Grotesque Anatomy
Tuesday, January 20, 2004
  Fan Confused, Threatened by Superhero Comic Lacking Slutty Heroine
I know finding bizarre message board threads is Graeme's schtick, but I stumbled upon a doozie while stopping over at the Pipeline boards to thank Augie for mentioning this blog in today's column.  A poster with the handle "peabody77" wasn't happy with the previews of Street Angel:
YUCK! Street Angel = FLOP!

A superhero comic, with a $3 price tag, without COLOR, without a slutty heroine, and they expect people to give a $#!%?!?

What kind of baffoon kids themselves into thinking anybody in this day and age will LOOK AT anything like SA, much less BUY it?

I hate to be a nay-sayer, but this is just plain laughable! I looked at the preview pages and wanted to puke. THIS is the "creative, in-control creators'" answer to the drek from Marvel and DC?

Street Angel is a waste of time and effort on the creators' part, and yet another loud declaration of the sad inability of indie creators to get past their preposterious selves.

Make a book with a *cute* girl, with slicker artwork, in COLOR, and then you'd have something viable.

Otherwise, why even bother?

The post is so outlandish that SLG Editor-in-Chief Jennifer de Guzman wonders if it was all a stunt by Street Angel creators Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca to drum up interest in the book. Soon Jim Rugg himself stops by:
To set the record straight I am not Mr. (or Ms.) Peabody77. I am however curious why he/she has chosen to direct his/her apparent indie-comic rage towards my book.
An amusing thread, but it's also a bit depressing to think that people like "peabody77" really exist.  (And not only do they exist, but they also post the same vitriol on multiple forums.)  At least some good came out of it:  Several people who hadn't even heard of Street Angel beforehand ended up preordering the book.

Besides, I don't see what "peabody77" is so upset about.  It looks as though Jim Rugg had the "slutty heroine" fanbase in mind when he did the first issue's Image-style back cover:

Street Angel #1
Like Unto A Thing Of Irony!

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