A new petition created by Shon. B in the United States on Avaaz targets popular YouTube commentator and comic book critic Diversity & Comics. The petition is quite short and somewhat confusing.
Diversity & Comics, #comicsgate, alt.right Nazis, Richard C. Meyers, & EVS: Get Woke Or Get #$%ed, #Comicsgate
Then on the section about why the petition is important it reads:
Please sign your name to let the alt.right goons of Diversity & Comics and #comicsgate know that their hate, toxicity, and white‐nationalist agenda is not wanted in the comic book industry or anywhere else. Stand, say their names, and chase them out of the shadows just like we have with Richard C. Meyers and Ethan Von Sciver.
The petition currently has 36 signers as of this writing.
Diversity & Comics even jokingly encouraged people to sign so they could get to 100.
Please sign so they can get to 100.https://t.co/SxFeidY7YF
— Diversity & Comics (@DiversityAndCmx) February 11, 2018
The petition appears to be in response to the recent Blacklist created by Twitter user @YellowFlashGuy. However, Ethan Van Sciver was pretty clear in disavowing the blacklist:
“Boycott list makers?”
KNOCK IT OFF.
Comics are for everyone. Making lists of pros who should be avoided runs counter to everything you profess to believe in, and everything I stand for.
No more lists. No more bothering people you disagree with. Be better. -Uncle Ethan
— Ethan Van Sciver (@EthanVanSciver) February 9, 2018
In fact, Van Sciver and Diversity Comics promoted a new trend where they would start buying comics they enjoyed called #MoveTheNeedle.
Diversity & Comics explained the initiative on his YouTube channel.
Van Sciver created a compilation video of everyone who was posting comics they bought and enjoyed.
And it’s not just Van Sciver and Diversity & Comics. Other pros got in on the action including Black Northcott and Sean Gordon Murphy. Although Murphy didn’t specifically use #MoveTheNeedle his message echoed the sentiments of Van Sciver and Diversity & Comics.
Stop boycotting comic books and creators and critics. Instead, #MoveTheNeedle by purchasing the comics you DO love. ❤️
Then, tell your friends about the comics you love … maybe using some newfangled social networking service. I hear all the cool kids are doing it. ?
— Blake Northcott™ ⭐️ (@BlakeNorthcott) February 10, 2018
What's the best way creators can let their readers know they're appreciated? I'm guessing by producing good work, on time, that isn't a waste of their time or money?
— Sean Gordon Murphy (@Sean_G_Murphy) February 11, 2018
But what might have been even more impressive is the fans who tweeted out the books they bought thanks to recommendations from Diversity & Comics.
I haven't been so excited for new comics every week for a long time. I only started buying again a couple months ago. Each buy makes me a bit more hopeful for the future of many books and creators, as well as for an industry that has entertained me for decades. #MoveTheNeedle
— Birdman (@gamcoms) February 12, 2018
— Nicholas Tayoro (@Zenoduxx2099) February 12, 2018
Literally never have spent that much money and time on ANY hobby before. These comic books and my channel are thanks to @DiversityAndCmx for getting me deeper into Comics and the industry.
Memeing on pros is fun but what really will make a change is YOUR $$$.#MoveTheNeedle pic.twitter.com/CKNGCqOKhy
— Grand Comics on YouTube (@GrandComics) February 12, 2018
Thanks to @DiversityAndCmx and @EthanVanSciver I found out about these amazing Comics by the great people of @DCComics and the new amazing company @ALTERNACOMICS , I'll continue supporting the Comics I like from each company. #MoveTheNeedle pic.twitter.com/GDsJIvAHjf
— Gard Guyner ?? (@Gard_Guyner) February 12, 2018
— Mark ☯️ (@MarkTheMighty) February 12, 2018
— NOT Richard C. Meyer (@RickyLoathing) February 12, 2018
#Punisher Platoon – only @Marvel book right now worth the price. This book is amazing. #Devastated it's nearly concluded and can't get a paper copy of # 3. Art is better with each issue & the writing is ? top tier. #comics #recommendations #MoveTheNeedle https://t.co/URpNTu9Vnp
— Jay Garrowe (@JayWynning) February 12, 2018
I can confidently say that #movetheneedle has nothing to do with @DiversityAndCmx ego. It has everything to do with comic readers showing gratitude to him for speaking up. Also @douglasernst @EthanVanSciver @JonMalin @YellowFlashGuy @justsomeguycc and Capn Cummings. pic.twitter.com/dTqMpEuIaY
— Michael Brown (@IncogAR) February 12, 2018
I had sworn off buying from Marvel's current books but then @zdarsky had to write this and with @CaptainFrugal's incredible recommendation, I had to buy it for myself! Thanks!
— HPComicCollages (@HPComicCollages) February 12, 2018
— Johnny B ? (@MugClubBear) February 12, 2018
— Sentient Aesthetic (@senaesth) February 12, 2018
— Sean Kenney (@shkenney) February 11, 2018
Never bought a comic until I started watching @DiversityAndCmx 's youtube channel. Now I'm a regular visitor to the local comic shop #movetheneedle. Happy NEW customer. @Marvel @DCComics @ImageComics @CBCebulski @gregpak @geoffjohns @Sean_G_Murphy @markwaidk @chipzdarsky pic.twitter.com/2AmAyPpGiO
— Duncan Salter (@SalterDuncan) February 9, 2018
Didn’t want to make a Twitter, but I had to show support for my boy Zack, because I’ve been hooked on Batman: White Knight thanks to his recommendation. pic.twitter.com/7hSqmz9k93
— Ian Vega-Cerezo (@Antagonasty) February 12, 2018
— LaLaurena Olivares (@LaurenOlivares9) February 11, 2018
The list of people buying comics based off Diversity & Comics and others recommendations just goes on an on.
However, some people were still not happy about #MoveTheNeedle.
#MoveTheNeedle seems like a nice enough movement… until you realize where it comes from. Stop validating the opinion of a troll and bully.
— Vincent Gauvin (@Geek_Analyst) February 12, 2018
I spend $60 bucks a week on great comics and don’t need recommendations from a bigot. #movetheneedle
— Council of Caleb (@CouncilofCaleb) February 10, 2018
What do you think about this petition? To me it looks like just more baseless accusations without any evidence. It looks like an attempt to smear successful people.
I really like this #MoveTheNeedle campaign. There are so many good comic book stories out there right now that need some love. As you probably noticed Sean Gordon Murphy’s Batman: White Knight was on there. It’s definitely one of the books I pull every month. I’m surprised there weren’t more Thanos books. Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw have been crushing it since they took over the series, but Jeff Lemire and Mike Deodato’s previous run was just as good! It’s definitely one I would add to the list.
Have you participated in #MoveTheNeedle? What do you think about the campaign?