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Sunday, August 22, 2004

Chris Allen Clarifications -- From the man himself...

Aside from the fact my time is limited, thereís another reason I donít do much blogging or posting on message boards, and thatís because Iím often too sharp-tongued and short-tempered. My phaser is stuck on ďkillĒ, and so, while I hardly ever get into a virtual screaming match with anyone, I do tend to write some things I come to regret.

This happened with my last entry, the one pertaining to Scott Tiptonís latest Comics 101, where I disagreed with some of Scottís comments about whether it was appropriate for IDENTITY CRISIS writer Brad Meltzer to show well-liked DC supporting character Sue Dibny (wife of the Elongated Man) raped and murdered. Well, you can get my opinion in the blog entry, but the problem is that I shouldnít have used Scott as a convenient target for my own simmering feelings about a lot of fanboys who think all superhero comics should be safe and predictable and bad things should only happen to characters no one cares about.

Had I read all of Scottís article first, rather than just reacting to the excerpts I saw, Iíd see Scott was much more balanced about it and took care to examine both sides of the issue. Not to mention that it was a fine mini-history of the Dibnyís before that. So, I really must apologize to Scott, especially for cracks like the one I made about the Death of Robin, which I learned Scott also objected to, at least the tastelessness in which it came about (the 800 number reader voting). Also, while mentioning that he works for a toy company is true, and a relatively effective way to establish that heís a little more nostalgic than average, it strikes me now as sounding like a putdown, which wasnít intended. My ire shouldnít have been directed at Scott (I did say some nice things, too!), and again, Iím sorry about that.

One really disturbing thing I found out after this entry is that some people have construed that blog entry and other comments Iíve made since leaving Movie Poop Shoot (I have no idea what these are alleged to be) as somehow being evidence that I have any sort of bad feelings about my former site. Iíll take the heat for the Tipton thing -- I was wrong there -- but I really hate people making up total bullshit to stir up trouble. MPS was always good to me, and continues to be an excellent site, probably a little better overall since I left, actually. I donít check it out every day, but then, I donít check out much of anything every day. Iím busy with a lot of other things, thatís all. Long live Movie Poop Shoot. So as far as Iím concerned my time there is an open book, but not a very exciting one. I wrote a ton of columns there, had fun and had great technical and editorial support, shared space with a lot of talented people, and could no longer sustain my column the way it was, so I left. Out of respect for the column and the site, I retired it, replaced by the usually-much-much-shorter CA Comments. Anyway, thatís enough outta me. Look for more reviews, and even less commentary on what other people are doing.

Chris Allen


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