Ep. 32: Comicsgate, or: How I Learned to Stop Arguing Online and Love Constructive Criticism

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 31 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 32: Comicsgate, or: How I Learned to Stop Arguing Online and Love Constructive Criticism

Description:  Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast! In this episode Joel and Colin gingerly approach the topic of the Comicsgate internet movement, the latest in a series of similar online cultural firestorms to do with diversity in entertainment and art. In an effort to not get too down at the prospect of having to discuss the sorry state that much online conversation exists in, they try to keep things positive by offering advice on how to be a reasonable, responsible, and respectful consumer of mass-market entertainment.

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Corrections: Artist Pia Guerra illustrated Y: The Last Man, not Fiona Staples; A Humument was originally published in 1970, not 1972; and Tom Phillips did not illustrate an edition of Paradise Lost, though he did illustrate an edition of Dante’s Inferno. Colin also failed to mention that The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic is a collaborative effort between Alan Moore and the late Steve Moore, whose passing in 2014 contributed to the book’s delayed release.

Music Attribution: 

  • Intro – Fade Away” from the Better Way by LM
  • Outro – Can’t Stop Me” from Feeding the Lions EP by ProleteR

Articles discussed or mentioned:

  • https://www.thedailybeast.com/comicsgate-how-an-anti-diversity-harassment-campaign-in-comics-got-uglyand-profitable
  • https://www.cbr.com/no-diversity-didnt-kill-marvels-comic-sales/
  • http://www.vulture.com/2018/08/comicsgate-a-comic-book-harassment-campaign-is-growing.html

The views and opinions discussed within the “More Than Books” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole.

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