Marvel Comics fires Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso

It finally looks like there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and for once it’s not a freight train hauling a load of weapons-grade Ebola. Marvel Comics fired Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, the man responsible for every stupid move at Marvel Comics.

Turning Iron Man into a 15-year-old black girl with big hair, that was Alonso. Turning Thor into a woman, that was Alonso. Replacing Doctor Bruce Banner, the Hulk’s alter ego with some Asian guy, that was Alonso. Retconning Captain America into a sleeper agent for the Nazi-like Hydra? That was Axel Alonso too.

It’s not like any of the sweeping changes orchestrated under Alonso translated into sales. The opposite was true. Low selling books have been the norm the last couple of years under the leadership of Axel Alonso.

C.B. Cebulski is a guy who loves comic books and loves food.

What’s even more remarkable than Axel Alonso getting shown the door is the person replacing him, C.B. Cebulski.

Who’s C.B. Cebulski?

C.B. Cebulski has been working with Disney in China the last few years. Before that, he was an editor popular with writers and artists. More importantly, he seems like a nice guy. Hopefully, he can return Marvel Comics to its once-dominant form. C.B. Cebulski is a comic book guy. He looks like a comic book fan. One look at C.B. Cebulski and you just want to ask him, long boxes or short boxes?

Maybe under C.B. Cebulski, pros will stop attacking fans. Maybe they will start treating fans like people and not just pixels on a screen.

I think if I was an unqualified, social justice warrior diversity hire taking up space at Marvel Comics now, I’d be punching up the old resume.

‘Justice League’ does really well with film critics

Justice League hits theaters today and it’s doing better with movie critics than studio executives had hoped. Movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes is showing the movie at 38%, a phenomenal score for a movie like this.

The movie includes Sons of Anarchy Aquaman played by Jason Momoa and some guy as the Flash who is not the Flash. The Flash is in its fourth season on the CW and this guy playing Flash in the movie is not the Flash from the TV show.

That’s dumb because the guy on The Flash TV show is terrific. The Flash from the movie, not so much. He looks like a turd.

TV Flash played by Grant Gustin.

If you already have a guy playing Flash on TV who is pretty damn good at it, why not just have him play Flash in the movie?

Other than the Wonder Woman movie, most of the DC movies have been less than spectacular. It’s like they’re trying to compete with the first Fantastic Four movie and Jennifer Garner’s Elektra movie.

Did anyone over at Warner Bros. Pictures even see the newest Spider-Man movie? The bar has been raised. You can’t just make crap with a lot of CGI and expect moviegoers to flock to it.

You can be morbidly obese and a G.I. Joe

I saw this variant cover to G.I. Joe #5 on Twitter. It shows a morbidly obese woman on a snowy mountaintop pointing to something in the far off distance.

As someone who has had his fair share of problems with their weight, this cover speaks to me. When I was in the Air Force, my weight had to be no more than 238 pounds. My weight was almost never 238 pounds. I was usually tipping the scales at 245.

That meant anytime there was going to be a scheduled weigh-in for the squadron I had to get over to the gym and sit in the sauna. That hot wooden box of cedar would be packed with other people in a similar situation. Men who had to make their weight. I wasn’t out of shape. Far from it. I was in excellent physical condition. I was a runner and ran five miles a day back then.

I always made my weight except for one time. I was stationed on Guam and had just come back from a 30 day leave in the states. As I was signing in, my asshole of a First Sergeant told me to get on the scale. Sure enough, I weighed something close to 250.

I hadn’t done a lot of running while on leave and had been eating a lot of restaurant food. Plus, my mother was always fixing food for me to eat. My mother makes the best apple pie in the world.

My First Sergeant finally got me. I think I was his white whale. I was a big white guy and he was a tiny black guy. Neither of us was named Moby, but one of us was often referred to as Dick.

I had to attend a 30-day fitness class held that the base gym. It was conducted by an airman who would benefit greatly from the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that would be enacted in a few short years. With her man-like haircut and the overly masculine way she conducted herself, I’m sure she was called into Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) all the time.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations. More like the office of anti-gay affairs.

When I was a kid, the OSI was cool. Major Steve Austin, the Bionic Man, was part of OSI. In real life, the OSI spent all its time trying to figure out if the females on base were gay. Not only would they call the women in question into their offices for questioning, they would call in their friends and coworkers.

Air Force remedial exercise class

The class was a joke. I was running five miles every evening on my own time. The exercises we had to do in the class were both embarrassing and ineffective. They were the type of exercises you’d expect to see a group of mentally challenged children do at a mainstream high school. I think the purpose of the class was to embarrass you so much that you would do what you had to do to make your weight.

