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Mockingbird writer Chelsea Cain, the bestselling author of Heartsick and other thrillers, deleted her Twitter account today after receiving abusive tweets yesterday.

 

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In a now vanished series of tweets (one screencapped above)  Cain noted that she was getting harassing tweets, presumably over the above Mockingbird cover and her work there in general. It’s possible that she was targeted from 4chan or Reddit as well. After saying she was considering pulling the plug…she did just that.

This ignited a firestorm of support on Twitter as well.

 

But it was all too late.

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Nice going, douchebags.

As I noted only this morning, Twitter’s toxic swamp of harassment is their own doing. As Tom Spurgeon aptly called it, “fan crud” is something all public figures face but the specific hate towards women in comics is focused and, sadly, backed up and tolerated by the heritage of an industry that didn’t think women belonged in it for 40 years.

While the voices of comics activists have been loud all morning, and comics pros have been supportive, I’ve yet to see Marvel’s official account speak out. I imagine as a corporate entity it takes time to put together a statement about a matter like this.  Axel Alonso retweeted Nick Spencer:

 

https://twitter.com/nickspencer/status/791363327557406720

Meanwhile Tom Brevoort, the co-editor on the book, has been tweeting the usual promotional pieces.

Unfortunately, Brian Bendis did tweet and it was the following:
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Sure harassment exists everywhere, but Cain has been writing novels and year and this is the first time she’s had to face this kind of abuse. Denying her experience and insights as a pro from another field coming in to comics was dismissive and foolish.

UPDATE: Axel Alonso tweeted the following soon after the above was written:

And a #standwithchelseacain hashtag was trending for quite a while and is still gaining steam. I doubt this is going to calm down any time soon.

I guess everyone feels a little burnt on social media at the mo, but the harassment problem isn’t a woman’s problem, it’s a MAN’S problem. The good men of comics and everywhere need to make it clear they do not support or tolerate hate, abuse and misogyny. This isn’t a borderline case. It’s clear, indisputable harassment. And that should not be part of the “comics conversation.”

The abuse against women in comics is equally clear and indisputable, and the abuse against women of color is even worse. And so on down the line. It’s toxic and inexcusable.

At least one comics journalist is not taking it sitting down.

https://twitter.com/thalestral/status/791213338483130368

There is more to come, sadly. And the damage has been done.

 

OH PS: I rate this a full 9 Dumpster fires!

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53 COMMENTS

  1. What is it about comics, gaming and metal music that makes people such pathetic beings? I love all of the aforementioned things but I can’t stand, understand – or much less, have respect for – the communities at all.

  2. I have to believe that most fans are good, kind people. But man, the level of discourse online can really make that hard to see.

    I haven’t read Mockingbird; sadly, it seems to be one of those books I’m only learning about after its cancelation. But I hear good things, and I hope Ms. Cain has more great comics in her future.

    Online harassment and open, overt misogyny, racism, homophobia, transphobia, etc. are widespread and depressing. I wish that I could see these problems getting better instead of worse.

    I’m pulling for Ms. Cain, and I hope she never has to deal with this kind of intolerable behavior again. And I hope that someday, it’s no longer considered normal.

  3. Truth is: there are a group of Mysogynistic A$$holes that have found comfort and shelter in the anonymous and loving embrace of Twitter (who will not judge you or punish you for all the horrible things you might be willing to say). Until social media is willing to shut down and hold people accountable for their words–this will be an ongoing problem from “Trollville.” There needs to be a way to report offensive or threatening language and those people punished. Then, that group can find another way to express its discontent. Somehow, it seems oppositional to the whole idea of having “followers” that just want to burn you down. Block em, delete em, report them. Hopefully, with the proper tools–defeat them.
    It’s on Twitter to do the right thing.

