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March 5, 2010

Can We Stop This Right Now, Please?

imageIt's Friday and I'm cranky, but let's be honest here in a way I can link back to it later: it's way too late in the game for anyone with half a clue about comics to be doing superhero articles and then having them published in any way that endorses the idiotic, blinkered view that comics or even comic books = superhero comic books. I know everyone's heart is in the right place here, but this is as seriously moronic and in an off-hand way potentially distorting and even harmful as running an article about the top 10 racially-positive moments in sports and then running ten examples from baseball.

There's nothing wrong with writing articles about superhero comics and superhero comic books; I write them, too. It's just at this point you kind of need to say so if that's what you're writing about. You always should have, but at this point it's kind of inarguable. If you're going to send me a full e-mail extolling the virtues of a feature article and ask me to engage with it on that level, I'm either going to ignore you or, worse, look at it like you've asked me to and what you've sent me is going to come up really, really short.
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