Speaking of Martians
Look, I like Dirk Deppey. I think he’s an interesting guy and I loved Journalista… But obviously we don’t agree on much. I mean, what the hell is this?
Finally, pornography is inherently cooler than superheroes to just about everyone who isn’t a sexphobic puritan or a hopeless nerd. This is why the porn industry rakes in billions of dollars worldwide, and Marvel Comics doesn’t. Porn rules. Sorry to burst your bubble, there.
Just a few things Dirk.
1. The Puritans were not “sexophobic”–this particular distortion of American history is a construction of the late H.L. Mencken (who had reasons for putting it into circulation in the 1920’s that needn’t concern us at this late date). The term “Puritan” refers to the Calvinist desire to purify Anglicanism of its outmoded High Church rituals–not to any prudishness on the part of the movement’s proponents! Puritanism was about facing the naked facts of existence dead on, without any of the comfortable buffers that a peasant’s religion like Catholicism traditionally provided its adherents.
2.Are we using sales figures as an indicator of what’s “cool” now? If so, then how “uncool” is Fantagraphics?
3.Finally, maybe I’m wrong, but I would guess that the porn industry gets more than its fair share of “hopeless nerd” money. Maybe even more than Marvel does. What do the rest of you think?
Good afternoon friends!