(Bumped to top due to new happenings -- see updates below.)
Apparently the obvious goes right over Superior Spider-Man writer Dan Slott's head:
Still scratching my head over why ANY retailer would openly slag a book either at their store-- or on a message board or twitter feed. #Why?— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) September 28, 2013
Why would a retailer want to alienate one of those readers? To curry favor w/ others? To push customers more towards that retailer's tastes?— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) September 28, 2013
So, you're saying this doesn't make much sense, right Dan? I wholeheartedly agree. Why the hell would a comic shop retailer want to potentially axe some business? So how 'bout this: Why would a comic creator "openly slag" the political views of fans (and potential fans) of his own product? What's the essential difference there, Dan? Do you think Marvel is happy that you opine on social media about stuff political ... thereby alienating a substantial portion of your audience?
Don't misunderstand -- you certainly have every right to do so. And you've even stated you're willing to accept any consequences that come your way as a result of being outspoken. That's certainly ballsy, I'll give you that. But, again, what the difference between the comic shop guy you note above, and you spouting off on a controversial political issue? Remember, Michael Jordan once said, "Republicans buy shoes, too*."
RELATED: Doug Ernst details how Slott was tickled pink at the show The Big Bang Theory ripping his Spider-Ock character, and how Dan is obsessed with how people think of him on social media.
UPDATE: Slott implies legal action against Ernst for Doug's "spreading gross falsehoods" about the creator online. Give me a royal break. Good luck with that, Danny.
UPDATE 2: Slott really likes to make Doug's point:
Some people travel in packs. Nice to know if 1 blogger says misinformation about you, he has 2 fellow bloggers who'll immediately reblog it.— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) September 29, 2013
You mean, Dan, like how you and your fellow contemporary creators all think alike politically and socially? Y'see, the problem with that is that when you never hear dissenting opinions you're shocked when someone actually utters one. Sort of like Pauline Kael, y'know.
UPDATE 3: Apparently Slott is still in elementary school. He recently tweeted a massive treatise about Doug, whining about how "bad" a person he is because he [supposedly] called him anti-Semitic in this post. Read it and you be the judge on that. For me, any reasonable person would come away noting that Slott's new "hero" (Dr. Octopus in Peter Parker's/Spider-Man's body) wanted to transcend what Hitler and other maniacal despots did. But don't bring up something like the Holocaust; Slott believes that this is a prodigious affront -- because he himself is Jewish.
*Sigh* How does a guy become obsessed with what average people (like Doug and I) think about his work, when he himself constantly brags about how popular his product is? And how a top-rated TV show just mentioned it? GROW UP!!
Posted by Hube at September 30, 2013 11:59 PM
* Jordan made the comment while refusing to endorse Harvey Gantt who was running against Jesse Helms in the 1990 North Carolina Senate race. Jordan didn't endorse Helms either, of course. Yours truly never was a Helms aficionado, nor did he approve of his notorious campaign ad against Gantt. Nevertheless, Jordan's comments make complete sense from a business perspective.