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today's mailbag

I love email. As much as I complain about it, sometimes it certainly makes my day interesting.

I think I touched a nerve with the Ted Rall bit today. Little did I know that people would actually defend the guy. Sort of.

Dear Michele,

Why waste your time with a drone like Ted Rall when there are so many other comic people for you to slap with your wrath? What about Dave Sim? What about anyone from Marvel Comics? Why do you like Neil Gaiman so much, anyhow? He's a hack.


Well, dear reader, thank you for taking the time to write me. You could have used the comments like everyone else, you know.

One thing at a time. Ted Rall: It's not that he's just a crappy artist. He's a shitty human being. That's why.

Dave Sim: I already called him a misogynist loon. What else do you want? However, as my fellow blogger Kevin Murphy so aptly put it, "Ok, Dave Sim is an egomaniac martyr for the independent comic cause with a mean misogynist streak. That doesn't speak any less of his masterful creation, Cerebus the Aardvark." Exactly.

As for Marvel, I'm more of an indie comic kind of girl. I prefer villians to superheroes, darkness to the world constantly being saved, death, blood, gore and wickedness to guys in tights and capes. With some exceptions, of course.

Let's not go with the Neil Gaiman thing right now, ok? You've incurred my wrath, let's just leave it at that. I have your IP address. It's just a quick email to a friend and before you know it you will find your dog's severed head hanging from your mailbox. If you don't have a dog, I'll just use your neighbor's.

But who am I to talk? I think Meatwad is an amazingly well thought out character. Shows you where my tendencies lie.

Well "christo," I thank you for this opportunity to address your questions. If you feel the need to question me again, please don't unless you can come up with something more thought provoking.


I am now spurred to read more Neil Gaiman, having only read his "Good Omens" collaboration with Terry Pratchett.

I'm more of an indie comic kind of girl. I prefer ... to guys in tights and capes. With some exceptions, of course.

Yeah, yeah, you like that Peter Pan guy and all his costumes, dontcha? :-P


You mean this guy?

I don't think he swings my way. In fact, I don't think he swings any way.

Keith, read "American Gods". It's darker than "Good Omens", but it's very cool nonetheless.

Michele and Kevin! Chums! Will you be the Fleagle Brothers to my Cockroach??

(I can't believe not one but both of you are Cerebus fans!)

Christo! I love your stuff, man. All that draping and wrapping, whew!

That Peter Pan site is one of the scariest things I've ever seen...

Read an acquaintance's copies of Cerebus about 10 years ago, and it was such coolness. Must find the run of collections on eBay. Sandman, of course, is the shizzle, as well.


Tee shirt seen at a con back in the 80's:

"Cerebus doesn't love you, he just wants your money"

Current favorite comic: "Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou"
You can find an english translation on MangaProject.cbj.net