Social media and comics have a tense relationship. It isn’t even just comics. Anyone in entertainment, or the public eye, can have a frosty relationship with their followers. Just ask Rian Johnson after the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Comic creatives use Twitter to keep their fans up-to-date in regards of the issues they are working on. However, it could turn into harassment if someone doesn’t agree with their approach. Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer at Marvel Comics and held the Editor-in-Chief position at the company from 2000 to 2011, wrote open letter regarding his take on the issue.
Posting it on his Facebook page, Quesada believes that the communication between the comic book community and the readers is important. It is a better tool for creators to get their voice out to the masses directly. For him, “the connectivity outweighs all the rest” of the noise that comes from the negative side of fandom.
Here is his post below and leave your thoughts in the comments:
Hey gang, there’s something that I’ve been meaning to say. I’ve said it many times before but it bears repeating. Fair warning it’s a bit long winded so if you’re interested grab a hot cup of hot cocoa if you’re not go to bed it’s late, I couldn’t blame ya.
I’ve been seeing some discussions going on about comic’s, community and if there’s a lack thereof these last few days so thought I’d give my 2 cents though your exchange rate may vary.
Back when Jimmy Palmiotti and I started Marvel Knights we had message boards and we I gave praise to Odin every day because we didn’t have Stan Lee’s mutant power and they allowed us to reach out to so many of you and for you to reach out directly to us. Now 19 years later, never before in the history of comics have we creators, editors, publishers and fans had the ability to speak to each other on a one to one basis. Never, ever!!! While he’s the best at this of anyone I’ve ever seen, I’m betting Stan Lee would have given his left pinky and maybe “Rascally” Roy’s too (if he could have tackled and held him down long enough) to have had this technology back in 1961. No single house ad, Soap Box or letter’s page could have reached as many people as this post does at this moment and that’s some scary s#!t. I think we forget and at times take for granted that there really is no industry in the creative world like comics. An industry that produces content on such a weekly basis where fans have the ability to talk to creators daily, in real time and vice versa. Never before have we had such a huge community! Just asking where is the community causes the community to scream “Here we are!” And yeah, even though it can get a bit nasty from time to time, this isn’t unto itself anything new, the delivery system is just different and more convenient.
But for me the connectivity outweighs all the rest. It always has, even when it was just letters. The other insanely cool thing is that if you want to write a letter you still can, if you prefer to read letters columns there right there, those things haven’t gone away, go crazy! Or should I say, “Go Postal!” Heh, I’m clearly terrible at this.
And hey, I also understand how sometimes the harshness of social can make it all feel bleak, like there’s no community out there, but I believe there is and always will be, it’s just how we reach each other that will constantly change. Can’t wait for those Twitter brain implants. Fun!
So yeah, what I basically wanted to say in this insanely long winded way was THANKS! Thanks for taking the time to read my meanderings, for plunking good money down on our books and for taking the time to tell us where we did well and where we sucked so hard that the entire industry was undoubtedly going to go under. I love what I do because you guys make it fun, so thank you, thank you, thank you.
Okay, time to make more donuts.
See ya in the funny books!