Miller’s Rant

Frank Miller’s rant on his blog about the Occupy movement is all the talk this week on the comics interwebs.  It immediately brought to mind a 52Q about whether creator personalities and views affect enjoying their work.

Miller was and is a big name in the comic world, but he’s had a string of commercial or critical failures, namely The Spirit movie and Holy Terror.  This online outburst has put his name back in the spotlight, but not for the better.

I have been a great fan of Frank Miller and his body of work, probably until the tail end of Sin City.  His opinions about anything really don’t interest me, and that applies to any creator whose work I enjoy.  Yes, their writing is a product of themselves and therefore their opinions and personality, but I don’t need to see it outside of said creative work.  Consume the book, comic, movie, art and move on.

Will I pick up Miller’s next work?  Probably not, but that’s because The Spirit and Holy Terror were, to be polite, poor.  Nothing to do with his rant or views on pretty much anything, since Miller and I share something everyone has, an opinion.  And of course mine is the most important.  To me.

Thoughts?  Please comment below.

Scott VanderPloeg
Scott VanderPloeg

Scott works in I.T. but lives to eat and read. His other ramblings can be found at AE Index and eBabble. Art collection at Comic Art Fans.

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  1. I just read Frank Miller’s rant… and I don’t see what it has to do with Occupy Wallstreet.

    Occupy Wallstreet is about wealth and greed in America. Frank is talking about “al-Qaeda and Islamicism” and join the army to “enlist for the real thing”.

    He doesn’t really make sense in his rant. He just sounds like an old man yelling at kids to “get off my lawn!”

  2. He does seem quite over the top. While he is welcome to any opinion of the group saying that they are thieves and rapists seems a bit far. Does he have proof? Or is he just assuming that since some percentage of the population is a thief or a rapist that some percentage of the occupiers must be?

  3. I don’t see an issue with him calling them hippies or scum bags. Calling them a thief is just bordering on getting nasty. But a rapist… that is pretty extreme. That is a pretty bad name to be calling people.

  4. Its more entertaining to read the comments section of the blog then the blog itself. Though I myself do not agree with occupy movement, it is a little extreme to call them rapists. Simply put, I view the protesters as being inactive instead of proactive. I just hope I do not loose my mind like Frank when I get old.

  5. Miller needs to get his head out of a comic book for a while and live in the real world. Then, maybe, he won’t say something so stupid again. Get a job, Miller, and care about someone other than yourself.

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