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Wednesday, January 20, 2021 

Napa Valley Register sugarcoats career of Darick Robertson

The Napa Valley Register interviewed a certain overrated artist who'd lived in the district about his career. Interestingly enough, at the beginning, he said:
Darick Robertson can’t pick a single favorite superhero.

“It’s hard to choose just one,” said Robertson. “My first was Batman, but Superman is likely the best, because he has all the powers and only does good with the power that he has.”
At least he has the audacity to say Superman makes a great choice for favorite heroes. But that's about the best thing that can be said about him. They go on to note:
Robertson should know. This Napan is a comic book creator, illustrator and writer. He’s drawn Spider-Man comic books, Wolverine, Justice League, Transmetropolitan and other favorites. He’s worked for Marvel, DC Comics, Valiant Comics, Dark Horse Comics and other publishers.
After what Warren Ellis was accused of doing last year, which was taking advantage of women without actually helping to advance their careers, possibly having affairs with at least 1 underaged woman, and even soliciting racy photos, there's no telling if Transmetropolitan remains a true favorite (not even among leftists, whose politics it built on), mainly because of how crude its attitude was towards 2 of the leading female cast members, describing them as "filthy assistants" to star character Spider Jerusalem, the book's allegory for "gonzo journalist" Hunter Thompson. As a result, Transmetropolitan could one day be viewed in a whole different light. They go on to tell about Robertson's dream achievement of The Boys adaptation:
More recently, characters he co-created have been adapted into an Amazon series called “The Boys.”

The whole experience, and his career as a working artist, is “pretty incredible,” the Napan said.

Watching a comic book and characters that he co-created come to life and become a hit, is “a dream come true in many ways,” he said. “To see it all fully realized, and even more so, so well received by the public ... that’s been very validating (and) unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before.”
Yeah, but that's because the Garth Ennis-penned book represents all the negative qualities today's PC industry believes everybody should admire, right down to the violent content. Surprisingly, it's also revealed:
Robertson, 52, didn’t go to college. “I couldn’t afford it,” he said with a laugh.
Yet he's still very left-leaning. How odd.
The project most people will be aware of right now is “The Boys.”

Written for mature readers, “‘The Boys’ is an irreverent take on what happens when superheroes, who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods, abuse their superhero powers, rather than use them for good,” according to Amazon TV.

Robertson is listed as a co-executive producer of the show, but he’s not involved in the day-to-day operations.

“I’ve been to set a couple times,” he said. “I contribute artwork, but I don’t sit in the writer’s room.”

“It’s been very gratifying and fun. I’m amazed to see how the show has taken off and how popular it is.” One highlight was seeing a promotion for the series on the side of a building and in Times Square in New York City. “That was pretty amazing.”
I'm dismayed at the popularity it may have achieved to date, but realize this is to be expected in an era where heroism is belittled, and that's doubtless the kind of audience this appeals to. Such an approach is exactly why Superman, whom Robertson claims he loves, is being marginalized. Why, if he really does like the Man of Steel, why isn't he trying to stand the directions that worked best for Superman erect again, and convince everyone brightness and optimism are worth the read and view in showbiz? Not to mention comedy in a tasteful sense. Emphasizing a monstrosity like The Boys hardly convinces that's what Robertson really wants. A real shame.

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