Marvel writer Dan Slott wants everyone to know that Comicsgate is and always has been a “hate group.” He’s convinced it must be true because liberal writers parroted his stance in op-eds over the years with straw man arguments, red herrings, and lies by omission.
Even if outside observers were to agree with his (false) premise for the sake of argument, there’s one uncomfortable truth that he doesn’t want people to know: Dan Slott, on many levels, created Comicsgate.
For those who aren’t up to date on what Comicsgate is, for the purposes of this blog post I will direct readers to writer AJ Glickson’s piece at Medium titled “What is Comicsgate?”
Mr. Slott took issue with the piece and vented about it with the author on Twitter.
The Marvel scribe’s evidence includes the claims that Richard C. Meyer — the creator of Jawbreakers and a popular YouTuber — once engaged in “harassment” of transgender individuals “because they were transgender,” and Mr. Meyer’s friend Ethan Van Sciver — the former DC artist who created Cyberfrog — randomly says mean things.
Putting aside the fact that Richard C. Meyer apologized years ago for offending the transgender community and literally donated $10,000 to a nonprofit organization that supports suicidal transgender teens, Dan Slott’s criticism begs the question: How do liberal comic book pros define the so-called “Comicsgate hate group”?
The definition seems to be, “Richard C. Meyer and Ethan Van Sciver are Comicsgate; members include anyone who agrees with them on issues not in line with liberal comic book pros or their allies in the media.”
Comicsgate, however, was never considered a hierarchical structure in its early days. It was a set of principles about professionalism, art, and the craft of storytelling. It was embraced by YouTubers (like myself) when industry “pros” smeared anyone who criticized their behavior as racists…bigots…homophobes…Nazis…etc.
And what were those early YouTubers focused on besides calling out bad art, hyper-politicized comic books, shoddy storytelling, and bad editing?
Answer: The unprofessionalism and very real bigotry of guys like Dan Slott who, for example, told Christians to go to “Christ-Land” after their victory at the U.S. Supreme Court.
The trail of Dan Slott’s unprofessionalism at this point is a mile long. A few examples from this very blog and my YouTube channel include the following:
- Dan Slott eviscerated after cyber-stalking Philly charity runner; industry ‘journalists’ M.I.A.
- Dan Slott trolls random woman on Twitter, then has the gall to bash GamerGate supporters
- Marvel’s Dan Slott stretches his bigotry muscles, tells Christians to build companies in ‘Christ-land’
- Dan Slott admits giving fan ‘taste’ of harassment, keeps Marvel job
- Dan Slott calls fans ‘pixels,’ dehumanizes others to justify behavior
Richard C. Meyer’s YouTube channel would have never existed if it weren’t for guys like Dan Slott, Mark Waid, and other industry “pros” who needlessly alienated thousands of long-time comic book readers.
My own YouTube channel would have never existed if it weren’t for Dan Slott’s mean-spirited partisan rants casting anyone who disagrees with his personal politics a bad person.
Similarly, early “Comicsgate” names like Captain Frugal (still making videos) and Capn. Cummings (who literally helped Mr. Meyer set up his YouTube channel) were driven by the appalling behavior of men like Dan Slott.
Even more fascinating about Dan Slott’s definition of “hate group” is that by his own standards he is a card-carrying member, given his decision to promote Ethan Van Sciver’s YouTube channel as he was getting it off the ground.
- Dan Slott’s unprofessionalism was the catalyst for many early YouTubers who were ultimately slimed as “Comicsgate” by the industry and its shills in the media.
- Dan Slott continues to this very day to engage in the same immature and petty behavior that fueled Comicsgate YouTubers at the movement’s inception.
- Dan Slott helped to propel Ethan Van Sciver’s YouTube channel upward as he was still trying to escape the platform’s gravitational pull for upstart creators.
- Dan Slott now seeks to revise history so his own followers are ignorant of his culpability in creating a so-called “hate group.”
The fact of the matter is that “Comicsgate” is a blanket term industry pros use for anyone who spotlights their ridiculous antics. Normal people agree on some issues and don’t on others but, in the mind of Dan Slott, anyone who agrees with Richard C. Meyer and Ethan Van Sciver on random issues is branded a “hate group” member for life.
Do I agree with Mr. Van Sciver at times? Sure.
Do I ever disagree with him? Yes.
Have I ever shared the same opinion as Mr. Meyer? Yes.
Are there times when I’ve thought he was wrong? Of course.
In Dan Slott’s mind, however, nuance doesn’t exist. He has created a catch-all definition of the “Comicsgate hate group” that nets right-leaning individuals who accurately call out his atrocious behavior. Guilt by association is the name of the game, and if he can tie you, dear reader, to Richard C. Meyer or Ethan Van Sciver for life then he’s done his job.
It’s embarrassing. It’s been embarrassing for many years, but the good thing is that more and more people are seeing through the lies of industry “pros” like Mr. Slott.
And with that, I leave you with The Main Event’s 2015 takedown of the Marvel writer. It’s a classic. Mr. Slott is covered for the first eight minutes of the video.