I have no idea what this is about, but it’s gotten a bit out of hand.
Every day I get emails and anonymous asks trying to get me to explain/justify/defend a ton of stuff I have nothing to do with.
I can SORT of get why people would feel entitled to me telling them long answers about stuff they don’t like in the bat-books. I work in the bat-universe.
But I don’t speak for DC, for DC executives. I can’t speak for books I don’t write or in some cases, even read.
And it’s gotten to the point where one person just continuously sends me asks anonymously over a book I do not write, do not follow, and have absolutely no inside information on (I know who it is, and I kinda wish they would obsess to someone else, I’ve answered them repeatedly).
Even stranger, I’m getting asked to defend books for companies I do not even work for.
Guys, here’s the thing. If you ask me a question, I will answer honestly. The odds are, I will not have your exact same viewpoint. If I answer, and you disagree, and you decide that makes me a corporate sell-out even if I say outright that I dislike an editorial choice, I have to say, that’s not going to endear you to me. If you ask, I expect and trust that you want an honest answer, even if it doesn’t match up with your own opinion.
There’s a LOT of stuff in comics I am not crazy about. You don’t have to read many of my posts to see that. I am very critical of many things, mildly critical of others. And some, I understand, even if I don’t care for it myself.
But it is not in my nature to rag on other creators, in most cases. I just feel that makes the industry less fun for everyone, especially readers. If something’s egregious, yes, I will comment. But my belief system is pro-free speech and pro-differing opinions and creative impulses. The fact that something isn’t the way I would do it is not enough for me to condemn them…the pros that act that way, to me, make themselves look much worse than their targets.
Social justice issues are different, I think they need to be called out and spoken about. Story choices, I feel like that is not my obligation, and many times, I’ve not even read the book in question.
In short, please don’t send me leading questions where what you want is for me to tear down someone else’s book. It’s just not how I operate. And I’m definitely not going to argue with you about a book I’m not even following.
So please, I will always answer your question honestly. But if you ask a question, please respect my right to answer it in the manner I choose, even if it does not match your opinion precisely.
That would be much appreciated!