Marvel’s Tom Brevoort and ideologue pals blame “toxic” fans for comic woes; hypocrisy exposed on YouTube

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Thoughts become words. Words become actions. Actions become habits. Habits become character, and character becomes destiny.

Therefore, it’s incredibly sad that Marvel’s Tom Brevoort and his activist friends make a habit of lying — to themselves, to fans, and anyone else who is willing to listen.

The House of Ideologues has attempted (and failed) for months to defame YouTube creators who are exposing its hypocrisy, and the latest effort involves blaming “toxic fandom.” It’s not going to work because, as my latest YouTube video demonstrates, the partisan propaganda spewed by Marvel’s writers and editors can always be juxtaposed with their laughable moral grandstanding.

As always, let me know what you think of the latest developments in the comments section below. If you like the format, make sure to subscribe for regular updates since I don’t always have time to cross-post onto the blog.

 

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Marvel God Complex: Dan Slott says fans don’t know what they ‘need’

Some people are saying that “Comics Gate” is upon us. Others say that we’re in a “comic book culture war.” Whatever you decide, the bottom line is that Marvel writer Dan Slott gives bloggers and YouTuber creators like yours truly plenty of material to work with on a weekly basis.

If you want to know why Marvel Comics is struggling these days, then look no further than Mr. Slott’s stance on the “job of the artist,” which he shares with Alan Moore.

Both men believe “it is the job of the artists to give the audience what they need (emphasis mine).

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Ask yourself, though: Is that true? Do artists decide what you “need,” or is that the position of men with seriously bizarre god complexes? Check out my latest YouTube video on the proper role of the artist, and then sound off in the comments section below.

This topic lit up YouTube, Twitter, and writer Roger McKenzie’s Facebook page this weekend, so I’d like to hear what you think.

Editor’s Note: When backed into a corner, Dan’s go-to option is to look for the “Stan Lee escape hatch,” even if the damage control is painfully obvious.

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Marvel’s Spider-Joke: Predictable Chip Zdarsky makes critics look like prognosticators

Your friendly neighborhood blogger does not make predictions very often, but when I do they tend to come true. Take, for instance, the time I predicted that “Spider-Rockets” would grace the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man and it came true within months. I took no glee in the development, but at the same time I am grateful to have it as a data point when people question my judgment on Spidey-related matters.

Sadly, we now have another instance of yours truly playing the role of the successful prognosticator when it comes to Marvel Comics. I said in June with the launch of Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man that there was a 75 percent chance he would wind up doing standup comedy with his mask on by issue 12.

Note: I was ahead of the game by eight issues.

Check out my video below for more on the damage that writer Chip Zdarsky is doing to Peter Parker’s credibility, and as always feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below. It’s going to get worse before it gets better.

Update: It appears as though Diversity & Comics is finally coming around on ASM’s Dan Slott. That means it is now time for me to give him some good-natured mockery: Vindicated!

Dan Slott projects with ‘deceptive,’ ‘amoral’ charges after unprofessional past comes back to haunt him

One of the strangest things about covering the comic book industry — on this blog, YouTube, and Twitter — is the way that Marvel employees define words like ‘dishonest,’ “amoral,” and ‘deceptive.’ It is apparently an underhanded move to take screenshots of things Marvel employees say and then juxtapose them with an argument about why those actions were unprofessional or, ironically, deceptive.

Take our old friend Dan Slott, for instance. Marvel’s scribe on The Amazing Spider-Man recently admitted on CBR’s message boards that he once pretended to be another user, which had the practical effect of making that man’s life miserable for weeks.

  • The individual was harassed online.
  • People who felt as though he lied about his identity lashed out at him.
  • His wife had to create an account to beg Mr. Slott to “fix” the problem.
  • Old online friends still refused to believe that he wasn’t the Marvel writer after Mr. Slott intervened.

Your friendly neighborhood blogger and YouTuber created a video on the whole ordeal — complete with screenshots and links to the original exchange — and literally told people to read it all to judge for themselves.

My conclusion: No professional writer would ever pull a “gag” on a total stranger like that (it could have been a child or a person with mental problems), particularly when said professional admits that he receives threats worthy of the NYPD’s attention.

Mr. Slott’s reaction was to go into his original comment and lambaste me as an “amoral” and “deceptive” blogger.

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Interestingly enough, it was Mr. Slott who blamed “deranged Paul Reveres” for causing his victim problems. Why is that interesting, you ask? Because it was just last week that yours truly created a video titled Marvel Takes Aim at Paul Reveres: King Alsono, redcoats must go.

Yes, Mr. Slott — the guy who calls me “deceptive” — literally found a way to watch my videos and then link me and my subscribers to the fallout from his bad decisions roughly ten years ago.

CBR’s Mr. Mets then decided that my video, which was germane to the topic at hand, had to be deleted because the person sharing it did not explain his actions.

The Orwellian moderator said: “If you link to a video you need to include your thoughts on it as well. Otherwise the conclusion is that you endorse all of it,” (emphasis mine).

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Got that? Unless a man clarifies his position with left-wing ideologues before sharing my on-topic videos, then they must be deleted.

Question: How would Mr. Mets deal with me posting my own videos since it is self-evident that I “endorse all” of my work?

Anyway, for the full rundown of the latest unprofessional behavior by Marvel’s primary Spider-Man scribe, check out my new video.

If you want a one-hour bonus broadcast of me responding to Diversity & Comics’ take on the whole situation, then you’re in luck!

As always, when you’re all up to speed then feel free to add your two cents in the comments section below. I’d love to hear your reactions.

