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Subj: Oh Good Grief...
Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 at 09:04:37 am EDT (Viewed 30 times)
I just read this article
I have to say, this is nonsense, and in my opinion is what is wrong with Marvel right now. Growing up in a little village in the back of beyond in Scotland, I loved comics, and I especially loved Power Man and Iron Fist. I knew Luke Cage from the old Defenders and Power Man reprints in Marvel UK Rampage.
I'd never met a person of colour at that time, but I also had never met an American or an Anmerican who grew up in Kun L'un. I just loved the characters and the gorgeous Kerry Gammil art. Regardless what race the lead characters were.
I stopped buying Power Man and Iron Fist as the comic stopped being good, first the Busiek run was a bit boring compared to Duffy and then when Owsley took over I thought it was terrible. But being under ten, the creators meant nothing to me, one day it was good, the next day it wasn't. It had nothing to do with the colour of my skin or any form of Stockholm syndrome. That's just rubbish and an excuse for not very good comics. "Oh you're black and your comic has been cancelled, well maybe that's because you're not a very good writer and people didn't like your product so didn't buy it? What's that? Oh, it's because the comic companies are pushing white characters more, oh yes, that's more logical reasoning"
This is a business and a results driven business at that. If you produce good content people will buy it, if you don't, they won't. I don't care if you're black, white, Asian, if you sell content publishers will keep giving you work. I just believe if the product is good people will buy it, regardless whether they're black or white. I think this is one book I'll buy as I love Danny and Luke, but I'll drop it if it's poor regardless of the colour of the skin of the creator.
But if we pander to thinking like this, fill quotas for quotas sake, we'll potentially get poor content just because the creators tick a box.
That's not how it should be.