captain America into a Nazi for its infamous Secret Empire event. Given the fallout from the creation and extended stay of “Hydra-Cap,” one would hope that he would be extra careful with his handling of The Amazing Spider-Man.

Spoiler alert: It didn’t happen.

Mr. Spencer’s preview of The Amazing Spider-Man for Free Comic Book Day managed to undermine the hero’s origin within two panels, and at one point he lets a criminal get away in a manner that clearly echoes his failure to stop the robber who killed his uncle.

Ask yourself this question: How sick is it for the main character to pivot from one of the defining moments of his life — his culpability for Uncle Ben’s murder — to a yuk-yuk joke about how New York City’s views also played a role in convincing him to become a hero?

If you want to hear the full story, then check out my latest YouTube video. As always, make sure to hit the subscribe button if the format is up your alley.

Tom Brevoort mocks Marvel customers; evil worm casting backfires

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Question: What happens when Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort sees the success of the Jawbreakers: Lost Souls INDIEGOGO campaign and then decides to take out his anger on customers?

Answer: Mr. Brevoort likens readers to an evil worm while he’s in a blind rage, but it only comes across as projection. People know that he is such an angry man that he even uses Twitter to call his son an “entitled white a**hole.”

Ak yourself, dear reader, who is more of a worm: Comic book readers who think it’s gross to call Peter Parker’s “devil deal” a form of medicine, or the guy who airs his own family’s dirty laundry on Twitter for cheap “likes” by total strangers.

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If you want to know what Jawbreakers: Lost Souls has readers energized while Tom Brevoort only has people shaking their head disgust, then look no further than his Twitter feed.

Check out my latest YouTube video for the full story regarding Marvel’s meltdown, along with the growth of the Comicsgate/Save Comics community that lives rent free inside Mr. Brevoort’s head.

Captain America 700: Mark Waid’s political wish upon a mushroom-cloud star comes true

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Here is a social experiment for you: Ask your average person on the street what they would expect from the 700th issue of Captain America. Ask them what the cover might look like. Ask them about the themes a writer would be expected to highlight by his editors. Ask them how they should feel after closing it.

More than likely the individual will telegraph that a 700th issue of Captain America should be a celebration of Steve Rogers.

What they won’t tell you  is that it should be a lament over the election of President Donald Trump.

What they won’t tell you is that Marvel Comics should design a cover that puts the hero into the background as a new character basks in the limelight.

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Sadly, writer Mark Waid has delivered a book for long-time Captain America fans that is little more than a Trump allegory for angry people who don’t buy comics. He wished upon a mushroom-cloud star for the ability to shoehorn his personal politics into an important issue and the wish came true — at the expense of loyal customers.

You can get the full rundown in my latest YouTube video. Be sure to subscribe for regular updates if the format is up your alley, and let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Comicsgate will not be ignored: ‘Jawbreakers: Lost Souls’ finds its audience

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Roughly two years ago this blog started seeing fewer updates due to my increased attention to YouTube. I loved the regular commenters and the discussions we had here on a wide range of issues, but at the same time I knew that I needed to devote serious time to YouTube if my plan of having a bigger impact on the comics industry was to be realized. I had to in many ways sacrifice something I loved in order to possibly obtain a greater good down the line.

Fast-forward to this week: The “Comicsgate” community turned out in full force in support of Richard C. Meyer’s, artist Jon Malin’s, and colorist Brett Smith’s INDIEGOGO campaign “Jawbreakers: Lost Souls.”

In short: They aimed to raise $5,000 and ended up with nearly $40K in one day.

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Right now some readers are asking: “What the heck does this have to do with you, Doug?”

The Answer: Your friendly neighborhood blogger  has been working on YouTube and Twitter — along with MANY other men and women — for months to expose the myriad or reasons why the comics industry is in a tailspin.

Regular readers can remember our tussles with Marvel scribe Dan Slott. If you haven’t caught my work on YouTube, however, then you’ve been missing out on coverage of the fits and tantrums that industry creators are experiencing due to work by Mr. Meyer (aka, Diversity & Comics) Capn. Cummings, Just Some Guy, myself, Yellow Flash, That Umbrella Guy, Captain Frugal and others. All of us play different roles within the community, but the endgame is the same: We want comic books with solid artwork and sound storytelling devoid of petty politics.

If you want to see what I’ve been up to, then you can check out a nearly two-hour interview I had with Jon Malin on March 30 (embedding disabled or else I’d add it here).

Similarly, I put up a Jawbreakers: Lost Souls video last night and recently talked all-things Comicsgate with artist Timothy Lim and journalist Ian Miles Cheong. I’d love to hear your thoughts on each in the comments section below.

As always, if you like the content then make sure to subscribe over at YouTube for regular updates. There are some pretty cool announcements planned for later in the year.

Timothy Lim of My Hero Magademia joins myself and journalist Ian Miles Cheong.

Captain America #699: Marvel writer Mark Waid is ‘King Baby,’ aka Trump

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Regular readers of Marvel Comics know all too well that its writers have been obsessed with Donald Trump since his primary campaign. Twitter rants coincided with weird editorial decisions (e.g., turning the man into an alternative-universe M.O.D.O.K.), and writer Nick Spencer used multiple books — including the Secret Empire event — to throw political tantrums.

Marvel scribe Mark Waid, however, has taken the industry’s Trump Derangement Syndrome to a whole new level for the company’s “Legacy” run. Captain America #699 is a fascinating read for all the wrong reasons.

Yes, it is boring. Yes, it is predictable. Yes, it comes across as if it were written by a freshman college student who just completed his first semester of political sciences classes.

What makes Captain America: Out of Time it interesting, however, is the psychology behind it all. Mr. Waid does not seem to even realize that all of his irrational fears regarding the president are rooted in his own ideological extremism. He fears Mr. Trump because he sees much of himself in the man.

Mr. Waid is, whether he wants to admit it or not, eerily similar to the villain referred to as “King Baby,” aka Donald Trump. Check out my latest YouTube video for the full rundown, and as always feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.