It’s Memorial Day, and I’m gonna invoke my privilege here and just throw out today’s link for you all to pick apart. Thanks for reading and have a safe and enjoyable Saturday.
Filed under Son of Stuck Funky
Tagged as Atomik Komix, bricks, cellphone, Mindy, Ruby, Ruby Lith, scarf, women in comics
I know the joke is supposed to be that the remarks were sexist. But I prefer to think Ruby has just seen Son Of Stuck Wendy for the first time.
“Women in the comic book business sure have it tough”…yes Tom, now tell us something we DON’T know. “The more things change, the more everyone sucks”…again, this is not exactly news in the Funkyverse. So how did Ruby overcome this injustice? What change did she help to bring about? The answer? None, of course. It just happened and that’s it. The story ends exactly where it began, which isn’t usually how story telling works.
So you’re saying Batiuk’s overall philosophy is that it is impossible or futile to try to change the world, the best we can do is withstand it with our values more or less intact?
How very Nordic of him.
She just needs a Les Moore guy to come in and save the day by writing a book about her experiences.
Otherwise, yes it is futile to try and change anything.
I have to assume that Tom Batiuk, having read this site, assumes every internet comment everywhere is just a complaint about how the thing in question is terrible, poorly done, and the author has no talent.
I gather that TomBa is equating internet criticism (which can admittedly be harsh and unjustified and even occasionally result in harassment) with a hostile work environment, once again showing that he doesn’t get out much.
Yeah, really. Internet critics and sexist co-workers aren’t even remotely the same thing.
“They sent you pictures of their wieners?”
“What?! Oh, oh no! God, no. That’s not… I mean, that’s… Well, never mind what that is. HERE is what I meant to show you…”
Oh no! No! That’s from Pete. Here…here’s the hateful comments about how Wayback Wendy is derivative and historically inaccurate.
Don’t people have to know or at least give a shit who Mindy is to troll her?
And Mindy’s gripe is already bullshit because you can easily find hundreds of women in the comics industry or writing science fiction on Twitter (I follow a few of them) and they rarely get messed with since their followers will instantly swarm trolls to oblivion…
The *real* story here is Mindy got trolled and insulted on social media and her WORLD FAMOUS FIANCEE who wrote the highest grossing movie of all time and is currently the highest paid dude in comics (with his own fuckin’ publishing label) didn’t leap to her defense by using her example to call out sexist trolling in the industry and sending his followers after his girl’s attackers… Do you really think Pete wouldn’t have 750,000+ fawning fanbois, geeks, bloggers and every big name in the comics world following him on Twitter?
Yes, I *know* first-hand what it means to be put on the spot by a celebrity fanbase, because I once trolled Jenna Jameson over her hypocritical worship of a certain egotistical Reality TV star who decided to get into politics… Of course I was eventually 100% vindicated, but you’ll never see her admit it…
Disclaimer for Full Transparency: Yes, Twitter is an utter cesspool and unlike other platforms I’m very rarely on my best Sunday behavior, Yes, there have been other public figures with a million followers I’ve gotten on the wrong side of, Why did I do it? Because I’m bored and lonely and dissatisfied with life and angry about everything all of the time and I have a compulsive urge to tell people on the innernette how wrong and ignorant they are, No, it’s not something I do anymore unless someone comes after me first, Yes I have mellowed out during the lockdown and mostly seen the error of my ways lest I rage myself into an early grave, And okay fine if you must know it’s @glitchy_ashburn
Rubella is shocked. “Wayback Wendy is written for people with the mental abilities of a six-year-old. Why do adults waste their time reading it?”
Or: “I had no idea parents could be so enraged by inflicting stupid, badly-drawn comic books on their children!”
Or: “Mindy, dear . . . . the ladies in those stag films had too much modesty to pose like that!”
I hope Masone and Les can get to The Hollywood sign in time to save Mindy…
I love how in the Funkyverse only the women characters and their fragile ideas of self-worth get so rattled over what some random nobody on Twitter called them… In Marianne Winters’ case it was even enough to contemplate suicide(!)