And it worked. After 30-days, I weighed in and I was under my weight limit. My asshole of a First Sergeant still wrote up a letter of counseling or something for my record. He said because I was a sergeant, I was presenting a poor example to the people beneath me. Hey, as long as I don’t step on any of them, I think we’re okay. I never failed a fitness test. I was in trouble because at six foot six, the Air Force said I should never weigh over 238 pounds.

I used to think that First Sergeant just hated white people, but he treated my black squadron mates even worse. He hated everyone. He was just a tiny hateful man.

When it was announced the 43rd Bomb Wing was being shut down, people were being sent new assignments. I was already scheduled to rotate out, so the shutdown didn’t really affect me. I’ll never forget what happened to that asshole, First Sergeant. He was assigned to a dinky missile testing base in New Mexico. The base was so small and so far from any town or city, it was considered a remote overseas assignment. He had obviously pissed off someone who now was in a position of power over him, or at least, could make sure he was assigned to a base nobody would want to go to.

I sometimes wonder what happened to that First Sergeant. I hope he’s dead. I hope they found his dead body dressed in a leather gimp suit.

Here’s the full variant cover of G.I. Joe #5. Her cold winter jacket looks so small, I doubt it will even fully zipper up. That shiny belt buckle cutting into her gut has got to hurt. I’ll have to get a copy of this comic. Since it’s a variant, I might have to order it.

Dan Slott: ‘I don’t care about little pixels on a screen’

DC comics artist Ethan Van Sciver finally had his live show with Marvel comic book writer Dan Slott on his ComicArtistPro Secrets YouTube show. I didn’t watch it live. I wasn’t planning on watching it at all. Dan Slott blocked me on Twitter. It was not for anything I did, it was because I follow Diversity & Comics on Twitter. Dan Slott employs a Twitter block bot that automatically blocks any Twitter user who follows people he doesn’t like. In this specific case, Diversity & Comics.

The episode on YouTube lasted two hours and twenty-five minutes. The discussion didn’t turn to Dan Slott’s use of a block bot to ban fans until two hours and twelve minutes in.

Here’s a transcript I made of Ethan and Dan talking about Dan’s use of a block bot.

The Transcript

Ethan Van Sciver: What about people who are sad that you’ve blocked them because, I mean you know, there’s who the whole thing about, and this I think this is the number one thing people have been asking, about block bots and people who feel like, “Boy they’d really like to have access to the things you say and also the things say, Diversity and Comics and the people who follow that channel.

Dan Slott: I don’t care. I honestly don’t care. It’s social media. It’s one aspect of… it’s one facet and I’m gonna if you were following some site that and I’m not saying it’s that’s if you were following a site and that site aggressively went after one of my friends and I know the full story of that friend and the person who was running that other site didn’t and they were saying things I knew to be false and things I knew to be lies and things I knew to be hurtful I am perfectly fine shutting that site off and not having anything to do with it and if I see people promoting that site and helping that site and encouraging that site, I don’t need to talk to them either. My friendship with the other people are more important that’s real life. 

Dan Slott: I don’t care about little pixels on a screen. At the end of the day, a lot of people are pixels on a screen. They choose a screen name. They choose an avatar. They’re not being who they are in real life. They’re being a persona and I don’t worry about hurting the feelings of a persona, you know? I’m not worried about that. I’m worried about my friend over there that terrible things have happened to because of things online. To me it’s such a distinction that it’s weird for me for people to have such strong feelings about this Internet persona and not about this real person. So it’s yeah don’t care, okay.

Pixels on a screen? My Twitter handle is my real name. The avatar I use with Twitter is a photo of me. I’m not a persona, I’m a person.

Dan Slott uses a Twitter account with a Spider-Man logo as an avatar. It also has a blue check mark next to his name indicating Twitter verified him to be the same Dan Slott who writes for Marvel Comics. He then uses this verified account to block Marvel Comics customers because of who they follow on Twitter.

Does he ever go through his block list to see how many of the blocked pixels are real people with real names?

How Dan Slott sees Marvel Comics customers online. They aren’t people, they’re pixels on a screen.

I’ve never engaged with Dan Slott or his friends, yet I’m on his block list. My only crime is following Diversity & Comics on Twitter. Everyone not named Ethan Van Sciver who follows Diversity & Comics has been automatically blocked by Dan Slott.

I don’t understand why Marvel Comics allows Dan Slott to do things like this. If he wants to have a Twitter account where he can block Marvel Comics customers because of who they follow, he should have to do it from his own personal, non-verified account.

Dan Slott’s actions make me want to never buy Marvel Comics ever again. I wonder if the other 9,000 people blocked by Dan Slott because they fallow Diversity & Comics feel the same way?

When I discovered Dan Slott blocked me because I follow Diversity & Comics on Twitter, I went to the Diversity & Comics Patreon page and signed up for $5 a month. If I’m going to be put on a special list for supporting something, I might as well actually support it.

