Updated: Jan 24
For the last few days, my Twitter feed has been bombarded with posts in regards to #comicsgate. I've been absolutely shocked at all the stuff I've read. I mean why do we need to spread so much hate when there is already so much else going on in the world.
From what I've read this all started because, a small group of fans and some creators are fighting against what they feel is "forced diversification". Come on, what century are we living in. It shouldn't matter what race,sex, or sexual identity a creator or character is. Those are the last things I would ever think about, when picking up a comic. All that should matter is the quality of the story/art. The fact that this is even happening is just upsetting. These "ComicsGate" people are even blacklisting creators. In my opinion these people doing the blacklisting are gonna lose the respect of people that aren't supporting all this comicsgate nonsense.
To quote Jeff Lemire, "Comicsgate is based on fear, intolerance, bigotry and anger. The comics creators emerging today are too talented, too smart and too loud to be beaten by these weak people. It’s time we all started standing up for one another."
The comic book industry is producing some of the best work it has in years. There are so many new and exciting voices, putting out such fresh and entertaining books every week. I hope this ComicsGate crap doesn't deter any new and upcoming creators from wanting to join this industry, because ComicsGate supporters are the minority in this situation. The fact that it's gone so far as to spread hate toward the late Darwyn Cooke's wife on Twitter is absolutely appalling.
Bill Sienkiewicz, the legendary artist also denounced this stupid movement on his Facebook,
"What you’re each promoting individually is not some divine creative dispensation; it’s just you being an asshole. Collectively, you’re a gaggle, a clan,(-potentially with a k unsubtle as that shot may be)- a veritable bag’s worth of douches. Whatever the name you give for your assembly, you’re not the Avengers. You’re still just a bunch of assholes.Comics isn’t a boys club. It’s not “NO (insert ethnic group, gender, religion, sexual preference here) ALLOWED.” It’s a club , a meeting place a forum for creators. Of all stripes. Like a real life Legion of Super Heroes, or a Justice League. Only with pen and ink paper and Cintiqs and laptops and…Stop being the creepy racist misogynist uncles showing up at reunions and pissing in the punchbowl to disprove your beta standing. Stop being the weird cousins the entire world points to as the definition of every “comic book nerd” stereotype. Or do it far away from us. Stop being whiny misunderstood victims bitching bout favoritism, intolerance, and sexism. You’re slinging inky-black aspersions, obliviously crying racism in your Wite-Out™. You’re damned right some corrections need to be made; starting with the guys in the mirror first.
I hope this madness stops soon and we can all collectively, as comic book fans, move past this hate and go back to producing and enjoying the comic books that I have loved for the past 24 years.