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Stand Up to the #ComicMarket Bully

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.

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Celebrate Nerd Pride and Sing the Yub-Yubs

As anyone reading this blog likely knows, today is a day set aside in light of the touching story of 7 year-old Katie Goldman’s plight as a Star Wars fan to celebrate who we are and what we love. Bullying is a hot topic these days, and for good reason. But as a life-long Star Wars enthusiast and general geek, Katie’s story and subsequent happy ending lands close to home. That said, I’ve got my “Sith Happens” t-shirt in full swing today and will perhaps celebrate this evening by watching Empire. Maybe just some Clone Wars. I haven’t decided yet.

No, I’m not a girl and no, I was never generally picked on as a kid, at least, not for being a nerd. I’m blessed with parents that are also huge nerds in their own ways. My mom collected comics when she was a kid until my Grandfather threw them all away (we’d be rich now, but on the plus side, I can rest assured that all of the crap I have stored at my mom’s house will be forever safe) and my dad is an avid toy car, pin, and stamp collector.  In that respect, I never knew another way of life, or even considered the notion that collecting and/or nerdom was anything but normal. I don’t recall thinking any other way than genuine indifference if someone didn’t approve of what I liked, and can honestly say I never went through an experience like Katie, at least that I can remember.

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