Originally posted by RICK:
I get 'tickled' when I read someone like Scott Shaw! taking the low road, chosing to critique me as someone afflicted with a bipolar disorder. And Jack ... with his, "Mr. V, I believe he's threatening to take a vacation again." Jack - You're such a cry baby!
THESE are people that have elevated the ranks of people discovering the Comic Book!? I think not!
I've never met him in person, but Scott Shaw seems to me to be one of the all-time nice guys in comics. He's done more as professional, a fan, a commentator/historian and speaker than just about anyone this side of Mark Evanier. He's accomplished a Hell of a lot for comics and he's done it without stooping to insults or bullying or Nixon-like commentary and stonewalling. With the single exception of his earlier post, I've never read anything from him that could be construed as insulting -- and I STILL haven't read anything that I thought was unfair. The fact that he made the "bipolar" crack says less about him than it does about you, and the behavior in which you've indulged.
Yeah, you've got your anti-fans -- jack and the rest. Heck, I've made a few cracks, myself. But now you've got reasonable folks like MarciaA, Elayne, Nat and Scott trying to address your assertions on a factual, point-by-point basis, and ask perfectly understandable questions -- and your response is to lump them in with the Legions of Darkness.
Apparently, you really believe that ORCA is an important outreach program. Apparently, you think you're qualified to serve as its spokesman. Apparently, you don't realize that you're presenting your cause, your organization and yourself in an absolutely terrible light, and one that plays to the classic image of the comics fan -- immature, petulant, self-involved, barely literate and socially inept. You should be ashamed of yourself. Anyone else who belongs to ORCA should be ashamed of you, too. Heck, they probably are.
Yeah, the above description applies to a lot of the others who post here, too -- but they speak only for themselves, and you claim to speak for an idealistic organization. You're the one who's trying to convince people that a comic reader is a Good Thing To Be. As things stand now, I suspect most parents reading your posts would want to keep their kids as far away from comics as possible.
I urge you to consider making even a cursory study of public relations and media -- and consider how even the best message can be obscured by poor delivery. (And, frankly, I remain steadfast in my previously stated belief that psychoanalysis would do you a world of good.)
"Foxy Boxer Gal Fights Giant Monster King!" in
THE CHICK IS IN THE MAIL (Esther Friesner, Ed.) -- Baen Books, Oct. 2000