This is one of those things that comes up every so often, so I’ll just call it out.
Every time there’s a scandal in fandom or in this business, someone starts yelping that if YOU are not discussing it, tweeting it, etc, you are an enabler, because YOU DON’T CARE about Bad Thing.
I’m not really sure if you guys get just how many of us aren’t reading the blogs every day. Or, when we scroll down our feed, that may be the only 10 minutes that day we see the news.
For my part, I’ve got a really heavy schedule for the next five months and am looking at 10 hour days and more, so I’m not doing a lot of blogging. I’ll come in here for a nice chat, or I’ll pop a pic on twitter, and then I’m off to, you know, work. Spend time with my family.
And like every family, ours has things going on that are pretty important. I just don’t post about them.
I was annoyed to see some guy raging about how these AWFUL pros were covering up for Pro Who Did Bad Thing, because we’re all trying to cover up for this professional powerhouse. The creative powerhouse has done maybe 10 comics in his life: I’ve never met him, and never heard of him before, I dunno, a few weeks ago, and I could not care less about this guy. I’m not talking about his misdeeds because I do not have anything pertinent to say. He means nothing to me. Not talking about him is not covering up: it means he’s not on my radar.
I didn’t even find out about the damned thing until the issue had already been dealt with.
I realize there are people out there who think the whole comics industry is one big Sekrit Cabal, and we sit around and rub our hands, and cover up for each other when things go bad. But for the most part, we don’t know each other, or are the barest of acquaintances, and frankly could not give a shit about saving the hash of some dude with ten credits.
I’m sure Meryl Streep doesn’t rush to twitter to comment on what she thinks of, I dunno, every kid from Different Strokes who robs a gas station.
For crying out loud, how many of these goofballs will stand up and sneer about a comic creator with 250 credits, but “Hey, never heard of that guy! Who does he think he is?” when he or she says something they don’t like that they finally notice?
But they expect you to know about whatever Bad Thing happened that was on the top of the news feed of a blog for 24 hours. It’s ridiculous. I never hear of 10% of this shit, how do you think I get so much work done? Reading blogs? Hell, no.
C’mon people, be realistic.