Writer-director Joss Whedon has assembled his Avengers cast — and a bevy of other Hollywoods stars — for an anti-Donald Trump campaign ad released Wednesday timed to the launch of his Save the Day PAC, which encourages Americans to vote on Election Day.I don't think any of the actors from the Avengers movie are important after reading this, nor the director. I do think they're embarrassing whatever legacy the film might have by yammering away with more leftism and declaring all conservatives inherently evil while obscuring all the pressing issues we face today. Whedon's decidedly a joke, and no matter the quality of his past TV shows, he'll be remembered in history as a blabbermouth who doesn't know when it pays to remain neutral. The same goes for the Avengers film cast, who IMO haven't done the franchise any favors.
Titled “Important,” the ad features Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Don Cheadle as well as Julianne Moore, Jesse Williams, Neil Patrick Harris, Keegan-Michael Key, James Franco, Cobie Smulders, Stanley Tucci, Rosie Perez, Yvette Nicole Brown, Martin Sheen and Leslie Odom Jr., among others.
“You might think it’s not important. You might think you’re not important,” Ruffalo says in the three-minute clip, before Key adds, “but that’s not true.”
“And the only way we can prove that to you is by having lots of famous people” appear in the video, Downey Jr. jokes.
“A sh*t-ton of famous people,” Moore adds.
SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS! Validate our virtue! And if you fail to validate, we must ask the state to hurt you!— Mike Baron (@BloodyRedBaron) September 9, 2016
Thanks for reducing people fleeing oppression, including countless children, down to pieces of candy. Now I KNOW you're an unfeeling idiot. https://t.co/WMCJB6Vcdj— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) September 20, 2016
So just to be clear, @Skittles has greater diplomatic skills than high ranking people in the Trump campaign.— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) September 20, 2016
Gaiman also nodded to the controversy of recent years as fan groups the Sad Puppies and the Rabid Puppies have urged the Hugo’s voting members to follow a specific slate of candidates. The author ridiculed such slates:They did him a favor and demonstrated that they weren't letting any politics get in the way, and how does he thank them? By parroting the exaggerated narrative that Sad Puppies are just evil meddlers and not folks who don't want the awards hijacked by SJWs. Yet another clown who rejects half his audience over peanuts.
“It meant a lot to see ‘Sandman: Overture’ nominated for a Hugo Award and was disappointing to see that it had been dragged into the unfortunate mess that the pitiable people who call themselves Puppies had attempted to inflict on World Con and its awards. I would have withdrawn it from consideration, but even that seemed like it would have been giving these sad losers too much acknowledgment.”
COMICS BEAT: You’ve also been working with Dark Horse again on something unexpected yet not out of the realm of surprise when it comes to someone with your level of creativity. Bait: Off-Color Stories For You to Color published by Dark Horse Books is very much an adult coloring book in every sense of those words. What was the inspiration to do this second collection of short stories as a coloring book?He referenced Allie otherwise sans condemnation for his revolting behavior, and Comics Beat's interviewer asked no questions about the whole scandal. If he's working with Allie without reservations, he's done a huge disfavor for all victims.
CHUCK PALAHNIUK: My inspiration? All the glorious variant covers that artists did for the single issues of ‘Fight Club 2’. They left me panting to do projects with all of them. Writing “Bait” allows me to work with eight artists, collaborating with editor Scott Allie, all of us egging each other to greater heights of depravity. The reader will be the final collaborator, bringing our ideas to fruition. [...]
CB: There were some fantastic covers I hope will be shown in the collected edition of Fight Club 2 and it would have been fantastic to see Amanda Conner draw one of those short stories in Bait. Good news is the book doesn’t lack any artistic talent.
You have quite a line up of incredible artists drawing these stories such as Lee Bermejo, Joelle Jones, and Duncan Fegredo to name a few. Did you handpick this line up or did Dark Horse pitch these artists to you?
CP: This dream team was chosen by me and Scott Allie. And God bless Joelle, especially, because she’s swamped with work and still agreed to help us. The images the artists delivered convince me that I’m not insane – at least not the most-insane of the insane. Such a comfort.
Again, my inspiration came from seeing the variant covers. The second consideration was people’s availability. If we didn’t wrangle someone for this collection, Scott and I will campaign to include them in the next. I’d love to publish a new heavily illustrated collection – bound beautifully, more like a Medieval illustrated manuscript – every year.
CB: On the topic of your partnership with Mike Mignola, how has it changed you as a storyteller?I think it's in poor form to cite such an awful man after what he did, since it runs the gamut of giving him credence when he doesn't deserve any.
