“Okay, before we get into talking about the very first Before Watchmen comic - Minutemen #1, written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke - which hits comic book stands today, let’s all take a deep breathe, and relax. Just for a minute. Because I realize there’s no way of looking at this issue of a highly divisive project like Before Watchmen without addressing the context of the issue, both in the real world, and in terms of the story of Watchmen itself… But I’d like to take that step and breathe for a moment, not because we all need to chill out (though we do). It’s because Minutemen #1 is a stunningly gorgeous piece of comic book art, from the first page to last.”
— MTV Geek – ‘Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1′ Is The Very Best Modern Comics Have To Offer [Review] chillax, bro, and watch me fit this entire comic book into my mouth
We’re at the enablement phase— people like me are the “crazy emotional people having emotions blinding us to stunning beauty”, a beauty which exists outside of any context. Like, that episode of Star Trek where the bro was so beautiful he KILLED red-shirt dudes with his/its beauty (original Trek, not guy-with-no-nose Trek). This is all just “the fans are upset about Michael Keaton not having enough of a jaw to play Batman” now.
B-Minus Bruce Timm talking in some dopey USA Today article about “Why don’t people care about Dave Gibbons more?” Because his opinion got bought and sold same as yours!— we even got told the price, years ago. He’s lecturing anyways— the weird paternalism of these decrepit people. They still think they can morally lecture the “fanboys” no matter what they do or if we know exactly what they are. Oh, but they “broke in” to some higher plane of existence than their audience, so. They put up 5 pages— “stunningly gorgeous”??? I guess those are somewhere between pages 6 and 20… fuuuck that guy. ”I should yell shit into comment sections” — a lot of healthy thoughts like that this week. I’m going to pour my feelings into a comment section just like Tony Leung whispering secrets into a tree— sure, sure, that sounds like a super way of managing feelings.
I don’t know— where I feel like I diverge is that most people are stating that they want to blame DC and not the creators, and I don’t get that shit at all. The creators are just these helpless people who get a pass for everything because they’re freelancers…? Huh? This generation of creators for whom the shape of things is ever in someone else’s control, according to them— but if they choose to have their work be about something that meant something now meaning nothing, if they choose to have their audience be more cynical, if they actively work to confuse their audience as to what story means and the purpose of story and to deteriorate the meaning of the term story by labeling various corporate widgets as stories… how are those things not in their control??? I thought the whole point of being a freelancer was to be able to say no to shit. How much do people just want to work in their fucking pajamas and why should I care whether that lifestyle gets subsidized? (If I didn’t have to go to an office, I wonder how many months it’d take me to just be bottom-half naked all day, for a full entire day— I’m glad I’m not going to ever find that out; not all self-knowledge is good, maybe).
I don’t know. I don’t know. I mean the good news is I agree with the headline. I think this really is the best they can do, a “remember characters you liked in the 80’s” comic. The good news is if anyone wins, people like me win— anytime anyone says shit about “oh, the problem is the snarky people” … uh, yeah, I’ve got one big huge object example of how cynicism is the right move and none of these people are worth caring about! The people not working on the project just weren’t asked! Steal all the comics off the internet and make fun of them for being shitty! I win! I win! Confetti everywhere!