Grotesque Anatomy
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
  Please, Won't Someone Think Of The Children?
In a sure sign of the Apocalypse, I'm now blogging about the comments on Graeme's blog.  This thread has taken on a life of its own, passing 100 comments with no sign of slowing down.  It stems from some pros' reactions to Michael Chabon's Eisner keynote speech but it's spiraled into a big debate on Kids and Comics (sample topics:  Do kids read comics?  Should kids read comics?  Are there enough comics for kids?  If not, whose fault is it?).   Anyway, what I love most about the thread is how angry everyone is:
"that's fucking stupid."

"This entire thread makes me want to rip the pulsing hearts from the chests of half of you."

"wow, talk about your wretched hive of scum and villainy, huh?"

"It's not helpful. It's reactionary and makes you sound like a moron."
Why are comic fans so hostile?  It's like we learned social interaction from Marvel comics:  When two characters meet, they must fight.  (No, I don't have anything substantive to add.  This was all just a set-up for a joke about comic book fans emulating their beloved childhood heroes.  And besides, I think Jeff Parker already summed up my feelings on the debate with this line: "This subject seems to be a rorschach for the comics industry-- you either agree that kids should have a few comics to read, or you kneejerk that someone's going to take your precious super-rape away.")
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