Great, Awful and Inexplicable Comic Book Covers of the Day!
Great, Awful and Inexplicable Comic Book Covers of the Day!
Let’s start with the great which there aren’t too many of in the last 30 days. In fact there is only one:
Dynamite’s BIONIC MAN. A great Alex Ross cover. Plus while I’m no fan of DYNAMITE ($3.99 is too much to charge for a comic) I think they are getting shafted in this lawsuit. What lawsuit?
Dynamite is being sued for selling John Carter comics. Yeah, yeah I know officially it says ERB, the Burrough’s estate, is suing Dynamite, but the timing begs to differ. This has Disney’s fat fingers all over it. Those books have been out for nearly a year, odd that ERB would only get a hair up their nose once Disney’s movie was hitting theaters.
I don’t believe in coincidence. Not when greed and money are in the air. Smells like a big company leaned over to ERB and said sue em… we got your back. 🙂
Here’s the thing companies like Disney are trying to gut the concept of public domain. Sure Dynamite didn’t pay the Burroughs Estate to use John Carter. Here’s the thing… they shouldn’t have to. John Carter is public effing domain. The fifty years is ended (now extended to 75, utter bs) that means anyone and everyone should be able to produce John Carter of Mars books or comics or movies.
This doesn’t stop the heirs from producing their version and continuing to leech off their ancestor’s creativity. But neither should it stop Dynamite from producing their version. And may the best version get the readers. That’s free enterprise.
But nooooooo, companies like effing Disney, that owns ABC and everything else under the frigging sun just make up the laws as they go. Whatever happened to monopoly laws?… huh President? huh Congress? huh Supreme Court? Damn sell-outs!
Disney should have been put on the rack and broken into an effing million pieces years ago. But it’s never too late for a good idea. 🙂 .God I hate that company, I’ve hated it since I was a little kid, they are everything that is wrong with this country. Greed First. Uber Alles.
(ohhhh, I remember the first time my parents took me to Disney World and I saw that damn Mouse! All the other blind simpering sheep were cooing over the fat Rat. Not me!! Seven Years old I grabbed a brick and went after him! “Run B*tch! Run!!” You should have seen that rat run—- Ahh, Good times , Good times! :).)
So these companies are using bogus trademark to undermine copyright laws. It’s utter bs, and if allowed to stand it will just rob us of any shared cultural history that we do not have to pay a corporate entity to use or even mention. It is utter garbage. I hope Marvel/Disney chokes on their greed and dies. Goddamn Disney! I’ve always hated that Mouse!… Okay, I’m calm now.
Under the heading awful:
Any comic book that has AVENGERS or X-MEN on the cover. I have never burnt a book in my life, but seeing the glut of AVENGERS and X-MEN titles, I can see the appeal of a bonfire. And no doubt it’s some of my Disney hate still filtering down.
I’m working on it.
Most racist company on the friggin planet… and it makes children’s entertainment. Please, spare me. Anytime people mention Disney to me I want to hurt em.
“But didn’t you like BAMBI?” Hell no! Waste good Venison? What are you… stark raving mad?!!
Now I’m calm. 🙂 .
Under the heading of Inexplicable is the following:
What the heck is going on in this cover? And what ever it is, the person on the cover seems a bit young looking to be in that pose. Maybe it’s just me.
Well that’s all for this installment of GREAT, AWFUL and INEXPLICABLE. Yall come back now ya here?! Except the mouse lovers…. I still got the brick!!! :).
American Public Radio produces a public radio program (available via podcast, which is the way I listen to it) called THE STORY, and it’s just that, stories of interesting lives and incidents.
From their description:
“The Story with Dick Gordon brings the news home – through passionate points of view and personal experiences. The program brings together ordinary and extraordinary people to provide perspective on the issues which affect us all. Our goal is to inspire conversation, thinking and understanding. Produced at North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC.”
The stories are hit and miss, but today’s lead story, covering Stacy Arnout Smith and Facebook is definitely a hit. A must listen tale, a cautionary tale of the pitfalls and perils of companies that are not held accountable for the content of their site, and the crushing potential for both defamation and privacy invasion that it opens up you, the individual, to.
