by Bill Ritter
I’ve started a few letters to Dave Sim over the years, and when Cerebus issue 300 came out actually made it through about half a letter before it drifted away into a folder of “finish someday” projects I keep on the hard drive. Email I have no problem writing (and sending) but there’s something about printing the page and enveloping and stamping and post box and all that which has always seemed too much work. A terribly negative disposition, and there is a question the recipient of letter would derive any enjoyment for which I am never too certain would be the case.
Ultimately, this establishes I’m a poor excuse of a letterhack. I’ve tried to be a more rounded fanboy, but lose interest pretty quickly in the letter concept. I’ve written about a dozen letters (and made it to print). There was the 1 to Conan way back in the early 1980s, 1 to Time Magazine, 2 to Comics Buyers Guide, 1 to The Comics Journal, and 4 to Cerebus among those I recall. 3 of the 4 to Cerebus made print, and when that 4th did not reach publication I mostly withdrew from the letter writing. But this entry is not to reminisce on my letter days.
I believe Dave Sim to be one of the pioneers of the industry. That he is as much a craftsman, author, storyteller, and artistic genius as are Kirby, Lee, Eisner, Steranko, Miller and more among so few others. For years I’ve read the proclamations that “Dave Sim is a misogynist” and barely whispered a “No, that is not correct”, opting to let the slight slide. In my non-involvement, I failed to consider the effect of the constant drone of the claim would have on Dave or the imposition on his life responding (because really, such a claim is not something one could ignore when it comes up in every interview, discussion or interaction).
In recent days, Dave’s had enough. He’s established a Petition to which fans and supporters are “By "signing" below I confirm that I don't believe that Dave Sim is a misogynist.” I’m #25. I’m kind of grumpy at missing out on being #26 since I was first exposed to Cerebus with issue #26. But #25 will work. I’m hoping for being in the lower numbers of hundreds of signatures of support, because aside from my respect for Dave and admiration of his work, I do not believe he is anything of the sort a misogynist.
If you agree, I encourage you to make the clicky clicky above and sign. If you’re uncertain, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll try to convince you. If you’re positive, well, I can only hope you keep your thoughts and opinions to yourself (as you’re wrong and I’d hate for you to come across ignorant or stupid in social functions expressing such idiocy).
So this is my belated, long-overdue official cessation of my non-involvement on the matter. I’m standing up and saying that Dave Sim is not a misogynist; that he is not the lowest, subhuman form of life in our society. I hope others join me.
In case you blinked and missed the link above: Petition
by Bill Ritter