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Subj: Re: Marc Guggenheim on Spider-Man's Character Assassination
Posted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 12:27:20 am EST (Viewed 97 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Marc Guggenheim on Spider-Man's Character Assassination
Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 at 06:54:04 pm EST

> The one thing that really surprised me was to hear Guggenheim talking about how frustrating it is to hear readers talk about how the old stories never happened, when they did. I guess I was just surprised because in all honesty I don't see how the writers can expect the readers to believe all those old stories happened without explaining that. They can say it happened all they want in interviews, but until they actually explain HOW in the comic, no one is going to believe it.

Very well said, Grumpy. You know what is weird? My line of thinking is almost diametrically opposite from Guggenheim's. Allow me to demonstrate.

Guggenheim (paraphrased): I can understand readers not liking the current direction, but I can't tolerate readers who claim that everything is changed.

Me: I can understand creators wanting to go in a different direction, but I can't tolerate creators who claim that nothing has changed.

I think the fundamental misunderstanding here is that creators are basing their claim on a technicality. Okay, I get that technically the past still happened. But if the characters remember a completely different past than the one that was actually portrayed, the past is no longer valid. Too bad Guggenheim only frequents elitist retailer forums. I'd like him to understand this point.

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