It discusses how Facebook’s lack of checks and balances, and oversight nearly destroyed one successful woman’s career and life
Compelling and thought-provoking listening.
To my mind the medium is the message. FCC used to fine radio stations for inappropriate language, and the last time I checked they still do. I think social media requires the same type of checks and balances. More so, because the ease of entry is lower. So FaceBook or YouTube, etc should be held liable if their site is used to post pornographic pictures, or libelous, or hate filled rhetoric. Just as I would be liable if I sold space on the outside of my house, for anyone to put up posters or advertising.
Under the rules granted to Facebook or Youtube etc, I could just say “I ‘m not responsible for the content!”, and if you don’t like the naked pics on the outside of my house, or curse words, etc… I just say, “too bad. I just rent the space. You have to talk to the posters. Or better yet just tell your kids not to look when they walk past my house! What are you trying to do? Censor me!? What are you unamerican?!”
Of course me trying that argument as an individual, is idiotic, and not going to fly with neighbors, police, neighborhood associations, schools, or the courts.
I try that crap, that CL, YOUTUBE, FACEBOOK defense, and I (or You) as an individual would be under the jail.
And I say rightly so, because as soon as you create a medium, a vehicle for the public to view that content, then yes that is definitely your responsibility, if anything you post violates reasonable standards of decency. Who is more criminal… the man who creates the deadly drug in his basement, or the organization that allows the distribution of that deadly drug to millions of basements?
The medium is the message.
So if it is a right, and moral, and legal stance to impose on each other and our neighbors, these limitations to keep personal and private boundaries, to maintain this tenuous thing called civilization and culture, how is it that corporations/social media sites may eschew any such recognition of local mores and laws? How is it social media sites get away with, in essence, the erosion of civility and civilization.
Companies such as Facebook, Craigslist, Youtube, Google, Wikipedia, “insert social media site here”, get away with doing EXACTLY this… overriding local, regional, even national mores and standards… with no oversight or controls or potential liability.
It’s insane, it’s dangerous, and worse, the current lawless nature of social media… threatens to damage social interaction more than it seemingly invigorates it by, in ways subtle and gross, imposing on all cultures a singular culture… the culture of the lowest common denominator.
My final take on today’s podcast program is– Social Media sites not only should be held liable for the content that they become a worldwide vehicle for, the defamation, the pornography, the violence, the hate, the identity theft, but they MUST BE held liable if anything close to locally determined culture is to survive.
If privacy, personal boundaries, and the very concept of the value of the individual… is to survive as true and viable concepts in this still new century, companies and social media sites must be held liable.
With simple checks and balances imposed on Social Media sites, the arduous path that Susan Arnout Smith, wife, author, and mother, had to endure, and increasing numbers of people have to endure… would have been a non-issue.
What checks and balances?
Glad you asked. Well…
1/a filtering system to keep objectionable material from being posted in the first place- how simple is that?
2/Every site created should within 72 hours or so, have a pair of eyes, actual people (imagine that), that just look at the site very quickly to see if it may be a malware or phishing site or otherwise violate listing rules
3/A real customer service department that users can actually reach a real person by email/phone and report offensive or problematic sites or sites that violate standards. And an easy way to get sites pulled or shutdown.
4/ The above said, you also have to be aware of frivolous attempts by spammers to remove legitimate sites. The easiest way to resolve that is to offer different levels of social media pages. Example, a “free” facebook page, easily setup and easily removed if any violations comes in or are reported and a “paid” facebook or social media page, backed up by actual contact/credit card info, that will have an assigned customer service rep to assist with conflicts/inquiries.
The above are four very simple steps, that social media sites, that are raking in the dough with very little overhead, could afford to enforce, put in affect, to the improvement, both financial and qualitative, of both themselves and their users. Whether they will enforce it, depends on you, and how much you cry about your neighbor putting up offensive material on the outside of his house.
Do to these companies, what you would do to your neighbor if they put this offensive material on the outside of their house.
Hold them accountable. Report them. file criminal complaints. File civil complaints. Sue them. Make them accountable.
Make them… civil.
Listen to the episode here and I’ll think you’ll be made… aware of the need for change with all Social Media sites :