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Subj: Re: How "relevant" do you want your comics?
Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 at 04:46:17 am EST (Viewed 34 times)
Reply Subj: How "relevant" do you want your comics?
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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.

I'm fine with all of those issues being discussed so long as they are primarily done via metaphor.

What I dont like is writers clearly alluding characters or events to real life people - primarily because they usually struggle to remain objective, and often exhibit clear bias.

So I'm okay with a story that explores the mind set and actions of a mass shooter for example, but I'm not okay with that story being used as a platform to directly criticise real life individuals.

Its not that I disagree with the principles, or that i like the people being criticised, I simply dont want to pay four bucks an issue for something I can get for free from two dozen news sites.

Writer and story should remain separate, especially if youre writing with someone else's characters as Marvel writers are.

Comics as a platform to explore political issues are fine with me, but comics as a soap box to express partizan political opinions I can do without.

Leave it for the voting booth or your blog. I'll know where to look if I'm interested in your opinion of the 2016 election or whatever.

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