Name: Gary Sloan
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June 25, 2012 11:09 pm Access to a creator does not entitle you to an answer to your every question. The age of Social Media has created a sense of entitlement amongst fans who feel if a creator does not answer their every question to their liking then the creator has broken some unwritten bond. Get over it. You were being a dick. They did not have to say anything to you let alone what they did. Could it have been put in a nicer tone? Sure. But were they entitled to give you a response to your liking? No they weren't. Should I demand Lebron James answer my questions in a tone of my liking? Should I go track down Martin Scorsese and have him just spoon feed me answers to all my queries regarding film? No. When the answer was not delivered in a nice tasty morsel of your liking, you took exception and became indignant. The article demonstrates that. To me, you were in the wrong and yes, you were being a dick. Very dickish. I won't even get into the wrongness of rationalizing how Marvel was right to not give creator rights to Kirby because they paid him a living wage. That thinking has justified some of the worst injustices in this country over the past century and shows a glaring disconnect with right and wrong, and the notion that just because example A is wrong then we should do nothing about examples B-Z. If we were a country predicated on lazy indifference there would still be slavery, women would not be allowed to vote let alone be working outside of the home, and we wouldn't even be a country seeing as we'd never have rebelled against the English. Thankfully others have the ability to stand up for things they believe in and attempt to right the wrongs they see in the world around them as opposed to taking smug swipes at those who attempt to broaden the comics industry and utilize their name recognition to pave the way for creators to be paid properly for their creations rather than be used up and spat out by a corporate system more concerned with its own pockets.
February 21, 2008 4:15 pm Let me start with stating that I am one of those who hated hated hated OMD and the lazy storytelling it exemplified and dropped Spider-man as a result for the slap in the face I felt it was to those of us who have followed the exploits of Peter Parker over the years. Joe Q should be held accountable for the decision behind tearing MJ and Peter apart and forcing the issue through the storyline. But he shouldn't be attacked personally for it nor should there be calls for his head on a platter. It was a horrible decision in my opinion and a horrible story but his tenure as EIC has seen more peaks than valleys. Without Quesada would I be enjoying Brubaker on Captain America? or having seen Bendis on Daredevil? I'm personally upset with OMD but please people get a grip. Chances are if the outrage is this evident it will be wiped away in a year with Peter emerging from the shower to a stunned MJ a la Dallas. The worst part in my opinion is that writers are supposed to tell stories that move forward not backward. It's a lazy and misguided writer who tries to rewrite yesterday's stories for today. I'm sure Spidey was AMAZING in the 60's and 70's but why rehash stories in that vein when we can make him relevant today? Brubaker isn't repeating Cap stories from the 40's is he? The problem with Spider-man wasn't the marriage it was the writing. Some people may feel a married Peter Parker isn't relatable but that's why there's an Ultimate Spider-Man, read and enjoy that. Any married person can tell you a million conflicts which would arise from just being married let alone a super-hero to boot. This could be explored. Peter is supposed to be the most relatable character to us. Explore the emotional resonance of their love being strained only for it to grow stronger in the end. Don't beat us over the head with it but take advantage to the complexity and new layers it adds to the super hero plot. The worst offense of OMD was in not killing Aunt May who's day in the sun should have ended long ago, and instead having Peter indirectly opting out of his marriage to the woman he supposedly loves in order to save Aunt "May Die Any Day Now!" My issue with Joe Q isn't one of venom but rather one of accountability. You must accept responsibility for not only the good at Marvel but also be man enough to admit when you take a misstep. He's been a great EIC overrall but everyone makes an error in judgement once in awhile. Just take responsibility for it instead of spinning it. That's all I ask and I'm sure others (hopefully) feel the same way.