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This is Why We Make Fun of the Comics Industry

Written by Jude Terror on Sunday, November 10 2013 and posted in News with Benefits

This is Why We Make Fun of the Comics Industry

Shenanigans on Bleeding Cool's message boards involving a comic shop owner, a Marvel editor, and superstar writer Dan Slott validate our existence.

Source: Bleeding Cool

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.


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About the Author - Jude Terror

Jude Terror is the Webmaster Supreme of The Outhouse and a sarcastic ace reporter dedicated to delivering irreverent comics and entertainment news to The Outhouse's dozens of loyal readers. Driven by a quest for vengeance, Jude Terror taught himself to program and joined The Outhouse. He instantly began working toward his goal of forcing the internet comics community to take itself less seriously and failing miserably. A certified trash eater ruining the pristine field of comics journalism with his sarcasm and goofiness, Jude Terror is secretly friendly and congenial, so if you've got a complaint, why not just bring it up to him instead of subtweeting like a jackass, jackass? You can find him on Twitter or try your luck with an email, but keep in mind that he is notoriously unreliable and may not get back to you right away. Unless you want to send him free stuff, in which case he'll get back to you immediately.

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