To See or Not to See

An anonymous reader poses a timely and vitally important question for anyone who is torn between not giving money to people who hate him and supporting innocent creatives who might be harmed by a boycott.

Diversity and Comics and others have argued that we should support the few unconverged titles to encourage a shift to Marvel/Disney making more of those and less of the poisonous ones. He roasts bad comics, but recommends the ones he finds to be good.

I’ll stand by the Infinity War movie’s quality, but I’ve had a debate about whether it’s better to pirate the movie or reward it with money as a sign to do more of the same.

Your take?

Author JD Cowan beats me to the punch:

I’m not Brian, but I will say that when it comes to the MCU that it doesn’t really matter at this point. Avengers 4 is basically the grand finale of this whole thing (even if Marvel will fight tooth and nail against it) and there is little anyone can do to deter one from watching it after a decade’s investment. After that? I expect many will be walking away, especially with the rumor of them heading to SJW territory. That’s when they should be hit hardest by withholding wallets.

That is sort of the same thing with DC and Marvel. There are a few titles that aren’t in the toilet, and some hold out hope that DC isn’t converged (at least they do not allow their writers and artists to insult customers, so there’s that) but it would probably do better to find other companies or creators that are more willing to cater to their audiences. I have no problem supporting a book if the writer and artist do not hate me despite never meeting me.

Also, D&C is a good guy, but he also recommended the new Dr. Strange comic as it was good. But it was still written by Mark Waid, and he knows known of his viewers will buy it.

I second what JD said. Since he covered the practicalities from the consumer angle, I’ll give you my take from the POV of the talent.

It’s certainly important to consider the effects of a boycott on innocent parties whose wallets may take a hit in the crossfire.

But consider this, too: Ethan Van Sciver recently gave his fans a glimpse into working conditions at DC, by many accounts the less converged of the Big Two, and he described stealth Republican talent hiding under desks.

EVS also shed light on the dire state of creator compensation. The legacy comics industry is already a business where only a handful of rock stars are making decent money while most of the guys in the bullpen have trouble making ends meet. And that’s without us boycotting.

My question to you is, why would you want the comic writers and artists you care about to keep working for publishers where they don’t earn a living and must endure abuse from their SJW coworkers?

Richard and Ethan have shown that going back to a modified patronage model is a viable way to thrive in comics. Going indie is the best option for comic artists and writers. The Big Twos’ demise would give them excellent encouragement.

A lot of folks have asked me for practical advice on how to navigate the minefield that is clown world culture without going full Uncle Ted or stepping on honest, hardworking artists. I’m not the grand inquisitor of consumer media. Don’t give money to people who hate you is an exhortation, and everyone decides his own level of involvement.

Here’s my advice: Sit down and draw up a written monthly budget. It’s a good idea for everybody to have a budget, anyway. Once you know where each and every one of your dollars is going, it’s time to do some research. Look up the corporations that produce the entertainment you consume to find out if they’re SJW-converged. If so, how deep does the rot go? This information is easy to find in the internet age. Just browse authors’, artists’, and directors’ Twitter feeds.

Once you’ve determined how much the media companies you patronize hate you, it’s your call on how to proceed. Some readers tell me they take a gradual approach like easing into a hot tub. They do their budgets each month and pick one pozzed outlet to cut from their lives. Others have cannonballed into the chilly lake and gone cold turkey.

Whichever approach works best for you, don’t forget to keep supporting independent creators who want to tell you entertaining stories instead of lecturing you. My reader-acclaimed Soul Cycle series is on sale in eBook and paperback for just one more day. Buy it now!

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