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kleinbl00  ·  1460 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Lighten Up: A comic book artist/colorist talks about racism in his line of work.

Kafke has a point. I'm not the only professional I know that leaves little unfinished nuggets in my "finished" work so that the overzealous producer can point at something and tell me to fix it. It's a rare creative overseer that can say "yep, you nailed it, invoice me" without insisting you tweak something.

At the same time, a non-clueless supervisor looking for make-work would look anywhere other than "how brown is Wolverine's girlfriend." BUT cluelessness happens.

Here's the shitty thing: Calling out cluelessness as racism (or calling out racism as racism) in a public forum like this will not diminish the cluelessness or racism. It will make the caller-out-of-racism radioactive to the point where not only will he or she never been hired again, it will taint the relationship between the supervisor and whoever recommended the caller-out-of-racism. Given a choice between "I want to be a better person" and "I don't have time to deal with this shit" "don't have time" will always win.

You are the master of your own destiny in a gig economy. Cartoons like this will ensure that you have a much higher profile amongst minority artists, minority-friendly companies and egalitarian-minded publishers.

I'm sure they exist somewhere.

Kafke  ·  1460 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Right. I don't mean to belittle racism (it's certainly an issue), but in many cases it's not the reason behind certain actions/manners of speech.

It seems people want to nitpick at things that really aren't an issue. And even if the editor is racist, so what? They are still employing the guy. And they are certainly free to speak how they like and publish content that they like.

It's the same as trying to nitpick at some other detail. Who cares? Provided real issues are resolved, who gives 2 shits what a comic book portrays?