Comic book writer Mark Waid wrote a long post on Facebook sharing is his feelings on the 2016 presidential election. Spoiler alert, he’s not too happy about how the whole thing turned out.
Donald Trump won and Hillary Clinton lost. Like Mark Waid, I’m not happy with Trump being our president. Even though I voted for her, I wouldn’t have been happy if Hillary Clinton won either. That’s one of the things that made this election such a giant, Costco-sized bucket of suck. No matter who won, the result was going to be pretty awful.
Mark Waid began his post by stating that his therapist told him that he’s in the grieving stage with the outcome of the election. The post pretty much goes downhill from there.
He then talked about appearing at comic book conventions in red states. Some comic book professionals have vowed not to attend comic book conventions in states that voted for Donald Trump. Mark will not do that. He’ll attend conventions in red states. The difference is, he’ll use his straight white male privilege to create safe spaces at these conventions.
From Mark Waid’s Facebook account:
As a straight white male, I carry with me a certain amount of privilege. That doesn’t mean I’m diving through a money bin. Privilege doesn’t mean I snap my fingers and women come running. What it means is that I was born with a pigment and a nationality that makes me safe from hate crimes, from bigotry, from the kind of fearmongering our President-elect spewed in all fifty states these last 16 months.
So I’ve decided to use that privilege on the convention trail. I respect and agree with my friend Humberto’s decision, but I’m in a different place, and after talking to my friends who are Not Like Me, I think it’s a better use of my privilege to go to shows everywhere and help create safe spaces, as many of you already do (and thank you). It is pretty literally the least I can do.
I’m not hard to find at shows. If you’re a fan or creator and are ever, ever made to feel uncomfortable on a convention floor, come find me. If it’s a fleeting thing, just come hang out. If, on the other hand, you can point out the aggressors, I will rain HELLFIRE on your behalf, I PROMISE you. Ask anyone. They’ll tell you that I’ll flip tables on bullies and creeps, and I’ll have your back. And while I’ve never had to use it, I’ve got enough clout to have hatemongers flat-out thrown out of shows, and I am not above those sorts of nuclear options.
I’ve never seen Mark Waid in person, at least I don’t think I have. Judging by his photos, he doesn’t strike me as a very intimidating person. I don’t think he’d ever be mistaken for a Dothraki Bloodrider.
I haven’t felt the need to attend a comic book convention in quite some time. It just never seems worth it. Panels are now usually posted to YouTube. You can buy anything sold at a comic book convention online, usually for a lot less than what it can be purchased for at the convention. Not that you would necessarily even want to buy anything sold at a comic book convention, unless of course it has nothing to do with comic books.
Now that Mark is offering to use his straight white male privilege for anyone who asks, it might be fun to go to a comic book convention again.
The next time Mark attends a convention in the neighboring red state of Pennsylvania, I may have to go. I want to see him rain Hellfire and flip tables. I don’t even know what Hellfire is. Something tells me it’s not nice. Hellfire sounds dangerous, especially if used indoors and without proper ventilation.
Now that I think of it, the last time I went to the Baltimore Comic Con, the fire alarm went off. Everyone had to exit the building. Could Mark Waid raining Hellfire on someone have caused the fire alarm to go off? This was before his promise on Facebook, but who knows if Mark Waid follows liner time. If he’s powerful enough to rain Hellfire, maybe he’s powerful enough to manipulate time and space.
I annoy my wife all the time
If it takes too long to see Mark Wade do his thing, I could have my wife go to Mark’s table to have him autograph my copy of Kingdom Come #3. She could then just casually mention to Mark that I annoy her.
It wouldn’t even be a lie. I annoy her all the time. She’ll ask me to do something and I then forget to do it. That’s got to be very annoying.
Once Mark hears that I’ve annoyed my wife, that I annoy her all the time, he’s obligated to rain forth his Hellfire upon me. He’s also obligated to flip my table. Considering that I wouldn’t have a table, that might be hard for him to do. He promised to do these things on Facebook, so by law, he has to do them.
That sounds like a lot of fun.