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Saturday, October 21, 2017 

Kelly Sue deConnick won't admit modern leftism is far different from the past

In a video interview with SyFy, deConnick, whose work on Captain Marvel didn't exactly break the bank, went on the defensive to claim that Captain America has always been political, as if nobody ever thought it was:
SYFY WIRE spoke with DeConnick in Portland, Oregon, to talk about triggered readers who lash out at her comics and fellow creators dubbed "social justice warriors" because they don't want their comics mixed with politics. Ironically, they often fail to remember that many of the comics they clench so tightly have a long tradition of featuring heroes that are SJWs.

"I sorry to break this to you, but Captain America is a social justice warrior!" DeConnick clapped-back to her critics. "I know you mean that [term] as an insult, but that is the definition of what he is."
Yes, we just can't possibly believe politics never existed in the Golden Age, can we? Of course anybody with half a brain knows politics have existed in one way or another for decades in comicdom, but what deConnick spectacularly fails to admit is that today's liberalism as we know it is a far cry from that of yesteryear, if you'll put it that way. When WW2 took place, plenty of liberals and conservatives alike were willing to make sacrifices to bring down evil. Today, after years or propaganda getting worse by ways of left-wing worshipers of evil, who sadly existed back then too, it's gotten to the point where you have leftists who legitimize evil and don't want to go to war to stop it.

Also, back in the Golden/Silver Ages, you didn't usually have writers turning the superheroes and supporting casts into mouthpieces for topics like socialist welfare checks and food stamps, or refusing to make distinctions between ideologies/religions and condoning segregated societies in nearly every way, an idea that leads to division. Nor were they seen pushing people and communities for sainthood based on race/religion, acting as though whites were inherently the devil, or even making light of serious issues like sexual abuse. In better days, even communism was recognized as an abhorrent belief system. Now, despite the signs the left thought Putin's Russia had betrayed them, the chances of seeing communism being tackled as a ideology to be opposed looks far less likely, as does any genuine opposition to Islamofascism. If Kirby and Simon had tried to create Captain America today, the chances are more likely they'd be rejected, or, nobody in the editor's seat would even dream of doing it.
The idea that comics belonged to white males is a myth purported by the mainstream, though there has never been such a variety of inviting titles for all ages, all wakes, and all kinds as there is today. Comics and genres like science fiction, fantasy, and horror are great because they are so inclusive, that there's room for stories of all varieties, a wide range of themes and, if desired, varying degrees of political overtones. As the landscape of creators widens, so too do the points of views and perspectives in comics. Creators like DeConnick may not be for everyone, but neither is anyone else. She invites new eyes to the medium, and that is significant and meaningful.
Wait a minute. Is the writer site saying the website's not mainstream? I'm afraid that, despite the beginning line of this paragraph looking promising, it quickly degenerates into more idiocy, because in past decades, there were plenty of comics for all ages too. The problem is the mainstream superhero publishers turning their flagship products unsuitable for children, and unappealing for adults. And we protest mainly because we don't want comicdom to end on a truly sour note.
Contrary to some recent outcry, comics have long been political, but rather than raining down on someone else's party, DeConnick simply reminds those bothered by her politics to simply avoid buying her books. Everyone else? Be free to be "Non-Compliant."
Okay, so I won't buy her books, which don't look particularly appealing anyway (a book with a name like "Bitch Planet" is actually vulgar and degrading to women), and it's got nothing to do with whether it's written/illustrated by a woman. It's because the talent of the specific individual doesn't look very good. There's other lady writers, even today, who've been able to get the job done on whatever they've written up far better than she can. How about Dorothy Woolfolk, who oversaw the introduction of Kryptonite into Superman in the Golden Age? Even Ann Nocenti managed to get most of her Daredevil stories accomplished without coming off too heavy. That's how past writers succeeded where today's fail: because they didn't shove and shove and shove their ultra-leftist propaganda into every nook and cranny of the book at the expense of entertainment and escapism. One commentor also said:
I haven't read much of Ms. DeConnick's stuff, so I'm only commenting generally here.

The current brand of "progressive" writers (or SJWs, as this article identifies them) like to remind everyone that superhero comics have "always" been political, in order to justify their current agenda-pushing.

The funny thing is, if you look back at it, the political message that superheros were pushing were things that these current writers are usually opposed to. Like freedom of speech (yes, even for ideas you hate).

And, by the way, if recent sales figures are any indication, people ARE avoiding buying the books. In droves.
Yep. Let's also remember the time when the NRA defended superpowers in Fantastic Four 335, a moment in history I'm sure a lot of these ultra-leftists can't stand. Their biggest problem is they can't admit there was a time when liberals weren't so obsessed. Furthermore, if deConnick really cares about the comics she's been involved with, does she care that more recently, Carol Danvers has been illustrated to look more masculine? It's simply horrific, and a slap in the face to all the hard work by better artists like Dave Cockrum. If deConnick's got no problem with that, then I don't see what her problem is with artistic detractors. Acting as apologist won't improve anything.

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