Sunday, February 27, 2005

No Prize for Dan Slott

Over at Newsarama, Dan Slott lets all the fanboys know that SHE-HULK#12 wasn't a dig, it was a plea for ALL of us to be POSITIVE, CREATIVE, & FUN:

It started when someone sent Dan a private message: But I just dont get your problem with us vocal fanboys. The little digs are turning me off of your work. And prior to them, honestly, I have no problem with your work. Not a single complaint. Care to explain where the unsolicited apprehension stems from?

Dan responds:

Everybody has been takings 3 pages of SHE-HULK #12 out of context. SHE-HULK #12 was not just about those three pages-- there were 20 other pages in that issue (yes, you got an extra page and Marvel didn't raise the price or anything. ...) But those 3 pages were the most salacious fodder for online fans to criticize, so that's what everyone has been focusing on.

But there was a thread running through that ENTIRE issue-- on how trends in comics, creators, and hard core fans are bringing so much NEGATIVITY to comics-- a medium that is SUPPOSED to be about CREATIVITY and FUN.

Barbs poked an EQUAL amount of fun at the DISASSEMBLED arc, excessive violence for violence sake, the killing off of popular/beloved characters for increased sales, and even MY OWN writing.


(snip)

AND if people take the time to actually read the "speech" in its ENTIRITY, that fan is NOT TELLING the snarky fans to be more positive, he is PLEADING with them, CHALLENGING them, BESEECHING them to USE their vast knowledge of comics to HELP OUT.

And when they DO help in the story-- it is ACTUALLY those SAME fans who come up with the solution and SAVE THE DAY! They actually become the heroes of the book!

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Holidazed

In case you missed it, today is National deprogram a DC or Marvel Zombie Day. Not everybody is in a celebratory mood, though:

is it also national "let people read what they want, they're not bothering you, get on with your life and stop being an elitist dick" day, too? because if so, count me in!

I love a lot of Marvel and DC stuff, which I guess would make me a Marvel and DC zombie, but I also love a lot of indy stuff, and ever since I first got into Stray Bullets, I've been very open-minded about various indy (or at least semi-indy stuff) and black and white comics that I never would have checked out before. I don't think it has to be one or the other.

How about just "Get people to read comics and don't worry about what they read?"

Sunday, February 13, 2005

And Now, on the crass scale..

Peter David takes a lot from people who read his political opinions and then decide that because he phrases things intelligently (and often times sarcastic/humorous) they need to berate him on-line for having an opinion...

Therefore, in the interest of fairness -

Ethan Van Sciver on the Bendis Board commenting on writers he is not fond of:

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I didn't read the DaVinci code, because it captured our retarded Christian population's imagination. "Could the 'cup of Christ' actually refer to a woman? Did DaVinci know the truth!?"

Answer: No, because the Bible isn't true.

Okay, so....onto questions of King Arthur's sexuality then
Ah yes... The lovely "retarded Christian population's imagination". Isn't he so eloquent folks? Check out the thread here .