|Probably the most diverse |
comics have been in a *long* time
But today, it's a little bit of both.
First, there is a question posed by one of my fellow Comic Related. writers in talking about some of the woes of the comic industry - more specifically, why there is not a greater diversity in writers/artists/creators. Brock makes a really strong point by stating towards the end ...(major companies) should consider that diversity may be just the thing comic books need to regain their glory. In short, this post is dead on and dead right.
And nothing shows the need for more inclusive, expansive thinking all around than a kerfuffle on Twitter.
A comics retailer on the East Coast posted some racially charged material about a Marvel character...and then later deleted them, claiming that they were "good natured" in tone. (I'll include a link to my retweet to provide context) This retailer decided that rather than take the high road, admit poor judgment, and move on....they deleted the offending tweets and offered this lame, er, I mean, half hearted rationalization.
Part of the issue with diversity in comics is the fact that, in many ways, fandom still acts as if it's an exclusive club, and if you don't quite "get it", you're not in. When I read the statements you made, I think of my fellow comic fans of various nationalities, and honestly believe that had I made those statements, I would probably receive not a "my, what a sharp, clever fellow you are" retort....but withering derision and disregard, and a lack of respect which I would deserve.
(Conversely, I would also avoid other questionable references to sexuality and gender - an offhand remark to a group of fellow Comic Related podcasters about "baking me cookies and doing my laundry" would be just as inappropriate. No, it's not being politically correct - being good natured means that you go out of your way to avoid charged language. And sorry, but what you said was just. plain. wrong.)
But let me open up this conversation to my blog readers - am I being out of line? After checking out my links, am I being too politically correct or uptight, or are these comments really that bad?
Because I'm willing to admit when I was wrong...and Massachussets comics store owner, you weren't. You did everything to hide it, and you compounded the act.
Let's take a first step - let's embrace the difference.