With perhaps the most important election of our generation, we the millennials (or whatever name media like to give us) or as I like to call us the Cinematic Generation (those who watched Batman: The Animated Series when it first came out (along with all the other great shows like Gargoyles, X-Men: TAS and those of use who have watched the build and development of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and seen conventions and cosplay culture grow by amazing leaps and bounds throughout the world.
We’ve been a part of it embracing the diversity of characters, seeing people inspired by the characters and the stories, though here in the US, we’ve seen the very hate that is the worst of America come back in force, in many cases emboldened and encouraged by Trump.
Places that were thought were safe have been attacked with violence, again and again. Even in our pop culture spaces, creators and fans have been attacked with hate, in a increasing amount of levels mostly online via twitter, facebook, and instagram. These same people state that comics were not political, but in truth they always have been.
As a historian I have worked to capture the history of comics from those who have created (or knew those who did) everything, the worlds, characters, and even concepts, and almost all of these people spoke out against hate, fascism, and all the worst things we are seeing each day.
Comics have always been political from (and before) the time of Captain America punching Hitler to Ms. Marvel leading people to the polls.
This past NYCC had two very important panels, once more humorous than the other but both with massive aspects of history and importance.
We Spoke Out, was about how Jewish creators spoke out against the Holocaust (and another Holocaust is what white nationalists want)
Though Neal Adams was wrong about one thing, while people may not call on the phone anymore, they do harass people online.
In 1968: The Year That Comics Changed The World:
Had some great and funny stories but the emphasized that there is such surprise that we didn’t learn things from just 50 years ago and that we need to do something about it, by voting (if not said then implied).
The very wise and longtime editor and writer of Batman had quote about conservatives that I isolated:
We need to do things we have the future we know we can have, we need to vote.
We need to vote against hate, vote for those who stand for the values and the future we want to have, one of inclusion, potential, hope.
That’s the future I am voting for today, I am voting against hate.