Marvel author Dan Slott, who may be best remembered from either his previous run on The Amazing Spider-Man, his current run on Fantastic Four, or his disastrous appearance on Disney Plus’ Marvel 616, recently admitted to not only policing who a fan followed on Twitter, but also blocked them after discovering said fan followed a number of ComicsGate-affiliated accounts.
On August 20th, comic book YouTuber Joshua Quirk announced via his personal Twitter account that he had been blocked by Slott “because I disagreed with him POLITELY, then [he] responded and blocked me before I could respond,” further noting, “This is another reason Comics now days are crazy. I liked Dan, I just disagreed with one thing.”
In the screenshots provided by Quirk, the YouTuber can be seen responding to Slott’s assertion that “we’d be in a worse place with more American deaths than if [Donald Trump] were still in office by arguing that “the border crisis, Afghanistan, gas prices, jobs, [and] inflation all would be taken care of way better and some would’ve never happened [if Trump was still in office].
“Afghanistan would be just as bad (or worse) because of how Trump was actually dealing with the region and how Stephen Miller was screwing up the visa process,” Slott speculated in reply. “Gas/jobs/inflation/the economy–would’ve been far worse because of no vaccine rollout and far more American deaths.”
Taking notice of Quirk’s announcement that he had been blocked, Slott informed the YouTuber, “I blocked you because I checked who you were following.”
“And you are following a number of accounts that are members of an online hate group who have actively harassed people in the comic book industry who are from marginalized communities, including POC, LGBTQ+, & female creators,” he added.
While Slott did not specifically name the “hate group” in question to which a number of the accounts Quirk follows supposedly ascribed, given his description that said group “actively harassed people in the comic book industry,” it can be safely assumed that he is referring to the ComicsGate movement, which has routinely been described in similar terms by numerous comic book professionals.
To that end, at the time of writing, a cursory glance of the 550 accounts Quirk follows confirms that he follows such ComicsGate-related accounts as Chuck Dixon, Just Some Guy, Heel vs Babyface, Englentine, and Douglas Ernst.
However, Quirk is also following a number of comic book accounts who have vocally positioned themselves counter to the ComicsGate movement, including those belonging to Mark Waid, Jerry Ordway, Ron Marz, and Kurt Busiek.
Pushing back against Slott’s childish assumptions, Quirk declared, “Dan I follow a LOT of people, From the Left to the Right.”
“I do interviews with Comic Creators from Mark Russell to Bryan Hill,” he continued. “I’m not a republican or a Democrat because I feel that it puts me in a box. I follow both sides to see what the other side is saying. That’s it.”
However, this explanation was unsatisfactory for Slott, who wrote in response, “This isn’t a question of ‘both sides’.”
“You follow a number of accounts that have actively harassed people in the comic book industry *because* they’re from marginalized communities,” claimed the Marvel writer. “That’s not a Left or Right thing or a Dem and Republican thing. It’s a right or wrong thing.”
Offering a further explanation, Quirk noted, “If they did something f–ked up I’ll call them on it, but IDK who you are talking about.”
“I have over 500 people I follow and dont even see 100 of them a day, most of them are from years ago,” said Quirk. “But if you still wanna block me, go ahead, its your account man, xoxo.”
Acknowledging Quirk’s point, Slott simply wrote, “I get that,” and when asked by the YouTuber if they were “good”, the author again offered a simple one word answer: “Sure.”
In conclusion to his interaction with Slott, Quirk deleted the relevant thread “because it was spreading a lot of hate.”
“I didn’t think it would blow up like that,” concluded Quirk. “Please, only spread love.”
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