What’s Wrong With Marvel Comics Artist Patrick Zircher?

Marvel Comics artist Patrick Zircher must really be having issues lately, because the following tweet in a screencap he wrote really crosses the line:



Now that was thoroughly uncalled for, repellent and nasty, and grounds for dismissal from any company whose editors hired him up until now. It’s not like I care for much of the mainstream work Van Sciver did, but that’s still no excuse for Zircher’s obscene and public wishing of harm, and most of what he’s worked on for mainstream isn’t much better, recalling the Nightwing embarrassment from 15 years ago.

This is just a beginning sample of what he’s been saying about ComicsGate and right-wingers in the past few days. Here’s several more items he’s written that keep getting worse as they go along:

Complete fabrications without any thing but innuendo and opinion to back it up. And on that note, did he ever call out vile men like Gerard Jones when he was still working in comicdom and manga for the gross felonies he supported, and was recently imprisoned for? This is such disgusting language he’s using here, explaining perfectly what’s wrong with the mentality on Twitter as a whole. He also had the following to say in response to a thread about van Sciver’s Cyberfrog development:


That’s like saying he’s ashamed of something that would be deemed politically incorrect by today’s vicious standards the left goes by. On which note, is he ashamed of that Nightwing monstrosity writer Devin Grayson certainly is today?


Let me guess. He’s alluding to Dan Jurgens? Anyway, here’s where his anti-Comicsgate rants become horrific:



Really? Because as I read all these juvenile, unprofessional comments he spewed out, there is not a single funny one from Zircher. That’s vulgar in the extreme, and won’t win any more fans for him. Worst, we can’t count on the Big Two to give him walking papers for being so rude to customers. The Quesada/DiDio bunch are simply not reliable.


Here’s still more:


No surprise those two guys are entertained by patting each other on the back for grade school insults.


Patrick doesn’t realize it isn’t just the comics, it’s these public, offensive comments against anyone he disagrees with or is a conservative. He may pretend otherwise, but it’s also been made public how he feels and ComicsGate supporters are sick of it.

It makes no difference. What Zircher’s doing is embarrassing in the extreme. And while he may seemingly respect Dixon, it doesn’t appear Zircher’s ever defended him after he got blacklisted by the Big Two, so his positive comments about Dixon are unsatisfying, and besides, did it ever occur to him some of the Comicsgators may also be Dixon fans? Indeed, why is Zircher alienating the core audiences of some writing pros?


Pictorial Trump-bashing, I see. Oh, how clever.


Yep. Strangely, he’s taking over Savage Sword of Conan with issue #7 solicited this month and coming out in July. A hard leftist drawing possibly the most red-blooded libertarian in Marvel’s line-up? Odd. Hate to skip it, but you’re welcome to keep paying him to insult fans. 

Well maybe the time’s come they at least consider taking disciplinary action against him for stuff that could rate as a PR embarrassment. He wrote the above in reply to a thread about Van Sciver being hired by Dynamite Entertainment to draw them a few exclusive covers, which Zircher apparently despises. It’s clear somewhere along the way, they had a bitter fallout, and Zircher’s not going about this the right way.

Pot meet kettle? And again, he won’t ponder whether he’s being the same. As for this rumor of an affair, are there any screencaps of those allegations? Otherwise, I can only assume this is some kind of “spite defamation” or something. Not a very good way to make a case.


Eventually, his followers predictably joined the pig-pile. What an influencer “patches” is, making comments about people being permanently maimed. A real role model. A hero for sure.

After all the horrific comments Zircher has made, including those against Van Sciver, why be surprised? All those “jokes” he made about Comicsgate were in most obscene taste, and only taint the comics medium all the more. This is public discourse for crying out loud. As of now, there’s undoubtedly plenty of people who, even if they’re not Comicsgate supporters per se, could still be spooked away from buying Zircher products. Should Marvel even care? Either way, he really blew it this time, and any sensible pros in the medium who understand what a disfavor he’s performed should distance themselves from such a bitter, petty man quickly. It’s just truly awful, and very saddening. What could be wrong with him?


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Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1