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Subj: Re: How "relevant" do you want your comics?
Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 at 04:55:49 pm EST (Viewed 76 times)
Reply Subj: Re: How "relevant" do you want your comics?
Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 at 03:04:44 pm EST (Viewed 85 times)

    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?

To put it bluntly, nobody appointed you the censor of my reading matter. You're not THE paying customer, you one of several (potential) paying customers, and as an individual you and I pay too little. It might be different for us if we had enough money to commission an artistic team to write and draw the kind of story we like. Until that happens, if you don't like a certain writer's output the only solution open to you is to stop buying it, not to ask for the creation of a new Comics Code to impose your idiosyncratic tastes on other readers who don't share them. I mean, you're asking for comics to be so bowdlerized in some respects that they'll be less "relevant" than fairy tales (just think of how many of those feature e.g. child abuse).

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