* this short post at The Beat tying in Art Spiegelman's withdrawal of a Marvel-related essay after changes were asked of it with a less publicized effort to finesse material in an essay related to Simon and Kirby's Captain America character and presenting that character more generally has a lot to interest. I think the way to use art that has a specific point is to allow space within its creation for specific points. Pushing for apolitical or supposedly balanced-out points of view rarely works as cultural positioning or as compelling art of its own. Corporate-owned art may have its strengths, I'm at least open to hear about things like stewardship and broader creative opportunities that thwart polemics, but facilitating politics with the tools used to standardize a set of superpowers an action figure is supposed to evince doesn't seem to be one of them.
* finally: you should avail yourself of all these workshops these days, the ones that interest you, if you're a workshop-goer. There are a lot smart cartoonists out there with practical wisdom to impart.