A little over twenty-four hours ago, after reading the Outhousers Editor in Chief Christian Hoffer's editorial regarding the depiction of rape in comics (spurred by INVINCIBLE #110), this Elf With a Gun briefly considered unmasking. That's because I've never been prouder of this website, or its staff, and I wanted everyone to know that I am honored to stand with them. But then, suspecting I would have to write this article, I refrained from announcing who this pseudonym really belongs to.
In his thoughtful, heartfelt, and all-too-accurate piece, Christian wondered why the comic Blogosphere was silent on the graphic female raping a man sequence in the aforementioned issue. He'd hoped to spur a much-needed and long-overdue discussion on the usage of rape -- in all of its abhorrent forms -- within the context of comic book storytelling. Twenty-four hours later, I decided to post a round-up of responses from our industry's leading personalties.
Contemplating the social implications of the accents given to sea creatures in Octonauts.— Jennifer de Guzman (@Jennifer_deG) April 12, 2014
Maybe it's me but I was a little underwhelmed by the Batman anniversary short.— DC Women Kicking Ass (@dcwomenkicknass) April 10, 2014
Cold brew coffee, how I missed you.— Heidi MacDonald (@Comixace) April 11, 2014
just got official word that gene simmons didn't even thank me in the kiss rock and roll induction ceremony. what an asshole— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) April 11, 2014
last night henry asked what I thought about a panda that shot lasers out of its eyes and pooped money. just, like, as an idea, i guess.— BUTT STUFF WEREWOLF (@mattfraction) April 11, 2014
it's 2014, there is only one person in the las cruces barnes & noble sitting on the floor reading manga, and that person is me— Tom Spurgeon (@comicsreporter) April 11, 2014
Holy crap. The Undertaker. That was truly shocking. And yaayyyy for @WWEDanielBryan. Great payoff on that story.— Jason Aaron (@jasonaaron) April 11, 2014
Wow, NYC... the new Tehuitzingo on 9th & 42nd is amazing! Their Tortas Cubanas is possibly the city's best sandwich!! pic.twitter.com/DkLwP0MJlC— C.B. Cebulski (@CBCebulski) April 11, 2014
I just saw the doofiest looking fireman I've ever seen in my life. THE CALENDARS ARE A LIE!— James Tynion IV (@JamesTheFourth) April 11, 2014
I'm not saying I'm the worst shot in video games...I'm just very, very close to being the absolute worst shot in video games. -_-— Marguerite Bennett (@EvilMarguerite) April 11, 2014
In addition to these, writer Gail Simone has Tweeted about "testicles on comics" fifty-seven times in the last twelve hours -- far too many to document here.
And perhaps the most succinct and prescient commentary is this:
"This investigation…could lead to some very dark places." -Nick Fury to Captain America, ORIGINAL SIN #1.— axel alonso (@axelalonsomarv) April 11, 2014
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About the Author - Elf With a Gun
Elf With a Gun appeared in several Marvel comics of the 70s and 80s, most notably harassing The Defenders and Spider-Man, before being abducted by Steve Gerber for use as a foil against Destroyer Duck. After wandering the wastelands of Forgotten Comic Character Limbo, he hitched a ride on the ThanosCopter and now resides at the Outhouse, bringing his snark, elf hat, pointy shoes, and very big gun to a new generation of comic readers. His Give-A-Fuck quotient is stuck at zero.
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