JA: Scott Allie and Mike allowed me to tell long-arc stories, and that’s what I’m best at. I got to develop that skill here in the HBU, so I’m better at it and that makes me happy. Most publishers want slam-bang-get-in-get-out kinds of tales, and I can do that but it’s a lot more fun to really nurture a cast along and see them through.
[...] Between just a very few writers, they’ve been able to create this world and this history. Between Mignola, Arcudi, Scott Allie, and now Roberson, this is a team that is based on a love of history, folklore and mythology. [...]But one of that team does not base his MO on love of civilized values, and the writer of this piece does no favors by turning a blind eye to that fact.
CB: So there was quite some time wher Brian thought you might have been crazy. What about the experience of being part of Fight Club 2?Even after what Allie did? Wow, he is a disgrace.
DM: It was great working with the entire team: Chuck, Cameron Stewart, Dave Stewart, Nate Piekos, and Scott Allie. Everyone at Dark Horse has been incredible with the Kabuki stuff and with the Fight Club stuff.
COMICS BEAT: You’re no stranger to collaborating with the top writers and artists in the industry, but most of your career as a writer has been spent developing your own properties. Was there any kind of culture shock about how Mike Mignola works or writing in an already established universe when scripting Rise of the Black Flame, Witchfinder, or Hellboy & The BPRD 1953?The chance to do an assignment or a favor for creep whose list of assault victims included Joe Harris? Ugh. He may not have known prior what Allie was doing behind the scenes. But if I were in Roberson's position and found out, I'd turn it down immediately. Yet here he went posting an uncritical comment about the man, and just couldn't get a clue that it's better not to lend validity to such perverts.
CHRIS ROBERTSON: It came pretty naturally to me, actually. I’ve been an enormous fan of Mike’s work for ages, and have followed the exploits of Hellboy and company since I bought the first issue of Seed Of Destruction the week it was released. So when Scott Allie gave me the opportunity to pitch a Witchfinder miniseries to him and Mike a couple of years ago, I jumped at the chance. But as time has gone on, I’ve realized that things like my Witchfinder miniseries and Rise Of The Black Flame are exactly the kinds of stories that I’d be doing on my own if I had the chance, but I’m lucky enough to set them in that established universe and make use of all of that fantastic backstory and mythology.
If you’re anxious to learn about the plot for the upcoming Black Panther solo movie, consider picking up a copy of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s critically-acclaimed Black Panther comic. Actor Chadwick Boseman revealed in an interview that he, director Ryan Coogler, and the entire Black Panther production team have been reading Coates’ book as a key influence for the upcoming Marvel film.They're drawing from his work, and they are foolish. The guy's got such awful leftist influences, that basing their planned movie on his work is just doing him a favor he doesn't need. Coates even gave an interview to the Wall Street Journal last week where they gave more hints at what's wrong with his take on Black Panther:
While Boseman warns that the film won’t follow the exact plot of Coates’s story arc, he says, “You definitely can tell that Ryan is reading Ta-Nehisi, and I’m reading Ta-Nehisi, and the producers are reading Ta-Nehisi. If we didn’t read what Ta-Nehisi is writing, we would be foolish.”
I’m struck by how focused you are on telling a political story over a superhero story. Why did you make that decision?It's not important, or at least not in the way he perceives it. When Marvel alluded to political situations in better days, they didn't do it at the expense of adventure themes and they didn't hammer readers over the head with a constant stream of anti-conservative themes. Yet that's what even Coates is promoting today, and while his book may focus on T'Challa as a leader, the bad news is that it's likely it's all done from an ultra-liberal perspective, touting that POV as superior in every way. Also note how Coates reveals that the Civil War sequel is about pretty much the same thing as the first one. What it hints is that the crossover is basically an attack on security steps, and to be sure, the Patriot Act.
I wouldn’t draw that dichotomy. I think “X-Men,” for instance, has long been a political book. Marvel has a long history of [political books]. “Captain America,” quintessentially, is a political book. I mean, it’s “Captain America.” … If you look at the current miniseries that Marvel’s been doing, “Civil War,” it’s all about profiling. I think, probably, the distinction I would make here is that “Black Panther” is much more focused on governance, which is a dry, boring word. But it’s more focused on governance than traditional superhero books, and that’s because Black Panther’s a king, he’s a monarch. There seems to be a really huge difference between him and other superheroes, so I thought that was really important.
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