Yayyy! Check out my buddy Richard Pace’s art on eBay…he’s auctioning off his artwork and a colour print of The Dick Knight, the comic he did this week about Frank Miller’s rant. All the money will be donated to charity.
And—it’s gone!!! Sold almost instantly for $600.
Apologism is a common reaction, or tactic, by the supporters of great men and women whose profound personal flaws or misdeeds have been exposed, and an understandable one. It’s difficult to watch your heroes fall, especially by their own hand. But let’s get real: the problem here is Miller and the things he has said and done, not the fact that other people have failed to protect him from the consequences of his very public and deliberate actions.Laura Hudson, Comics Alliance, Mark Millar Defends ‘Favorite Writer’ Frank Miller from Fan Backlash [Op-Ed]
Mark Millar Defends ‘Favorite Writer’ Frank Miller from Fan Backlash [Op-Ed]
By Laura Hudson
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and 300 creator Frank Miller has faced a great deal of criticism lately for his controversial behavior and commentary, from the anti-Muslim sentiment of his self-described “propaganda” graphic novel Holy Terror, his admitted ignorance about the faith of the people he wants to “burn in hell,” and his comments labeling the Occupy Wall Street protestors “pond scum” and “louts, thieves and rapists” for distracting America from what he believes is an Islamic threat.
Miller’s screeds have shocked many comic book fans and even professionals, not just because his ideas are ideologically different than their own, but because his “analysis,” as Wanted and Kick-Ass writer Mark Millar called it, amounts to little more than ugly, emotional tantrums comprised almost entirely of name-calling. Millar has nonetheless stepped up to defend Miller, berating his “favorite writer’s” critics for… well, being so mean to him.
Politically, I disagree with [Miller’s] analysis, but that’s besides the point. I wasn’t shocked by his comments because they’re no different from a lot of commentators I’ve seen discussing the subject. What shocked me was the vitriol against him, the big bucket of sh*t poured over the head by even fellow comic-book creators for saying what was on his mind.
Apologism is a common reaction, or tactic, by the supporters of great men and women whose profound personal flaws or misdeeds have been exposed, and an understandable one. It’s difficult to watch your heroes fall, especially by their own hand. But let’s get real: the problem here is Miller and the things he has said and done, not the fact that other people have failed to protect him from the consequences of his very public and deliberate actions.
Read more at ComicsAlliance.
Bravo, Laura Hudson. Exactly.
I commented on FB yesterday on this, “Are there those who are calling for boycotts and overreacting? Yes…but Millar is being disingenuous in this response. As disingenuous as Mr. Miller…people are not reacting badly because Frank has a different point of view than they (ie, suggesting that the movement is wrong or unnecessary), people are reacting badly because his point of view is inaccurate, flawed, and slanderous. He suggests that the only people in OWS are “louts, thieves and rapists” or “spoiled brats…getting in the way of working people” rather than understanding that they ARE working people. Working people who have lost their jobs or have to work several jobs in order to almost be able to pay their bills. Working people without proper healthcare. Working people who are angry watching the rich get richer and richer in an economic climate that has affected the 99% adversely. Working people who are angry watching their taxes go up as the 1% pay less taxes not more on their substantially increased wealth.
He chooses not to acknowledge that not only are there members of the military in OWS, some of them are, in fact, veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq. It is ridiculous on his part to not acknowledge that in light of Oakland.
In this last year, comic book fans have watched as both DC and Marvel reduced page counts in order to reduce the price of their books, in order to try and increase sales…sales which, until DC 52, had been slipping steadily. Fans have had to make choices as to which books they could no longer afford to read as they have watched their salaries erode, their cost-of-living increase substantially (groceries are up on average 10% in Canada in the last year). Comic book professionals have complained privately and publicly about their inability to find work as more and more they are shunted aside for cheaper, newer creators, or they’ve watched as their books have been cancelled due to declining sales. They’ve complained of trying to find new work and being told that companies are not interested in working with them because their page rates are too high, or because companies are not interested in hearing pitches.
And through that, comic pros and comic fans have watched as Frank Miller has continued to work, has continued to accrue income. And the avalanche of vitriol that has come his way is, in large part, due to his lack of respect for those who have not had his “luck”.
Frank Miller on the Occupy Wall Street movement: