This is a sad day for comics and those who hope to one day create them. The mantra of forced diversity has led one would-be comic creator to ask permission on whether or not he should write his story. You read that correctly. People are now asking permission on whether or not they should write a story. This is heartbreaking.

Over on David Brothers’ Tumblr, Anonymous asked:

As a white cisgendered male who wants to create comics, i’m keenly aware of the fact there’s overabundance of other cisgendered white bros doing the same thing – but I think my story has a chance to resonate with people and be powerful. how do i tell my story, but also try to be in a place where i’m not part of the larger diversity problem? do i combat that by trying to include different kinds of people in my story? or am doing a disservice by (potentially) not doing right by those people?

First, you don’t have to ask anyone’s permission to write a story. Go out and do it and to Brothers’ credit he gives the same advice, “If you’ve got a story, tell it.”

Secondly, diversity is not exclusive to race or gender. As individuals, everyone is unique; science proves this. We all have different DNA, but aside from our genetic uniqueness, everyone has varied experiences. A perfect example for comparison is N.W.A. and the Beastie Boys.

As depicted in Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A. was a group of black men from Compton. Notably, Eazy-E was a high school dropout who supported himself by selling drugs before founding Ruthless Records and becoming a rapper. In contrast, Mike D of the Beastie Boys was born into a wealthy Jewish household and was afforded the opportunity to attend Vassar College. Despite these drastically different backgrounds and experiences, both of them found themselves attracted to hip-hop music and became legends in the genre. They used their experiences to affect their music. They told different stories.

Another example would be a comparison of two white bands: The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Both of the bands had white heterosexual members in addition to both being British. Anonymous’ conditioning would assume there is no possibility for these two bands to be able to exist at the same time because they are somehow contributing to the diversity problem. However, they did and still do. Why? Because they tell their story from their own perspective with their own voice. They contribute to diversity by offering a different perspective or an alternative style.

Think about it in a different way. The Beatles hit song “Eleanor Rigby” is the most covered song of all time. Because it has been covered over 130 times, does this mean it won’t get covered again because of an already “overabundance” of covers? Absolutely not. This song will continue to get covered because different people will want to put their own style to it. Each cover is unique in its own way and provides its own value.

Let’s look at one more comparison, bringing it back to comics. Alan Moore and Frank Miller are titans of the industry. Both of them are white heterosexual males. They did not contribute to a diversity problem. Instead, they both created more diversity whether it is through the stories they wrote, the characters they created, or the art they drew.

Hopefully I have explained that diversity is not just based on gender, race or, sexuality. It is your experiences, it’s what makes you unique and expressing it. Having many different people doing this is diversity. However, Anonymous’ reference to a “larger diversity problem” is a perversion of diversity. It is favoring certain individuals based on their gender, race, sexuality, and politics alone. It does not take into account the quality of their stories or their experience writing which is ultimately measured through sales. I suspect as with affirmative action programs in education there will be a number of unintended consequences if policies like this are enacted.

Here is my advice to Anonymous. Write your comic and tell the story the way you want to tell it. You don’t need to ask anyone’s permission on whether or not you should write your story. Just do it.

And in case you still think you might be contributing to a “diversity” problem, you aren’t. On the contrary, you will be adding diversity to one of the most diverse art forms there is. Who knows, you may write the next Watchmen or Dark Knight Returns.

  • Kingslayer1225

    good article. That’s why I love the last book you reviewed, Man Vs. Rock a lot – shout out to AIPT for introducing me to it. It’s offensive but doesnt play favorites and people are too afraid now to tell a story which might offend someone.

  • Thanks! Yea I really enjoyed Man vs. Rock will be doing a full review of the entire first trade in the near future. I definitely love how offensive it is and goes after everything. It might be my favorite comic that I have read this year!

  • NeoTechni

    One day these anti-white people will realize they were the racists all along.

  • Amazing that, in the name of political correctness, people are now being told that they cannot think or say or create certain things because they were born wrong.

    Almost like it’s not so much about genuine diversity as it is about control.

  • David Foxfire

    Between this, being told that I should go back to remedial grammar school and _post the homework I made in DeviantART_ and demand that I should tell everyone how many dates with “a real woman” I had in my life, is why I’m no longer will be making any comics anymore. Besides, whenever I play video games or Dungeon Master D&D, I have a much better response for my work.