And don’t get me started on Marianne Fuckin’ Winters who *always* needs a man to “save her” from something… Masone “saved” her from suicide, from Cindye’s jealous rage, even gave her a ride home when she didn’t have a car or who… Les “saved” her from a wildfire, he “saved” her during the Lisa audition with his seal of approval, and he “saved” her when she was having so much trouble trying to nail down the persona of the bland and unremarkable Lisa Moore…
And don’t get me started on Cindye, either… If Masone didn’t “save” her from her overbearing self-loathing over her fading beauty, I have no doubt she would have drank and pill-popped herself into an early grave years ago.
The sad thing us, internet harassment of women artists really is a problem. Ask Kelly Marie Tran, or any of those unfortunate targets of Gamergate. Those women dealt with it far more admirably than the whiners in Batiukville. It’s possible to write a powerful fiction story that shows readers what it’s like to be such a widespread target of derision.
But Tom Batiuk just wants to tell the same story over and over and over again. “Oh boo hoo hoo, I’m such a creative person, and the internet is being so mean to me. I’m going to threaten to do something drastic that’s also aligned with a writing award. I need a sensitive man, preferably Les Moore, to protect me from myself. Don’t worry, I won’t actually go through with anything, suffer in any way, or deal with the situation.”
Totally agree with your observations about internet harassment and yet one more example of TomBa’s superficial and clueless treatment of serious topics.
I also want to clear up what appears to be a miscommunication based on your response to my earlier comment regarding the difference between internet harassment and a hostile work environment. I certainly didn’t intend to downplay the seriousness of the internet form of harassment. The level of abuse and legitimate fear the women experienced in Gamergate and who knows how many other instances of internet-borne threats of physical violence should not be underestimated. The point I was attempting to make was that the daily physical presence and interaction in a hostile office work environment adds a dimension of immediacy and imminent danger.
No worries, I didn’t take it that way. And I didn’t mean to downplay the seriousness of either form of harassment. I only meant to say that Mindy’s remark “you were sexually harassed and forced to watch porn films in the workplace 70 years ago? Read what these people said about Wayback Wendy on Twitter” is an awkward, tone-deaf transition. And it’s Batiuk once again forcing the story into what he wants to talk about, in defiance of competent storytelling.
I hope that, through the magic of TimeJump technology, they all get there just as the Great Los Angeles Fire surrounds the sign and incinerates it.
Wednesday: “I didn’t think of it as harassment then.”
Saturday: “Eventually, I was able to avoid the harassment altogether by freelancing from home.”
Ruby, if the men’s behavior was so persistently bad that it drove you out of the building permanently, what on earth did your statement on Wednesday mean? I thought you meant something along the lines of “It wasn’t that bad,” or “I was able to laugh it off,” or “I thought it was normal.” But apparently you meant “I did not use the literal word ‘harassment’ to describe the men’s behavior to myself,” which is not something that is useful for me to know.
Which arc is going to wind up being more forgettable? This one (which I HOPE is over) or last week’s reno (at least I think that was last week; I refuse to go back and look).
And today’s Crankshaft is unbelievable: “The Valentine is now a glorified home entertainment center,” mopes Junior. YES. YES IT IS. THAT’S EXACTLY YOUR PROBLEM, DUMBASS. YOU NEED TO SHOW MOVIES THAT OTHER PEOPLE WANT TO SEE, NOT RADIO RANCH ON AN ENDLESS LOOP.
I wonder how many people don’t go to this theater simply because they assume it’s a mob front. It’s hard to say “please stay away if you know what’s good for you” any more clearly than “Now Showing: Radio Ranch.”
And why are these idiots all sitting in the back row of an empty movie theater? And in the very seats where a baby was born? Ewww.
The syndicate really needs to put a stop to Batiuk drawing Radio Ranch into everything. It badly undermines this story. It makes the failure of the Valentine Theater look like it’s very much Jff Junior and blond Stepford Wife #6’s fault.
On the plus side, Mitch’s Ritalin is kicking in nicely.
Didn’t they “shut the lights off for the last time” last week? Now here they are watching Radio Ranch yet again.