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Wednesday, March 27, 2019 

Oliver Willis can't possibly be a comics fan

Political commentator Oliver Willis is supposedly a comics reader. But what he says in this Twitter thread about the co-creator of the Jessica Cruz character suggests he's not the "fan" he claims to be. Let's see what he says here:

I think he got this info off of Wikipedia (someone else certainly figured this), but that's beside the point. Because here's what happened next, when Ethan Van Sciver was brought up:

Let's see. He first said he loved Cruz, whom van Sciver co-created as an artist. In that case, why the nasty dismissal of van Sciver next? Doesn't that demonstrate non-gratitude? Putting aside for a moment that I still think her origin was in poor taste, that's a mighty strange thing to say you dig a particular creation yet not be willing to thank the artist behind the character. Though it's pretty apparent why Willis must dig the Baz character, given what kind of propaganda his origins and background were built on, and the propaganda angle featured in Justice League was downright offensive. Of recent, DC may be moving away from the character, presumably because they realized it was taking too much political toll at this point, but chances are equally possible I'm mistaken, and the sooner you know it, they'll be boomeranging back to forcing said propaganda down readers' throats and won't do anything to remake the Baz character into something more tasteful.

Van Sciver went on to write the following reply to Willis:

On this, I can concur. Willis doesn't sound like a comics fan, only a virtue-signaler who picks certain items to "praise" even as he surely doesn't care for them. And that's why he'd do better to stop talking about comic books altogether, because he sure doesn't sound like he thanks the founders of the industry for all their hard work. People like him are exactly why the medium's fallen.

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You gotta admit, Van Sciver sounds like a crazed troll in those posts. He is his own worst enemy.

I'll have to agree. It can be irresistible to troll these people, but it's much better to make polite, logical responses and watch them destroy themselves.

What about what Van Sciver said wasn't polite and logical?

" because he sure doesn't sound like he thanks the founders of the industry for all their hard work."

Van Sciver is not exactly a founder of the industry!

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