The weirdos in comics today are the people who make them

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.

Image writer and neat-freak Michelle Perez (Source:

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.


Comic book writer Kwanza Osajyefo questions if Richard C. Meyer is a veteran

Comic book writer Kwanza Osajyefo has discovered a new low when it comes to criticizing Richard C. Meyer, the man behind the Diversity & Comics YouTube channel. He questioned his veteran status:

Kwanza Osajyefo has probably never served in the military, so he might not realize how inappropriate and offensive it is to publicly question a veteran’s service.

Being ignorant doesn’t excuse what he did.

I like to say that it’s impossible for me to be offended by the words of others. Words are just words. If I was the type of person who would allow myself to become offended by things said by others, what Kwanza Osajyefo said would offend me.

Kwanza Osajyefo

If nothing else, that he could question if Meyer served in the military or not just shows he’s never watched his videos. As a veteran who’s watched all of Meyer’s videos, it’s quite obvious to me that he served.

I blame Twitter for creating the atmosphere that allows something like this to happen. Much like some users are allowed to verify who they are on Twitter and then get a blue check mark next to their name, like comic book writer Kwanza Osajyefo, veterans should be allowed to verify with Twitter that they’ve served and then get some type of identifier indicating they’re a veteran of the U.S. military.

The state of Maryland added this feature to the driver’s license.

Maryland driver’s license with the veteran indicator.

Even Uber added something like this to driver profiles. If you’re a veteran of the U.S. military and you drive for Uber, your passengers will be made aware of this fact.

This may seem trivial to some, but questioning someone’s military service is highly offensive. It’s certainly more offensive then referring to someone with the wrong pronoun.

The #MoveTheNeedle Twitter comics campaign

There’s a positive Twitter campaign going on involving #ComicsGate. The way it works is this: whenever you buy comics based on the recommendations of people associated with #ComicsGate, Diversity & ComicsCapn CummingsYellow FlashDouglas Ernst, etc., you take a photo of the comics you bought and post it on Twitter along with the hashtag #MoveTheNeedle.

It hopefully shows that the same customers often maligned and disparaged by some (not all) comic book professionals because of their backing of the ideas behind #ComicsGate support the comic book industry by actually buying books. Imagine that.

Our comic book purchases are helping the comics industry by moving the needle.

It’s the mastermind of Richard C Meyer of Diversity & Comics. At least I think his name is Richard. Sometimes I think it’s Zack. Other times I think it’s Diana’s dad.

Here’s one I just posted on Twitter:

What I like about the #MoveTheNeedle campaign is its positivity. It’s not attacking anyone for supposedly supporting social justice infused books that nobody wants to read, or more importantly, buy. It’s showing the comic book industry that customers want to buy good comics when given the opportunity. Good comics sell. Bad comics don’t.

Hopefully, the #MoveTheNeedle campaign will make it more difficult for the comic book industry to dismiss the points raised by customers who support #ComicsGate. At least that’s the idea.

The New York Comic Con is an harassment free zone

The New York Comic Con 2017 starts today. ReedPOP, the event’s organizers, have a strict rule about harassment. What is comic convention harassment? This is how it’s defined on their website:

  • Stalking
  • Intimidation
  • Offensive Verbal Comments
  • Physical Assault And/Or Battery
  • Harassing Or Non-Consensual Photography Or Recording
  • Sustained Disruption Of Panels, Signings, And Other Events
  • Bathroom Policing
  • Inappropriate Physical Contact
  • Unwelcome Physical Attention
  • Hate Symbols

I have never seen harassment at a comic convention

I’ve never seen harassment at a comic book convention, in that I’ve never seen any of the above take place. Then again, I haven’t been to a comic book convention in some time. Things may have changed a lot since the last time I went to one.

Also, I’ve never been to a comic convention B. Clay Moore, Isaac Goodhart, Kelly Thompson or Taylor Esposito were appearing. They are members of a super secret Facebook group for comic professionals and in the group, talked openly about wishing to visit violence on Richard C. Meyer, the man behind the Diversity & Comics YouTube channel.

