It’s difficult to even know where to begin this post, mostly because I shouldn’t have to be writing it in the first place. We are adults living in 2012, yet here I am, about to lecture as though I’m scolding children in kindergarten calling each other names and spitting on each other.
To get you up to speed, notoriously ignorant comic book retailer Larry Doherty of Larry’s Comics in Lowell, MA (a shame that he’s in my beloved home state) took to showcasing his penchant for being offensive under the guise of an “I’m ALWAYS offensive”/”It was a JOKE” defense. Not settling for the racist jokes that spewed out of his mouth around the debut of Miles Morales, he took up transphobia instead, poking fun at a woman talking with him through Twitter that happened to be transgender.
So, when Graphic Policy reported the news and I caught wind of it, I naturally called for any residents of Lowell, MA to shop elsewhere. Because that kind of ignorant stupidity should never be tolerated, in comics or otherwise. It’s bullying, plain and simple. Had this been a first offense with a genuine apology, maybe — MAYBE — it’d be forgivable. But Larry is well-known in comics circles for this sort of behavior, and I can’t fathom why it’s still being accepted. Unfortunately, speaking up about it spawned a whole new issue involving me personally, in which Larry took to disparaging myself, my work, and my friends publicly through his store’s Twitter feed.