by Douglas Ernst
Originally published here
One of the strangest things about covering the comic book industry — on this blog, YouTube, and Twitter — is the way that Marvel employees define words like ‘dishonest,’ “amoral,” and ‘deceptive.’ It is apparently an underhanded move to take screenshots of things Marvel employees say and then juxtapose them with an argument about why those actions were unprofessional or, ironically, deceptive.
Take our old friend Dan Slott, for instance. Marvel’s scribe on The Amazing Spider-Man recently admitted on CBR’s message boards that he once pretended to be another user, which had the practical effect of making that man’s life miserable for weeks.
- The individual was harassed online.
- People who felt as though he lied about his identity lashed out at him.
- His wife had to create an account to beg Mr. Slott to “fix” the problem.
- Old online friends still refused to believe that he wasn’t the Marvel writer after Mr. Slott intervened.
Your friendly neighborhood blogger and YouTuber created a video on the whole ordeal — complete with screenshots and links to the original exchange — and literally told people to read it all to judge for themselves.
My conclusion: No professional writer would ever pull a “gag” on a total stranger like that (it could have been a child or a person with mental problems), particularly when said professional admits that he receives threats worthy of the NYPD’s attention.
Mr. Slott’s reaction was to go into his original comment and lambaste me as an “amoral” and “deceptive” blogger.
Interestingly enough, it was Mr. Slott who blamed “deranged Paul Reveres” for causing his victim problems. Why is that interesting, you ask? Because it was just last week that yours truly created a video titled Marvel Takes Aim at Paul Reveres: King Alsono, redcoats must go.
Yes, Mr. Slott — the guy who calls me “deceptive” — literally found a way to watch my videos and then link me and my subscribers to the fallout from his bad decisions roughly ten years ago.
CBR’s Mr. Mets then decided that my video, which was germane to the topic at hand, had to be deleted because the person sharing it did not explain his actions.
The Orwellian moderator said: “If you link to a video you need to include your thoughts on it as well. Otherwise the conclusion is that you endorse all of it,” (emphasis mine).
Got that? Unless a man clarifies his position with left-wing ideologues before sharing my on-topic videos, then they must be deleted.
Question: How would Mr. Mets deal with me posting my own videos since it is self-evident that I “endorse all” of my work?
Anyway, for the full rundown of the latest unprofessional behavior by Marvel’s primary Spider-Man scribe, check out my new video.
If you want a one-hour bonus broadcast of me responding to Diversity & Comics’ take on the whole situation, then you’re in luck!
As always, when you’re all up to speed then feel free to add your two cents in the comments section below. I’d love to hear your reactions.