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Friday, June 10, 2005
Slightly Jaded Responses to Comics "Controversies" In Song; And A Guest Editorial
The egos shine like lightbulbs, so bright you cannot see them, Blind each other blinder than a sandbox. All the fury of an argument, holding back their yawns, A challenge shakes the chandeliers, the selfish swords are drawn. To the loser go the hangups, to the victor go the hangers on. And my shoulders had to shrug, as I crawled beneath the rug and retuned my piano. Phil Ochs, The Party
Right now you are down and out and feeling really crappy And when I see how sad you are It sort of makes me...Happy! Sorry, Nicky, human nature-Nothing I can do! It's...Schadenfreude! Making me feel glad that I'm not you. "Avenue Q", Shadenfruede
I am woman, hear me roar In numbers too big to ignore And I know too much to go back an' pretend 'cause I've heard it all before And I've been down there on the floor No one's ever gonna keep me down again Oh yes I am wise But it's wisdom born of pain Yes, I've paid the price But look how much I gained If I have to, I can do anything I am strong I am invincible I am woman Helen Reddy, I Am Woman (okay, that may be a bit "You Go, Girl!" but there are surprisingly few songs with the message "Go to hell you sexist ass!")
Guest Editorial from Sniper Kitten Comic fans are very aggravating to deal with at times, even on an abstract intellectual level. You would think that, given their status as the one group in society that even the nerds and geeks look down on, they would be slightly more self-aware about the self-defeating attitudes and behaviors they so often have. Rather than actually enjoy the broad output of the various comic companies, they would rather engage in pointless and inconsequential, but nonetheless heated and vicious, debates about which is "better"; Marvel or DC, mainstream or indy, western comics or manga. When you bring the matter of debate into actual personalities, especially on such vital and pressing matters of the day such as "which method of digital distribution is best," arguments get even more personal.
And woe unto you if you ever dare utter anything even remotely critical of their behavior. For shame if you have the boldness to say something as even innocuously self-evident as "female characters are often treated in a demeaning, pandering or objectionable way." It'll be circle-the-wagons time for comic fans and the shrillness of their hysterical behavior will increase a thousand-fold.
It's a good thing I'm just a cute and fluffy widdle kitten with a rifle, capable of striking swiftly, unseen from above, cause there are times I think the gene pool could use some more chlorine...
(some links via Jog the Blog and Fanboy Rampage. The views of Sniper Kitten are his own and not Dorian's. Dorian would never go so far as to suggest that there's anything even remotely funny about kittens shooting people for being obnoxious. Besides, the bullets in that gun would be so tiny they'd just sting a lot.)