The Bass wrote:
I apologise. It definitely came out wrong. I'll reiterate my initial point: It's an easy stick to beat comics with - "There's no black writers at the Big Two". What I'm curious isn't the "Why", its "Why Not". Writers - of ANY colour, shouldnt have work handed to them, and instead should earn it
Earn it how? By writing quality work? Does anyone seriously believe that all 52 titles are being earned through quality work right now? The article even makes the point that many of the other writers are shuffled on to other projects. Mainstream comics don't seem like a meritocracy- it's about building a network of editors to get regular work from that you turn in on time. Scott Lobdell seems like exhibit A for this- his books aren't particularly well loved and on the merits they aren't that great, but his pal Bob Harras knows he will turn in something readable on time so he's writing a handful of books. Bob Harras isn't racist, he just works in a shockingly white institution. Comics have the exact same problem as Advertising (another Madison Ave based business. I doubt it's a coincidence). The point of "affirmative action" hires in environments like these is to force network people- so the Bob Harrases of the world have a roladex more diverse than the current one. Broadening a talent pool has been shown to be a positive for other industries, so the fact that journalists/fans are raising this point speaks to the ineptitude of the people in charge (the actual people in charge, not the folks fans like to get mad at)
Now (as far as I can tell), most of the black writers who would or have written comics seem to be in film/tv/animation now. The money's better there and the institutions aren't as arrayed against them, so good for them
Also, John Stuart was awesome on the JL/JLU. Anyone who thinks otherwise is an idiot.