S.F. Jude Terror wrote:The phenomenon is not strictly a comics thing. You see the same attitude with movie and music snobs too, of course, or art snobs, wine snobs, pizzq snobs, British television snobs, Apple product snobs, coffee snobs, clothes snobs, Indie pro wrestling snobs, beer snobs, message board snobs, people from New York City... do you see where I'm going with this? Everyone does it to some degree about something. Part of it comes from some degree of truth. Something produced to appeal to a broad range of people is frequently blander, less creative, safer, and less interesting than something produced solely motivated by creativity, for various reasons, most notably the corporate need to make as much money as possible by being inoffensive to anyone with money to buy a product and the attempt to appeal to the lowest common denominator, necessarily including people with the least sophistication in taste. The other part of it comes from pure pretense, and I think anyone who follows the path of snobbery will eventually cross over into that, some sooner than later.
It is like politics here in the U.S. Some of the "snobs" can see only one viewpoint, Republican or Democrat. They can not even dream that a politician from the other side might have a good idea. And music. I knew a guy in college that would brag about all the small bands he knew about. In his mind, apparently, only bands that have "sold out" play for more than 100 people at a time. Therefore, nothing on the radio is good.
"Finding a good indy comic is like finding a well-drawn foot in a Rob Liefeld comic, it's out there somewhere, but it takes work to locate it."
See, this is what it was like when I was growing up. I would get 90% Marvel, 9% DC. Then occasionally I would try an Indy comic. But there were so many problems with the Indies that it was frustrating. Sometimes the title would get cancelled after three issues. Sometimes the company would suddenly go bankrupt. The LCS wouldn't order enough every month. Some creators would have a good idea for 6-8 issues, then the title would turn to crap. Then dealing with the snobs was the worst. "oh, your buying Thundercunts of Mars #12? I've been getting it since the beginning." Yeah, fuck you. I will go buy Spider-Man just to piss you off.