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Gail Simone is recommending the Cerebus sale at Comixology. I have never read Cerebus, but Dave Sim, its creator, is a noted misogynist,  so it’s hugely disconcerting to see Gail Simone backing his work.
I sort of understand Simone’s tweeting of it because it’s a book that means a lot in the continuity of comics and is—from everyone I’ve known who’s read it—a very good story. But Sim refers to women as “voids” and defined that as "without a glimmer of understanding of intellectual processes." He accused Jeff Smith (creator of Bone) of being dominated by his wife, and when Smith called him out on it, challenged Smith to a boxing match to, I assume, prove his manliness.
And I look at Simone supporting the sale of this book, and I understand its historical significance in comic book history (the first fully self-published title to take off), and I understand that it’s known for being a truly epic, well-done story, and I think of the Tony Harris apologists who say he’s not actually calling out “real” geek girls, and I wonder if one of the main reasons sexism persists so hard in comics is because high-ranking people in the industry—specifically, one of the most recognized women in the industry—back the sale of a book by a man who has referred to everyone of her gender as “without a glimmer of intellectual processes.” 
Recently, I was talking to a buddy of mine about some reservations I had on a writer change on a comic, and I said I wanted to give it a few issues to see how I felt even though the early news was making me twitchy, and my buddy said, “I’m going to tell you something I think a lot of comic readers need to hear.”
"What’s that?"
"You don’t owe them shit."
Dave Sim wrote an epic comic. That is impressive. It is, by all accounts, a good story. That is also impressive. But you don’t owe him your time or money just because he pulled it off. You don’t owe him your attention and glimmers of intellectual processes (if you’re a man because we ladies are “voids”). You don’t owe him shit.
Gail Simone has written some of the most-enjoyed comics in the last decade, including a great run on Birds of Prey, the enjoyable Welcome to Tranquility, and a loved run on Suicide Squad. You may have read one or all of these and really enjoyed them. You may really respect her talent and skill. You don’t owe her shit.

Gail Simone is recommending the Cerebus sale at Comixology. I have never read Cerebus, but Dave Sim, its creator, is a noted misogynist,  so it’s hugely disconcerting to see Gail Simone backing his work.

I sort of understand Simone’s tweeting of it because it’s a book that means a lot in the continuity of comics and is—from everyone I’ve known who’s read it—a very good story. But Sim refers to women as “voids” and defined that as "without a glimmer of understanding of intellectual processes." He accused Jeff Smith (creator of Bone) of being dominated by his wife, and when Smith called him out on it, challenged Smith to a boxing match to, I assume, prove his manliness.

And I look at Simone supporting the sale of this book, and I understand its historical significance in comic book history (the first fully self-published title to take off), and I understand that it’s known for being a truly epic, well-done story, and I think of the Tony Harris apologists who say he’s not actually calling out “real” geek girls, and I wonder if one of the main reasons sexism persists so hard in comics is because high-ranking people in the industry—specifically, one of the most recognized women in the industry—back the sale of a book by a man who has referred to everyone of her gender as “without a glimmer of intellectual processes.” 

Recently, I was talking to a buddy of mine about some reservations I had on a writer change on a comic, and I said I wanted to give it a few issues to see how I felt even though the early news was making me twitchy, and my buddy said, “I’m going to tell you something I think a lot of comic readers need to hear.”

"What’s that?"

"You don’t owe them shit."

Dave Sim wrote an epic comic. That is impressive. It is, by all accounts, a good story. That is also impressive. But you don’t owe him your time or money just because he pulled it off. You don’t owe him your attention and glimmers of intellectual processes (if you’re a man because we ladies are “voids”). You don’t owe him shit.

Gail Simone has written some of the most-enjoyed comics in the last decade, including a great run on Birds of Prey, the enjoyable Welcome to Tranquility, and a loved run on Suicide Squad. You may have read one or all of these and really enjoyed them. You may really respect her talent and skill. You don’t owe her shit.

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    The work is what survives.
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