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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Nerd For McCain

posted by on October 2 at 15:00 PM

Two days ago, when I said in a post about a group of comic book artists for Obama that a lot of comics fans are conservative, someone commented:

Nerds are conservative? That’s silly.

Comics are apolitical? Also silly.

Well, yesterday, comics fansite Newsarama posted a story about Comics Industry for Obama, including an interview with CIfO founder Eric Powell, the creator of The Goon, which is a very funny comic book. Many of the comments on the story—I’m pretty sure a majority of them—prove my point:

Wow, more media and artists bringing their political agenda into their work (where it usually doesn’t belong). I’m shocked. Whether you like Obama or not, the media is so clearly biased on his behalf, it isn’t even funny. Actually, it is the opposite of funnyl. I guess this bothers me a lot less than having actual journalists who are supposed to present the facts or both sides of an issue being in the tank for one candidate, but it is essentially more of the same.
Well, I guess I won’t be reading the Goon or the Savage Dragon anymore. Adios.
Democrat, Republican, they’re just different sides of the same coin. Wake up people.
I want to know something,Mccain and Obama have never clearly stated their plan to help ease the economy. Both fuddle their words and give no concrete answers.

Ask Obama what he plans to do to heal the economy. This is his reply “time for a change” “it is not about me,but what you can do for everybody” Catch phrases are cute,but they are not an answer to a serious problem


Eric Powell is a pig who’d better watch his back when this is all over.

But this one is my favorite:

Yogsothoth wrote:


Yes, the dark gods of Cthulhu demand you vote for Ralph Nader.

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Oh that shit is nothing. You should see the batshit crazy stuff that writer Chuck Dixon has been posting lately.

Posted by Dave | October 2, 2008 3:23 PM

recognizing that obama is intelligent & that mccain suffers from untreated PTSD & onset senility isn't bias.

Posted by max solomon | October 2, 2008 3:23 PM

Newsarama's comment threads are black holes of intellectualism, maybe slightly above AICN and Youtube while quite a bit below Slog in terms of destructive toll on faith in humanity

Posted by there be dragoons | October 2, 2008 3:34 PM

Cthulhu himself would definitely have you vote for Nader, as the unpronounceable one is trying to destroy humanity and is really hoping for Miss Alaska to step up when the old gentleman with the cancer goes down. The makers of that rockin' movie of the same name which you hated, Paul, would not, however.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | October 2, 2008 3:36 PM

Barack Obama is.....BALSAWOOD MAN!

He seems as stiff as a board!

But he can be bent and shaped by almost anyone!


Posted by John Bailo | October 2, 2008 3:43 PM


Thanks, but you're the last person on the face of the earth to speak on behalf of Cthulhu.

Posted by Shut up, mr self important | October 2, 2008 3:44 PM

Cthulhu wants you to vote for...

Cthulhu. Duh.

Posted by Allen | October 2, 2008 3:46 PM

Eric Powell is boss hog. I love that guy.

Posted by tabletop_joe | October 2, 2008 3:58 PM

This is not a democracy. Nom nom nom.

Posted by Cthulhu | October 2, 2008 3:59 PM


You have clearly proven that some comics fans post dumb comments on websites.

It's devastating evidence, to be sure, and it proves a point -- just not the one you claim.

Posted by Um | October 2, 2008 4:08 PM

Umm, #6, that wasn't what I was doing...and how small are you that you needed anonymity to make that remark?

By the way, Cthulhu isn't real, but a literary creation.

I was at a conference this weekend where someone quite knowledgable said, 'The internet IS the future." Eeek.

Once I thought there were too many hiphop songs about 'haters'.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | October 2, 2008 4:44 PM

Comics are apolitical?!!! Did you really say that, Paul?

1) Transmetropolitan
2) The Pro
3) V for Vendetta
4) The first half of 100 Bullets, before it got silly
5)American Virgin
6) Boondocks (OK, I don't actually know if comic strips fit into this or not)
7) X-Men since the 60's.

Just because they don't plaster up a candidate's name doesn't mean they don't have clear messages on HOW one should think or vote.

Posted by Kat | October 2, 2008 5:56 PM

It's been said already, Paul, but it's worth re-iterating:

Judging the nerd community on Newsarama posters is kind of like judging the mainstream media on Youtube feedback.

Posted by Randy Lander | October 2, 2008 7:52 PM


To agree and slightly expand on you list:

Captain America
Swamp Thing
The Walking Dead

All very popular examples of comics with overt political themes. I probably wouldn't care for comics very much if they didn't so often deal with relevent political issues.

Posted by tabletop-joe | October 2, 2008 8:57 PM

There are so many books that while not being totally political touch in extremely relevant issues hitting people today.

Posted by Carissa | October 2, 2008 10:03 PM

Maybe a 400 page deposition isn't required, maybe it just simply is a time to change fucking the party?

Posted by formerly OR Matt | October 2, 2008 10:58 PM

I gave up the comics-lean-right argument in the '80s. True!

I just got really, really tired of explaining why I thought Frank Miller was misogynist to batman fanboys.

I'd point to Sin City, and every time, I'd get the same response, more or less along the lines of "But That's Art. Duh." with a subtext of "You Fag."

The true comix nerds in here will remember a contemporary of Miller's by the name of Howard Chaykin. And likely defend him, god help them.

I'd love to blame it all on DC and Marvel, but Miller and Chaykin were both on indie labels at the time. As was Dave Sim (yeah, I know. Still). And then there was that arm of hometown favorite Fantagraphics that no-one will give more than passing acknowledgment to, to this day— the comics-porn imprint Eros.

Yeah, well, the whole thing is still slithering along. Wasn't it just a couple of minutes ago that Miller won mad praise for that definitely-not-homoerotic pean to right-wing militarism?

No, fuck it, I'm done. I've been done for over fifteen years. The fact that the industry as a whole hasn't evolved by so much as a fraction of a chromosome really shouldn't surprise, let alone bother me, at this late date.

Posted by robotslave | October 3, 2008 5:17 AM

If you want to get your heart rate up, check out this thread at the Comics Journal Message Board ( ) concerning "Pigman" by Bosch Fawstin. It's a comic about a Muslim who, after 9/11, puts on a pig costume and goes after jihadists. It's a unique spectacle, a bear-baiting -- the mostly liberal denizens of the Messboard take Fawstin to task repeatedly, and he deflects their arguments with images from his comic and a lusty, Jack Chick style "HAW HAW HAW".

Posted by --MC | October 3, 2008 6:57 AM

I'm gonna start a 527 called Gay Nerds for Hot-bama. We'll spam "conservatives read comics" blog posts with anti-McCain rhetoric, because t3h intranet matters!

Posted by Ryan | October 3, 2008 7:50 AM

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