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.

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.

Comic book social justice warriors attack another business

The comic book social justice warriors who struck Gotham City Pizza this past Sunday evening/early Monday morning also struck Smoke Shack BBQ located two miles from Gotham City Pizza. The attack on Gotham City Pizza was obviously in retaliation for hosting Ethan Van Sciver on Saturday. The weird thing about this other attack is it happened the week before the attack on Gotham City Pizza.

From Facebook:

I feel sorry for the chef pig. He had to just stand there and watch comic book social justice warriors destroy the door of the restaurant. It’s bad enough he has to prepare his brothers and sisters for human consumption. He then has to witness comic book social justice warriors commit violence. It’s not fair.

Why would the comic book SJWs who attacked Gotham City Pizza attack a restaurant two miles away the week before Ethan Van Sciver’s appearance? Did they travel down to Ormond Beach, Florida the week before the event to scout out the area and perhaps perform a trial run on another similar establishment?

It would seem so. What else could it be? Simple street crime? In Florida? I don’t think so.

We know for a fact comic book SJWs attacked Gotham City Pizza late Sunday evening/early Monday morning in retaliation for hosting Ethan Van Sciver on Saturday. We know this because… we know it. We don’t need evidence to come to this conclusion. We know it because it’s what we feel.

Now we find out an eatery located only two miles from Gotham City Pizza was attacked the week before in a similar manner. A coincidence? I think not.

If a comic book SJW attacked Gotham City Pizza on November 4 they must have also attacked Smoke Shack BBQ on October 28. To think anything else would be silly, irrational, and disconnected from reality.

Law enforcement needs to do something about this clear and present comic book SJW danger. If this keeps up, every weekend another Ormond Beach restaurant will have its glass door smashed in by funny book social justice warriors. Law enforcement in Ormond Beach needs to create a comic book social justice warrior task force. Gone are the days where SJWs would just block people on Twitter or contact someone’s employer to get them fired.

Comic book social justice warriors are now busting glass doors. This has got to stop.

Was Gotham City Pizza targeted by comic book SJWs?

On Saturday, comic book artist Ethan Van Sciver appeared at Gotham City Pizza in Ormond Beach, Florida. By all accounts, a good time was had by all. People ate pizza and Ethan signed autographs. Ethan even drew and inked a spectacular looking Batman on a formally blank wall.

Then on Monday, Marco Falleta, the owner and general manager of Gotham City Pizza, discovered that someone damaged the front door. It looks like someone kicked the front door.

From Facebook:

Marco described it as an attempted break-in. That was yesterday morning. Since then, the vandalism has been blamed on Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) angry that Gotham City Pizza hosted Ethan Van Sciver on Saturday.

To be clear, Marco isn’t blaming it on SJWs. He doesn’t know who did it or why they did it.

That’s not to say at least some SJWs have a problem with Ethan Van Sciver. Some evidently don’t like him because he’s a Republican. He also received online threats before the event.

Seriously, we live in a world where people threaten other people because they’re a member of one of the two major political parties in this country.

If you’re going to hate Republicans, prepare to hate nearly half the country. Personally, that seems like too much work.

Do I think an SJW traveled down to Ormond Beach and kicked the door of a pizzeria because they hosted Ethan Van Sciver at an event? No, not unless I’m presented with some evidence.

When I hear hoof beats, I think horses, not zebras.

The more likely explanation is that some drunk walking home kicked the door and then drunkenly staggered away. Hopefully, he broke a couple bones in his alcoholic foot.

Someone trying to break in would have arrived with a crowbar and used it to open the door. I don’t think they would have tried to kick the door in.

To blame an SJW for the damage seems like a stretch. Kicking in doors isn’t something SJWs are normally associated with. They tend to send online threats that are never carried out. If they’re feeling overly energetic, they’ll contact someone’s employer in the attempt to get them fired.

Kicking doors? That’s not in the SJW playbook.

I hate to see people immediately jump to the conclusion that an SJW did this. What’s wrong with waiting for the facts before leaping to a conclusion? Jumping to unfounded conclusions is something SJWs like to do. They’re very quick to proclaim something or someone as sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, or Islamophobic without a shred of evidence.

I’m assuming Marco Falleta contacted the police. Let the police investigate before jumping to conclusions. Don’t react to things like a Social Justice Warrior. Base your conclusions on facts, not wild speculation.

Ethan Van Sciver, Diversity & Comics, and Dan Slott

Comics artist Ethan Van Sciver has a YouTube channel, ComicArtistPro Secrets. One of the things he does on his channel is to show how to draw. He normally draws superheroes, but my favorite video is where he showed how to draw disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

Van Sciver’s videos are pretty awesome. Not only is he a phenomenal artist, he has a way of speaking that is very relaxing. Watching an Ethan Van Sciver video is like watching Bob Ross drawing the Flash after you take a couple Xanax.

Diversity & Comics

I found out about Van Sciver’s channel from another YouTube channel, Diversity & Comics. Richard C. Meyer, the host of Diversity & Comics, recommended people check out ComicArtistPro Secrets. I did and I liked it.

A lot of what Meyer does on Diversity & Comics is roasting bad Marvel Comics books. The comics he roasts are the books steeped heavily in social justice politics. Thor is now a woman. The Hulk’s human counterpart is Asian. Iron Man is now a 15-year-old African-American girl. Ms. Marvel is a teenage Muslim girl. Iceman is now gay.

