So what does this comic mean?
I read “Raw Power” and didn’t like it mainly because I don’t give a fuck about 1970s punk rock fanfiction. (Carter is building houses in Maine, G.Gordon Liddy sells gold on cable tv infomercials and campaigns that the American president is an illegal alien. The 2013 reality is more interesting) Read a review of Raw Power that said it was an indictment of the dark side of American culture, especially the petty fascist escape fantasy of superheroes. (which is interesting)
So what is the above comic…? Is it an indictment of… Josh Bayer… Drawing himself beating up some poseur girls for… Blogging, reading “Scott Pilgrim”, and worst of all having a Nancy tattoo…?
Why do these cartoonists need to be stopped? Why do they need to learn to “not draw cartoons”?
Look I don’t want to be internet comix policeman here. But I feel like I must say my piece before I have to see the above comic passed around and publicly liked.
(Side note:Do we get a comic of Ernie Bushmiller rising from the grave and beating the shit out of Gary Panter for his détournement of Nancy in the late 70s? (also all the dudes from Raw like Kaz and Spiegelman et. al) And then do we get Panter kicking the shit out of Bayer? As long as we’re electing an authenticity gatekeeper for comics, let’s chase that authenticity all the way back into its nonsense past…)
so here’s my point: We get a comic of some dudes beating up some girls for not being cool enough/into the right things. This is what bums me out about the whole thing. You would expect that being in some underground counterculture we would make art in DIRECT OPPOSITION TO THE UGLINESS OF OUR MAINSTREAM CULTURE, instead of DIRECTLY PERPETUATING THE WORST ASPECTS OF OUR CULTURE.
Normally I wouldn’t take it upon myself to directly call someone out on this. Because there is always bad art, or art you don’t like, being made. And the answer to this problem, as an artist, is to step your game up and make better art.
Fuck boneheaded boys club bullying threats against women. Want to make good comics? Then make good comics.