Related:

CBR’s message boards:  http://bit.ly/2x7jn2L
The Main Event’s epic video on Dan Slott: http://bit.ly/2xIUUlf

Marvel takes aim at Paul Reveres: King Alonso, redcoats must go

Regular readers of this blog know that I have chronicled the problems within the comic book industry for many years. Therefore, I hope I’m seen as a credible witness when I say that that things are nearing a breaking point.

The insertion of ham-fisted partisan politics into the books, unprofessional online behavior by creators, and mainstream comic websites that shill for the industry have contributed to a bubble that appears ready to burst. Sales continue to plummet and writers regularly lash out at YouTube creators like Capn. Cummings, Diversity & Comics, yours truly, and many others.

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Check out my latest video for the full run-down on Marvel’s downward spiral and the YouTube channels that are putting pressure on them to change course before its too late.

Marvel’s ‘Clerksification’: Dante Spencer’s and Randal Zdarsky’s effect on comics

Over 20 years have passed since director Kevin Smith made Dante Hicks and Randal Graves famous. Clerks put him on the Hollywood map and endeared him to a generation of young writers, but there is no doubt that many of them learned the wrong lessons from his 90s “slackers.” Two contenders include Nick Spencer and Chip Zdarsky, who are guilty of what I’ve deemed the Clerksification of Marvel Comics.

To give you an idea of what my latest YouTube video is about, consider the tagline for Clerks, which goes as follows:

“Just because they serve you doesn’t mean they like you.”

Indeed, Marvel creators these days make no secret of their disdain of long-term customers, and will even tell fans not to buy the product during political disagreements. To better understand what’s going on, we must examine Mr. Smith’s work and how its sensibilities continue to reverberate in the minds of Marvel’s employees.

If you read through Secret Empire and Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, then you should see the creative fingerprints of Mr. Smith, Quentin Tarantino, and a slew of others. Unfortunately, instead of Pulp Fiction-quality work fans received Hydra-Cap and Hipster Spider-Man.

Marvel’s Slotto Blocktavius melds with Judge Dredd, hurts sales and industry

It was just one year ago that I made the leap to YouTube and began a channel with the intention of providing honest reviews of comic books and the industry at large. I met up with a small group of individuals who sought to counter the Marvel-approved content that was published by mainstream websites, and before long we started to gain traction.

I knew it was only a matter of time before our collective efforts struck a nerve, and July seemed to be the first of many industry-wide screams by its ideologues.

My latest YouTube review covers the reaction by Dan Slott of The Amazing Spider-Man to guys like Diversity & Comics and Captain Cummings. His obsessive blocking of fans and critics on social media has even earned him a new nickname: Slotto Octavius.

Tune in for all the details on Slotto Octavius, the decision to liken his efforts to Judge Dredd, and the Twitter hashtag #BlockedByDanSlott. As always, feel free to sound off in the comments section below. I’m always eager to hear what you have to say.

Editor’s Note: I’d like to say a big thanks to Mr. Dystopian for the artistic compliment below!

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‘Peter Parker: The Chiptacular Zdarsky-Man’ more clown than hero

There was a time not too long ago when I was excited about Chip Zdarsky’s take on everyone’s favorite wall-crawler. Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man gave fans hope that Marvel would get back to basics and away from Peter Parker: The Not so Spectacular Tony Stark Clone.

Sadly, it appears as though Mr. Zdarsky’s take on Spider-Man continues Marvel’s obsession with turning the character into an immature man-boy. The superhero is most certainly a funny guy, but he isn’t a total goofball.

Readers should never wonder if Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive clown instead of a radioactive spider, but that is unfortunately the case with PPSSM #2.

Check out my latest YouTube video for a more extensive run-down, and be sure to subscribe if you enjoy the video format.

Editor’s Note: A YouTube subscriber asked me to share this image on the blog for future reference. Critics often say that guys like me are imagining things when we say Marvel writers and editors use the books to push an agenda. 

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ saves Sony’s bacon (just don’t you dare mention the writer’s ‘slavery’ sucker punch)

There are times when I wish that I never made the leap to YouTube and instead stayed on my little old blog churning out content for people who understand things like nuance. My reaction to Spider-Man: Homecoming highlighted that fact quite nicely yesterday.

Your friendly neighborhood blogger said that he loves the movie and wants people to see it, but that a weird scene involving “MJ’s” comment on slavery was a social justice-y sucker punch out of nowhere. I then used that scene to discuss real-world “MJ’s” populating college campuses and influential circles of activists across the nation.

Translation:Doug is an SJW! Doug is triggered! Doug can’t enjoy anything that includes a whiff of SJW politics.”

Sigh.

Below are my videos on the old web-head’s return to the big screen. As always, if you enjoy the content then be sure to subscribe. And if you too think I’ve gone full “SJW” then go for it in the comments section. Let me know! I find this conclusion fascinating.

Here is the full review with one major spoiler for those who haven’t seen the film.

Marvel Fall Previews 2017: Lies, like Venom symbiote, envelop company

Anyone who has a job knows that you do not want to make a habit of over-promising and under-delivering with you boss. A person who does that too many times will soon find themselves in the unemployment line.

Marvel Comics under Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, for some weird reason, does not seem to have learned that lesson. It’s almost like every person who was habitually fired for over-promising and under-delivering got together and managed to land top jobs at Marvel.

For example, take this week’s Marvel Previews 2017 issue. It was billed as evidence of an industry-changing event when, in reality, fans are getting more of the same. Cosmetic changes have been made that allow for a ‘Happy-Happy Joy-Joy press’ release, but everything that caused sales headaches for the company over the past year remains.

In short, Marvel is showing the world what happens when a company lives out so many lies that it no longer knows the value of telling the truth.

For more on the sad state of affairs that is Marvel Comics in 2017, check out my YouTube video below. As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.