The so called “hardcore” comic fans are a tough crowd. And by tough crowd I really mean that they are a bunch of bastards hell-bent on keeping everything the same. They aren’t kids, they are an older crowd who wants the characters of their youth to remain unchanged. When things don’t go their way, they get nasty.
This becomes clear under three sets of circumstances:
- Q&A panels at comic conventions. You’d be amazed at the questions asked by grown men.
- Web forums (the favorite trolling spot for assholes).
- When a woman or black man take over a mainstream book.
Here’s the late Dwayne McDuffie on being a black writer in comics:
He isn’t exaggerating one bit. Sadly, this really is how so called hardcore fans tend to react.