Patreon Post + #ComicsGate

Hey everyone, just dropping by to leave a couple of links.

First of all, I’ve put up a new post on Patreon, so if you’re interested in paying me for all this nonsense, you can go do that and then read it. In it, I talk a little bit about Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core and how excited I am about the analysis of it that I’m doing. It’s gay, guys. It’s so gay.

Also, #ComicsGate is still a thing, I guess. Because some people still think that comics were better when they were all about white dudes fighting the most uncontroversial supervillains, forever, and ever, and ever. Despite the fact that this prelapsarian, apolitical version of comics never existed anywhere except in their own heads.

It’s just…it’s kind of like how for a lot of kids, they read the Chronicles of Narnia and don’t notice the Christian allegory, because they’re, you know, kids. But then they revisit the story as adults and go, “oh, shit, Asian was Lion Jesus,” and also probably “what the fuck, dude, Susan did not deserve this shit.”

Comics, I think, can be a lot like that for people. I’m most familiar with this problem in the DC Extended Universe fandom — a lot of people really hate the DCEU because it’s not like how they remember Superman. For a lot of those people, the Superman they think they remember is the the Superman they saw as children; either in cartoons or in the Christopher Reeve movies. I didn’t watch either of those things as children, so when I went and watched the Reeve movies as an adult in 2016, I was…really disappointed in them. There’s a lot about them that I don’t like, and I don’t see why people do like them — except, of course, the chemistry between Reeve and Kidder when Reeve is Superman. That shit is hot.

But you know what? It doesn’t really matter to me, because I have my Superman. I like Welling and Cavill and Cain and that’s enough for me. I think the problem for a lot of people is that, for them, the idea of a new Superman that they don’t like is scary. It feels like someone is taking Superman away from them.

That’s the thing, though, because nobody is really doing that. The Superman they love is still there — and if it’s not, well, that’s a result of growing up.

Politics have always been in comics. The X-Men were created as an allegory for social oppression. Magneto and Professor X were inspired by Malcom X and MLK. Golden Age Supes beat up wifebeaters and bad landlords. Black Panther was political from his very inception as well as his name.

These ComicsGate folks don’t like the fact that, now that they’ve grown up, they can see all of that. The escapism is gone, because they know how the story really works, now, and it doesn’t work in a way that fits with their own personal politics.

I feel bad for them for that, a little bit. Losing something you love is hard.

But the answer isn’t to try and force the industry to make what you think you remember loving. The answer is learning to love new things, or to return to those old things you love and see if you really do still love them.

And then, from there, you work with what you have.

In the meantime, check out the article I wrote about the ComicsGate Blacklist and its responses; I think we can all learn from all this nonsense, you know?