Petition to keep Dan Slott off Twitter

I feel like an activist! I just signed an online petition over on Change.org to keep Marvel comic book hack writer Dan Slott off Twitter. The petition was created by the good people over at The Outhouse.

The petition:

With Marvel’s general attitude of contempt toward fans, combined with their reliance on gimmicks, reboots, and super-mega-crossover events over quality storytelling, it’s difficult to enjoy their comics. However, that difficulty is increased if readers use social media and witness superstar Marvel writer Dan Slott being a total jerk on Twitter. Seriously, the guy responds to anyone who criticizes him or Marvel with vitriolic tirades, even if they don’t mention him. This is not appropriate behavior for a high profile professional working for a global corporation and the largest comics publisher in the US.

Surely, the Walt Disney Corporation has some sort of guidelines for its employees on social media. Are they just not paying attention to comics because the industry has, at most, 100,000 readers (if we’re being really generous)? Surely, they would not want their company represented by an irate comic book writer frothing at the mouth at fans, journalists, and anyone who gets in his way.

Marvel, Disney, make Dan Slott stay off Twitter. Honestly, we’re not sure how he even manages to write Amazing Spider-Man and Silver Surfer when he appears to be angrily tweeting at fans and journalists around the clock. It must take at least two hours to write Silver Surfer – one hour to watch an episode of Doctor Who, and one hour to adapt the plot to a comic script. How does he find the time?

The world would be a more cordial, pleasant place if Dan Slott stayed off Twitter, or at least followed some reasonable corporate guidelines to curtail his childish, abrasive behavior.

I think it’s strange that his corporate overlords haven’t tried to rein him in on Twitter. Some of the stuff he says is really quite peculiar and overly aggressive.

My favorite Dan Slott story was from about ten years ago. He went on file sharing sites and asked people to stop sharing his crappy comics:

I am Dan Slott, the author of THING Vol.2. And I am asking you to PLEASE stop downloading it. A lot of time and hard work went in to the making of this comic. How well it sells– the demand– the need for the comic, helps to determine what kinds of jobs I get in the future. In that sense, each comic that’s SOLD acts as a kind of vote towards my career– how high profile an assignment I’m offered– whether or not I should get a bump in pay– and so on.

By electronically downloading this comic– without paying for it– you effect [sic] my livelihood. Please stop. If you have downloaded this work, do right by me (especially if you enjoyed it) and purchase a copy the next time you’re at your local comic shop/book store.

DemonoidSomeone then posted a screenshot of his Demonoid account. He was an active member of the file sharing site and had shared over 10 gig of movie and/or TV files with other users.

He tried to justify it by saying that he only downloaded things (Swedish amputee porn?) he could not get on DVD because the content owners had not yet made it available in the United States. He argued that people who downloaded his comics didn’t have that problem, they could go into their local comic book shop and buy the comic.

I think he was ignoring the embarrassing stigma one would deservedly receive if they went into their local comic book shop and tried to buy a Dan Slott comic. Some people just aren’t up for the public humiliation something like that would cause.

By asking people to go into a comic shop and buy one of his comics, it was almost as though Dan Slott was advocating bullying. That was wrong back then and it’s wrong now.

Iron Man to become a black teenage girl

A 15-year-old black girl will become Iron Man, so says an exclusive from Time. Her name is Riri Williams and she takes on the role of Iron Man after events in Civil War II. I’m assuming Tony Stark will get killed off at the end of Civil War II. Captain America was killed off at the end of Civil War, so it’s probably safe to assume Tony Stark will meet the same fate.

It’s Marvel Comics. Imagination and creativity is not one of their strong suits.

If they are going to replace Tony Stark, why announce it before the fact? I can remember when you learned about changes to a character from reading the actual comic. It happened organically. If Marvel wanted to replace Tony Stark as Iron Man with a teenaged girl, why not let the reader learn about it by reading the comic? They could walk them through the change so it made some sort of sense. Instead, because they want the non-comic book reading populace to know how diverse they are, they announce the change in an exclusive story with Time.

Then again if Marvel Comics allowed the change to happen organically in the story of a comic book, nobody would know about it. Nobody reads comic books anymore.

Justin Trudeau’s crotch is choosing sides

Marvel Comics released the cover image of Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5. It features Canadian Prime Minister and self-proclaimed feminist Justin Trudeau pretending to be a boxer. He’s wearing a Canadian tourist tank-top and a pair of shorty shorts so skimpy, not even 1980’s John Stockton would have worn them.

What you can’t see are Trudeau’s feet. I’m assuming he’s wearing roller skates. Usually when you see a man dressed like Trudeau, he’s roller skating, usually running afoul of the law.

Shorts Justin Trudeau would approve of.
Shorts Justin Trudeau would approve of.

I think it’s safe to say that if you’re still reading monthly floppy comic books, especially Marvel comic books, something must be wrong with you. If spending four bucks for a 22-page comic featuring the crotch of Justin Trudeau on its cover doesn’t give you pause and force you think about your life, it’s really quite sad.

Some upset over ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ ad

There’s a billboard promoting the movie X-Men: Apocalypse that some are saying is inappropriate because they feel it promotes violence against women. In the image Apocalypse, played by Oscar Isaac, is choking Mystique, played by actress Jennifer Lawrence.

