The old fan entitlement has been soldered onto the ‘customer is always right’ mindset that seems to motivate the people who make Yelp so shitty. I’m spending a dollar here, which makes me the lord and master of all, is the reasoning… It’s what makes people act like assholes to servers, and somehow it’s become the way ever-growing segments of fans are behaving towards creators.

This article is great tonic for the general reaction to the Captain America: Steve Rogers storyline that I’ve seen flood my circles the last few days.

“I recently became engaged to my Asian fiancée who is making roughly 3 times what I make, and I am completely supportive of her and proud she is doing so well,” he wrote. “We’ve both benefitted a lot from globalization. We are young, urban, and have a happy future planned. We seem molded to be perfect young Hillary supporters,” he observed, “but we’re not. In 2016, we’re both going for Trump.”

Inspired by this article, I decided to actually read Captain America: Steve Rogers #1. There’s a lot going on in this comic, and most of it has to do with the rise of the extreme right in the US and Europe. This comic is taking on Trump, white supremacists, neocons, and neoreactionaries.

And, as the article’s author points out, there is something going on with the flashbacks about Cap’s mom that suggest maybe things are not what they seem. Not to mention, it’s not really clear what the big picture is here, either. The context for Cap’s final “Hail Hydra” — not to mention Jack Flag’s ultimate fate — is not clear yet.

However, I absolutely do not want to dismiss the concerns of people who feel that what we know about this story arc comes off as dismissive of the suffering of million of Jews, and about the company’s respect for Cap’s creators, their heritage, and what they were trying to accomplish. This is definitely a high-stakes subject, and we have yet to see whether Marvel can handle it respectfully.

That said, I feel like this comic is attempting to do something good. It’s using Cap — and what Cap represents to many of us — to try and make a statement about the current rise of fascism and white supremacy. And, sure, it’s also trying to make money. BUT! Having read the comic I feel like there is a larger artistic statement being made here, one that could be powerful and important — depending on how the rest of the series goes.

So, let me try and be reassuring without being dismissive of legitimate complaints:

This does not seem to be Cap going “grimdark”. This does not appear to be some sort of ham-handed, DC-Snyderverse-esque attempt to make Cap “edgy”.

This comic, I think, is trying to make a statement. It’s putting Cap through a — likely very challenging — story arc in an attempt to say something about the rising tide of bigotry (something that has had me genuinely worried about raising my son in this country). I.e., I think they are taking a big risk in order to make art that just might be genuinely important.

The question is whether Marvel can pull it off. I am cautiously optimistic, and hoping they do right by Cap’s legacy and that of his creators. But we’ll see.

h/t Adam D for the link.

(FYI: Based on how my last post about this went, I am disabling comments.)

‘Captain America’ Twist Is a Good Lesson in Storytelling

All of that is to say that Captain America won’t stay Hydra. There is literally no chance. If DC Comics walked back Green Lantern Hal Jordan murdering the entire Green Lantern Corps it’s fucking child’s play to walk back Steve Rogers saying ‘Hail Hydra’ (and even kicking a D list superhero out of a plane). In fact I would say that the main premise of this story is to see how they get out of it, just as it was when Superman or Cap himself died in the past. The initial event/reveal isn’t the story – it’s dealing with it that’s the story. Every single time. This is how serialized superhero fiction works.

This seems the most sensible take I’ve read today.

Gameday 44 update!
We’ve seen three events fill up so far: Symbaroum in the a.m., and Savage Worlds and The Clay That Woke in the p.m. Fall of Magic and Trail of Cthulhu are getting lose with just one seat available in each.

Otherwise, there’s plenty of room! Take a look:…/chicago-gameday-44/schedule/2016/06/11

Also, someone of you might be wondering what happened to the D&D 5e events that were on the schedule. Unfortunately, the GM needed to cancel, but I didn’t get them off the roster until after go-live. Sorry, folks!

So… phone the kids and wake the neighbors! Get the word out, or else get thee to Warhorn and sign up to play.

Chicago Gameday 44 is happening on June 11. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss any of these cool events!

#chicagogameday44   #chicagogameday

This weekend I caught up on a couple Marvel films that lost out to parenting needs over the last year or so.

I loved it. So much fun, such good use of SFX to make all of the shrinking/growing action compelling and watchable. I’ve been a Paul Rudd fan for a while, and I think it’s awesome to see him in the Marvel lineup as this character. I was also amazed that the film made Ant-Man look cool; honestly, I never cared at all for the character before this. I will say that having Scott and Hope kiss at the end felt contrived and unnecessary. Also loses a few points for including Peggy Carter but having her fail the Sexy Lamp Test.

Enjoyed the film and felt Reynolds was absolutely the perfect cast. I was also happy to see Morena Baccarin in such a high-profile film (and likely to see her show up in sequels). That said, this is a pretty bro-tastic film, and so my enjoyment is a little bittersweet. Also, I felt their take on Colossus was 100% wrong.

#daylate   #dollarshort