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« on: March 17, 2015, 11:42:26 PM »

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DC Comics decided to pull a variant cover art for Batgirl #41 after the artist started receiving some flak over the art that has nothing to do with the current Batgirl story line. The artist asked for the piece to be pulled as rethinking the meaning of the piece.  The variant piece pays homage to the 25 yr old graphic novel The Killing Joke where Joker breaks her back and take photos of her naked to hurt Commissioner Gordon

I don't understand the hate over this piece, I know some people are tired of seeing women used as plot devices to advance a story, but The Killing Joke was a great novel and it Batman canon
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2015, 02:26:06 AM »

Wow, I've never read the Killing Joke. That's dark.
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2015, 03:21:14 AM »

Actually, the full story is that the artist didn't receive any flak at all, he's gone on record saying this.

What really happened is that people who were critics of the cover started getting death threats and the usual internet gak, and that's what prompted DC to pull the cover.
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2015, 05:12:39 PM »

What really happened is Tumblr. Tumblr happened and now we're in a position where people believe that villains can't threaten women because that's not empowering.
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2015, 05:23:55 PM »

That's a shame. That's a really brilliant piece of artwork.

As a society I think we're really in danger of watering down everything into a mush of mediocrity in an attempt not to offend anyone's "delicate sensibilities."
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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2015, 05:40:47 PM »

Quote from: YellowKing on March 18, 2015, 05:23:55 PM

That's a shame. That's a really brilliant piece of artwork.

As a society I think we're really in danger of watering down everything into a mush of mediocrity in an attempt not to offend anyone's "delicate sensibilities."

I am so old....but considering what was acceptable when I was a boy compared to what is commonplace now I don't think we are in any danger of watering down everything.   There is so, so, so much more offensive stuff today than would have been allowed years ago that I don't see any danger of that.
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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2015, 05:46:42 PM »

Remember when Garbage Pail Kids were the height of the corruption of youth?  Even moreso than those demon video games. 
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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2015, 05:49:39 PM »

I don't know anything about the comics but just looking at the piece as a picture, I can't see anything wrong with it.  A bad guy is clearly going to hurt a good guy.  It's what bad guys do.  Meh.
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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2015, 06:00:18 PM »

Read up on the Women in Refridgerators saga, and you'll see a different perspective.  It may not apply to this particular piece, but it's had an impact on perceptions.
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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2015, 09:15:25 PM »

I think comics in general are in a precarious position in the publishing world.  They're still flashy enough to attract kids and teens, but they're often aimed at older audiences.  So they walk a very fine line sometimes. 
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« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2015, 09:16:39 PM »

Quote from: Turtle on March 18, 2015, 03:21:14 AM

Actually, the full story is that the artist didn't receive any flak at all, he's gone on record saying this.

What really happened is that people who were critics of the cover started getting death threats and the usual internet gak, and that's what prompted DC to pull the cover.


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Cameron Stewart is one of the Batgirl writers.  This is one of several public statements he's made clarifying that the cover was pulled due to violent threats against people objecting to the cover, and that the creative team behind the book were unenthusiastic about the artwork to begin with.

I don't read comics or particularly care what goes on their covers, but the focused insistence by some people to pretend DC was cowed into compliance by some sort of vicious Politically Correct Censorship Squad has been interesting to watch.

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