Irate comic book creator Mark Waid is finally putting his internet argument talents to good use. The hot-headed writer, digital comics mogul, and comic shop owner has been involved in several notable feuds over the years, much to our delight, including several with controversial retailer Dennis Barger Jr., one with writer J. Michael Straczynski, one with a troop of Girl Scouts, one with the makers of the Man of Steel movie, one with Dan Jurgens, one against corporate bullies, and one with the entire Newsarama message boards circa 2006 where he informed them that the next person to call Steve Wacker unprofessional for leaving DC for Marvel would be "eating out of a straw for the rest of their lives" in an obvious reference to the Kevin Smith film "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" that had Newsarama posters literally threatening to press charges on him. For real. Unfortunately, that one was deleted along with the rest of those forums years ago, but Waid's legacy lives on, as that was what first got your pal Jude Terror to sign up for a forum account on Newsarama (to stick up for Waid), and as a result, here were are today. So you can thank/blame Mark Waid for everything I've ever done.
Anyway, Waid spoke ill of the GamerGate movement on Twitter today after reading about a story in which The Honey Badgers, a GamerGate affiliated group, were expelled from the Calgary Expo. This led to a multi-hour exchange between Waid and GamerGaters, with accusations of misogyny, blockings, comparisons to Nazis and the KKK, and finally, progress toward solving this widening social divide. No, wait, all that stuff happened except the last one. Of course, GamerGate is just the latest manifestation of a culture wars divide that has been slowly taking over all geek culture discussion of late, but things seem to have gotten even more tense lately, with seemingly every discussion eventually breaking down to this binary division.
I'm not sure where we go from here or how we sort this out, and I'm sure we're in for more difficult times ahead as a community before things get better. But while we brace for the culture wars to rip the comics community apart, we can still appreciate a master at work, and Mark Waid is nothing if not a master of the internet flame war. Reminder: Waid has like four full time jobs, but still finds the time to do this frequently. Behold his tweets below:
Phew! That was 56 screenshots, by the way, and the battle still rages on. Oh, here's #57:
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