  4. Hmm. It seems like the generations-long attack on things like manners, propriety and cultural standards led by liberals and people on the Left might possible have had some completely expected and easily foreseeable consequences. What a shock. It’s almost as entirely predictable as people engaging in narcissistic self-expression being greeted by narcissistic self-expression in return on a media platform that 99% exists and is utilized for narcissistic self-expression.

  5. This is terrible. Chelsea was a great new voice and to chase her away is pathetic. This is also a huge cultural problem with comics/pop culture. Give a man a mask, and he’ll show you the worst thoughts he’s ever had.

    This is a MASSIVE problem for twitter as a company. They are actively trying to sell, and all the big money suiters like Disney, Google and Salesforce all pulled their offers due to the uncontrollable troll/harassment culture problem. They have ZERO offers or prospects for a blue chip tech company publicly looking to be acquired. Unheard of. Too polluted and toxic for the potential parent company’s brand. Now twitter is laying off 8% of its workforce and desperate to find way through. Still believe trolling and harassment = free speech worth defending. Twitter needs to take some napalm to their own sewers and clean it out, bad.

    I have no idea as a fan and creator what to do about this. Yeah we need to defend people, but I”m not able to waste endless amounts of time and energy fighting trolls. It can take over your life, and once you go into the sewer its hard not to come out smelling bad. Puts your mind in a terrible place and kills my creativity.

    I think twitter needs to ban more abusive accounts. People need to ignore the trolls, and stop giving them their power. I know that’s not a solution, but i don’t know what else to do. So frustrating.

  6. sad article but full of typos. just run a spellcheck:

    “Sure harassment exists everywhere, but Cain has been writing novels and year ans this is the first time she’s had to fice this kind of abuse.”

  7. You’re right @MBunge, liberals are in sufficiently tolerant of sexist depictions of women writ large on the side of comic shops. The left also invented incivility. And Cronuts.

  8. A shame for Bendis, And yes it’s too common in games and comics, my friend list it’s a third of what it used to be because most of my friends were amateur artist, successful in the early 2000’s but that never developed their style, resentful of the new wave or artist and, if such artist is a woman, very toxic with their comments.

    Too bad for Mockingbird, I always treat this kind of series as a mini, knowing that they Marvel will cancel it after a few issues, that didn’t stop me for trying them. I a way I like that I can read multiple takes on lesser known Marvel characters frequently. And I agree to a point with MBunge, some kind of abuse is welcomed, specially to cheesecake artist. Also the reason I stopped reading Xavier’s analysis on Marvel here.

    Good luck, Chelsea Cain. My apologies if I didn’t do enough as a part of the comic community for you to feel secure and welcomed.

  9. Heidi, I don’t know if you read the comments and I don’t know if you know Ms Cain, but I felt the new Mockingbird book was the best thing I’ve read in years… please tell her that she made me love comics again when I was just starting to cut everything back. I thought her book was sooooo clever, smart, and witty, and fun, she deserves so much praise. Please let her know.

  10. I just bought a t-shirt of the Mockingbird cover in question from WeLoveFine, only available for six more days… totally worth it.

  11. The world makes me so sad… race, sexual preference, religion, gender… it feels sometimes like it’s never going to level out. I’m so bummed by all of this.

  12. There is very much an Us vs Them situation happening comics. Comics used to be just for “the nerds”, but with a wider audience becoming prevalent now there are some who feel threatened by it. So instead if stewing on the jocks that gave them grief in high school they are taking it out on the comics “intruders” behind the shade of anonymity.

    It’s terrible and these people need to grow up and deal with their issues instead of taking them out on others.

  13. I #standwithChelseaCain and if any of shortsheet jackholes have got a problem with that… I can introduce you to my Halligan Bar, chump change.

  14. Gwen Grimm, we already do! Go read Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Gwen, and when it comes out, U.S.Avengers. All of them feature female Captain Americas!

  15. I understand that people fear change. Comics isn’t doing anything that radical, though: it’s getting back to its roots.

