Some weeks it’s mostly likes, other weeks it’s dislikes.
So what’s grinding my gears this week?
Border Town Canceled
This came as a surprise. The new hit series Border Town that saw some nice spec heat on it’s issue #1 Cover B variant has been yanked and canceled by DC/Vertigo after reports of sexual abuse by the writer and co-creator Eric M. Esquivel.
The artists have fully backed the publishers stance of terminating the title and backing the accuser of this alleged abuse.
We live in a new world now where your actions have consequences. I’m a big believer of innocent until proven guilty but I’m also a believer of those associated to remove themselves from accountability, which Vertigo has done in likely good taste until all the facts come clear.
If all the allegations and the story are true, Eric M. Esquivel deserves what comes his way.
It’ll be interesting to see how the existing issues of Border Town fair on the secondary market. I’m expecting them to plummet and start to vanish as I’d be really surprised to see them start to go up in value. But I’ve been surprised before.
Hindu Organization Asks Marvel For An Apology
Apparently a Hindu Organization that represents Hindu’s in America are urging an apology from Marvel from a scene in Uncanny X-Men #5 that suggests all religions are fake (not in those exact terms but claiming “fake houses of worship”). X-Man did a magic trick to make them all vanish (including a well known Hindu Temple) so he could be the only religion or god in the story.
The organization stated that it was “highly inappropriate, and urged Marvel to immediately issue an official apology for hurting the sentiments of Hindu devotees, and publish it prominently on its website.”
Honestly one should ask themselves, if a fictitious story (and in this case a comic book of all things) upsets you because it questions your faith, perhaps you should rethink your own faith.
To me this is more of a PR stunt. If Hindu’s are this upset over a make believe story in a comic book, perhaps they should urge apologies from every religion that is basically laying claim that their faith is fake since such religions don’t follow their god(s).
I’m not knocking religion, I’m just pointing out the absurdity of all of this. People just need to learn to relax a little and stop being so easily offended, particularly over just a story in a comic book.
A New Creator Owned Comic Publisher
Looks like we got another comic book publisher pushing it’s way into the industry. TKO Presents claims they want to reinvent the industry, creatively and commercially.
With writers like Garth Ennis and Jeff Lemire included in their cast of creators and Steve Epting (I love Epting’s artwork, he was one of the few reasons I got into Captain America) in the artist category, this new publisher looks promising.
One of the things they’re promoting is that every first issue of every new title will be available for free digitally. This is smart, it’s giving people a taste so they come back for more if they like it.
It doesn’t seem as if TKO Presents will be distributed by Diamond so stores must order directly from the publisher. This could be both a good thing and a bad thing.
Definitely worth checking out and so far I’ve read the first issue of Sara since I’m a huge Epting fan, his artwork is just killer. I might just have to order the remaining issues (Unless someone from TKO Presents is reading this and wants to send me some review copies… hint hint… )
That’s all I got this week that’s grinding my gears. I know some of this post has some controversial topics, they are my own opinion and I ask that if you do comment on them, let’s keep it clean. We’re all adults who should be able to have a conversation on any topic without ever letting it get personal.