It seems like some days you need a notebook and sturdy pen to keep track of who Bleeding Cool’s Rich Johnston is pissing off. Johnston and Marvel’s Tom Brevoort got into it via twitter last week and before we could even get this page up, Batgirl’s Cameron Stewart squared off with ol’Rich (they’ve since worked things out). Couple this with a bunch of spats with Dan Slott (Including a brand new/old one over the weekend) and you’ve got the makings of a prizefighter taking on any and all comers.
Now, I’m a big fan of pro wrestling, so you’d think that I’d be used to blowhards talking smack but not really meaning it. The difference is that no one who engages in a pointless twitter debate is as entertaining as a WWE promo. In fact, pretty much every twitter blowup I’ve seen from politicians to comics creators to, yep, wrestlers, comes at me from a very whiny and tired place. This is not to say Twitter isn’t wonderful for expressing opinions and creating dialouge, but when you get into smarmy slap-fights, it just comes across as silly.
So, to sum up, the moral of the story is: when you argue on Twitter, no one wins. Except John Cena. Because, if you’ve ever watched wrestling, you know that’s simply inevitable.
Today’s grappling greatness comes to us from a former grappler himself, Doug Hills:
Doug Hills has been drawing comics for himself and for others since about 2001. He has also dabbled in writing guide books about the art program, Manga Studio. He wrote Manga Studio For Dummies in 2008, and is currently working on a new book covering Manga Studio 5. Doug is the artist/co-creator of the webcomics Place Name Here and Chibi Cheerleaders From Outer Space (with his wife, Stacey Hills). He has worked on several independent comics, including the short story King Pete (with Josh Flanagan and Jordan Boyd), and a four-issue series currently in development, Dixon’s Notch (with Josh Flanagan and Charles Pritchett) and is a founding member of Ten Ton Studios. Doug was also a professional wrestler at one point in his life.
Be good, friends!