Shit That Doesn’t Really Matter

Welcome to another installment of “Side-Notes”, where I just share meaningless observations. Today’s observation is about people whining over things that don’t really matter. I reign myself in when I want to address this directly, because internet arguments are never constructive. Have there been things that have been done to some of my favorite characters that I disagreed with? Hell yes, but I try to have the perspective that it’s somebody else’s story, and my favorite stories still exist, plus a new favorite could come on the heals of what I think is less that stellar.

I saw some videos of people complaining about Marvel’s Children of the Atom, and DC’s Gotham High, to name a few. Being a 50 year old fan, and primarily a collector of Silver and Bronze age issues, I had no clue so I listen to their arguments. The arguments quickly turned into whining about how nobody asked for this, or want this. I, respectfully or not, disagree. Corporations don’t blow their nose without some sort of focus group or metric involved that show positive numbers. Gone are the days of just throwing something against the wall and seeing if it’ll stick.

Christmas 1977
High-school Graduation Day 1988

My Papaw, my Father’s Father, called comic books “funny books”. As I grow older, that’s what I wish to focus more on when I look for a bit of respite from a reality that seems to exist only to crush you in every way possible, before it eventually kills you. So crying about something in a funny book that isn’t what I think it should be had become a very foreign concept to me now. Perhaps when I had a bit less perspective, sure I threw a hissy fit or two in my time, but I grew and continue to grow. Papaw’s been gone nearly 17 years now, and I can still remember him taking me to get some funny books, and every time I see one of the issues he bought for me I smile. Comics should be fun, so I seek out the ones that are fun to me.

There are things in life that we can and should lend our voices and actions to. The struggle for equality, voting, treating our fellow humans with dignity and fairness, leading by example even when you feel like the rest of the planet isn’t paying attention, standing up for those who cannot, and so much more. Whether a comic book, that isn’t aimed at your demographic OR isn’t even something that would interest you in the first place, lives up to YOUR personal taste isn’t a deal-breaker. What if I told you, there are other people out there who might want to see themselves in the pages they read too? Sure, this could mean that you are not going to see your favorite WASP hero as HE has been depicted for 80+ years in that book. Does that negate your hero? Nope. It’s just another flavor of your favorite characters, they are not toward you and that’s OK. Those other folks out there represent a different market that have barely been served, why leave money on the table? The comic book industry is a business, and it doesn’t give two fucks about your feelings, their feelings, or mine. The industry only cares about making money, and when they make money, we get more stories. The individual creators care about making people happy, but they are artists and being so, shouldn’t be dictated to as to what to write/draw/plot.

At the end of the day, if the stories you don’t like do well then you’ll see more of them. If they don’t then they’ll (the industry) will try something else. That’s the game. Whining about these things on social media, in blogs, or making entire YouTube videos that are nothing but pity party bitch sessions don’t do shit. Well they DO attract like/single minded people so you can shout in the echo chamber together, if that is your thing and it makes you feel like you are accomplishing something… good on ya. Since you are not the intended audience, the industry will continue to ignore your angry tweets, like I ignore Dumbp’s. Vote with your dollars. Buy the books that you like, and avoid the ones that bring up negative feelings for you. It’s that simple. If you must take to social media, talk up the books you love… that becomes a metric in your favor πŸ˜‰

There’s room at the table for everyone, even those we don’t agree with. Remember, there are hundreds of actual things in the world to be outraged over… this first-world “problem” isn’t one of them.

Comics Released the Month of my Birth in 1970 (Revised)

I was curious about what titles were released during the month of my birth in 1970. There are no iconic covers in this curated selection but it’s really fun to see what was on the spinner-racks in my first month on this planet. These are just from the big two, and they focus on the types of books that would I would have picked up.

Benjamin Herman, of In My Not So Humble Opinion, clued be into a great site that has a wealth of comics data which assisted in my revising this post. Thanks Benjamin! Some of these covers come from “Mike’s Amazing World of Comics“.

One Perfect Panel ~ Star Wars #2


Β  Β This perfect panel is from Star Wars issue #2, page 6, 1977. It was drawn by Howard Chaykin, colored by Steve Leialoha, and lettered by Tom Orzechowski. The issue was edited by Roy Thomas. This one panel conveys as much emotional weight as the original scene with Sir Alec Guinness. The script is slightly different but that is forgivable. I love how Ben is framed with that dark circle.



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