Mark Waid goes after angry, racist comic fans
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Once upon a time there was a comic called Ruse. Ruse is one of my favorite comics of all time, I really loved that book. It was a detective comic from a company called Crossgen that went bankrupt in 2004. Disney bought up Crossgen licenses for something like a measely million bucks. Ruse effectively ended at that time and it was a damn shame. At one point Marvel attempted to bring some of those titles back but they fell flat. I say this because the writer of Ruse was a guy named Mark Waid who has gone to have quite a bit of success in the industry. He also wrote part of a great Amazing Spider-Man story called the Gauntlet and he did great things with Daredevil and Captain America. These are just to name a few of many things he has written.
Needless to say I have great respect for Waid. However, he recently did something that caught my eye. He released a letter calling on fans to turn in other fans for critisms and trolling that cross the line. The message of the letter seems fine however I do find it amusing that this letter came from Mark Waid. While I like Mark Waid's work he has a history of going off the handle. I don't think I can rightfully ignore either what he is saying, or likewise his own history. I think for readers to make up their minds here you need to know everything. So I am going to spill the beans.......all the beans I have as I know them.
In the book "We Told You So: An Oral History Of Fantagraphics Book"" written by Tom Spurgeon with Michael Dean a story about Waid is told by Gary Groth who tells how he happened to come into the office early to witness a hystirical Waid scream, weep and bang a phone on the floor. Groth was told by the other writers that Waid did this regularly.
Waid eventually deleted his twitter account after going on about certain people. However, some of those tweets have been saved. It should be noted here that he is not alone for doing this, Nick Spencer, and Dan Slott have an interesting history on Twitter, and so does our President.
One of the notable anger laced tweets from Mark Waid was directed at a fellow creator Arthur Sudyam.
Waid has had issues with comic critics:
Then Waid went and promised to meet a Youtuber who had been critical of his work. He wanted the Youtuber to meet him at Baltimore Comic Con to talk with him at a panel. Waid went back reiterated that he was not threatening the Youtuber. The pair seem to have worked it out amicably.
Then Waid released this letter that highlights some pretty awful behaviors and levys heavy accusations but offers no evidence or specifics. I do wish he was able to post something more tangible because I sympathsize with what he is saying but I also think he is a flawed messanger.
I am not calling Waid a liar, I am a fan of his. To back Waid up the man who was planning on going after Jason David Frank at Phoenix Comic Con was certainly dangerous. Likewise I think the anger in the comic community has really hit a new level this year. I do not have any stories quite like what Waid is describing but I have seen a lot of anger. So it is certainly plausible that these things are happening.
His solution to spread positivty in comics is one I think everyone should get behind......and hopefully this really does include Mark Waid.
This is the message from Mark Waid's Facebook:
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