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Sunday, July 21, 2019 

Alan Moore writes an attack on Comicsgate

Moore may claim he wants to retire from comicdom, but he's still been involved in writing well after saying he'd withdraw. Now, in another dumb stunt attempting to defy irrelevancy, he writes his own absurd jab at the Comicsgate campaign in a joke letter, even after most other writers/artists have learned it'll do them no good:
Writer Alan Moore seems set to retire from comics with the release of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. IV, The Tempest #6, on which he's working with artist Kevin O'Neill. However, the legendary comics writer didn't leave the business without making a statement on Comicsgate.

The letter reads, "Dear Al and Kev: As a middle-aged conservative incel sitting wedged behind my keyboard, trolling Alexandria Ocasio Cortez with my Batman T-shirt covered in Pringles, can I just ask, with a straight face, why you're leaving the comics business? Yours, Hiram J. Comicsgate III, Oklahodahio." The response from Moore and O'Neill is an equally tongue-in-cheek response, reading at one point, "You're the most intelligent and appreciative we could ever have hoped for."

The letter is a joke written by Moore, as each issue of the series features obviously fake letters for the creative team to answer.
Well he's awfully late to the game, as most other writers who were making fools of themselves attacking a movement intended to call for artistic improvements finally cut it out by the end of last year. Still, it's a shame that a guy who you might think wanted to challenge establishment rule would  stoop to this.

And is he really retiring from comicdom? These scribes all say stuff, but it later turns out this is hardly the case. I honestly wish Moore would, since that way, we could retain our ability to be impressed with his past resume much better than this idiocy allows us to do. A real shame folks like him can't just keep their mouths shut, as they've clearly got nothing more to say.

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Comicsgate, in the period when it existed, was a call for changing or adding political bias and for cultural rigidity; it had nothing to do with artistic improvement, denigrating artistic books for their liberal base and extolling second rate hacks for their conservative bias.

Problem is no-one is allowed to joke about anyone anymore; why shouldn't Moore be allowed to write a joke letter? He is not doing it because he thinks it will do him good; he is doing it because he has a sense of the absurd. This is the guy who wrote the ballad of the sinister ducks, remember? Why is a sense of humor allowed only when making fun of the enemy?

I don't think Diversity and Comics was calling for culturally rigidity, but was dismayed by sjw creators feeling that they need to attack and denigrate their so called oppressors, meaning anyone who is outside their spot on the intersectional matrix, all the while turning in really bad work for the most part, and calling anyone who doesn't their bad work a bigot.

There is no audience for sjw books. They are NOT artistic. The art and writing are not the selling points for stuff like Lumberjanes, it's social message. There is a mob of supporters online that translates to very few readers in real life. Sales to institutions does not mean there is massive influx of new readers.


"Problem is no-one is allowed to joke about anyone anymore"
we can blame liberals for that one. Particularly, liberal women.
It's women who can't take a joke and are easily offended.
Oh,and sissies like you.

elton john is gay but people still like his work because he is good at what he does.

he has earned their respect.

he didn't demand it. he earned it.


Obviously, Comicsberate people can't take a joke and are easily offended. Hence the reaction to Alan Moore above.

It's not a joke. It's an insult told in all seriousness. It's literally the go-to insult creators and industry insiders go for in response to criticism, along with "nazi" and bigot, you lying piece of shit.

"It's not a joke. It's an insult told in all seriousness. It's literally the go-to insult creators and industry insiders go for in response to criticism, along with "nazi" and bigot, you lying piece of shit."

It was actually kind of funny. I think that this poster's reaction just proved the point; he can't take a joke, doesn't know how to be witty in response, and only likes jokes if they are at the expense of other people.

In fairness to Mike, it was probably the word "Incel" that Incensed him, not the joke as a whole. It is a sore spot with him.

As a non-American, couldn't care less about the democrat/republican binary, but Cortez is a ludicrous proposition to any honest assessment.
I suspect Moore is consciously generalising against a supposed 'type' rather than makimg a valid point against online harassment. He's got enough wit to identify real things worth criticising in the 'right' - or the 'left', but chose not to. Yes, the picture painted is funny but it's not honest in the way it was used, as it appears to have been.

This is a man who made a comic which he has said was meant as pornography, ie, to provoke sexual pleasure, that featured the sexual activities of underage girls. Includimg the rape of one by members of her family, which apparently was supposed to make her climax in the story. He has said that the work was also supposed to show the darker side of sex, but by his own admission the work was meant as titilation, so we are left with something comparable to a gratuitous rape scene in a movie that is ostensibly supposed to be an essential part of the plot but is used in a way that makes it unmistakably fodder for pervs.

When questioned on this, he has given two odd excuses - the first one, that society sexualises children and teens, so somehow everybody is a hypocrite if they criticise his warped porn-'art', leaving out and ignoring the majority opinion that are critical of both. And the second one, even worse considering that rape was part of the work - that as the age of consent has never been a constant, adulthood arrives when someone has sex. Sorry, Alan, get fucked.

Like many others, he appears to have latched on to what is sometimes considered the more righteous side in the supposed liberal/rightwing dichotomy, ignoring the fact that the line between right and wrong doesn't coincicde with this binary but intersects it, all to hide the fact that there is something deeply amiss with them.

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