    Comics, when I was a kid / young teen *used to be* more inclusive. There wasn’t as much focus on continuity in mainstream comics, so the world didn’t end if you had a storyline that slightly contradicted a big, central mythos. Why if something didn’t make sense, Stan “The Man” clarified in dialogue boxes that told people to refer to a previous issue or story arc. There were plenty of mainstream comics aimed squarely at kids, both male & female, & comics that were definitely skewed more towards girls & women (thinking of some Wonder Woman – there was a letters column where WW explain the magic properties of her earrings, that I still remember today; that “Firestar” mini-series, some of the X-Men..). Nobody flipped out & said, because there’s “Firestar” there’s not enough “Spider-Man” or “Thor”, for instance. Comics was accepted as a medium for different types & stories & audiences..the same way books are, or music, or movies. Not every product was *for* everyone, but there was stuff that one could recommend to almost anyone.

    When I got a job in a comic book shop in the early 90’s, 4 shifts were happening in the scene. #1. Indie comics were *exploding*; TMNT, Cerebus, Love & Rockets, Maus & many others were bringing in readers who didn’t grow up reading superhero comics, the way I had; #2, the 1989 “Batman” movie reinvented Batman as a more modern property & got major studios gears turning about how to monetize comic book movies more, &, #3, a variety of distributors had lost or were losing their battle with future monopoly Diamond Distribution, which would come to limit what books made it to comic shop shelves across the country & #4, variant covers became much more popular, & at the same time, the Internet was really taking off, giving tons of people access to a previously unimaginable amount of online pornography. Comic book artists, many of whom had previously photographed live models to get figure reference or used imported magazines, so their poses wouldn’t be trackable back to “Vogue” or Playboy, suddenly had almost any (super sexy) pose they wanted. Most of the big shot cover artists & comics artists overall were men, & the poses on mainstream comics covers began to both reflect the influx of readily accessible “reference material” & mainstream comics starting to focus on the customer base who were buying all these variant covers faithfully: young men.

    A lot of the young men who escaped into the fantasy worlds of comics did so for many of the same reasons I did. They were geeks / nerds, unpopular at school, & the fantasy worlds presented by comics were ones in which frequently the virtues were rewarded, stakes & drama were higher, & it was pretty typical for the hero to get the girl. Who wouldn’t prefer that fantasy haven to the cruelties of everyday life?

    Instead of courting this faithful market AND keeping their options open with other potential readers, mainstream comics’ covers & female character designs grew more exploitative, in a sense not unlike comics was exploiting its fan base with an endless amount of variant covers & other collectibles. (Remember Vampirella, for example? Foil title logos! In “different editions” red, silver & gold! Signed by the writer! Sketched on by the artist! Alternate printing! You could buy a dozen copies of a book & not have all of the variants.) Comic book shops became places girls & women often felt like they didn’t belong, because new comic day just brought tidal waves of bad girl comics in increasingly tiny costumes. Although there were still titles that many women loved – like the “Sandman” comics – the industry didn’t seem to notice or care that there weren’t many women & girls in its shops or attending its conventions. They had a fan base & that fan base was passionate about comics, memorizing every origin story, carefully bagging & boarding each book. Comics was a secret club for nerds & geeks. If you didn’t know the passwords – the origin stories, who wrote, pencilled, inked & colored them – then you weren’t a “real” fan & didn’t really know comics. It was Revenge of the Nerds; the people who’d been socially rejected at school now had their own private club, which they could, in turn, deny others access to. The young men were starting to age.

    “The geeks shall inherit the earth”.

