I hate snobs. Of any stripe, really; literature, movies, music, TV…
I hated them in the poetry scene, where snobbery usually takes the form of condencension towards anyone who was popular and/or topical, without necessarily being the finest craftspeople. I hate them equally in the comics scene, where superhero fans are looked down upon like high school dropouts and [insert late-shipping indie darling du jour here] is offered up as the equivalent of a GED, their first step to a better, more fulfilling four-color life.
MEMO TO THE COMICS BLOGIVERSE: Stop trying to tell people that what they read sucks, and what you read is far superior!
I’ve read a lot of what some of you so aggressively recommend on your blogs and on the messageboards and, to be honest, I’ve found as much of it lacking as the superhero titles you so happily mock, like pseudo-intellectual bullies picking a fight with the class nerd. Indie doesn’t automatically equal greatness; nor do superheroes written by anyone other than Grant Morrison automatically equal suckitude. It’s a big world out there, made up of many different tastes and as a comic book reader, you’re a super-minority to begin with. Get over yourselves!
I love bloggers who praise the comics they love, even if I don’t always agree with their choices. What I don’t love is those who want to forcefeed their preferences down everyone else’s throats, coming off like religious zealots looking to save the unwashed masses’ souls.
Mind you, I’m not talking about snark. I love snark. A little too much, perhaps, as this particular COMMENT surely makes me something of a hypocrite. (Actually, no; fuck that. If you don’t like Bumperboy, you ARE an idiot, and you’re killing comics, and I should come to your house and set your comics on fire!)
This out-of-left-field rant was brought to you by the absence of Fanboy Rampage, the ongoing adventures of John Byrne, and fans of every mid-list Marvel and DC title that was lost in the shadows of the big summer crossover events.
On a completely unrelated note (really!), I visited Main Street Comics up in Middletown, NY this weekend and it instantly lept onto my Top 5 Comics Retailers list. It’s a small space, last storefront in a small shopping center, but it’s well-stocked and, the first time I’ve ever seen this, their comics are arranged alphabetically! Not by publisher, not by genre, but from A-Z. The perfect answer to the fanboy vs. snob scenarios that comics shops typically face in designing their floor plans, especially for those operating in less than 1,000 square feet. I likes!
The owner, who’s name escapes me, was a really nice guy, originally from Staten Island, who opened the store in 2001 or 2002, a couple of years after moving up there. I picked up a couple of mini-comics – Reporter #1 by Dylan Williams, and Or Else #1 by Kevin H. – and the wife and kids each snagged a little goodie for themselves. If we end up moving to that area next year, I can’t see myself making the trip down to Midtown Comics any more, even with the discount I get.