Mark Millar and Todd McFarlane NEVER said ‘Comics aren’t for women’

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A recent article came out which stated that Mark Millar and Todd McFarlane said “Comics aren’t for women.” What a crock of bullshit. Some of you might not know this, but part of the media’s job is to create headlines that will catch your attention, even if they are all false. But what many of the general public does not do is actually read the article. We follow headlines and get pissed posting our opinion on the matter based on the title, and not actually reading the article and in my own news feed I have read this over and over.

First thing, Mark Millar is a HUGE liberal, he comes from Scotland as many people do not know, and as part of the UK hold very liberal views of the world. He actually wrote the Ultimates in a way, which shows the US imperialism as a negative and has publicly displayed his political views regularly.

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Mark Millar has a great point when he talked about how the best comic book arcs were the ones that were the most controversial. His example was that of Spider-Man in which he accidentally kills Gwen Stacy, Harry Osborn is on LSD, and he kills Norman Osborn. Those ARE the stories that people remember, and those are the ones that sell!

Mark Millar was quoted as saying “The ultimate (act) that would be the taboo, to show how bad some villain is, was to have somebody being raped, you know? I don’t really think it matters. It’s the same as, like, a decapitation. It’s just a horrible act to show that somebody’s a bad guy.”

Yes, Mr. Millar, it is a horrible act. Yes, Mr. Millar, it is a piece of fiction. Yes, Mr. Millar, your comic books arcs are overly violent and if readers don’t want to see it they shouldn’t buy it. The article went on to say that he uses rape just to show that a bad guy is bad, which is partially true, BUT he also stated he does this so his audience can feel and relate to the hero. When you read comics and bad things like this happen it pisses you off, not just the hero on the page. He did exactly that by getting you all riled up. But apparently Mark Millar is a sexist, and him creating fan-favorite, ass-kicking, potty-mouthed Hit-Girl proves exactly that he believes women belong in the kitchen (/sarcasm).

Todd McFarlane spoke about comic books and his daughters, “It might not be the right platform, I’ve got two daughters, and if I wanted to do something that I thought was emboldened to a female, I probably wouldn’t choose superhero comic books to get that message across. I would do it in a TV show, a movie, a novel, or a book. It wouldn’t be superheroes because I know that’s heavily testosterone driven, and it’s a certain kind of group of people. That’s not where I would go get this kind of message, so it might not be the right platform for some of this.”

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Why is that wrong? It isn’t. There are TV shows that are geared towards women while there are some that are geared towards men. There are comic books that have female heroines and more that have male. Why is it ok when to hear life insurance commercials talk about “How would you support your family if your husband died?” which are geared towards housewives. Make a big deal about that, not about comic books?

Overall this article is pretty ridiculous, they never said they aren’t for women, they expressed their opinions which apparently they aren’t allowed to have, and to even use fake quotes is a terrible form of journalism because it nowhere near states what they believe.

Here is a great example of how this kind of attack journalism works if I was talking to one of my fellow writers.

“Jose, let’s go shooting,” could be interpreted as “We are masculine adrenaline junkies who don’t invite the women in our group because we were breast fed for too long”. By let us, I do support that only men should be able to shoot guns and join the military because US means men only. So the article should be titled “Galvan believes only men should join the armed forces.” That’s EXACTLY what they did and I hate to see this kind of ridiculous journalism exist, and I hope that you do too.

Just please try and read articles before judging them based on the headline.

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For as long as he can remember, Robert asked the questions that others wouldn't about love, life, and death which brought about his interest in the human psyche and moral compass, resulting in an infatuation with comics, zombies, and movies leading to a long standing relationship with his imagination.