As I’ve stated before, it is rather unfair (especially of me) to hold people accountable for honest spelling mistakes. There is something to be said for editors and their roles, but with the number of news releases, solicitations, and pages it would be impossible to catch everything.
A simple example is the link above when DC accidentally changed the gender of two of their creators. It was funny, but, in the grand scheme of things, not that big of a deal. There are tons of examples of simple missprints that have made it into the final product. Back when I collected baseball cards error cards were sought after prizes. Here's one I had (have?):
Hint, thats not John Smoltz.
Hell, I know for a fact that we here at The Outhouse, the world’s paragon of virtue, have made mistakes in reporting stories, press releases, and anything I have ever written. The question is what you do when those mistakes are pointed out.
Personally, and that is all I can really go by, my go to response is “Crap, I knew I missed something, thanks.” Regardless of the tone of the correction, it just seems easier to fix the mistake and move on then to try and justify the mistake, even if it wasn’t technically mine.
But, it seems that Newsarama has decided to go with the “nuh-uh” approach to fact checking.
Go ahead; read these tweets, I’ll wait.
And that, Dear Readers, is how you win a No-Prize! For those new to comic books who may not know what a No-Prize is, let me explain: A No-Prize was an “award” Marvel used to give out to readers who were able to explain why a mistake in a comic book wasn’t actually a mistake. The example that springs to my mind is from the Onslaught storyline where between issues, but in the same room five minutes later (story time), Jean Grey’s uniform changed. I don’t remember the fan’s
excuse reasoning for the change of clothes, but they were awarded a No-Prize for showing how the artists and editors didn’t make a mistake, the change just happened off page and puts the onus back on the fanboys for blowing it out of proportion.
And that is basically what Newsarama did here. Rather than say “Oh, his name has two “L”s. Let me look that up. Hey, you were right, let’s fix that.” Newsarama went through a rather convoluted thought process that showed that not only wasn’t it a mistake -"the publisher said so" – but that even if it was its not their job to correct information that is sent to them (a whole other article can be written about that.)
When reached for comment, Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment Joe Quesada had this to say:
Wow, I haven’t seen someone try and justify a simple screw up like that since we misspelled "Sabertooth" in Wolverine #131. It is my honor to award our press agent, Newsarama, with this official No-Prize for their hard work in proving that they didn’t mess up.”
Well, there you have it, official word from Marvel that Newsarama did not totally miss the point of reporting when all they did was copy & paste a press release without regard for the facts.
The Outhouse would like to sincerely congratulate Newsarama for this prestigious honor.
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RU, or as he’s known in the writers’ room: the cute one, is relatively unappreciated in his time. RU’s YouTube show, RUviews is watched by literally multiple people every month and his Outhouse articles have helped line many a bird cage. Before you send RU a message, he knows that there are misspelled words in this article, and probably in this bio he was asked to write. RU wants everyone to know that after 25+ years of collecting he still loves comic books and can’t believe how seriously fanboys take them. RU lives in Akron Ohio (unfortunately) with WIFE, ‘lilRuRu, and the @DogGodThor. You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, & even Google+ (if anyone still uses that).
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