    BTW, I put myself kind of in this category. I had my things I was obsessive about & knew I was “geek cooler” than some other girls because I liked comics. Instead of turning on fellow reader gal pals to my hoard of “Mai the Psychic Girl” or “Spider Man: Torment” (another one with too many variants) or “Strangers in Paradise” or “Akira”, I relished being that cool girl who understood comic books. Oh, past me. *shakes head*

    That was obviously the wrong time to actually go to work in the comics industry, but that’s what wound up happening. So I got to see the shift back towards more inclusiveness start happening from the inside. Slooooowly, there were titles that I could recommend to all kinds of readers..so I did. I loved buying “Scary Godmother” for kids & Sandman trades for girlfriends. Gone was my desire to have comics be a secret geek club. I came to see it as a medium of storytelling that had huge potential. In Japan, I thought to myself, they had comics aimed at all kinds of audiences, & when I was growing up they did, too. Surely that would happen here.

    And it started to..the Comic*Con International I set up at in 1999, I was one of two or three women in the few rows of tables around me, & the show filled about half the convention center. Ten years later, the convention center was stuffed to the gills & attendees were almost half female, & cosplay was a thing. & the girls I’d seen start reading comics in the 90’s were now women buying comics & making comics. There’s also out LGBT creators & more minority creators than before.

    So, for all the bellyaching about “SJW” ‘s & “pandering”, really what’s happening here is that Marvel & DC want all the sweet, sweet fan money, not just men’s. They want everyone who goes to their comic book movies – profitable ventures we saw the seed planted for in 1989’s “Batman”, but with ever-better effects with each new wave – to buy all the products that go along with them. Women make more money than they used to & comics publishers / movie makers want their money. They want their audiences to grow. They can spit out all the platitudes they like about doing the right thing or diversity, but in the end it’s gonna be all about that bottom line. More women are in the scene now & to get their dollars, there has to be something in it for them. The heart is representation beats to a capitalist drum.

    Comics is only drifting back to where it used to be 30-some years ago. If you read comics even older than that, female characters had agency & control just as frequently as they were helpless damsels. Too bad / so sad if it feels like they’re changing up the private clubhouse, but the ultimate “Revenge of the Nerds” is that the geeks *have* inherited the earth, & some of them are women.

    BTW, I chose “Revenge of the Nerds” as my analogy deliberately, because I don’t think that movie could get made today. Someone disguising themselves so they can have sex with someone else’s girlfriend is creepy as hell; sounds like rape to me. I’ve heard it described as charming but I can’t bring myself to watch it, TBH.

    It’s too bad “Mockingbird” didn’t work out as a longterm title, but there’s plenty of other comics that aren’t just for dudes that are thriving. The days of having to have a secret password to enjoy comics & conventions is over..& that’s a good thing, for comics as an art form in the long run. Even if it means I’m no longer “the cool girl” who likes comics. Now that’s many, if not most, women I know.

    No matter how you feel about all those changes, people shouldn’t be *harassing writers & artists* if they don’t like their work. FFS, grow up everyone. Have some class.

  16. Someone did some digging and found exactly 6 harassing tweets. 2 directed at her and 4 at Katie Hopkins. All I’m seeing is people claiming harassment and zero evidence of it. You’re free to look for yourself. This is all that I have seen. If I’m wrong, show me that I’m wrong. I’m open to being wrong.

    Bear in mind that Disney, and Marvel are a business. Both have been doing this for years and know how to play the media. Propagating the lie that somehow nerds in general are misogynistic equals free advertising. Portraying a woman as a victim may inspire these exact “misogynist” nerds to buy this failed comic, This is free marketing for them. Here’s how it works – write a feminist comic. Antagonize nerds. Nerds don’t buy it, naturally. Claim nerds are misogynist. Claim a female victim. Nerds are not misogynist, on the contrary. They buy the comic, *AND* Disney/Marvel get free marketing for their books. Let’s not forget instances, like Brianna Wu did on the PC launch of her game, where people would intentionally harass themselves for this marketing.

  17. Wait… so she got mad because people were being mean and stormed off crying about bullying? I think she just set feminism back a few years.

