Last year was so peaceful in the geek community but now we had #gamergate
, social justice warriors on the attack, and even new comic book pros talking shit about and threatening veteran comic book pros. I warned people of a potential backlash against a lot of the political correctness, anti sexy,white knight, and wannabe feminist bullshit going around. The sad thing is that Marvel Comics has bought into this bullshit. Marvel comics is doing a lot of pandering these days. By making known sexy characters not as sexy, changing the race and ethnicity of established characters in order to give the illusion of more diversity, and making characters that have been known for being straight for many years gay.
I'm all for diversity but not when it is forced by way of pandering to a very small yet vocal part of the fandom. The majority of these people could careless about diversity.They are more concerned about pressing and spreading their agenda.Marvel realizes this so they are forcing these people to put their money where their mouth is. Marvel has been hiring a lot of artists and writers they wouldn't have given the time of day 10 yrs ago.Marvel back then hired a lot of big name creators back then.Now you pick up a Marvel comic off the rack you don't recognize any of the creators on the comics that Marvel are pushing to appease the very vocal minority.
The artist on Spider-Gwen pretty much talked shit about the amount sexy fan art of a character he doesn't own or even created. Only claim to fame he has now is just designing the costume and talking shit about veteran well known comic book artists that almost comes off as being a threat. As a rookie artist coming in its ok to have an opinion but you also should know your place in the industry. You don't pop off about or on other creators or artists unless you have attained the same degree of success or longevity in the business. Other well known comic book artists have come to the defense of those who been called out by the Spider-Gwen artist. Most artists especially those who began doing work in the 90's get put on blast a lot. A lot of sexy style of artwork was more accepted back then. But now you got all this bitching and whining about "sexualization" of fictional female characters in video games and comic books.Its gotten so obnoxious to the point that these PC idiots are trying to shame the pros into not drawing what the hell they want to draw.
Now battle lines are being drawn.The pros are standing their ground by not putting up with the bullshit.Marvel knows they are playing with house money right now. They are not investing a lot of money by hiring a bunch of no name artists and writers and putting them on the titles that are meant to appease very vocal minor part of the fan base.This tells me that even they are not fully invested in seeing these titles succeed.If they do succeed great.If not the books gets canceled and those new creative teams gets put out of work. I know someone who got picked up as artist last year to work for Marvel. Right now he is doing the art on on a Marvel book with established characters.His art style is very similar to an artist who worked on the same title he is working on. Even still he will admit that Marvel isn't known for hiring any artists that does his style that is not very well known or has done a lot of work in the industry.
Its good that these artists are going their foot in the door.At the same time they need to realize that they are just pawns and worker bees being exploited by Marvel comics bullshit pandering forms of milking money from a part of fandom that thrives on internet drama. The artist on Spider-Gwen decided to take a side in show of support of the people who demanded Spider-Gwen get her own book.Which is fine.But don't go posting personal opinions and attacking established pros in order to pander to the ideals of those you feel are going to buy the book your working on. There is politics in every work environment or job you
work at. And being young,opinionated, and stupid can put you out of a job or hurt your chances of getting work some where else.
Many of the older pros realize that Marvel and to a certain extent DC is full of shit these days. I find it funny that DC is bringing in more older and established pros to counteract Marvel. DC is pandering as well.But they are being very subtle about it. I've noticed how most of the female characters bust sizes have been reduced.Especially on female characters who are known for having large bust sizes. I also noticed that they put artists who are known for drawing visually attractive women are assigned to books where there are not a lot of attractive female characters.
Some opponents to my and older fans argument feel we just don't accept change.We accept change but only change for the better.And not change being forced by pandering.People feel change has happened for the better because more women and young girls are into comics.That's good in all but what is the cost for this one positive. Artists being ashamed and are being asked or forced to change how they draw? Comic book companies sacrificing their brand integrity to appeal just barely half of the overall fan base?Which of whom is not doing most of the whining. A lot of the books talent wise suck on the comic racks these days. But that's what happens when those kids who were raised on high school musicals,sponge bob, and a lot of the aesthetically ugly kid shows have now grown up and become very vocal social justice warriors on the internet.
All I got say there is no better time where being a very vocal person with an agenda or an internet troll can make you famous.
Now that I got that out my system Here are some updates.
*Still trying to get steady employment.I'm getting interviews so that's good.
*I'm going to begin inking my pencils so they can get colored as soon as possible.That way I can focus on getting a real job.Sadly the person I've partnered with does not take the artist alley thing seriously enough to make real money doing it. Plus he now has a real job.
*My con season doesn't begin till August.That con season may be in jeopardy if I find a real job before then. So I'm really starting to waver with My Put up or Shut up movement when it comes to this art thing.I'm really considering shutting down until I can finance and support this art thing all by myself. There is no use doing all this art work if nothing really comes out of it financially.I'm too old and broke for this to just be a hobby.
*With that being said my buy 2 get 1 free sketch drive is still going on.I don't know why I bother and keep advertising it when I only got one person paying for my work thus far.
*Yeah I'm coming down with case of Asshole-itis again.