TFG1MIKE 365 – 2019 Day 57
Bill Maher Vs The Comics Industry
Hello all and welcome to a NEW Daily Blog series from me… TFG1Mike! The idea here is for me to write something, anything, once a day for 365 days. From January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. In my 57th entry, I’ll be talking about that asshat Bill Maher. After Stan Lee’s death, anyone who was anyone, no matter what walk of life you came from mourned Stan’s death. Because what and his fellow creators gave us, was a new and interesting reading medium. Well Bill Maher says adults should give up “kids stuff” You can find the original DEADLINE article HERE! You can find his response to the comic industry backlash against him HERE! I hadn’t come up with the idea for this blog series at the time of this whole debacle. So I’m putting my two cents in now.
Full disclosure… I maybe have watched less than ten minutes of anything Bill Maher has ever said. Every time I see him pop up in the news, his opinions in my mind seem to put everyone down. I had a light burning indifference to the man for all these years, honestly I never cared one way or another about anything he had to say. However you come out and say, “Adults pretend comic books are “sophisticated literature”… and he’s admitted to barely or never reading a comic book… You sir are an asshat. The fact that he started saying these things at the time of Stan Lee’s death… makes it even worse. In the video with Larry King, that I have linked below, Maher says that he’s agnostic on Stan Lee and the man’s passing.
I guess this kind of ties into my Day 48 post about Nostalgia! Apparently Bill Maher, just based on the comments he’s made about this subject… doesn’t really care about things that he and we grew up on. He says comic books aren’t sophisticated literature, yet I’m pretty sure he hasn’t read Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, or how about Batman: Death in the Family? Those two stories I’d say are VERY FUCKING sophisticated. In today’s age of comics there ARE comics for adults, that are not at all for kids. However what Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and many other creators did in the beginning was tell stories for kids at THAT time. Comics have come a long ass way since 1962, and the future is bright for them, the adults and children alike who read them. Comics will most definitely outlive Bill Maher. Comics will outlive us all, as we pass them down from generation to generation.
Are you a Bill Maher Fan or do you like comic books? Let me know in the comments below.
Join me tomorrow morning February 27, 2019 as I’ll be writing about how suicide is not the answer, and sharing my own story about attempted suicide.
I used to watch clips of his show. Then, for a while, I watched his show. Now, I occasionally watch clips on YouTube depending on the guest. It’s mostly the same thing. The jokes get old after a while, too.
Bill is very much into politics, the environment, and their effects on society. It does not surprise me that he has no interest in comic books, nor comic book movies, and he does not understand them or their appeal. To even ask him his opinion was a waste because it was a foregone conclusion. He has often criticized the blockbuster comic book films on his show. He seems to feel that America is in trouble because people don’t read enough hard-hitting books about politics, social issues, the environment, etc. and that ill-informed citizens make poor decisions. He’s kind of right. But then, you don’t have to read books to be well-informed. There are other sources nowadays. And you can fall into only seeing one side of the issues, as well.
A lot of people just don’t understand comics. They haven’t read them. They think they are for kids. They don’t see the complexity of the stories and how the medium stands on its own for combining pictures and words into a unique storytelling medium. Other cultures have embraced the format. Animation, too. But our society still places a stigma on adults watching cartoons, reading comics, etc.. I just choose forms of entertainment that I like. After all, it’s my time and money. I earned it and I will enjoy it doing the things I enjoy.
I was always an inspiring artist. So, drawing and writing were two things I loved. I created my own comics. I’ve done so off and on over the years. And I have an appreciation for the mediums, both animation and comics. The processes themselves are fascinating. The finished products, even more so.
So, to each their own. People need to enjoy what they enjoy and let others do the same. Comics fans never should have put Bill in their corner anyway. His focus is elsewhere.
thanks for commenting Tim.
the sad thing about maher is he was IN IRON MAN 3!!! and yet he has these opinions of comics.
I have only watched it once, so I did not realize he had been in the movie. Yeah, that is a head-scratcher. Guess it was just a paycheck to him.
pretty much, here’s the scene.