Don’t ever think I forget things… Like the promise I made two weeks ago in my Insideman’s Pull List™ column to recount that crazy/weird twitter convo I had. Like most of these things, the idea quickly outgrew the space reserved for it in my Pull List… So here it is for your reading pleasure. (I apologize in advance for being such a raging asshole.)
A Twitterer asked:
@IMJTruthsayers Why are you guys so mean? 😦
Here’s the actual Twitter conversation:
Keep in mind, I don’t know this Joey Esposito from Adam’s house cat. But here he is on the @IMJTruthsayers Twitter Feed asking why we are so mean. So I reply with all the best intentions, but I don’t get an answer to my direct question, “So what did we tell the truth about this time?” Since we were being assaulted/impugned out of the blue, I had thought, “Let me be direct but comical, in hopes this goes cordially.” No such luck.
So I looked into this Esposito dude a little– and by “look into” I mean I gave him enough of my time to quickly read his Twitter Profile and spend two minutes on his comic book blog… And here’s what I found out– he’s worked for Zenescope and he’s a “Senior Editor” at IGN. His Twitter Profile also says he’s a “Purveyor of #PositiveComics. (Whatever that is.)
Since he never had the courtesy to answer my question in any way I could find definitive or even cogent, I don’t know if I had offended him with my repeated Zenescope criticism or Jose and I had offended him with our recent Podcast tirade on the ball licking sycophantic websites that pass themselves off as “comic book journalists”.
Lacking any kind of concrete answer, I can only guess and speculate… Which I never like to do about a person’s intentions. So I’ll just stick to what I can understand from Esposito’s tweets– how we are supposedly “mean”.
And to illustrate just how mean we are, I thought I’d pull up some Twitter interactions I’ve had in the last year or so. Caution: You may actually know who some of these people are:
Look how mean Francesco Francavilla and Sina Grace thought we were when we totally shamed them over their shitty comics:
(In case my sarcasm isn’t shining through, Francavilla’s Black Beetle got one of IMJ’s first ever 5 Star Comic Book Review Ratings and Sina Grace’s Li’l Depressed Boy got a rare 4 Star Rating.)
And look at this heinous put down we foisted on renowned writer Joe Hill, when he declared American Horror Story was the most exciting thing on TV:
Here’s a Twitter argument I had a little over a week ago with Ande Parks– with retweets to fellow creator Chris Samnee… Over their horrible hardcover Capote in Kansas:
To unequivocally prove that a leopard can’t change its spots (and to illustrate our long standing pattern of creator abuse and hatred of comic books) here’s a crappy exchange we had with Jimmy Palmiotti (and JV Gray) over their All Star Western abomination:
You can easily see why Jimmy was so pissed with us! Then again, his anger may have come from the shit we had stirred up with him just the month before:
I know what you’re thinking: We couldn’t have been more mean-spirited, could we?
And finally, just to prove that meanness never goes out of style– here’s a Facebook convo I had with Chew creator John Layman just yesterday… When he mentioned on the popular social networking site that his upcoming Chew Smorgasbord Edition Vol 1 Slipcase Hardcover was coming out soon:
I know what you’re thinking here too: Why would anybody— especially famous comic book creators– continue to interact with us… Especially given our continuous shitty attitude and general meanness.
To be fair, I’ve also launched some choice mean-spirited tweets toward master artist Rob Liefeld and super Spider-Man scribe Dan Slott in the past too… But I didn’t bother to reproduce them here because I never really had an extended written exchange with either gentleman. Well, that’s not entirely true. I did get a one sentence reply from Mr. Slott… And I would reprint the graphic of his response here, but he apparently gets so much positive interaction from his legion of supporters– he’s since had to protect his account so his sterling tweets can only be seen by the fans he pre-approves… So I can no longer get a screen capture of our short discourse.
But I can recreate Slott’s response here… Which ironically sounds like a good idea for ANOTHER Ask Insideman™ column someday. He basically asked, “Insideman, are you KIDDING me?!”
Coincidentally, I would also ask the same question of Joey “Why Are You So Mean?” Esposito… If I hadn’t decided to block him that day for confronting me out of nowhere… Then not being decent enough to explain himself or his comments.
Some might even call what the “Purveyor of #PositiveComics” did to me on Twitter that day was a tad mean all by itself.