  18. If this is true, I’m not surprised. Fandom can be pretty bad. The weird thing is that a lot of newer articles are pointing to the fact that not a single tweet can be found that one would label harassing. All of the original articles talk about her getting the tweets, but not a single tweet is offered up as evidence of the occurrence. Most sites love to tar and feather the trolls, so I find this kinda strange.

  19. I got one question… are people giving Chelsea Cain a pass over the troubling implications in Mockingbird #8 regarding victim-blaming? That only weak people get hurt/raped?

    I know a couple of websites, like retcon-punch and scans-daily discussed it but seems to have fallen to the wayside following cain’s harassment.

  20. No proof of said harassment, everyone patting her on the back, poor baby.
    Not an attempt to cover for a terrible run of her poorly selling comic, nope.

  21. Eva Hopkins – great comment!! I *really* enjoyed reading it. Very good food for thought. I think you’re right – comic companies are just trying to get more of everyone’s business…men and women. I’ve noticed since women have gotten interested in Cons, attendance has gone up and they’re a much more fun experience.

  22. Idiots blasting Cain over 6 harassment tweets – you have no idea how many private/direct message tweets she got. 6 harassment tweets is also 6 too many. You guys defending 6 as being not enough or whatever – you are why comics suck.

  23. So, it looks like exactly none of this actually happened (or by some improbable happenstance, absolutely every shred of evidence that it did has vanished from this Earth, and from the internet).

    Yet, judging by the bulk of the comments, it both reflects and informs the views of the readers here. You get told a thing, it reinforces your beliefs, you believe it, you go on to think badly of other people based on what you were told.

    What a fascinating, ugly process. I’m starting to think we’re missing a vital part of elementary education that teaches people how to discriminate fact from fiction.

  24. Sheesh, what is it with people refusing to use their common sense (as in “Why would she make this up? Why would she inconvenience herself by deleting her Twitter?”) and demanding PROOF!!!!! ?

    Do we not believe ANYTHING unless we have PROOF? Obama born in the USA? We want PROOF! No, that passport and birth certificate don’t count. They can have been faked. That gynecologist testifying doesn’t count. He could have been bought. Tell ya what: If I wasn’t personally present at Obama’s birth, then I will NOT believe that he was born in the USA. Because PROOF!!!

    That sort of assholery, I can do well without. Bunch of lame trolls.

  25. Hello knuckle draggers, If a woman says she was harassed to the point of being visibly upset and deleting her entire twitter account, maybe there’s something to it. Maybe you should stop putting her on trial and demanding proof, STOP VICTIM BLAMING and pull your collective heads out of each other’s rear ends.

    Seeing the insane hate on her support hashtag kinda proves it all.

  26. So, I’ve been looking on Twitter, and I can’t exactly find any harassment directed towards her. Anyone have any examples?

  27. Literally none of that, absolutely nothing presented, is in any way, shape, or form, in any dimension available to human eyes, ears, and brains, constitutes harassment or abuse in any way.

    Expressing shadenfreude over a person’s failed artistic endeavor–is crass. But it wasn’t simply an artistic endeavor, it was a running political statement. That puts it up to public scrutiny. Some elements of the public scrutinized it and said “Ugh.” That’s not abuse nor is it harassment.

    This isn’t “victim blaming” because there is no victim. There is no victim because there is no crime. This is less than smoke and mirrors, because at least smoke and mirrors are objects in the observable universe. This is pure fiction.

  28. Twitter >> Settings >> Notifications >> Filter: Only People I follow (check box)

    Makes Twitter 1000000% more enjoyable. You have to actively seek out the opportunity to hear what people say about/to you. Is there some reason why people prefer to not have this on?

    PS – I don’t see the second tweet in that series but was that a story about why she can’t interact with her child because she’s on Twitter? I mean…

  29. What happened to Chelsea was awful and undeserved, but at the same time my irritation towards “progressive liberals” who insist on shoving their agendas down my throat via tweeting about it or blocking traffic and yelling “black lives matter” at me as I honk my car horn because I’m now late for work cause me to feel little sympathy here.

