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Subj: Re: How "relevant" do you want your comics?
Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 at 02:04:44 pm CST (Viewed 87 times)
Reply Subj: How "relevant" do you want your comics?
Posted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 at 04:57:30 am CST (Viewed 159 times)

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I remember when "relevance" was a big thing for Marvel back in the 60s and 70s. I used to think it was pretty cool. But I was ten.

Nowadays I don't want to see a single panel depicting or even discussing these topics:
1. Rape
2. Spousal abuse
3. Child abuse
4. Drug addiction
5. Alcoholism
6. Prostitution
7. Pornography

Two "relevant" topics I would be OK with are:
1. Bullying
2. Mass shootings

But the bully must receive stern (even savage) justice from his victims and the mass shooter must encounter the likes of Captain America who must save the day, utterly thwarting the shooter.

Generally, I don't want to read about helpless (and hopeless) victims in comic books. I know they abound in real life. But I don't want real life to encroach too far into my comics. Helpless victims in comics simply aren't fun unless a superhero eventually smashes through the window from outside and pounds the perp into pulp before the victim is harmed. The hope of rescue must always be there.

If we absolutely must have thugs who threaten rape, then let the intended victim be an undercover superhero who smashes the rapist into the dirt.

I don't want my supervillains to be rapists. Rape is a cowardly act. I don't want my supervillains to be cowards. They defy the system, law enforcement and the superhero community. There has to be bravery in that despicable breast. That bravery is one of the elements that makes the supervillain fun.

Many good points are being raised, provoking much thought on my part.

I realize one thing is, I want my comic book stories to be bigger than life. Such things as rape, spousal abuse, and child abuse (hereafter referred to as violations) are not bigger than life - they're exactly life-sized. I don't want life-sized stories.

But also violations make me feel sick inside. I don't want to feel sick inside.

Also, comic books are fantasies to me, and my fantasy (bear with me here, I realize this is an awkward way of speaking) with regard to violations would be for the victim to put the violator to death. I don't want to be denied my fantasy. If the writer is going to force me to witness or contemplate such horrors, then let the writer compensate me by depicting swift, cold vengeance.

I also wonder how much of the pro-"show it" perspective is driven by a concern for freedom of the press or freedom of speech. "If the writer wants to write about violations, why should that be prohibited?" To which my answer is, I don't care what the writer wants. I'm the paying customer. The writer's wishes mean nothing to me whatsoever. Do fans actually want to read about violations, or do fans merely accept such tales because prohibition feels mean-spirited or is philosophically untenable in the fan's opinion?

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