It Came From the Comment-Threads!
Busy again today (or, at least, busy procrastinating on Yahoo games or
somethin’!)–but I think this is important enough to rescue from
yesterday’s wild n’ wooly comment-thread!
Tim O’Neil wrote:
Well, it seems to me that when you’re speaking about
aesthetics, its easy to underestimate the effect your words have on
others. The reason for this is fairly obvious: even on an unconscious
level, if you think something is crap, you can’t imagine that anyone
else can seriously hold the opinion that it isn’t, and vice versa.
I try to keep a civil tongue in my head, because these things just have
a tendency to devolve too quickly. There have been too many times in my
history of using the internet that situations have gotten so
irrevocably bad that I have just had to foreswear whichever forum I was
on and never, ever return. In almost all cases, I have held true to my
word: and in all of these cases, the mailing lists which I left are no
more. The internet is a big steaming pile of anger, and quite frankly,
if I could give it up I would. But you know, its necessary, because
having a net presence is absolutely necessary for one’s career, in the
fields in which I toil. So basically I couldn’t leave if I wanted to.
(Although, I will note that I have not returned to the Journal boards
in… God, three years? Ever since they did away with psuedonyms,
basically. I always signed my posts with my real name anyway, but man,
that rule just teed me off.
But man, you need to learn that what is fun debate for you can quickly
turn into blood-curdling anger for another, and because you’re facing
the computer screen you have no idea. You know from our mutual shared
experiences how easy it is for people to misunderstand you even on a
more intimate basis.
Just remember: what you see as part of a friendly debate, is extremely
easy to be misconstrued as agressive baiting. There have been many
times I have felt you have been purposefully baiting me, and I know I’m
not alone. Just be careful.
Tim–I really will take that under advisement!
One interesting thing to note, however, is that, with the exception of
Identity Crisis, I can’t really think of anything that I’ve posted on
here that I think is “crap” (yes, I said some fairly aggressive things
about New Frontier, but that’s because I was treating Cooke’s book as
an interpretation of the superhero genre that I disagree with…not
because I don’t think it has any merit–obviously, the guy is a very
good artist, and I never imagined that my post would have upset him or
his fans in the way that it did! Or, let’s just say that, when I did
imagine a response from him, I imagined something a little more
content-based than what I got, which was, basically, “damn you for
taking my work seriously!”)
So, yeah, how many times do I have to remind people that I’m not some
“anti-art-comix” fanboy? The problem, it seems to me, is that the
comics subculture really doesn’t have a place for someone like me–i.e.
seriously interested in superhero comics, but not hostile in any way to
the sequential art equivalent of “high lit”… Basically, what I’m
trying to do is make a space for myself in this culture, and there’s no
way to do it without going to war with the old categories! (and
please note that it’s the categories that I’m at war with–not any
specific people!) Sure, lots
of people love all sorts of comics, but most of the people who fall
into this camp also perpetuate the notion that it’s okay to love
superhero comics, as long as you don’t try to make them (any of them!)
into something they’re not–i.e. “art”… Well, I can’t accept that,
obviously, but that does not, in my mind, necessitate any sort of
adversarial stance, on my part, toward the vast world of comics beyond
the confines of the corporate universes that have been my prime focus
for the past year or so!
Good Afternoon Friends!