    Thumbs up to Brian Bendis, however, for making himself look like a clueless tool once again.

    When is Marvel going to finally fire him once and for all?

  30. I think Mr. Bendis was wrong to say, “It’s not comics,” but I agree that it’s not JUST comics — it’s a much wider problem of misogyny-meets-trolling-meets-geek-culture. It’s even coming out in this thread now. But we saw the same thing happen to Leslie Jones and many others in other parts of the culture, and it’s getting worse. It also seems endemic to the popular arts. You don’t see women getting bullied off Twitter because they like the new Mary Oliver book or they want to see more diversity in Sundance awards.

  31. NPR’s “Fresh Air” did a good report yesterday on Twitter abuse. Takeaway: If you publicly criticize Donald Trump and his alt-right supporters, you can expect months of nonstop harassment.

    http://www.npr.org/2016/10/26/499440089/harassed-on-twitter-people-need-to-know-the-reality-of-what-its-like-out-there

    As for comics, we probably began heading down this road in the late ’70s and early ’80s, when comics lost their mass audience of kids and casual readers (many of whom were female). All that Marvel and DC had left were the most addicted superhero fan/collectors, most of them maladjusted males. It became a boys’ club for three decades.

    Now the Big Two are FINALLY reaching out to women readers, and some guys don’t like it. At all. Next thing you know, Marvel will be publishing romance comics and Millie the Model again (every fanboy’s worst nightmare).

  32. This was borderline Assault! and should be Reguarded as such.
    Nevermind that we can’t seem to find a single example or screencap. But I suspect something came from that H. Mungus guy. He is a known offender!

  33. I really feel bad for Chelsea Cain here, but I feel like there is a MASSIVE UNDERWHELMING lack of education in regards to social media here.

    First of all, you’re are not expected nor required to handle online harassment. There are hundreds of tools to prevent it from happening.

    First and foremost you can report people and block theme.

    Second of all, if something happens, you can temporarily restrict your account. Only allow those which you trust to contact you until assholes are centered somewhere else.

    Let’s take a moment and realize that most assholes that try to ruin it for everyone else have two tools in their arsenal:

    1) They are ANONYMOUS.

    2) They can have INFINITE ACCOUNTS.

    “OK. Now you’re just exaggerating.”

    If I wanted, I could have 120,000 accounts follow me by creating 120,000 accounts and have them follow me. Sure, that’s a lot of effort, but using VPS connections, proxies, dedicated machines with multiple IP addresses, and a number of different tools as well as borrowing cell phones from others and utilizing online services like Upwork, I could very well create a large number of fake accounts created specifically to target a specific person or multiple people.

    If you’re not using the tools in your arsenal to protect yourself, you’re unfortunately asking to be targeted, especially if you’re in a public role. It may or may not happen to you, but in a role where you’re expected to be public, it’s more than likely to happen to you either in a lesser or a major situation.

    Hell, if I was the only person to help Chelsea Cain curate their tweets, it would’ve been a much better scenario. When a small group decides to remove you, you either know how to handle it, or it infects your lifestyle.

    I REALLY hope Chelsea is around caring people. I really hope they are in a better place mentally. The Internet can be a monster, and this definitely sucks, but regardless… this was entirely avoidable. It would just be better if what I was saying was common sense rather than knowledge gained having gone through it.

  34. Chelsea Cain spoke out about the matter herself:

    http://chelseacain.com/blog/140-characters-plus-few-thousand-more-twitter-hubbub

    And she’s absolutely fine.

    >>>My husband and our 11-year-old daughter were downstairs watching an episode of Buffy, and I was sitting up here in my home office, blocking some of these people, responding to some of them. Strangers, yelling at me because I wrote a comic book that they didn’t like, and because I was a woman. And I got a text from my 11-year-old daughter. “I love you,” she wrote.
    And I just thought, what am I doing? Why am I up here engaging with mean strangers, who couldn’t care less about me, when the two people I love most in the world are downstairs?
    I posted a comment about how I was done with Twitter. And I went downstairs.