I have a hard time understanding the underlying logic with this criticism, mostly because it seems to be devoid of logic.

X-Men: Apocalypse is a superhero comic book movie involving superhero comic book characters. Violence in a comic book superhero movie is as commonplace as obnoxious Hawaiian shirts are at a Jimmy Buffett concert. I haven’t watched X-Men: Apocalypse yet, so I don’t know the context of this image. My guess is that it wasn’t because Apocalypse was mad at Mystique because she didn’t fix him turkey pot pie.

To associate this image with domestic violence is silly. When I saw this image for the first time, it reminded my of this famous scene from Star Wars:

Some upset over 'X-Men: Apocalypse' ad - Bent CornerI thought of this scene from Star Wars and not violence against women because I don’t think of women as victims. I think of men and women as being equal. I’m also a giant nerd. When I see someone choking someone else, I think of Darth Vader.

Captain America is a Hydra sleeper agent

Marvel Comics retconned the hell out of one of its most prized pieces of intellectual property last week. They made Captain America a Hydra sleeper agent. Not only did they make Steve Rogers a Hydra agent, they did it by adding it to his back story. We see that he and his mother were recruited by Hydra back in 1926. That means everything Steve Rogers has done in the past 75 years as Captain America has been done by a Hydra sleeper agent.

To drive home the point that Captain America is evil, we see him murder Jack Flag.

Captain America is a Hydra sleeper agent - Bent Corner
Can you fly Jack Flag?

At least it looked like Captain America murdered Jack Flag. He chucked him out the back of an aircraft without a parachute. Then again, Marvel might have retconned Jack Flag so that he had the power of flight, or maybe he’s actually Thor.

I think Thor is a woman now, so I doubt he’s Thor.

I imagine hardcore fans of Captain America are pretty distraught over this. The writer who wrote Steve Rogers Captain America #1, the book the deed took place, has reportedly received death threats on social media. Although I don’t support or condone death threats, even fake ones on social media, I can certainly see how someone could be upset over this.

Imagine someone reading Captain America books for years, spending thousands of dollars on Captain America collectibles only to find out that he was a Hydra agent the whole time. Some people have a strong emotional connection to comic book characters. There are people who have had Captain America tattooed on their body, not because of how he looked, but because of what he represented.

Personally I’ve never been a fan of Captain America. He always seemed a bit too patriotic, almost as though he was trying to compensate for something. I imagined he was the type of guy who would always try to get you to join him in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance every 15 minutes. You love America Steve, we get it. Now give it a rest.

Then there’s the way he obtained his super powers. He was a hapless weakling until he was injected with Super-Soldier Serum. In other words, he received performance enhancers to make him into something he wasn’t. He was Lance Armstrong before Lance Armstrong. At least Lance Armstrong was pretty good at riding a bicycle before taking performance enhancers. The same cannot be said for Steve Rogers. Without performance enhancers, he was nothing.

Sometimes comic books can be really stupid. Captain America retconned as a Hydra sleeper agent? This is one of those times.

I hate Marvel Collector Corps

The Marvel Collector Corps has made me so mad, that I don’t even want to see the upcoming Ant-Man movie. I feel like taking everything from the first Marvel Collector Corps box and throwing it in a big bucket of AIDS.

I heard back from Marvel Collector Corps “support” concerning my complaint that they changed my credit card twice for the June Ant-Man box, yet never got around to sending it to me.

Here’s their response:

Hi Rick,

Ticket: https://collectorcorps.freshdesk.com/helpdesk/tickets/20550

We apologize for this issue. We do not own our payment portals, and when we looked into your issue with our credit card portal, they were able to identify an issue on their end that initiated the double charge. We have refunded both of your payments and confirmed that your subscription is cancelled per your request.

Thank you,
Marvel Collector Corps Support
Collector Corps powered by Freshdesk 20550

We do not own our payment portals? I don’t know what this means, and I work for a credit card portal.

Does this mean they’re using another businesses’ credit card processing account, one not connected to Marvel Collector Corps? Credit card companies have rules that all merchants processing cards must adhere to. One of those rules, and it’s a major one, is that a business cannot process credit card payments for another business.

They can place the blame at the feet of their unnamed credit card portal, but the reality is that their credit card portal processes credit cards at their behest. I provided my credit card information to Marvel Collectors Corp, not some mystery credit card portal. Before transactions are submitted final settlement, the merchant, in this case, Marvel Collector Corps, has the ability to review all the transactions in the batch. They chose not to do this. If they had, they would have seen that I was being charged $31.95, just like I had the day before.

They never caught the error. They still wouldn’t know about it if I hadn’t complained about it.

Contrary to what was stated in this email, they did not refund both payments. I filed a chargeback against the duplicate charge and my credit card company almost immediately ruled in my favor. They made me whole on the duplicate transaction, not Marvel Collector Corps. They did refund my original $31.95. Then again, since they failed to actually ship the June box, what choice did they have?

I’m so irritated over this whole fiasco, that a part of me doesn’t even want to see the upcoming Ant-Man movie. I also feel like taking everything from the first Marvel Collector Corps box, the only one I ever received, and throwing it all into a bucket of AIDS.

Since I don’t currently have access to a bucket of AIDS, I guess I’ll hold off on that. I could always do the next best thing to throwing into a bucket of AIDS: I could sell it on eBay.