December 16, 2013

More P.C. comics drivel

Retailer Quits Phantom Group Over Concerns About Religious Content Of Jesus Island. Be sure to read through the entire thing.

I’m sorry, but why is this news? Is the underlying message that it’s “censorship?” Or that you should think it is?

Don’t misunderstand me – I don’t find this material offensive, and even if I did I could care less if a private entity decided it wanted to back out on it. But there’s another aspect to consider: Imagine if the subject was Mohammed, instead of Jesus. Would outfits like Bleeding Cool consider this story newsworthy? And if they did, would it be focused on the censorship aspect, or the insensitivity angle? (Bleeding Cool didn’t think the head of Archie Comics yelling “penis” in front of male underlings, and subsequently getting sued for it, was worthy of their bandwidth, after all.) In addition, take a gander at the reader comments about this matter. Would they be as they are, again, with my Mohammed hypothetical? Or would Bleeding Cool and its readership engage in what Frank Miller faced when he had the audacity to want Batman fight the terrorists of al Qaeda? And, would the usual cadre of small-minded-but-big-mouthed modern creators like Ron Marz chime in at how “needlessly provocative” such a story is? Would Gail Simone “treat” us all to another days-long cutesy Twitter hash tag fest “lampooning” the “intolerance” of the tale?

Just remember the other facet: As MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell once said in a moment of pure honesty, going after someone like [the Mormons] is easy because they don’t fight back. Going after Muslims is risking a death sentence.

Posted by Hube at December 16, 2013 07:14 PM | TrackBack

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I really can't stand Gail Simone. She acts so obnoxious and self-righteous on Twitter, to the point where I will never buy or read anything she's written every again. She (and her dimwitted fanboys and fangirls) think she's so funny, but she really isn't. Plus there's her penchant for being ultra-PC at all times......

Posted by: Carl at December 16, 2013 11:13 PM

Exactly, Carl. Anyone who thinks she's even remotely funny has a serious humor deficiency. The snowman plumber toy someone stuck in our faculty bathroom for the holidays makes funnier jokes.

And she gets all self-righteous when someone makes an anti-PC funny; however, she was having a field day with the "Red Neck Star Wars" hash tag.

Posted by: Hube at December 17, 2013 07:23 AM

I agree. I found her whole Redneck Star Wars nonsense to be disgusting. Imagine if she had done Ghetto Star Wars instead...

And snowman plumber toy? Do tell.

Posted by: Carl at December 17, 2013 02:26 PM

Wait... is this the same comic that has a Kickstarter site??

So... sorry Hube, but I'm not following the post. (could just be the day I'm having)

Heck just glancing at the kickstarter I'm trying to figure out if I'm supposed offended or not. Man, how bad have things gotten if you can't even tell if something's supposed to be edgy.

Posted by: Nate at December 17, 2013 07:05 PM

I'm addressing the fact that this was "news" more than the religious "controversy" itself. Especially since BC (and other sites, to be sure) doesn't (don't) cover other controversies, like the Archie bit mentioned.

Posted by: Hube at December 18, 2013 12:30 PM

(wish the kickstarter link had survived)

Ah ok. So... anyone know anything about the comic?

Posted by: Nate Winchester at December 18, 2013 12:52 PM

The old Kickstarter link for EFJI is here:

I don't think that a few of the Phantom stores leaving the program over our comic is a particularly big deal, nor do I think it's censorship. It's just a couple stores making snap judgments based on a title, which is their right. More than half the Phantom stores sold out on the first day, so the stores that passed on us aren't hurting anyone but themselves and I bear them no ill will. We'll have no problems selling out this print run.

The 'should I be offended' question is an interesting one. It's the kind of thing I don't think about ever when writing. My job is to tell the most compelling tale I can and EFJI is a story I've been obsessed about for 20 years. Sure, it'll offend some people, but being offensive certainly isn't the point.

If you are interested in checking out our first issue, Phantom stores have it for sale now as a Phantom Variant and it will be available in many more stores starting Jan. 20. You can find a map of participating retailers here:

Our online EFJI community is on Facebook. If you're interested in discussing the comic with folks who have read it, stop on by.

Posted by: Shawn at January 11, 2014 10:06 AM

Thanks for stopping by and offering your thoughts, Shawn.

Posted by: Hube at January 11, 2014 10:10 AM

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