MIRA DEL MAHER: Bill Maher redoubles his “complaints” against adult comic book fans on a recent episode of his show, Real Time with Bill Maher, in an editorial titled, “Grow Up” (from the “New Rules” segment he does at the end of his show). Andrew and D. examine less the content of his argument and more the ideas it intersects, discussing the need for fandom self-reflection, literature and literary history, the Western canon, and the invented division between “high” and “low” art.
Though linked above, here is the segment in question:
- Romano, Nick. “Bill Maher Responds to Backlash Over Stan Lee Comments, Tells Comics Fans to ‘Grow Up.’” Entertainment Weekly. Meredith Corporation, 26 Jan. 2019.
- Wikipedia article about one of the earliest examples of this thing called “comics”, The Yellow Kid.
- Comics writer, Peter David, responds to the segment:
- Cat Valente’s Response to Maher’s comments on Twitter (click on the tweet to read the entire thread):
Last night, Bill Maher went on a rant about comic books & those who love them & the generation (it rhymes with Schmelennials!) that uses words like #adulting & doesn’t want to give up the things they loved as kids or grow up
Well my name is Miss Valente & I got something to say
— Catherynne Valente (@catvalente) January 26, 2019
- The Wave, the novelization of the 1981 tv movie written by Todd Strasser.
- Seriously, though, if you want to read a good comic, read X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills.
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