  35. “Let me be clear: I did not leave Twitter because I was trolled; I was trolled because I said I was going to leave Twitter.”

    It seems to me that the comic news sites played a big part in her becoming overwhelmed by nasty messages, like she says in the end it only really started after comic news sites like The Beat, Bleeding Cool, etc. had put a big spotlight on this. I’m not sure what to make of this, I agree people should try and be more considerate when commenting and tweeting online, but maybe the media also needs to consider what and how they report to avoid a creator from becoming flooded because of a controversy apparently in large part started by them.

    I also notice online how often comic book readers are stereotyped as a immature misogynistic freaks, there probably are such readers, idk, but stereotyping comics readers on the whole in this way can probably create a backlash at times, I can understand people becoming fed up and getting angry when constantly being negatively stereotyped in this way, which is equally not very nice.

    Just some thoughts, have a good day!

  36. He doesn’t seem to be *wrong* though, does he.

    A bunch of people decided to signal boost the women-in-peril “Chelsea Cain harassed off Twitter” story, and that led to her coming to the attention of scores of people who knew nothing about her beforehand. She was used as a football to promote the “comic book culture is full of toxic men and we need to come together and condemn all those meany-heads” perspective.

    Who’s the bad guy here, then? The fictional sexist boogeymen who didn’t chase anybody off anything, and who can’t be used to inform a real-world opinion as to whether or not comic book culture is actually hostile to women, or those who invented this story to increase their click count, without even bothering to ask Ms. Cain what happened first?

  37. yeah well, seems I said something he/she doesn’t like but can’t really refute in an adult and coherent manner, looks like I struck a nerve there.lol

    Time to go read some comics :)

  38. As evidenced by Cain’s own words, which you’ve linked, this article is entirely incorrect. You’ll have to reinforce the women-in-peril worldview using other, different women as tools. Maybe next time the pesky woman won’t step in to contradict these falsehoods.

    “Chelsea Cain was driven off Twitter by harassment from comic book fans.”

    Chelsea Cain: “Uh, no, I wasn’t. I just decided Twitter was an unworthy use of my time.”

    (predicted) “But still…harassment…”

  39. Bees, I see that now that I’ve entirely refuted your “there are no screenshots!!!!” Truther campaign, now you are saying harassment on Twitter doesn’t exist. I’ll keep knocking down your straw men and you’ll keep going to the hayfield.

    In words of one syllable: buzz. off.

  40. See? Shitheaded comic fans aren’t just contained to Twitter. They show up in the comment sections of perfectly respectable comic blogs too.

  41. As usual, you only showed Chelsea’s side. What kind of misogynistic harassment do you speak of? Care to link or post any screenshots?

    Let’s have a look at what terribly offensive tweet caused her to respond with those 3 tweets. – http://archive.is/fWglM

    “Black Cat, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Capt Marvel all badass #Comic characters; Yours just sucked @ChelseaCain. Understand your series failed.”

    How is that harassment or even misogynistic? When women receive criticism, oh no he harassed/bullied me, I’m gonna leave the public sphere and get all my friends to rally around me. When men receive criticism, damn I should learn, improve in the future and make better sales.

    Truth is, the comic failed because the writing was bad and hence ratings were bad. People don’t buy products that are bad or with content they dislike. But hey, looking at the comments and this article it seems like it’s a totally foreign concept.

  42. You goddamn liberals really make me laugh. YOU CRAM YOUR GODDAMN BELIEFS DOWN EVERYBODY’S WINDPIPE THEN BITCH WHEN THERE IS BLOWBACK. Gail Simone,that hack Busiek,and the rest can sit and spin you created the trolls and caused the election of Donald Trump with your P.C. bullshit. THANKS ASSHOLES. Have a nice day:).

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