I don’t support people who put me on a list because of who I follow on Twitter.

Was Ethan Van Sciver interview of Dan Slott a success?

If I had it to do over with, I wouldn’t have listened to this interview. I had a feeling Dan Slott was an obnoxious jerk. This video only confirmed it. I found it depressing to see how one of Marvel Comics’ most prominent writers could be such an anti-consumer asshole.

Scott Kratz is still alive and he’s extremely racist

I have to admit I totally forgot about Scott Kurtz. He’s the webcomic artist behind the PvP series. Someone I follow on Twitter posted something Scott Kurtz tweeted on November 9. It would seem Scott Kurtz is alive, woke, and telling it like it is.

It was not only extremely hateful, it was remarkably racist.

I responded to the above tweet with a tweet. I wrote, “If this were true, what should white people do, commit mass suicide for the benefit of humanity?”

Kurtz responded like the coward that he is by blocking me. I’m fine with that. Unlike Dan Slott who I’ve never interacted with on Twitter, at least Scott Kurtz blocked me for something relating to Twitter. I asked a question based on something incredibly stupid he said that he had no legitimate answer to.

It’s racists like Scott Kurtz that I have the hardest time understanding. They don’t hate people of another race, they hate their own race. Scott Kurtz is white. If you factor someone’s skin color by the square foot, Scott Kurtz is more of a white person than almost anyone.

If white people are as terrible as he says, should we then for the sake of our fellow human beings just remove ourselves from the gene pool? What would Scott Kurtz have white people do, commit mass suicide?

I imagine if we did kill ourselves, reprint sales of PvP would drop to zero. PvP doesn’t strike me as a comic that enjoys a diverse readership if you know what I mean. It makes absolutely no sense for Kurtz to attack his own readership for something they have no power over. People have no control over the color of their skin. If someone were morbidly obese, they could eat less and try to exercise. If someone has white skin, there’s nothing they can do about that.

Ethan Van Sciver, Twitter threats, and social justice warriors

Before comic book artist Ethan Van Sciver traveled down to Florida and appeared at an event hosted by Gotham City Pizza, he was sent a threat on Twitter:

Ethan Van Sciver rightfully took the above private message as a threat.

The account in which the threat originated from no longer exists. I don’t know if it was deleted by the user or by Twitter.

Ethan Van Sciver, threat or no threat, went down to Florida like a boss and appeared at Gotham City Pizza. A good time was had by all. The appearance was a success. Then, more than 24 hours after the event, someone smashed the front door of Gotham City Pizza. Ethan blamed the vandalism on the SJWs, the social justice warriors, who he believed threatened him.

I don’t agree with Ethan, but I can certainly see where he was coming from when he made the claim. There’s no doubt he was threatened, but I don’t see how the person making the threat was an SJW.

Someone broke the front door of another restaurant the week before and robbed it. That restaurant is only two miles from Gotham City Pizza.

The photo on the left is Smoke Shack BBQ. It was broken into on the night of October 28. The photo on the right is Gotham City Pizza. The door was broken on the night of November 5, the day after Ethan Van Sciver’s appearance. The two eateries are only two miles apart.

I think the more likely reason for the damage to Gotham City Pizza’s door was someone tried to rob it. It was probably the same thief who robbed Smoke Shack BBQ the week before. Smoke Shack BBQ is located only two miles from Gotham City Pizza.

Whoever broke the door, I don’t think it was an SJW

Social justice warriors don’t go around and damage property after someone they don’t like appears at an event. That’s not their typical modus operandi. What they like to do is de-platform people before an event takes place. They typically never contact the person they don’t like, instead, they contact the event organizer and try to persuade them not to host the person.

Did anyone contact Gotham City Pizza before Ethan’s appearance and ask them not to host the event? If not, I doubt it was an SJW.

Typically, if the SJW cannot persuade the event organizer to do what they want, they quickly go above the organizer. For example, in this case, they would have contacted Gotham City Pizza’s landlord.

The landlord would have been told all sorts of lies. They would have been told Gotham City Pizza was planning an alt-right, white supremacy event featuring Ethan Van Sciver, a famous pro-nazi artist.

They would have tried to convince the landlord that all of Ethan’s alt-right, white supremacist fans would be traveling to Gotham City Pizza, creating a danger to the non-white, non-binary folks of Ormond Beach, Florida.

That’s the kind of crap social justice warriors pull. They don’t commit acts of violence after an event.

For the record, Ethan Van Sciver is not an alt-right Nazi. He’s a nice, decent man who draws comic books really, really well. He’s also a Republican. Big deal. So is half the country I love.

I’m neither a Republican or a Democrat. I’m an American.

I don’t see the point in demonizing anyone because they’re a member of a major political party. It’s not like people have much of a choice of political parties. We only have two.