Comicdom’s continuing enabling of Dave Sim astounds me, not necessarily because his beliefs are crazy and evil but because those crazy and evil beliefs so directly inform all his work. Actually, it’s more than that: His work is about his crazy and evil beliefs. I’m not sure why otherwise bright people would “look forward” to a comic about women by a man who espouses any number of noxious, vile, misogynist, almost paranoid-schizophrenic beliefs about women. I wouldn’t look forward to listening to an opera about the Jews by Wagner, either.
Wagner isn’t exactly the perfect parallel we’d use (his anti-Semitism was sadly standard for the times and he also hired a Jewish conductor to lead the premiere of Parsifal) but, you get the point. There’s a lot of fascinating stuff about Sim floating around these days, but we don’t want to spoil the peaceful holidays with what is sure to become a conflagration. So let’s meet back here in a few days, k?