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Thursday, January 19, 2006

One of the things I love about indie comics is the premium they place on sensitivity to diversity. It's a struggle, and sometimes people in comics have made honest mistakes...

It's the age-old question: how to be "sensitive" and still portray realistic characters. For Brian Bendis, it's simple--you fall back on the Archie Bunker portrayal of an obviously ignorant boor, and make it an indictment of (unfortunately all-too) prevalent racial and ethnic attitudes in the hopes of making a relevant, thought-provoking commentary.

The following is from Bendis's Sam and Twitch #1. They were the only honest cops left in their precinct before they were removed from the force. But, now they've been brought back and have to re-adjust. For instance, they need to get reacquainted with what Sam calls "the local Guido scene" to investigate the murder of some...er...criminals of a certain ethnic descent. Here, Sam (the tactless, boorish, thuggish half of this duo) expresses his dismay at this senseless slaughter.

Oh, who am I kidding?


B said...

What you talkin' 'bout Supe'man?