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So, Dave Sim's got a Kickstarter to fund a reprinting of the High Society arc of Cerebus. I saw that, and about three seconds later I pledged. Then my stomach started feeling iffy, because it realized what my brain had just done, which was to undergo a thought process something like the following:

1. High Society. I really enjoyed that when I was in high school. I'd never seen cartooning done like that, and the book meant something to me.
2. But Dave Sim is an unrepentant misogynist.
3. Yeah, but the misogyny didn't really come into Cerebus until later, after I'd stopped reading.
4. At least as far as I remember. Maybe there's misogyny all over High Society and I just didn't notice.
5. Whatever, I'll pledge.

And that's what I did.

This is after a little Twitter rant I had last week in response to misogyny and other ugly things I witnessed at a panel of DC writers at Phoenix Comicon.

This is after a follow-up Twitter rant in which I asserted my preference for not supporting work by people I know to be jerks*.

So, that wasn't just a Kickstarter pledge button I clicked. It was a blatant hypocrite button.

I went back and cancelled my pledge and backed Garlicks instead. (All-ages graphic novel with vampires and demon hunters and it looks really good and it's got quite a way to go to make its Kickstarter goal.)

But that doesn't make up for clicking the hypocrite button in the first place. I feel like I should be apologizing to someone. I'm not sure to whom, but, for what it's worth, I apologize.

*This is a preference, not a rule or a law. Can I separate an artist from his or her work? Yes, I can. Do I have to? No. What if someone thinks I'm a jerk? I hope they'll buy my work anyway, but I fully support their right not to.


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May. 30th, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
Well done. I'm sure your fourteen-year-old self will enjoy Garlicks, and if they don't make it you can get him something else.
May. 30th, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
Dunno if you need to apologize, but I certainly know the feeling.

Some people have ruined my experiences of them after the fact by either becoming, or at least openly revealing their jerkdom after I liked them for a long while. I still *want* to like them and their work, but after the cat gets out of the bag, I feel bad about it.

In fact I'm afraid to go back to several old works to re-read, because I don't want to discover I just ignored the jerkdom at the time, making *me* part of the jerkdom.

Sometimes you can't win. Well, I guess when you cancel and support something else you win.
May. 30th, 2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
I find it pretty unbelievable that anyone would think you're a jerk. :)

Also thanks for being an advocate (for women/against misogyny). In general. Y'know, cuz that's super cool. And I don't think I've ever said thanks.

*runs off to check out garlicks*
May. 30th, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
Hear, Hear! You can apologize to me! And I accept your apology. Don't do it again. :D
May. 30th, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
I can understand why you feel unsettled, but remember that nobody does the right thing the first time all the time! I'm sometimes chagrined that I still make the same mistakes in my 40s that I did in my 20s. I recognize many of them, but often only after the fact.

Life is complicated.
May. 30th, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
Dude, you figured it out all on your own and corrected your behavior without anyone having to ask you to do so. That puts you miles ahead of the majority. Though I'm not the one who would be owed an apology, I hope those in that category agree that you done good.
May. 30th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
Heh. I know that feeling.

Also - Garlicks looks pretty cool - thanks for pointing it out to me!
May. 31st, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
You can take back a pledge?? I had no idea.

You done good, babydoll.
May. 31st, 2012 03:15 am (UTC)
S'okay. We be cool.
May. 31st, 2012 05:24 am (UTC)

Although I have to say Dave Sim is so far beyond jerk it's almost no longer offensive. I mean, I'm thinking mental illness.
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