The reason I like Diversity & Comics is the videos remind me I’m not alone in my opinions. Not everyone loves the far left turn taken by Marvel Comics. I say this as someone who voted for Hilary Clinton this past presidential election and voted for Barack Omaba twice.

I’m not against more diverse characters. I’m against turning existing characters into diverse characters.

Ethan Van Sciver posted the following tweet on Twitter:

Who is Dan Slott?

Comic book writer Dan Slott.

Dan Slott is one of Marvel Comics’ top writers. He blocked me on Twitter. I don’t know why he did that. I’ve never interacted with him on Twitter.

I wrote a blog post about him in 2012. Slott was on the receiving end of some online death threats.  I supported Slott and denounced the online death threats.

I again wrote about Dan Slott in 2016. It wasn’t as supportive as my earlier post. I wrote about signing a petition to keep Dan Slott off Twitter.

Dan Slott can be kind of a jerk on Twitter

Dan Slott has a verified Twitter account. There’s a blue check next to his name. He has a verified account because he’s a famous comic book writer for Marvel Comics. He uses his Twitter account not to promote his comic books, but to virtue signal and argue politics. His politics are somewhere to the left of Bernie Sanders, Ho Chi Minh, and a random anonymous Daily Kos commentator.

Since I’m blocked from reading Dan Slott’s tweets, I have no easy way of knowing what he’s been up to on Twitter. I’d have to log out of Twitter before going to his Twitter feed. I guess I could pull up his Twitter feed in Firefox or Microsoft Edge. That seems like too much work. If he doesn’t want me to see his tweets, I won’t look at his tweets.

I’m not an animal.

Did Dan Slott block me because of my post about signing that petition? I doubt it. The petition was a parody and was not at all serious. If Marvel Comics cared what Dan Slott tweeted about, they could find out for themselves. They wouldn’t need a petition to guide them. Plus, it’s not like Dan Slott reads my blog so he would have no way of knowing that I signed the petition.

I’m certain Slott blocked me because I follow the Diversity & Comics Twitter account. That’s what he does. According to some people, Dan Slott uses a Steve Shives-like bot. It blocks anyone who follows certain Twitter accounts.

How many of Van Sciver’s subscribers starting watching because of  Richard C. Meyer’s recommendation? How many subscribers started watching because of Dan Slott recommendation?

Ethan Van Sciver is doing a disservice to his fans. If someone is blocking his subscribers, not because of anything they did, but because of who they follow, maybe that person shouldn’t be his first YouTube live guest.

To be clear, Ethan Van Sciver is free to invite anyone he chooses for a YouTube live feed. Also to be clear, I’m free to unsubscribe from his channel anytime I choose.

Fans should never be taken for granted.

 

Pretend artist Rob Granito has his comic book convention privileges revoked

This past weekend at MegaCon comic book writer Mark Waid and comic book artist Ethan Van Sciver harassed pretend comic book artist Rob Granito. They took exception to a comment he made about comic book writer Dwayne McDuffie, who died late last month. Granito posted a statement on Facebook claiming that he had worked with McDuffie and he implied that the two men were friends.

Granito never worked with McDuffie, nor were they ever friends. He made it up to help give himself credibility as a professional comic book artist.

Granito makes money by claiming to be a professional comic book artist and then charging people money for original comic book themed art. Granito creates the art by tracing the work of others. He’s been doing this for years. If you’ve been to a comic book convention in the past several years, you’ve probably seen Granito sitting at a booth, peddling his awful looking fakes.

Mark Waid posted about the encounter on Facebook:

It’s just that when I heard that he’d tried to capitalize off Dwayne’s death, that was the last straw for me. I saw red and stormed over with Ethan. We were both livid. I told Fraudboy in no uncertain terms that I will personally contact every convention there is and warn them not to give him a table if they ever want to see me or MY friends there, EVER. I also screamed at him when he said “Well, truthfully–” that he is not allowed to use that word, ever, ever. That word means nothing coming from him.

I believe my exact endquote, two hours before the show closed, was, “Make your money here, because this is your last convention. Do you understand me? This is your last show.” That’s right, I was so pissed, I unilaterally appointed myself Sheriff of All Comicons. I should have a badge made.

I think my favorite moment was when this kid said to Ethan–after lying when asked if he’d actually claimed to have worked with Dwayne (a claim he ABSOLUTELY made)–“I just considered him a friend, same as I’d consider you a friend–” and Ethan growled “Let’s make this clear: I am NOT YOUR FRIEND.”

Dear Fraudboy: When you have comics’ leading leftwing socialist hippiefreak AND comics’ leading rightwing Nazi teaming up to smack you down, YOU HAVE F*CKED UP.

So there you have it. Rob Granito has officially had his funny book convention privileges revoked. When someone as prominent as Sheriff of All Comicons Mark Waid tells you it’s your last comic book convention, it’s your last comic book convention.

Wizard World has already announced that Rob Granito is now banned from their shows. You can expect all the rest to follow suit.

Do not be a douchbag

Let this be a lesson to douchbags everywhere. While it’s acceptable to go to a comic book convention and pretend you are Spider-Man or Darth Vader, it’s not acceptable to pretend you are a comic book artist. Mark Waid and Ethan Van Sciver won’t yell at you if you pretend to be a Klingon, but they will yell at you if you pretend to be a comic book artist.