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As you probably know by now, Heidi MacDonald has set up new blog digs at Publishers Weekly.

What you may not know is that Marc Mason has also moved, taking “Should It Be A Movie?” and his reviews to the Comics Waiting Room.

Following up on some previous stories:

Retailer MacGuffin has some thoughts on sales of late books, noting that graphic novels tend to be less affected.

Katherine has some wonderful elaboration on the Nan Grant in light of male privilege and the concept of what is “deserved”.

Heidi MacDonald (link no longer available) also comments:

Are you as sick as we are of all these message board arguments that go something like this: “Women creators shouldn’t be judged separately. It’s a wonderful new era! It’s just that there have never been many good ones!” Yes, we can see how a young creator entering the field would find that a welcoming sign of encouragement and a signal that her work would be judged solely on its merits.

Before I leave the subject of women in comics, here’s a newsflash: James Meeley is still a jerk. First, he tells “”feminist comic fans” that they “need to remember” that their, ugh, “impatience” hurts the cause of feminism by turning “people” off.” Then, when tide of public attention turned against him, he created a sock puppet and “defended himself in the third person as if he were someone else entirely.”

And now, to get that taste out of our mouths, some practical advice. How to behave during a portfolio review and how to deal with public relations people.

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14 Responses to “Quick LinkBlogging”

  1. Lea Says:

    James immediately failed to impress me during the beginning of Somagate and Quitting Comics, and he’s still excelling.

  2. Heidi Meeley Says:

    Regardless of every post every done, and every opinion ever given, my husband James Meeley is a good person. He isn’t homophobic despite what everyone says. He isn’t a misogynist either. He is very fair minded and kind. We have been married for six years, and one of the things I have always loved most about him is his honesty and passion.

    Thank you for listening.

  3. Ragnell Says:

    Heidi, I know you see more of him, but all we have to go on is his behavior online.

  4. Rachel Says:

    Return of the Sock Puppets!

  5. John Jakala Says:

    “Regardless of every post every done, and every opinion ever given, my husband James Meeley is a good person.”

    Wow, talk about a damning defense.

  6. Heidi Meeley Says:

    Let me clarify for you John.

    I was referring to what OTHER people say about Jim as well as his own statements. It makes me mad as hell that people make snap judgements about a person based on their internet posts, without seeking to understand the person as a whole. Why care when it is so much easier to make a snarky, witty retort that your fellow posters will giggle at? It’s like being back in high school all over again, and that is the pits.

    I’m outta here.

  7. Ed Cunard Says:

    It makes me mad as hell that people make snap judgements about a person based on their internet posts, without seeking to understand the person as a whole.

    As Ragnell points out, though, in many cases all we have to go by are the online posts of other online folks, as there isn’t anything else from which to form an opinion. There are probably people that think I’m an asshole, an elitist, or whatever from my online posts (actually, there’s no maybe)–and they have the right to think that, if that’s what they take from what I write. If all someone has to go on is how I put myself forth online, then that’s the available information.

  8. Johanna Says:

    I would add, to Ed’s point, that if someone is constantly feeling misunderstood and misinterpreted, they might take steps to consider how they could better present themselves to avoid that continuing to happen.

    In other words, they laughed at Columbus, but they also rightly laughed at Bozo the Clown.

  9. Ed Cunard Says:

    Great. I have that song stuck in my head now.

    Ok, so it’s not so bad.

  10. Marionette Says:

    Okay, see if someone is aware that their comments online are not truely representative of their opinions then I think it’s reasonable for us to question why they are still doing it.

  11. Paul O'Brien Says:

    “It makes me mad as hell that people make snap judgements about a person based on their internet posts, without seeking to understand the person as a whole.”

    Tough. It’s perfectly fair to judge people by the way they present themselves in public. If he’s actually a nice guy who persists in acting like an idiot in public, then that’s his problem, not mine.

  12. Tim O'Shea Says:

    As a guy who came across as a jackass online (and to some, still do) while being a jackass in person, I can vouch for the fact that people may be right when they call you a jackass. Just ask my ex-wife. Your jackass mileage may vary.

  13. Johanna Says:

    Tim, I never thought you were a jackass.

    In general, upon reflection, the problem with online communication isn’t when people misunderstand you, because that can’t be prevented. It’s what you do after that. If you stubbornly insist that any misreading is their fault and you don’t stop repeating yourself until everyone says you’re right or gives up in frustration, that’s an immature, self-centered response.

    It can be hard to say “mmm, I can see why you thought that, but it’s not what I intended. Let me try explaining my point again differently.” That, though, is what leads to understanding, I think.

  14. Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] Blog punching bag James Meeley is blogging again. His first few posts take the radical positions that comics were more fun when readers didn’t know what was coming up; that editors should keep sex out of superhero comics because they should be for all ages (i.e. kids, an idea that’s a long-standing preoccupation of Meeley’s); and that late comics are bad. (If I didn’t know better, I’d think Meeley was a Byrne sock puppet, give the conservative fogeyness of these opinions.) [...]

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