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.