Originally posted by Jayhawk:
It's not up to comic book retailers to determine what is or isn't appropriate for someone's kid.
Nobody said it was. Not the retailer. Nobody who posted here. Not even the mom, the sole quote from which is filtered through a third party, a quote which lays no blame, but rather simply says that she needed more information. Considering that the source the quote was filtered through was, shall we say, an "interested" source, we certainly could have expected something more harsh that that. But that's not what we got. Sounded like a “who knew? I wish I would have known” to me.
You know what? It's not a terrible idea for a consumer to be offered more information. Sounds rather reasonable to me. Even the retailer in question indicates that shopkeepers “need the info to make the decision.” While it’s not a retailer’s job to play mom and dad, it is
a retailers job – or at least in their best interest no matter the product being sold – to have the ability to inform their customers about the purchases being made. When I make a big purchase, even after doing my own research I ask my salesman his thoughts. I damn well better get an informed opinion.
Like it or not, comic books remain a product “for children” in the eyes of the general public. That’s just what the reality is. Ignorant on the part of the mainstream public? Sure, maybe. “Deal with it” isn’t a valid response. Does the industry need to do a better job informing the world that comics are also for adults and can be quite mature? Damn straight. I’ve been saying that for a long time in a wholly different context – promoting comics as the viable art form they are.
If we acknowledge both of the above question/statements are true – I have a hard time imagining a reasonable argument against them – then doesn’t it stand to reason that maybe, just maybe, this “stupid shit” is indicative of a larger issue in the industry? And that it behooves the industry to tell the world its publications are also geared towards adults? And that maybe, just maybe, some clear indication of the general nature of the product would help address those issues, a measure that has greatly helped the video game industry, which the general public is increasingly realizing is no longer simply “kid’s fare?” The very idea that the video game industry public instituted a ratings system opened a number of eyes to the reality of how that form of entertainment has changed over the years.
Guess what? The public still thinks comics are for kids. Telling people who find out differently in unexpected and potentially offensive ways to screw off, shut up and deal with it is not exactly the most prudent course of action. In fact, it’s just plain stupid
The issue brought up in this article, most specifically those addressed by the retailer, have great merit and deserve to be considered.
Incidentally, the movies your mom let you see when you were six are irrelevant to this discussion.