What’s one thing you’d fix about comics internet (be that journalism or twitter or w/e) and what’s one thing you really enjoy?

If I could kill the tribalism of being A Marvel Fan, A DC Fan, An Image Fan, etc., I’d do that in a fucking heartbeat. Similarly, the idea that you have to like, or know about, something in order to be a true fan. So, I’d want to fix the hivemind mentality, perhaps?

(I’d also want to find a way to open up dialogue about subjects without it quickly devolving into snark – oh, my brave new world, what have I done, etc. – or namecalling and offense-taking, but I suspect that’s connected to the hivemind mentality. Hrm.)

And something I really enjoy is seeing people who have experiences I don’t talk about their points of views and passions in a way that makes me get it, even if I don’t agree. I like to realize how little I understand more and more as I get older, and change my mind. I remember a time when cosplay just seemed silly to me, now I love it because I understand it better. I want more of that.

Do you have any interest in a Legion-centric overview of Keith Giffen’s career? I’m powering through everything he’s done (that I can find in 50 cent bins) and would greatly enjoy hearing your / Jeff’s take on his evolution. Nobody much discusses Giffen’s art and that’s a damned shame. So he did some swipes. There’s no culture of shame for directors filching compositions!

Giffen did so many swipes, I think someone could argue that he turned it into an artform by itself, to be honest – not that I’m about to argue that myself (For some reason, I always think that Ambush Bug is the swipe-iest thing in his career, although 5YL Legion is one massive format swipe). I’d be interested in seeing a retrospective of Giffen’s career that had a dual focus on Legion and the various Justice League projects, I think.

But some of the “conversation” in the comics internet community seems to have been ill-informed and far from constructive. A small but very loud contingent are high-fiving each other while making huge assumptions about our intentions, spreading misinformation about the diversity of the artists involved in this project and across our entire line, and handing out snap judgments like they just learned the term “cultural appropriation” and are dying to put it in an essay. And the personal attacks – some implying or outright stating that I’m a racist. Hey, I’m a first-generation Mexican-American…[Laughs]

Not to mention the casual disrespect that’s been shown to the artists involved in this. One op-ed was so lazily researched that when the writer was confronted with his litany of factual errors on Twitter, he apologized, saying he didn’t know that most of the announced artists are Black. Dude, you call yourself a journalist: Do a Google search! [Laughs] And when he learned that the “3 Feet High and Rising” homage he’d asserted was in bad taste was rendered by an African-American artist [Sanford Greene] and that Posdnuos [of De La Soul] himself, gave props to the cover on Twitter, [the writer’s] response was, “Well, to each his own.” [Laughs] Look, the divide between these critics’ response to this initiative and that of the outside world and, indeed, the hip-hop community they claim to speak for couldn’t be bigger. I actually feel sorry for them.

It’s almost impressive how terrible this response to upset over Marvel’s hip-hop variant cover program by editor-in-chief Adel Alonso actually is. (From here.)

Thanks to taterpie, I’ve spent much of my admittedly-little downtown this week listening to the L.E.O. album of about a decade ago – it’s an E.L.O. tribute by Bleu McAuley, Mike Viola, Andy Sturmer and a bunch of other power pop folk, which is… not entirely spot-on, but totally enjoyable in its own right. (Taters might not even know about this, but she was in an E.L.O. frame of mind earlier this week.)