There's been lots of talk lately about comics creators and their politics--both from the creators themselves and from the world that reports on comics.
And all that talk has got me thinking about a couple of things.
First and foremost among them is this. Let's say a favorite creator of yours (doesn't have to to be comics, and doesn't even have to be creator--could be an actor or director or editor or whatever) comes out with some political--or religious, or whatever--statement or proclamation this is completely opposite of your own belief system.
Does this change the way you view the work of this particular person?
So as not to make this about politics--and to instead focus on how a creator's worldview might change the way a reader looks at his or her work--I'm going to use a perfect example.
Which is rare, because nothing is perfect. Except, of course, this example.
Let's take Frank Miller and Alan Moore, two giants in the comics industry who are, quite literally, on polar opposite sides of the political spectrum and who have just gotten into a little back and forth about a certain issue.
Recently, Frank Miller published a blog post documenting his feelings towards the Occupy Wall Street movement. As with everything when it comes to Frank Miller, the comments were...well, they were Frank Miller-like.
Biting and uncensored and without even a hint of remorse.
A couple of weeks later, Alan Moore talked about Miller's comments in an interview. Moore, as he is known to be, was quite biting and uncensored and offered not even a little remorse, either.
Whereas Miller was quite strongly opposed to Occupy, Alan Moore was quite firmly in the corner of the movement.
So here's the question--knowing where these guys stand politically, does this shape the way you view their work, past or present?
I'm interested in your thoughts on this, because I've read so much online about how fans felt that Dark Knight Returns was "ruined" by Miller's political shift over the years, or how Alan Moore is "a disgruntled old man" whose work is "no longer relevant."
For the record, I don't agree with any of the above comments, and whatever my own political leanings may be, I will continue to enjoy the work of both creators as I always have.
Well, I think so at least.
See, I haven't re-read anything by either creator in a while now, and I'm wondering if, when I do finally pick up Dark Knight again, the impact of the book will be different.
I use Dark Knight here because it's quite obvious that Miller's political viewpoint has shifted wildly over the past couple decades, to the point that I'm not sure the young Frank Miller would get along with the older Frank Miller. Alan Moore, on the other hand, has had pretty much the same politics throughout his career.
So, I ask you guys--will any of this affect your enjoyment of their work? Let us know, because I'm really interested in getting your take(s) on the matter.