B. Clay Moore wrote, “The last thing Meyer is going to do is get violent at a con. But I’d love to follow him around trying to goad him into throwing a punch.

In response, Taylor Esposito wrote, “I’d love to yell “one punch” after you level him.

One punch? Looks like Esposito and I like the same kind of anime.

Time and space

The best defense against anyone wishing you harm is time and space. Put as much time and space between you and the person wanting to do you harm. The last thing you want to do is stand your ground and square off against someone .

Fighting is hard work. It takes a lot of energy to fight someone. Again, the best thing to do is put as much distance between you and your assailant. It doesn’t matter if it’s at a comic con or a Walmart parking lot.

Richard C. Meyer doesn’t have anything to worry about. He’s a six-foot former Marine who’s fought in two desert wars.

If you haven’t subscribed to the Diversity & Comics YouTube channel, you really ought to. You don’t know what you’re missing. He’s probably the least pretentious, the most down to earth person you could hope to meet. He made me interested in comics again, something I didn’t even know was possible.

Mark Waid, Baltimore Comic Con, and worthless harassment policies

Comic book writer Mark Waid posted this following call to action on his Facebook page:

For anyone attending this weekend’s (excellent) Baltimore Comic Con, I have an important request. There is a serial YouTube harasser named Richard C Meyer who I’m told may be attending as a fan. If anyone sees this gentleman or any of his friends, I need you to come find me and tell me immediately. Even if I’m on a panel, come up and interrupt.

Please circulate this request as widely as you possibly can through all your social media accounts. Fellow pros, tell each other. This is about attempting to lessen the harassment of women in comics, and it is important. Please spread the word. Thank you.

Talk about creating an unsafe environment.

The YouTube harasser Mark Waid is referring to is the person who maintains the Diversity & Comics channel. I had never heard of the channel until I first read about Mark Waid’s call for stalking at the Baltimore Comic Con. Contrary to what Mark Waid says, the guy is not a harasser, serial or otherwise. He just talks about comic books in a pleasant, unpretentious, and upbeat tone. I watched a couple of his videos and I then subscribed. I recommend his channel to anyone with an interest in comic books. I recommend his channel to anyone who is unhappy with the social justice aspect of too many of today’s comics, especially those published by Marvel Comics. 

This is his most viewed video:

Back to Mark Waid. It’s hard not to look at Mark Waid’s Facebook post as a sign of severe mental instability. If you claim to be a friend of Mark Waid and you don’t encourage him to seek help, you really aren’t a friend of his. In his mind he has decided a person he doesn’t know is a harasser of women (?) and is asking for strangers to seek this person out and then immediately alert him to this fact. In what universe is this normal behavior?

Is your name Richard?

Mark Waid doesn’t know what the person looks like. None of the people Mark Waid hopes to enlist know what this person looks like. This means they will be looking for someone named Richard who is a serial harasser. My name is Richard. This means that if went to the Baltimore Comic Con, I would have to worry about one of Mark Waid’s acolytes misidentifying me as their prey. I was actually thinking on attending tomorrow, but considering how Mark Waid has made it open season on anyone named Richard, I can’t even think about going now.

If only Baltimore Comic Con had a policy against stalking

If only Baltimore Comic Con had a harassment policy that would prohibit something like this from happening. Oh, that’s right. They do have a harassment policy that prohibits something like this from happening. Mark Waid is asking for his fellow professionals, friends, fans, and strangers to stalk someone named Richard. What if someone reading Mark Waid’s call to action is even more mentally unstable than he is? The Baltimore Comic Con’s harassment policy forbids stalking. Mark Waid is evidently exempt from this policy. This means the Baltimore Comic Con harassment policy is worthless. What’s worse than not having a harassment policy? Having one and not enforcing it.

Mark Waid, Baltimore Comic Con, and harassment policies - Bent Corner
The Baltimore Comic Con and its worthless harassment policy.

If I don’t want to be harassed or stalked because of my name, I need to stay away from Baltimore Comic Con. Mark Waid and the Baltimore Comic Con’s inability to enforce its own harassment policy has made the event unsafe for me.