Milo Yiannopulous interviewed comic book writer Chuck Dixon a few weeks ago. The interview concerned Dixon’s adaption of the book Clinton Cash.
I enjoy Dixon’s work. He wrote my favorite comic book version of Batman and Nightwing. He always added in a of instability to Bruce Wayne, specifically the way Batman would undermine or sabotage his relationships with the rest of the Bat family. It makes for an interesting read. His run on Nightwing is one of the best.
One thing I like about Dixon’s work is the lack of political spin. I do not mind politics in comics in moderation or if the creator wants to make a broader point. However, some creators cannot separate their politics from their creations. It hurts the story because the only fleshed out characters are those who adhere to the creator’s worldview. Anyone outside of it lacks nuance, and is often a foil for the more “politically appropriate” character.
A good example of this is Kelly Sue Deconnick’s run on Captain Marvel. Deconnick’s feminist views bleed into the work to the point that men play little role in her stories. When they are present, they are usually the villain, stupid, or useless. Deconnick’s creator-owned book Bitch Planet takes to a near unreadable extreme.
Dixon, on the other hand, covered his politics up to the extent that I never questioned his political views at all.
That is not to say Dixon does not express opinions outside of his writing that bother people. Several years ago he stated on his website, “I don’t want to expect to be able to shield my kids from the subject of homosexuality as the media seems intent on bringing into my home and nothing short of cutting the electricity and boarding the windows will stop it. But I DON’T want my kids reading about it in comics. I don’t want Judd Winnick or Grant Morrison or the nimrod who wrote this ‘Rawhide Kid’ comic informing my kids about the many facets and lifestyle choices out there in the world. I’d like to be the one to talk to them about it when they’re older and I feel the time is right. I especially object to them using characters familiar to my kids to present this worldview. Could you please leave the Beast and Green Lantern alone?”
That brought a fair deal of backlash, and since then Dixon’s work for Marvel and DC comics has been limited. It is his opinion, and he is more than welcome to it. However, it is curious how his objection to worldview he disagrees with prompted the label of “bigot”, while his detractors can rail against the smallest hint of conservatism in comics without complain.
I am rather liberal in my political views, yet it seems bizarre that presenting a non-progressive perspective in comics can cause such a backlash. Milo’s interview covers the double standard and the encroaching progressive control over the comic book industry.