Fanboy Rampage: The Intersection Of Art And Politics With Greg Capullo

Earlier today, Top Cow mogul Matt Hawkins asked a question on social media:

It’s one that’s pretty relevant today, with the political climate in the world as heated as it is. It prompted a response from superstar artist Greg Capullo, who tweeted:

This prompted the following response:

And right about here, things went south.

If we weren’t Bleeding Cool, the tabloid scourge of the comics world, we would probably point out that this is unfortunate, because the subject matter we were starting to get into is important. It isn’t always easy to have a conversation about privilege, largely because, if you are the person being accused of having it, there’s an almost instinctual urge to reject the conversation and take a defensive stance. After all, if one has privilege, then doesn’t that invalidate all of one’s accomplishments and diminish all one’s struggles?

The answer, of course, is “no,” or so we would say if this were a more thoughtful piece on a more nuanced website. But it’s so easy to take it that way. In a parallel universe where this were anything other than another ghoulish article recapping a fruitless Twitter flame war where nobody learns anything at all in the end, we could all strive to see that, while criticism may be uncomfortable, it needn’t be considered an attack. It can be a good thing, a healthy thing, or maybe even just an expression of a different viewpoint that one may not have previously considered.

Unfortunately, you are, in fact, reading this on Bleeding Cool in a Fanboy Rampage column, so you know how this one actually ends. Capullo took offense and made a series of tweets which he then deleted before making more tweets about the deleted tweets, some of which he then deleted as well. The result: all out Twitter war.

We’ve done our best to piece it together using screencaps of the deleted tweets:

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Well, that escalated quickly.

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https://twitter.com/GregCapullo/status/804002938477748224

https://twitter.com/GregCapullo/status/804003655171133440

Can anyone imagine what that might look like?

Fanboy Rampage was a blog by Graeme McMillan dedicated to the funniest, most ludicrous and most inappropriate comic book back-and-forths online. McMillan has moved on now, becoming a proper journalist for the likes of The Hollywood Reporter and Wired but he gave permission to Bleeding Cool to revive his great creation. When you consider that, after all this time, nobody has really ever learned a god damn thing from any of it, it’s kind of depressing, isn’t it?

About Jude Terror

A prophecy says that in the comic book industry's darkest days, a hero will come to lead the people through a plague of overpriced floppies, incentive variant covers, #1 issue reboots, and super-mega-crossover events.

Scourge of Rich Johnston, maker of puns, and seeker of the Snyder Cut, Jude Terror, sadly, is not the hero comics needs right now... but he's the one the industry deserves.

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