How to Deflect Criticism
In a Howling Curmudgeons post that tries to understand outrage over Frank Miller’s butt shot (as drawn by Jim Lee, it’s beginning to look like the shot heard round the blogosphere) by pretending that such things are common in fine art, Marc Singer posts a hilarious checklist that made me laugh out loud.
Checklist for deflecting criticism of a comic:
– Claim it’s actually a parody.
– Claim that it’s all a big joke on the mundanes/fanboys/idiots who don’t get the parody.
– Claim the work can’t be judged until it’s finished, even if it’s being released in serial installments. (Extra credit: claim it’s so complex, so far above the heads of its mundane/fanboy/idiot critics, that it can’t be judged for one year after it’s finished.)
– Attribute any flaws that you can’t explain away to the collaborator you don’t like, salvaging the reputation of the one you do (henceforth to be known as the All-Star Batman & Robin Special Dispensation). Assert that the collaborator you do like is somehow above the material, concluding that he therefore must be making a joke at his audience’s and his partner’s expense.
– Compare it favorably to a much worse comic or comic artist that your audience can reliably be counted upon to dislike.
That’s a great parody of the “it’s a joke on you” defenses of All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder. (Using the proper title makes for good typing exercise.)