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Wednesday, February 28, 2018 

Marvel's blacklist against Chuck Dixon didn't end with Axel Alonso's departure, because it didn't start with him

Christian Toto interviewed Chuck Dixon about his comics and novels career, and he lets know the blacklist against him didn't end at Marvel, if anywhere:
HiT: You’re open about your political leanings … what have been the repercussions of that, if any? If there have been issues, has it gotten better or worse of late?


Dixon: I’ve burnt every bridge by now so the repercussions amount only to sad, breathless rants on Facebook or impotent attempts to boycott me. I have taken action against FB posters who made spurious claims of having “proof” that I’m some kind of racist.

Though things have ramped up, if I had managed to hold on at DC and Marvel until now, that would have ended with Trump’s victory. The rage is palpable, and editors and publishers are very open with their discrimination.

The departure of Axel Alonso from Marvel has not ended the blacklisting for me. So I guess he wasn’t the only one who can’t see past their ideology.
Of course not, because the blacklist didn't begin with Alonso. It began with Joe Quesada, because he was Marvel's EIC at the time Dixon was originally blacklisted. And since Quesada is still an influential figure at Marvel, that's why issues with this blacklist have to be brought to him, where else?

Now I don't think Dixon is any "racist", although, having learned Vox Day has some pretty disgusting "conspiracy theory" visions (and implied Joe Lieberman and daughter were "dual loyalists"), that's why Dixon may be making a mistake contributing to his outfit, and it'll all have to be taken with a grain of salt. He should really seek work at Alterna, if they're more willing to cooperate with him, and if their staff knows better than to blow it over political differences. That said, it's clear his detractors aren't attacking him out of altruistic motivations, and it's only because of his conservative credentials they're attacking him at all.

The blacklist crisis must certainly be fought against, and it's time for all concerned to start finding ways to do so, to ensure future generations won't be shut out of comicdom.

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It is worth remembering that some of the best comics ever were collaborations between liberals and conservatives. Chuck Dixon did his best work under liberal editor Cat Yronwode, liberal Stan Lee's best Spider-Man stories were created with Ayn Rand follower Steve Ditko and conservative John Romita; right-wing Roy Thomas collaborated regularly with his liberal screen-writing partner Gerry Conway. People with different political beliefs are not necessarily the enemy. And they do not necessarily have to follow the party line on every issue; Roy Thomas was strongly pro-diversity (except when it meant other people changing around the ethnicity of characters he had created, like Iron Fist) but a rightist on foreign policy issues.

Has alterna ever released a work by a conservative writer?

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