The comic book industry is on fire in some sectors, but new comic books may be losing their appeal, with Manga dominating the sales charts (see below). Marvel and DC have been including more and more social justice themes and characters into stories over the last few years – a move contributing to the sales decline.
Now an X-Men writer may have said the silent part out loud: “The goal is to make the artist happy. Everyone else is along for the ride” and customers are the second thought.
From writer Gerry Duggan via Twitter (@Gerryduggan)
“The folks collaborating on X comics are cooking up the biggest stories in comics right now. The goal is to have fun, thrill our artists and editors, and give readers what they didn’t know they needed. The goal is to make the artist happy. Everyone else is along for the ride.
“Please do not give us your great story ideas. They are for you to exploit. Please do not behave in an unhinged manner about the comic books to the folks working hard on them. Be cool. The Reign Of X is here, hope you dig it, but we sure as hell are having fun.”
Some fans wasted no time to counter Duggan:
Lmao forget the fans, y’all know what’s best huh? No wonder why the comic industry is failing and Manga is destroying American comics. It’s supposed to be about keeping the fans/customer happy.
— comrade Ryan! (@rmoneyg35) May 12, 2021
“Everyone else is along for the ride?” Cool. I am out. I honestly can’t believe you think being rude and condescending to fans and telling telling them they are not a priority is a good idea. No wonder comic sales continue to plummet.
— John Doe (@JohnDoe67927657) May 12, 2021
In the video shared by Duggan, Lee states, “I want you to know, Marvel has always been and always will be a reflection of the world right outside our window. That world may change and evolve, but the one thing that will never change is the way we tell our stories of heroism.”
He continued, “Those stories have room for everyone regardless of their race, gender, religion, or color of their skin. The only thing we don’t have room for are hatred, intolerance, and bigotry.”
“That man next to you, he’s your brother. That woman over there, she’s your sister. And that kid walking by, hey, who knows he might have the proportionate strength of a spider,” said Lee.
Lee concluded, “We are one big family, the human family, and we all come together in the body of Marvel. And you, you are part of that family. You are part of the Marvel Universe that moves ever upward and onward to greater glory. In other words, Excelsior!”
So, Duggan and Marvel has a comic book mission to focus on BLM, social justice, inclusion and to “give readers what they didn’t know they needed.”
The leftist writer virtue signals in his Twitter bio, including “Black Lives Matter. Wear a mask. Get your shots.”
Eric Breen said in a new video about the comic book market that “agenda” took over from adventure and comic book are not meant to “entertain” and the industry decided these heroes should be more relatable, see yourself.
“Comic books today seem more interested in informing you…in lecturing you,” he said.
Check out that video below.
Duggan got into a heated Twitter exchange last year, resulting in the writer calling a fan/reader: “Eat a bag of pre-fucked dicks, but nice grammar.
— Gerry Duggan (@GerryDuggan) March 25, 2020″
The latest iteration of the X-Men features Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Sunfire, Rogue, Wolverine, Synch, and Polaris.
Duggan had a successful stint on Deadpool, but his recent work on Cable struggled in sales.