I was surprised when I started noticing tweets by comic book writer and tantrum thrower Mark Waid in my Twitter feed. He raged quit Twitter some time ago and it’s been a while since I’ve read anything from him on Twitter. Here was the last thing he wrote before taking his Twitter ball and going home:
I flew off the handle this morning after being blatantly libeled by a disreputable website. Inexcusable of me. I apologize to all. Over/out.
Now that he’s logging back into Twitter and saying things again, I’m seeing him in my feed. It doesn’t seem from his current Twitter offerings that he’s claimed down all that much.
Here’s a tweet where he says YouTuber Capn Cummings, currently deployed serving in the U.S. military, harasses young women and readers should stay away from him:
This, from the guy who a few weeks ago spent a full minute stammering about how much he loves my work and what an honor it was to talk to me. I’m calling him out not to pick on a “fan,” but to warn readers he’s a serial harasser of young women, stay away. https://t.co/Uk0JavQGkA
That’s a heavy accusation to throw around, serial harasser of young women, especially when it’s not backed up by even a shred of evidence. It just makes it seem like Paul Cummings is yet another sexual weirdo like all the other sexual weirdos in the news lately. The point is, he’s not.
Mark Waid, of course, knows this because he is a writer of words. It’s what he does for a living. He takes words, throws them down in a specific order so that the reader comes to an intended conclusion.
I think Mark Waid is a talented writer, but a terrible human being with mental problems.
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.
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?
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.
It’s become popular for some people to call anyone they disagree a Nazi. The problem is, a Nazi is a real thing. Nazis existed in Germany from 1933 to 1945. They killed millions of people and caused the world’s last major world war.
Nazis, real Nazis, don’t exist today because millions of people got together and fought them on the battlefields of western and eastern Europe. Soldiers, sailors, and airman from the United States, Britain, the Soviet Union, and other countries fought and killed real Nazis. A good many of them gave their lives making sure Nazis didn’t triumph
Today, we live in a world free of Nazis. How do we show thanks to the veterans who defeated the Nazis? Some people call anyone whose opinions they don’t agree with Nazis.
It’s like World War Two never happened.
Even when Nazis existed, not every racist, even if they were white, was a Nazi. The problem is, the word racist has been bandied about so casually for so long, it lost its power. Calling someone a racist isn’t good enough anymore.
Some people on Twitter have taken advantage of Twitter’s new character limit to virtue signal against the social media giant. They want Twitter to ban all of the Nazis. Wil Wheaton is one of those people. He changed his name from Wil Wheaton to Wil ‘stop enabling the Nazis’ Wheaton.
It’s 2017. Not only does Wil Wheaton believe Nazis are still a thing, he thinks Twitter is enabling them.
Eradicating Nazism from planet Earth is one of the greatest accomplishments our country’s veterans ever accomplished. People like Wil Wheaton are completely tone-deaf to this fact this Veterans Day weekend. In their world, not only do Nazis still exist, Twitter is enabling them.
They would want you to believe Nazis are goosestepping all over Twitter.
The funny thing is if it were up to people like Wil Wheaton to defeat Nazi Germany during World War Two, the entire world would be speaking German right now.
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.
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.
I discovered yesterday that I’ve been blocked on Twitter by yet another person, Melissa Morgue of The Feminist Fangirl YouTube channel. Since I’ve done nothing nefarious towards her or anyone else for that matter, I can only assume she’s using a block bot and blocking anyone who follows Diversity & Comics.
I was able to subscribe to her YouTube channel yesterday, but I noticed this morning that I was no longer subscribed. Either there was some kind of glitch that removed me as her subscriber, or she manually unsubscribed me. I’m assuming YouTube content creators can do that, unsubscribe people.
Even if a YouTube content creator can block people from subscribing to their videos, why would they want to? I’m assuming Melissa Morgue has a message and she wants that message to get out to the public.
Don’t preach to the choir, preach to the wretched heathens who don’t agree with you
From the title of her channel, I’m almost certain she and I disagree on some issues. There’s nothing wrong with that. I can listen to people who don’t agree with. In fact, I like to listen to people with views that don’t mesh with mine. It helps confirm my own opinions or if presented with enough persuasive evidence, it forces me to change my mind.
I try to base my opinions on the available evidence. When presented with new evidence that I find persuasive, I’m not only willing to change my mind, I want to change my opinion.
