Before there was a Blog@Newsarama, there was The Great Curve … a now-defunct blog that was scattered across the four winds of the internet when we transitioned to Newsarama. So we thought we’d dig into the archives of the old site and feature some of the more “evergreen” content every so often, in a feature I like to call “Great Curve Classics.”
This time around we’re reprinting a post that helped put The Great Curve on the map … and one that just seems very timely, given the whole Mary Jane statue controversy. It’s a post called “Hurt Comics,” written by Lea Hernandez. You can still buy the “I’m Hurting Comics” at Lea’s webstore.
Back in the old days, when the Warren Ellis Delphi Forum was open, there was an outbreak of manifestos. That’s exactly the way I mean to say it: it was like a rash. The first one was okay, but all the ones that followed were as much fun as wiping with poison ivy, and as painfully squirm-inducing.
There was a lot of “saving”, “bettering”, building a moat around, being gentle to tender little geniuses, and RAHHH COMICS-ing.
But no one ever suggested that what comics needed was a really good ass-whipping. Or maybe what comics needed was for people to stand up and say, “Hooray! I’m for the other team!”
Comics need hurting. Go on, hurt them.
When you don’t like something everyone likes, in lockstep, and you say so: you’re hurting comics.