Back in my younger days, visiting a comic book shop would almost guarantee you a sighting of geeks, freaks, and all around weirdos. That’s because a lot of these types of people were consumers of comic books.
A lot of weirdos read and collected comic books.
Today that’s not really the case. Walk into a comic book shop today and you’re more likely to see normal looking people shopping. Granted, you may still see someone with a nose ring and dyed blue hair behind the counter, but the average shopper at a comic book shop today looks like a regular person. More times than not, they’ll even have a younger kid in tow. They look like shoppers you’d expect to see at any other retail establishment.
That’s not to say there aren’t still weirdos involved in comic books. The difference today is they’re the people making them, not the people buying them.
Case in point, take Michelle Perez. She’s a comic book writer who works with Image Comics. Her upcoming book The Pervert is, “A surprisingly honest and touching account of a trans girl surviving through sex work in Seattle.”
I don’t know why anyone would want to buy something like this book unless it was meant as a gag gift for someone you didn’t like.
Michelle Perez also does a lot of writing on Twitter. Just the other day she wrote she wished military veteran and the creator of the YouTube channel Diversity & Comics, Richard C. Meyer, was killed by an IED.
If you thought Image Comics would want to end a professional relationship with someone who would publicly wish death upon another human being, a military veteran who served his country overseas in a warzone, you’d have thought wrong. The same goes for calling a would-be customer a “piece of shit” and a cryptofascist simply because they’re a U.S. military veteran.
I’m a veteran. I guess Michelle Perez and Image Comics think I’m a cryptofascist too (to be honest, I didn’t even know what a cryptofascist was until I looked it up).
Image didn’t cut ties with Michelle Perez. They didn’t issue a statement distancing them from Michelle Perez’s comments.
It’s nothing but business as usual with Image Comics and Michelle Perez. Michelle Perez is a huge weirdo. The people who currently run Image Comics, Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino are a bunch of weirdos too. They choose to work with a writer who says someone is a cryptofascist because they’re a veteran of the U.S. military and they don’t say a word in response?
American companies today normally go out of their way to signal just how much they support the troops. Image Comics’ silence over what Michelle Perez said on Twitter is signaling something else quite different.