  • That is so disappointing you won’t be making any comics anymore. I am glad you are finding other outlets to channel your creativity, but I would encourage you to continue working on comics despite what haters say especially if it is something you want to do.

  • David Brooke
  • Kingslayer1225

    Cool review, can’t wait to read it. I met the creator at long beach comic con a year ago because of AIPT’s 1st review and it did not disappoint. Ive only read the first two so far. Hopefully the 3rd and 4th issues keep the irreverent tone going.

  • David Brooke

    Thanks. I thought Volume 3 was a bit funnier than 4, but still strong! Did you know the guys who write Man vs. Rock also comment on our weekly comedy column Panels in Poor Taste? John does too! Check it out: http://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2015/08/21/panels-in-poor-taste-82115-apply-directly-to-the-forehead/

  • Kingslayer1225

    I have seen the Panels in Poor Taste articles on AIPT, they’re pretty great. I’ll check out this weeks for sure. I didnt know the rock guys wrote for AIPT, though i think i remember an avengers review once. great stuff!

  • Yea their Avengers: Avengers Age of Ultron review was great! I’ll be checking out Volumes 2-4 for Man vs. Rock as well so stay tuned for those reviews.

  • Matthew Lane

    Here’s my reply to David: No, you shouldn’t create this comic, or any other comic, or anything else creative, in fact find yourself a safe boring job as a tax accountant, some place where you never have to give an opinion, or put yourself out there.

    See being creative takes balls & you lack for those balls: The second you asked for permission to create, you gave up the right to create. A creator, needs to have the balls & the intellectual integrity to stand behind there work & say “I will not back down.”

    An you lack balls, firstly because you are on tumblr, something you need to delete your account on immediately & secondly because you asked for permission from a group of self admitted crazy people to be allowed to create something, like you some how needed there opinion.

    An thirdly by subscribing to this bullshit social justice twaddle enough to use their preferred terminology. I’m serious, you gave up your right to create when you did these things. If you ever want your right to create back, then here are my suggestions.

    Step 1: Delete your tumblr account.

    Those people are nothing but leeches, looking for reinforcement of their mediocrity, while looking to cut down anyone who is excellent in any way shape or form.

    Step 2: Delete your twitter account.

    I’m just going to assume you have one of those too. It is another anchor weighing you down.

    Step 3: Forget any of this problematic, cisgendered, white, hetero, diversity propaganda bullshit.

    Just forget it, it has no place in being creative. If you want to create a gallery of 300 tableaus of white lesbians making out while naked, that’s what you go and create & anyone who finds that problematic can kindly go fuck right off, you don’t need their permission to create.

    Step 4: Spend some time in the real world, around real people.

    The best thing you can do as a creator is go spend some time with the real people…. Not the people who pretend to be real, not the 9 to 5 in an air conditioned office, with an hour lunch break people, the REAL people…. The ones who leave at 5 in the morning & spend the day actually working.

    Step 5: Learn the history of Freedom of Expression

    Because whenever you puss out & let others decide what you create, you essentially enable their negative behavior & teach them that they can achieve their preferred outcome through being disapproving.

    That’s how you start earning your balls back, once you have, then & only then do you get back your right to create.

  • Kingslayer1225

    I thought an anon asked the question, not David Brothers?

  • Matthew Lane

    Then redirect it to whoever the anonymous person was.

  • Anon asked the question to David Brothers, but I think Matthew might have been giving advice to David Foxfire who commented below.

  • Dr. Evil’s Brother’s Evil Twin

    I’m getting so sick of this forced diversity. Diversity should happen naturally through good storytelling and the authors should focus on making good content instead of trying to look “progressive”.

  • Bamf

    Oh my god! Did I finally find a website that hasn’t been turned into an SWJ haven???
    CBR, Newsarama, and all of those horrible sites are unreadable, but perhaps this site isn’t riddled with hate speech like they are…

  • David Foxfire

    A followup to what you said a year back. I’m now working on a D&D Campaign Setting called Æthercoil which I’m chronicling in a periodical at DriveThruRPG. You can check it out at Google Plus too at https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/105687245153965785778