Sometimes, when readers first discover The Outhouse, they can be taken aback by the fact that we treat the comic book industry with disrespect and mockery, which is somewhat shocking when you're used to seeing the "big boy" websites like CBR and Newsarama verbally fellate the industry on a daily basis. To those people, let us point you to this article on Bleeding Cool, in which the comic book industry makes itself look more foolish than we ever could. It involves a comic shop owner, Bob Justice, who is critical of publisher marketing gimickry, Dan Slott, who is critical of anyone critical of Dan Slott, and Stephen Wacker, whose job at Marvel seems to consist solely of monitoring the internet for negative mentions of the company responding with laser-targeted disdain.
Go ahead, go read it, we're not going anywhere.
Folks, this is nothing new. It was an incident in which Mark Waid was (jokingly) phsyically threatening fans who called Wacker unprofessional on the now defunct Newsarama message boards in 2006 that got this reporter involved in the Internet Comics Community in the first place. Could you imagine if, on a Star Wars message board, you complained about Greedo shooting first and George Lucas showed up there and had a fifty page flame war with you and told you he was going to bang your mom? Could you imagine if you were complaining about Obamacare on a political website and Harry Reid appeared to tell you that the next person talking trash about the president would be drinking from a straw for the rest of his or her life?
No, that would be fucking insane. But in comics, it's PERFECTLY NORMAL.
That's why we love this industry. And it's why we profess that love through constant mockery.
Thank you, Dan Slott, Stephen Wacker, Bob Justice, and especially Rich Johnston (who would likely have showed up in the comments section here to whine about not being properly attributed if we didn't thank him too).
God damn, we love comics.