Back in the early 1990s, I was in the Air Force and stationed in upstate New York. I’d listen to The Rush Limbaugh Show each and every day at work. I didn’t agree with most of what Limbaugh had to say, but I enjoyed the high production values of the show. I appreciated hearing contrary opinions to my own. The night of the 1992 presidential election, I went out and cast my vote for Bill Clinton. I probably listened to Rush Limbaugh that very same day. Nothing Limbaugh said on his radio show swayed me into voting for George H. W. Bush. Rush Limbaugh failed to change my mind. I voted for the sexual predator from Arkansas.
I think I would be the perfect audience for Melissa Morgue’s content. I’m more than willing to give her the opportunity to change my mind about things. I gave Rush Limbaugh that opportunity. Who does she want as an audience for her content, only people who agree with her?
That seems like a massive waste of time on her part.
I am not an anonymous troll
I make a point of treating people on Twitter the way I want to be treated. My twitter account not only contains my full name, it even has a current photo as my profile pic. The same is true on YouTube. When I post comments on YouTube, I post them as me. I am not anonymous.
I think that’s why it bothers me when I’m blocked on Twitter. I’ve done nothing to deserve it. If you feel the need to use a block bot on Twitter and you’re blocking someone like me, you’re doing it wrong.
Dan Slott blocked me on Twitter for following Diversity & Comics. At least that’s what I assume. A lot of people who follow D&C can’t follow Dan Slott or even read is tweets. We’ve all been blocked. If I want to read a Dan Slott tweet, I have to fire up Firefox, not log into Twitter, and go to his Twitter feed. Since I normally use Google Chrome, it automatically logs me into Twitter.
Quick Twitter trick
If you want someone to unfollow you, but don't wish to block them:
If Dan Slott were a plumber and not one of Marvel Comics’ top writers, he wouldn’t be able to tweet from a verified account. You see the fancy blue check mark next to his name? That means he’s been verified by Twitter. The Twitter blue check mark is a badge of privilege and honor. You only get a Twitter verified account check mark if you’re famous and deemed worthy by the folks who run Twitter.
Milo Yiannopoulos, the obnoxious conservative writer formerly from Breitbart, had a Twitter account. Twitter shut it down because he posted mean things about Saturday Night Live actress Leslie Jones. Before Twitter gave him the boot, he had a verified account and then he didn’t. Twitter removed the verified account check mark from Milo Yiannopoulos’ account to punish him. I think he was mean to someone else before being mean to Leslie Jones. I don’t remember what it was or who it was against. I’m feeling too lazy right now to look it up on Ask Jeeves.
If the Twitter blue check mark was, in fact, a tool for verification, why then would Twitter punish Milo Yiannopoulos by taking it away?
If Dan Slott were a plumber, he wouldn’t have a blue check mark next to his name. His Twitter account would have just as much clout and privilege as every other Twitter account. In other words, it would have no clout and no privilege. If he wanted a large follower count, he’d have to build it the old-fashioned way, by posting interesting content.
Because he’s a top writer for Marvel Comics, he automatically garners followers. People follow Dan Slott because they’re interested in the books he writes.
How does Dan Slott use this privilege given to him because of who he works for? By posting stuff you’d expect to see in the comment section over at Daily Kos. What’s even worse is all the retweeting he does. It’s bad enough to read his political opinions, it’s even worse to read the opinions of others.
Did you know Dan Slott doesn’t like Donald Trump?
Pregnant Gold Star widow two days after her husband was laid to rest, while Trump was on his 75th golf trip since becoming President. https://t.co/59vYDle8kX
We get it. Dan Slott doesn’t like Donald Trump. If we all agree to this as a stipulation of fact, can he then move on and use his verified Twitter account to talk about the comics he writes? The verified Twitter account with a Spider-Man logo as the avatar?
If you’re a comic book professional and you’re doing things correctly, I should have no idea what political ideals you hold. Comic books, when done right, are a form of escapism. Comic books allow the people to take a break from the real world and enjoy a few minutes of entertainment.
If Dan Slott wants a personal Twitter account, he should create one. He could use it to post his political opinions. People who are interested in his fresh takes on Trump could then follow that personal Twitter account. He then could use his verified Twitter account to post about his books and the books of other comic book professionals. He should also stop blocking people from his verified Twitter account.
How can you promote your work to someone you’ve blocked?