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Monday, October 06, 2014 

If only Ed Morrissey understood the picture better

Last month, radio host and Hot Air contributor Ed Morrissey spoke about the GamerGate controversy, something involving video game press who can't be trusted anymore to judge a game based on its merits. But he also brought up the Spider-Woman cover drawing by Milo Manara, and said:
And while the comic book industry hasn’t been part of GamerGate, the same effort to shame the industry took place this week when a Spider-Woman cover got roundly reviled by the broader media for objectification of women. The problem, as YouTube activist Maddox explains, is that the critics didn’t have the first clue about the topic … as Spider-Man has been posed and drawn similarly in the past without any complaint at all
The problem is, the industry already shamed itself, and that Manara coverscan isn't how they did it. No, if we're talking about Marvel for starters, what they did shames themselves with was Brian Bendis' sleazy story where Jessica Drew was held hostage naked by the Wizard, something most people in the comics press seem to have forgotten (and even I did too somehow). And unlike Manara, Bendis still enjoys a top spot on Marvel's list of contributors despite all the wretched characterization of women he injects into his writing.

I think something is certainly wrong when Bendis gets off for his grave errors, ditto Brad Meltzer, who's still writing comics on occasion, yet Manara's the one to take flak. Indeed, now that I think of it, there's something awfully hypocritical when nobody demands the chief editors at DC and Marvel be replaced for hiring these embarrassments in the first place, nor does anybody call for a boycott of the Big Two for still hiring specific writers with no remorse over their misdeeds.

And Morrissey honestly needs to brush up on industries he's foolishly overlooking. Much like gaming journalists, those in the comics audience who're realists don't trust comics journalism anymore. Much of today's reporters for comicdom have taken the path of J. Jonah Jameson and Bethany Snow.

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Spider-Man has often been drawn climbing up and down walls, but not posed as provocatively as Spider-Woman in the Manara cover. In the latter, she appears to be climbing onto a roof after having climbed up a wall. That is, she is on a horizontal surface, so there is no reason for her to be on all fours, with her backside higher than her head. I don't think it is just a coincidence (or even just a question of "the eye of the beholder") that she looks like the passive partner in "doggie style" intercourse.

Comics journalism is just as bad as video game journalism. It's no longer about promoting the hobby and trying to bring together the fandom; it's about promoting the progressive agenda and driving wedges in fandom.

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