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Tuesday, May 24, 2016 

I'm just as baffled as J. Scott Campbell is

Campbell found a SJW accusing him of "sexism" just because of his art style, and had this little response to offer:

Just what sexism would that be, might I ask of the SJW who dislikes his work? Would it be the sexism found in Identity Crisis, Avengers: Disassembled and the Superior Spider-Man? Or, would it be the costume/character designs Campbell drew? Gee, isn't this just marvelous. Campbell co-created a series franchise in Danger Girl where the women are as formidable combatants as they're hot, and all he cares about is the art styles. Way too easy, and insults a lot of other talented artists like Will Eisner, Dave Cockrum and even George Perez, who also specialized in hot designs.

The real complaint should be why Campbell's wasting his talents on books written and edited by otherwise cynical, dishonest people, and why he's using them on so many variant covers, which is no way to prove the books they wrap are entertaining, and only compounds the notion they're more interested in quick bucks from the speculator market. That's not how to convince a wider audience the medium really cares about entertaining storytelling. What should really have been said was "not even for J. Scott Campbell, because I can't support a script with potential sexism", as seen in some of the writings of Brian Bendis, to name but one example.

As disappointing as the tweeter's comments were, Campbell took it well and said:

But what a shame the other tweeter was claiming folks like Campbell "rob" the characters of strength and individuality. I don't see how amazing designs like his somehow erase all their superpowers, intelligence and talents for combat. And they didn't. On the contrary, it's the scriptwriters in charge like Brian Bendis who did with his pretentious approach to characterization. It's a shame how there's SJWs out there who worry about all the wrong topics, demonstrating perfectly why the worst writers/artists get away with the junk they put out for the mainstream, if anywhere. Campbell's style itself is not the problem. It's the writers assigned to the books in question who are. That's why I really hope Campbell will think it over and reserve his talents for projects and assignments that don't involve the kind of publicity stunts and other hogwash the mainstream publishers are wrecking their products with.

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